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endings and beginnings - helen-louise
endings and beginnings
Yesterday I collected the thesis from the binders and took it to Birkbeck's Registry. I said "I understand that the unconditional offer from my department got turned into a conditional offer pending you receiving proof that I'd finished my MPhil?". The Registry person looked at my letter and nodded. "Is this enough proof?" I replied, dumping the bound thesis down on the desk and flicking through it to show it was real. Oh, it was a rare overdramatic moment which tickled me. I don't normally go in for Drama.

Then I took the thesis to the Advanced Degrees office in the University of London's Senate House, which is conveniently the building next to Birkbeck, and handed it to the staff there who are extremely amused by the whole concept of my having ignored it for four years. It's a completely different set of people than it used to be - two young men rather than the terrifying older ladies who put the fear of God into me. (And yes, I've used the term "ladies" on purpose.) They are rushing through the paperwork and will have the examiners' report available for me to pick up tomorrow (Friday) at noon. I have bought them chocolate for being so helpful. I have no idea whether I will get a degree awarded after this considering that Imperial is no longer part of the University of London, but I don't particularly care.

Went to the Induction evening yesterday. It was mostly a waste of my time as I've been to university before (e.g. How to use a university library, What is plagiarism?) but every so often there was something important that I didn't know, so I couldn't fall asleep. I suppose it made me feel more official, although nothing will make me feel more official than having my student card. (Hurry up with the enrollment paperwork, Birkbeck!). Then came home and filled in the annoying Disability Assessment of Needs form, taking the liberty of extending it with two extra pages to fit in all the information, and noting accessibility things mentioned on their website which I've never had available before but would like to try. Am going to actually apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance this time, now that I have been told things I could use it for other than "a laptop".

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leback From: leback Date: 26th September 2008 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on submitting your thesis! I'm glad the work of getting it in is done with now; it sounds like it was a bit of a nightmare. Pity the school couldn't at *least* have given you more notice of that requirement.

Best of luck with the beginning of classes! (Do I remember correctly that that's this coming Monday?)
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barakta From: barakta Date: 26th September 2008 08:16 (UTC) (Link)

Sorry I didn't make it onto IRC the other day - I went home and slept for several hours. I think they are much better at explaining what DSA can be for, hell you can apply for it before starting your course as an undergrad - i was a heretic for the mere suggestion 10 yrs ago!
From: x_mass Date: 28th September 2008 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
don't forget that even though you are part time at birkbeck your given a full time NUS card from the students union due to special dispensation. having a NUS card gets you an ISIC card both of which are very useful in getting student discounts, reduced train travel, etc
From: x_mass Date: 28th September 2008 02:32 (UTC) (Link)

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