I’ve finally decided on a university for my postgrad! And a postgrad for that matter. My number one choice from the beginning was Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, although I waffled for a bit when I also got accepted to the Film Studies program at St Andrews (ugh, wait, will I have to switch my spelling to UK again because all this back and forth is making my head hurt). I also really liked the campus at the University of Nottingham and got a very late and very unexpected offer for International Film Business from the University of Exeter (and then saw that I CLEARLY didn’t look at how much the fees are there before I applied, what the hell). So which university did I decide to go to? That’s right, none of the above.
Like everyone who knows me should have expected, I changed my mind at least ten times and then decided on the university that was previously my last choice: Newcastle University! If you recall, I visited my roommate there last fall when she was doing her semester abroad at Newcastle University, so I think that was probably the main reason it was on my mind when I started applying, but I don’t think I actually planned to go there when I got the offer.
I wanted to do my postgrad in Media Studies at first, but at some point I got it into my head that I wanted to do Film Studies instead – then I changed my mind again and realized the only place that would fit my new (or old?) wishes was Newcastle, so I will be starting my MA in Cross Cultural Communication and Media Studies there in September. I really like that I can do something intercultural and communications related while still taking Media Studies modules, and the subjects sound interesting. Conveniently, it’s also the cheapest of all the places I could have gone too (seriously, Edinburgh, you need to get your ish together), so that works out nicely. I mean I still have no idea how to afford it, but I’M SURE IT WILL ALL WORK OUT SHE SAID IN PANICKED CAPSLOCK. Anyways, if you want to stalk me, you now have all the information you need. You’re welcome.
Apart from the BIG NEWS, I’m just working on my BA thesis, by which I mean I’m almost done watching all four seasons of The Mindy Project. Posts are sparse, because whenever I feel like sitting down to write one, I think I could use the two hours it would probably take to write it to work on my thesis instead. I mean not that I do, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (It’s really not.) (Like, really, REALLY not.)
I bought Les Mis, and then I also downloaded the French version to my Kindle because it was free only to be STABBED IN THE BACK by my own device when I saw it also automatically, without even asking, downloaded a French dictionary at the same time. Thanks so much for the vote of confidence, Kindle. I mean, don’t get me wrong, my seven years of half-assed high school French are not even close to good enough for me to be able to read Les Mis in the original, BUT STILL.
I bought this spontaneously one evening and then stayed up until like 3 am to finish it (yeah, the next day at work was super fun). I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. I know a lot of people said it was fluffy in the beginning, but I didn’t really think it was? There was a lot of fandom drama and, while it was a more or less accurate representation, I grew bored with that years ago, so I didn’t really appreciate it. And then the ending was just kind of weird? I liked Gena though, mostly, so it wasn’t a complete miss. And, as you may know if you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, I LOVE epistolary books, so that was a definite plus too.
I considered buying this book when it was all over the bookish community, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Then I discovered Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy who wrote Hamilton, reads the audiobook and immediately went to audible to download it, because apparently that’s just the place I’m at. I haven’t started it yet, because I’m still listening to The Mark of Athena, but I have to admit I’m kind of bored with that one, so I might listen to this first.
Tune of the Week
What do you mean that I found this band because Daveed Diggs from Hamilton is in it? Please, I’m not THAT obsessed, that would be ridiculous. (Seriously though, that guy can rap.)
As always, I’m linking up with the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!