Probably I should just write a bit about what is happening here before I jump into topics I have in mind – which I will soon write about InshaAllah.
The final part of my university life has started, and to my surprise, my academic timetable is way too relaxed. I have four modules this semester – Research Dissertation (unfortunately the topic I was eyeing was given to someone else – if that is because I wasn’t around during summer to discuss with her, then I’m fine with it, but she’s offering me another topic right now), Book Module (read a book , master it, and answer exam questions based on it), Aqueous Systems Technology, and Aerial Emissions Avoidance and Abatement.
What’s funny is that the timetable I obtained today only consists of a few lines (instead of tables, as usual), which looks like this:
MEng Chemical Engineering with Environmental Technology Lectures start: 29/09/08 – 19/12/08 Reading Week: 3rd-7th Nov 2008 Research Dissertation – Semester 7 and 8 Book Module – Semester 7 (1 lecture date to be advised) Aqueous Systems Technology – 1 week intensive module w/c 27/10/08 Aerial Emissions Avoidance and Abatement – 1 week intensive module w/c 10/11/08
What these lines actually mean is:
1. I won’t have any real lecture until 27 October, which is approximately one month away.
2. Except for the two weeks of intensive modules (which means that I will finish one module in one week, listening to lectures 9-5), I will only have appointments with my research supervisor, otherwise I can just work from home.
3. I need to find something else, something serious to make me busy!
The third point is a serious one. I mean, I’m not used of self-study (thanks to years of 9-5 lecture) so having an empty timetable might make me less particular about how I spend my time) – the saying that ‘the busier you are the more efficient you’ll tend to be‘ applies to me. I figure out that maybe I should really find a part time job, particularly in environmental sector (Let’s go to Part-Time Job Fair) and if I could not get any, I will resort for a permanent volunteer work in the same field – for experience sake.
A whole year without any direct involvement with MCOT (which has been a part of my life since I was in my first year) obviously will increase my free time. Probably more activities with fellow theatre-goers, Young Greens, and Islamic knowledge-seekers will keep me busy and occupied (thus deters me from indulging in time-wasting acts). Visits to Careers Service.
Anyone interested to be my date?