I have so far tried to avoid editing anything at wikipedia - you see, it could easily become a bad habit eating up my time. Oh well, there's a first time for everything and I just couldn't see the Alexander mosaic being presented as a fresco. Brrr...
Alea iacta est.
Masters of Art. I finally finished my degree; I've now got a Magister (The Swedish version of a masters). As I should be really happy, I'm not cause I can't figure out what to do now. There is no possibility to get a Phd in Sweden, I'm trying to get something in the UK, but it's difficult even with good contacts there. The USA/Canada would be great too but as I don't even know anyone there...l don't even know where to start. I can't get a job as it is, I tried museums but a masters degree isn't enough even for guiding during the summer (Something that I'm more then able to do) and to work at excavations they ask me to pay them - it
Well, I just received my final mails on what courses I was accepted into. Besides trying to kill myself taking 225%, being accepted to everything I wanted to, there is one more thing that I was very happy about and that I would like to share.
I tried getting into a course called Vatten - resurshantering och probleml
I have been lazy, not checking my comments. Today I saw that there were at least one curious man asking about how the moving out was going. This is how it looks right now:
I was in the last second out maneuvered from two rooms. However I have been in line for a room at another place too. It was more of a second choice and I had not thought much about it, but destiny did it's part and I was first in line for a room yesterday and they called me.
Now imagine to get a call about a room when you've just had 4 hours of lecture and are on your way to a Latin exam. I asked them to call me later. 2 hours later they called me and said that I had time to decide until 7 pm the same night. Rough terms. I wavered and wondered. This place have certain pro's and con's.
It's cheaper and slightly larger (2300 Kr ( 230
Well this is it I guess. I've been in line for a room at Lund (the town where I study) for some time now and finally I'm first in line. I can now get to live at the place I want to. So far so good.
Now it's the time for anxiety and doubt. Should I move? Should I stay at home where I live for free but have to take the buss for almost 2 hours to get to Uni? How will I keep in touch with my friends since over 10 years? Will i be able to meet my girlfriend as much as I would like too? Will I be able to afford the room or will I end up with lots of loans with an unusable education? Will I fit in? I've always had a hard time getting to know people, I can't imagine anythign more difficult then learning the names and getting to know 20 new guys and girls in a dorm.
Will I be able to focus on my studies? Will i even survive in 18 square meters? I'm used to living on the countryside with no one around as far as the eye can see. Will my act survive without me, he can hardly stand when I'm gone for two days.
I really really hate this kind of decisions.
Really really really....
Well to make a long story short - As many of you may know I study at the classical history university of Lund to one day become a scholar myself. Lately I have increased my amount of courses taken well beyond the safety point, trying to learn Latin, experimental archeology and write my Magister's essay (equals one year before a Masters making a Magister 4 year I believe) at the same time.
To be honest, it has been very hard to motivate myself recently to work this hard, but I have no found the perfect cure! I've decided to make a study of Pompeii's water system this summer and I need money to get there. So how to get money as a student? - I found a job at a storage facility for spare agriculture equipment parts.
The job lasts for 5 days, 10 teams of two, 10 hours per day average, going through it all bolt by bolt. Needless to say I'm having nightmares about bolts by now (day 3).
However except for the money there is one very good reason why every kid would be forced to do this for one week each semester. They would work a lot harder during the other weeks in school. Trust me, the Swedish government have tried to raise the level of education for decades, resulting in lower and lower standards and more and more students quitting Uni. It just won't work.
This however, is truly an efficient way, to help the people of a country become better educated!
Next week I'm back to Uni and I tell ya, I will not rest until I am done...
And even as I've been stressed until my limits I must say it's been a really good one. So far I've handed in one paper (that I'm at the moment translating for anyone who's interested. It's on dating methods and survey techniques.). I've received a new paper to write 10-12 pages in ancient mill techs (Yes I enjoy ancient technology a lot ) that are to be handed in the 16th. It's quite a pain in the ass but I've been a good boy and so far I've got 8 pages. My big essay is also, more slowly admittedly, progressing 10-11 out of 25 written. I'm currently working on what the hell Frontinus is talking about. It seems like I run into all the strange, dubious parts.
Actually I've even had time to work yesterday, moving furniture for a company. I really need the extra money so it's kinda good. Beside that I've been watching the movie Flood, it was rather much a rip-off from The day after tomorrow. B-movie, not very good but the beginning was really funny.
