06 May 2013

Bank Holiday Fun

Lake lights

The title of this post is somewhat ironic, because my bank holiday was most definitely not fun. Productive? Yes. Fun? Not so much. I finished off my last ever piece of degree coursework, made a dent in my revision and spent the hottest day of the year so far stuck inside reading about global warming. Fitting, no?

I always turn into a really miserable person around revision time. I resent the fact that I've spent 99% of my university education being lectured on the importance of 'original' thought, novel experimental design and understanding the holistic nature of biological, geological and environmental processes, only to be examined using what basically amounts to a memory test. It makes no sense to me. I feel like coursework is a far superior method of assessment, it enables analysis of an issue from an angle that makes logical sense to the author, and allows an exploration of the literature that is pertinent to that chosen angle. Logical.

But hey, I'm probably just a bit bitter because my inability to remember names and dates puts me at an immediate disadvantage in exams where referencing is necessary ;)

Despite Bank Holiday monday being somewhat dull, my Saturday was awesome. Mum & Kev came up to collect some of my stuff (I move back home in 4 weeks - scary!) and I spent the afternoon hanging out with them. We went to Wetherspoons for lunch (always a good idea), I ate far too much & we discovered that my dressing table probably won't fit in the new car. Oops. I don't really mind living away from home too much, but I do miss hanging out with Mum so its always nice when they come to visit.

On Saturday evening R, James & I spent the evening on a bat walk with one of the post-doc researchers and a local ecological consultant. Maybe not everybody's idea of fun, but I really enjoyed it. They gave a couple of presentations about British bats & then dished out bat detectors so we could 'hear' them hunt. It's pretty incredible to listen to, especially once you get the hang of it & can start to tell the difference between different species. I took my camera, but nothing really came of it - bats are quick and I didn't want to use flash. The reflection of the pub lights on the lake was beautiful though, there's something almost magical about the sun going down in the summer.

What did you get up to this weekend? 


  1. What a lovely photo! Despite all the work and revision, I'm glad you had a good weekend. A bat walk sounds so cool. One time at Brownies we had The Bat Man come in (not Batman, I wish) and we stroked a tiny bat, it was so cool xxx

  2. Before I decided to get graduate degrees in Rhetoric, I wanted to go into Classical Studies. BUT, I am awful at remembering historical dates and Latin words. So, I ended up going into a field that requires me to adapt to present situations. You can only memorize so much, you need creativity :)

  3. Oh totally with you on the emphasis on original thought and then chucking exams at you- however, my exam-panic brain often meant that I threw ridiculous original thoughts into my exam essays and did pretty well out of it! Fingers crossed the rest of your revision goes ok though :) And at least you got a good Saturday out of it!! xx


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