Monday, 19 September 2011
Nearly there ...
(For anyone who hasn't read before, after 22 and a half years in the full-time world of work and the part-time world of studying I am about to begin a full-time MA in English 1850 - Present at King's College, London)
Well, it's all getting very exciting! I am getting daily e-mails via my college e-mail address inviting me to join the orchestra or choir (no-one has told them about my complete lack of musicality), attend various lectures (not relating to English) and asking if I would like to register for the Associate of Kings College qualification (AKC). The AKC is very interesting. It's open to all students across the college and covers ethics, theology, history etc. It's a bit of a hark back to the earliest days of King's. You attend lectures over three years and then sit one exam at the end and, if you succeed, you are entitled to use the letters AKC after your name. If I was an undergraduate I would definitely sign up. My MA is only for one year, however, and although I have now seen that you can study for the qualification 1 year in situ and 2 via distance learning, I'm just not sure. The programme of lectures looks really interesting but should I just concentrate on doing as well as I can with the MA? Decisions, decisions!
We had our modules confirmed on Friday (hurrah) and I was relieved and very pleased to get all of my first choices. Our core course is called Texts, Culture and Theory and we all have to take that. In addition my modules are: 'Modernity and the City' in Semester 1 (not really sure what the difference is between a Semester and a Term, another thing that has come after my time); followed by 'Poetry, Perception and Place' and 'Turn of the Century Representations of Sexuality' in Semester 2. Then it's on with the dissertation and I have to decide exactly what I'm going to do for that. At the moment I'm torn between something to do with classical influences on TS's Eliot's poetry, was there really a fin de siecle or something about women authors and hysteria. I'll need to decide & firm up my ideas pretty quickly!
We complete college registration on Thursday (and pick up NUS cards and college ID/library cards) and then next week it is the English MA Induction. I really can't wait to meet tutors and fellow students and just to get going. I've enjoyed my summer of reading and preparing but I just want to make a start on everything now!
Thanks for reading ...