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apparently I am more awesome than I thought - helen-louise
apparently I am more awesome than I thought
That was the best university interview I've ever had. (Richard sounded shocked and said "How many university interviews have you had?". I thought for a moment and said "Nine. Or perhaps ten. This would be the eleventh." and he suddenly remembered that the reason he didn't have any was due to living in another country. I'm pretty surprised that he didn't even have phone interviews, but there you go.) I like interviews that start "You are eminently well-qualified for this course, of course you have a place, do you have any questions?".

However I don't feel eminently well-qualified for anything, not even for cycling down the road without crashing into things. I'm not even amazingly well-qualified at walking down the road without walking into things/people or falling over. I suppose I'm fairly well-qualified for sitting in front of the internet and not accidentally sending viruses to all my friends, but that doesn't take a lot of effort. Apparently I need more self-esteem. Or self-confidence. (Is that the same thing?)

Well, the reason I'm doing this course isn't so much to learn chemistry as to get more confidence that I know what I'm talking about, so hopefully it will be successful. And I'll figure out what I want to do a PhD on, and then I will apply for it. With plenty of time.

Now I have to deal with the Registry to find out how much the fees actually are (every document I've seen has had a different number on it, grrr) and talk to the Disabilities Office to sort out... whatever I need that I haven't already worked out that I need. And then I shall Get Educated.

Current Mood: okay excited/worried

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From: kshandra Date: 12th September 2008 01:04 (UTC) (Link)
Yay, you.
kyte From: kyte Date: 12th September 2008 01:09 (UTC) (Link)
You rock!
This is not news, of course :)
treacle_well From: treacle_well Date: 12th September 2008 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
Very glad to hear it. Um, read it.
jenett From: jenett Date: 12th September 2008 01:56 (UTC) (Link)
Yay! You're right, the "Of course you're wonderful, now let's just chat practical details" are the best interviews.
From: x_mass Date: 12th September 2008 01:58 (UTC) (Link)
mark pimm is not back till next wednesday but he is wonderful!!!!!!!
book an appointment with him he'll help you get up and running with a DSA application, it can take a bit of time to get a good access centre but its worth it. On Msc you can get up to about 5k worth of kit. if you want to get a good desk and chair I can only recommend my good friend David who has been wonderful to me

I am so pleased your going to Birkbeck - I LOVE Birkbeck and i hope you will to
From: x_mass Date: 12th September 2008 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
fees are very contingent on income at one point I was being paid to do a Msc at birkbeck!
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th September 2008 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, but they count your partner's income too. Richard earns around 4 times as much as me, possibly more if you take into account his other forms of income apart from salary!
redbird From: redbird Date: 12th September 2008 02:36 (UTC) (Link)
Progress! Yay for that, and for them recognizing your qualifications.
leback From: leback Date: 12th September 2008 03:08 (UTC) (Link)
I like interviews that start "You are eminently well-qualified for this course, of course you have a place, do you have any questions?"


I hope that this course serves its purpose as far as boosting your confidence levels. It sounds like you've got a very solid, sensible plan in place. I look forward to hearing your updates on the Getting Educated part -- and of course, best of luck with the intervening administrivia; may it all go smoothly!
hobbitbabe From: hobbitbabe Date: 12th September 2008 03:10 (UTC) (Link)
You totally ROCK. It is a very good sign that the interviewer seemed to be somewhat aware of that already - a sign that this could be a good place for you.
jinian From: jinian Date: 12th September 2008 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
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aardvarkoffnord From: aardvarkoffnord Date: 12th September 2008 06:45 (UTC) (Link)
Many congratulations!
From: inkyann Date: 12th September 2008 09:19 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations :) When do you officially "start"?
baratron From: baratron Date: 12th September 2008 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
Officially 29th September, but I have to go in on 24th for "induction".
mjl From: mjl Date: 12th September 2008 09:30 (UTC) (Link)
Great :)
From: skibbley Date: 12th September 2008 10:56 (UTC) (Link)
Science. Genius. Girl.

From: ext_4143 Date: 12th September 2008 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
> "You are eminently well-qualified for this course, of course you have a place, do you have any questions?".

Yay you! Good to see they recognised how cool you are.
barakta From: barakta Date: 14th September 2008 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
LMK if you want me to ask about disability stuff for you - it's trippy and weird for postgrads but unlike my student days there IS funding for stuff if you need it.
barakta From: barakta Date: 14th September 2008 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
A congrats should have been at the beginning of that!
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