Reflections on First Semester


As the dust settles at the end of the first semester, life admin tasks are taken and sleep has been recovered, I can finally start to reflect on what has been a crazy 14 weeks or so.

You always come to university with the best of intentions, which are made even more ambitious in freshers week, you find yourself signing yourself up to 3 societies and 5 sports clubs, you’re going to run that marathon you always wanted to run, why not? You can fit it around your studies can’t you?

And them boom,

you get lulled into a false sense of security from the first two weeks and then all at once the work hits you and you start on a treadmill, albeit it not the one you expected. It’s a very different marathon you have embarked upon. I always thought that if I worked hard I could contain my working week to a monday -friday 9-5. By week three you do your first late session at the library working until 9. Fast forward 4 weeks and this is just the norm you’re sprinting just to keep up.

Exams roll around, by this point you’re settled in, you have your spot in the library, you’re on nodding terms with the security guards, the library is your life, you are at one with the books.


A 5 Bengala-pesa note, from a lecture regarding alternative currencies. 
But all of this sounds like a bad thing, yes the work has been intense, the hours has been very long. I study Ecological Economics, and as a consequence I now have a manageable understanding of micro and macro-economics (and what’s wrong with Neoclassical Economics)! That in itself is a massive achievement. Within the first semester I have been able to meet so many like-minded people, who are all pulling in the same direction with ambitions in creating a better, fairer and more sustainable world, my course has formed into a really close knit group of 22 people all of whom I find remarkable. I was able to take breaks and the amount of work you undertake means that the time you do manage to take off feels amazing, that day trip to the highlands is a real treat, your study break can be exploring the summit of an extinct volcano or even visiting the grave of Tom Riddle!


Day trips away become so much better when you earn them! This is Killin in the Autumn
One of the real bonuses of doing a masters degree at a Scottish University is that you start a month earlier, but it also means you finish before Christmas, no worrying about exams or coursework over the festive season.

Doing a masters degree is a lot of work, more than you may even suspect, but it’s worth it when you get there, at least that’s the view from the end of semester one!


Merry Christmas from the Ecological Economics students!

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