Weekly Update: Returning to University

After a nice Christmas and New Year break, I returned to Lincoln this week to start my second term/semester at university.

Whilst I’ve only been back a week, I can definitely say that university life has got even better. Despite having to take a break from shorthand over Christmas because of a law exam, I absolutely love learning the written language and am using it more everyday – it’s so useful!

As well as that, there’s a new part of the course called Public Administration for Journalists (basically, politics), which I am finding really interesting. I think after last year’s General Election – when I could vote for the first time – I was thrown into the deep end when it comes to understanding political parties. Since then, I’ve always dabbled in politics more – I went to the Conservative Party Conference to interview MPs, for example – because it’s certainly an interesting thing. We talk a lot about the monarchy, government and law in this module and I can’t wait to learn more.

Additionally, my radio show – which I co-host with my friend Danyal – is going great! I had a bit of coverage in the local press about it, I’m learning plenty of new things and the opportunities and skills it has provided me with has been incredible. I’m so thankful for it and can’t wait to do more radio work with Siren FM in 2016.

Speaking of music, I also saw Philip George this Friday. Although, I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. Save for a few remixes, Philip’s choices of tracks were all too similar. In terms of the support acts, the first DJ had a small crowd, whilst the second act had an annoying frontman (which, if you don’t know, are those people who hype up the crowd). I appreciate the need to get the crowd excited, but I just want to listen to the music!

But nevertheless, this week was awesome and it was a great start to another year education-wise.

How was your week? Comment below!

Liam

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Thoughts on Studying Books | Weekly Update

Apart from all the V Festival hype that happened last weekend (read here), I’ve also been busy with other things. In particular, I have had to start reading books for school which we’ll later go on to study as part of the A-Level course.

So today, I thought I would talk about my thoughts on studying books. Can books still be enjoyed when we analyse them in further detail?

There have been times where other schools I know have studied books such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Enduring Love – both books being ones I really enjoyed reading and would really enjoy studying.

Nonetheless, the books I have studied for academic reasons can be interesting and enjoyable when it comes to analysing them. Analysing a book allows us to get a deeper understanding, and an insight that at first may have been overlooked…

However, at the same time, I feel as though there isn’t a right answer when it comes to analysing texts. Sure, there is a clear reading that is generic. But from that we can only assume that this sentence means this, or that this character is a symbol for this…

I think analysing a book in education allows for different interpretations, which is great. But at the same time, we have to remember that when analysing, there is often no correct answer…

What do you think about studying books? Comment below!

Liam