4 November 2016
Something everyone associates with third year is a dissertation, it is the largest study you will have to complete throughout university and can be on a topic of personal choice as long as your supervisor agrees.I was one of very few who undertook primary research, it was a research style I was unfamiliar with, however, my supervisor Michael gave me all the support I needed to ensure I conducted research to the highest standard. I would recommend students beginning research in the summer as I underestimated the volume of reading that needed to be done. I would also recommend writing the majority of the dissertation in the Christmas holidays as second semester seemed to go so quickly, on top of, other final assignment and exam deadlines. Picking a topic you enjoy is one of the most important things to consider when planning a dissertation, so take your time and research various topics before making a final decision (think… Can I work on this one subject for a whole year?).
For the second semester of third year I stayed in Cambridge two days a week to ease the workload and reduce the time spent travelling to and from uni. I ended up driving to Cambridge which reduced the commute by an hour, however, as I mentioned in my previous blog, “if you are thinking about commuting consider whether you would rather save money or experience the ‘uni life’, I know if I could do it again I would live in Cambridge”.
In second semester, I also had the pleasure of meeting Abi, another Tourism Management tutor. She brought so much energy to class and encouraged discussion and debate by including every student in her thought-provoking and exciting lectures.
The LAIBS faculty team have also worked tirelessly to provide numerous recruitment fairs for graduating students, I would recommend attending as many as possible. Personally I only went to a couple as I applied for the jobs disseminated via email, which were for smaller organisations and more relevant to my interests.
At the time of writing this blog I have submitted my final assignments and taken my final exams. I will be flying out to America for the summer to teach children to swim and hope to gain an internship in the Cayman Islands with Marriott starting in October, which I applied for through ARU.
I hope my blogs have given an insight into university life and the outstanding tourism tutors and provided some tips for freshers and students progressing to second and thirds years.