||[May. 12th, 2008|12:24 pm]
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.