Third Year: Semester 1

Typing the title of this blog post already seems so surreal. Not only am I in my third year, but it’s already reading week which means I’m three-quarters of the way through the semester (how??). This semester has been a good one – I’ve started writing my dissertation which is both scary and very exciting, I have all my classes with some of my closest friends, I’ve taken up an extra-curricular blogging for the uni literature blog and have been going out more than I ever have at uni.

So… Dissertation. I’m so excited to be writing it. I am so lucky to have a lovely supervisor too, and it’s so exciting to think I get to work with someone who is literally an expert in what I am doing and is already so knowledgeable on that topic. I’m looking at Gothic setting and spaces in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. So far it’s been interesting but I was interviewed about it for the literature blog at uni so if you’re interested you can read that here. This semester I’m also taking two really interesting modules, 19th and 20th Century Writing – both of which I am really really enjoying. 19th C. has a lot of focus of social issues which is super interesting, while 20th C. we study texts that range from the early introduction of modernism right up to postmodern texts and even film! My faves on both modules so far have been Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell for 19th C. and The Drivers Seat by Muriel Spark for 20th C.

Generally, I’ve never been happier with the way things seem to be going at uni – I just seem to be growing more than ever as a person and in confidence – I’m even considering applying to do a Masters degree in September! Which I could never see myself doing in first year so that must show that something’s changed!

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