As mentioned in my last post, I've just spent a week volunteering with Over The Wall and had an absolutely fantastic time. This was my fourth holiday with them and it was every bit as fantastic as the previous three I've done. One of the great things about OTW, aside from meeting a lot of inspirational young people and having a brilliant time, is when the other volunteers write you "warm fuzzies"; these are basically just little notes to say hi and comment on anything they think you did well or which stood out over the week. Anyway, after reading mine (and getting out old ones from previous camps), it occurred to me that I'm perceived in a totally different way at camp to how I'm perceived in "the real world". I can think of two possible explanations for this. Either I'm a completely different person for one week of the year, which seems unlikely, or I actually have no idea how I'm normally perceived and just make it up. This seems somewhat unrelated to this blog, which is supposedly about my academic endeavours, however it just made me realise having such a negative view of myself was probably not going to help my career prospects. So I shall now attempt to be a more positive person!
Moving on to more relevant stuff,
on Wednesday I got an email to say my one of my AFP applications had been
unsuccessful. I was pretty disappointed, as having read over their criteria, I
have all of the "essential" and some of the "desirable" qualities and thought I
might manage to get an interview. However, it's a hugely competitive and popular
programme and I know that there are a lot of applicants with far more research
experience, publications etc than I have. I'll just have to hope I have better
news from one of the other two!
On a much more positive note - I passed my
exams! Hugely relieved, especially about the OSCE as there were so many things I
realised I'd forgotten to do/say as soon as I got out of each station. This
means I'm officially a final year, which is a little bit scary but very exciting
Hope everyone waiting on exam results has good news soon xxx