Last week I shared my first post reflecting on my first week as a publishing student. This week lectures began! Here’s how my second week went.
The Twelve Hour Days
Waking up at 6AM and not getting home till 6PM, it’s tiring! It’s taking me some time to get used to it but after a few weeks I think I will. Most of my lectures start at 9AM and run till 4 or 4:30PM. When I get home I usually use that time to do all the readings and other tasks we are given to do at home. As a lot of group work is involved on the course too. Much of my time is also spent organising meetings, and preparing for the group tasks we have been given.
Picking Modules and Thinking Ahead
This week we were told that the deadline for choosing semester two modules had changed and that we only had until Friday. This was a huge panic for not only the students but the staff also! They were all super supportive and came in to give us a talk about each of the modules they run so that we could make an informed decision by Friday. I took the night to think it over because I wanted to make sure I chose modules that reflected the area of publishing I’d most like to work in. In the end I chose: Children’s Publishing, Academic & Professional Publishing and The Craft of Storytelling. You can read more about what these are about, here.
Meeting my Academic Advisor
This week I met my academic advisor for the first time! I was really pleased with how it went. I got some valuable advice about obtaining some work experience in publishing. She also gave me some tips on the social aspect of the course too. I am probably struggling with that the most. It’s really nice to have someone to go to about any problems I might be having academically or socially.
Overall, I ended the week feeling super positive about my future in the publishing industry and I’m looking forward to seeing what next week holds.