- The waves must be 50 feet tall sir.
- That's impossible!
- Arghhh blub blub blub (HUGE wave drowning them)
Oh yeah that too, we've had this years first snow now. I guess I'm finally really writing from the land of ice and snow now
Well it's been one hell of a week this one. Halloween is indeed a dangerous time of the year. The essays are to progress at the same time as I am to attend to party's this year it was two of them. Nope, I'm very much not complaining about that! I went dressed as an evil druid hopefully I'll find a decent picture when my friends send them and I'll show you how evil I can be. Had a really great time! Actually I've also had the privilege to be able to make some extra cash, helping a company move. Getting more work from there next Friday, I guess I can't say that I'm looking forward too it however it does feel good to do something but study all the time!
Anyway to the subject at hand, I've finally updated my avatar and profile picture have fun with them everyone! I just thought I might let you all know and see what you think about the new avatar. I'm so used to the old that I can hardly say if I like the new one or not.
Well a few days have passed by, they still don't know who set fire to the school but things are looking brighter anyway for all the students there. I am most impressed by the local governments quick work. There's already new plans and founds for the new building. It's actually unbelievable fast.
My lecture I was giving went well too, the first year tech students were even interested, which I'm most happy for since I was worried that I wouldn't be able to inspire them. Even thou I cannot go through Rome's history in 30 minutes I might just be able to inspire them to take further historical studies as I did.
Over all are my own studies progressing too, I'm working on two courses right now a advanced C grade (candidature, the last thing before we have to present something of scientific value) and my basic archeology methods and history. Right now I'm focusing at my C essay, the only real exam we'll have. Today they handed out the assignment for the basic course too and I was most relived to find out that it's just a four pages paper (four subjects choose two, two pages on each) that I am required to hand in the 9th! Yes! That's two weeks. I thought I was in paradise. It's so unbelievable easy. Therefor I just might have time for something else for the next weeks.
Oh yeah I mentioned something about a girl in my last blog. It's turning out real well and I'm very happy about that . Well I guess I'm young enough for that still
Ps. Any pictures and/or information on water towers (where they are too) from Pompeii would be great! (Hint). I've pinpointed two out of fourteen so far. Gotta catch 'em all!
Yeah that was a pocemon (what ever spelling) reference. I am much ashamed.
My first blog entry, who would have thought that. Not me at least. Not a chance.
Well here it is. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts with the community, for what reason I do not know.
Anyway todays subject is lectures. As I'm writing this I'm taking a short break from working on the lecture I'm to give a high school class tomorrow morning. It's only the second time I'm giving a lecture and this one is far shorter then the last one. That was a few weeks back and I had spent the whole weekend working on it and it went all very well. The students even enjoyed history for once, or they tricked me into believing that. As I was thanked by their teacher after the lecture I made some hints that I would love to give more lectures if there was a chance.
No need to say I got another one now, and until just a few days ago I thought there would be more coming rapidly, it seems like they think I did a great job. But very much have changed. First of all the lecture I'm working on right now isn't very good. How am I to squeeze in Romes infrastructure and history in 30 minutes? And I'm probably the only one stupid enough to use my only day of for this kinda stuff. Well I have a plan at least, it's not perfect but it might just work. I need to polish it still thought.
Secondly the high school was burnt to the ground, obviously it was arson. Ok, there are 2 buildings left but they've got their hands full there now I hardly think they have time for me running around asking for work, not to mention that both my younger sister and brother will have to spend their remaining school time in barracks. I must admit that the place that i studied at for 3 years just doesn't exist anymore is fairly disturbing too. Yes that last thing was rather selfish, but it keeps coming back to me. It makes me feel old odd as it may sound.
Beside that I'm doing double courses at Uni and that is actually starting to take it's toll. I'm tired. It feels like life is going in slow motion, funny as it sounds. I regularly get the feeling that what I did just a day or two ago was weeks ago. Can't help it and it's disturbing. Just this semester and the next and it'll all be fine. I'm already made it far past the bets my classmates had concerning when I would give up
And there's that girl I met (Well in all honesty that adds a lot to the tension right now) and all my friends I want to spend time with. Does anyone have a time machine, I need it badly?!
Anyway enough of the boring stuff for you all, and enough of a break for me, back to work!