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[May. 12th, 2008|12:24 pm]
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Well, as of last Thursday night, my thesis is handed in. It's a pile of absolute and utter dross. I say this with no desire to hear "But you probably did great." Something that is "tools down"ed at midnight is not what I call good. Something where you can't show anybody a draft because you haven't gotten to that stage by midnight is not anything other than dross. This I accept.

However, there's one girl in my class and, I swear, if I have to put up with hearing her whine on about how she won't get a first class honours.... gah! I'm tired of massaging her ego. At this point there isn't any real reason... she's done the best she can and while her supervisor didn't give her feedback on her final draft, it's highly unlikely that he's going to turn around and say "No, that report lets down everything you've worked for during this year" when she has a stellar history on this blooming thing. Overall, I'm tired just trying to reassure her, when I know that I've done a lot worse, and paid a pretty high price even to get here. (Let's be honest, while everyone does tell me that it will probably grow back, there's no guarantee).

Anyway, it's all over bar the talking: we have a presentation to give, and a poster session. If it weren't for this CLARITY thing, I probably wouldn't even still working on my code deliverable, to buff it up and to make it actually work before the presentation. I'm actually wondering why I care - I'm not getting a first, but my marks are such that it's virtually a certainty that I'm getting a 2.1 (I'd need an A to get a first, but I'd need something like 20% on this project to get a 2.1, so that's assured - all that's in question here is how high or low of a 2.1 I get. Should I care more to make that mark a little higher. Will it justify my scalp that little bit more?

At any rate, this is it: the last week of my undergraduate career. I've done what I set out to do 5 years ago: get that bit of paper that proves to employers that I know my stuff about computers. Not that this wouldn't be the case after 5 years, but I'm a very different person to when I went in. I'm not entirely sure I like the changes, but that's what's happened.
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From: chebe
2008-05-12 12:12 pm (UTC)
Well done! Seriously, you made it all the way through, and I believe that's the most important achievement, survival. I know so many people who threw in the towel at the last hurdle, and I've always considered that a huge pity. Years of hard work are (just about) completed. Something you can always be proud of. Now it's time to get on with your real life! :)
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-05-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
"Something that is "tools down"ed at midnight is not what I call good. Something where you can't show anybody a draft because you haven't gotten to that stage by midnight is not anything other than dross. This I accept."

OK. So we are quite in the same boat. Found a bunch of errors post thesis and spent up to less than an hour before the deadline working on it. Wasn't happy and let myself down. Now, I've pretty much assured myself so far, I think, a 2.1 but fucked myself for a 1st. I don't know why I want one, I guess it's proving something to myself BUT.. lets face it. We're clever and practical with our own specialities. I can't stand immunology, you can't do wanky academic speak thesis shite. .. strike that.. we can't do wanky academic speak thesis shite. BUT we can pull an experiment/programe out. We CAN troubleshoot and make it work. We can work very well, maybe even exceptionally well, at the things we find interesting and THAT is what will make the difference. All you really need is to get what you want. Be that the PhD/Masters or job.
Ultimately, that's what I want, because once you're ahead in the comapny or finished your PhD - you college credit matters as much as your leaving.

I love you and no matter what with the hair, you learnt some things about yourself, you had to reevaluate how important some thigns are and probably, this was life telling you that you needed that.

A lot of people would have given up earlier but you pulled through and I think you've really excelled, so congratulations.
And we're getting sloshed be it on the 16th or post 16th.
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-05-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
Also, let me know about lanzoroty if you still up for it.
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2008-05-12 07:35 pm (UTC)
w00t! Finished!
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