I’m a conscientious student
My return to the world of academia got off to an earlier start than I had originally been expecting, as the Theatre, Film & Television Studies’ departmental enrolment meeting was in fact held this Tuesday (the 18th) - something that I didn’t know until an email reached my inbox a couple of days beforehand. Anyway, despite the short notice, I was able to make it, and it was good to catch up with some old friends (and make a few new ones). Unfortunately, I’m in the rather unusual position of both my intended supervisors being on leave (one on maternity leave, the other doing research), which means that, at this moment in time, I’m not entirely sure how things are going to work out. I’m to make an appointment to see the course convenor at some point next week, so hopefully a solution can be reached.
Oh, and on Thursday, I had a meeting with my advisor of studies, the outcome of which was that I’m now approved to register next Thursday, at which point I will hand over a cheque in exchange for a matriculation card and some leaflets.
In the meantime, with around £1,500 still in my bank account, I’ve decided to invest in a laptop, which should make it easier to get work done on the go. I’m mindful of the fact that study space at the university is quite limited, so, if I’m on the campus, I’d rather not find myself in a situation where I have to queue for half an hour in the library to get access to a computer. Anyway, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and pick up a system that will allow me to use Microsoft Word, Excel and maybe even a bit of the old PowerPoint (useful when giving presentations, naturally), while at the same time letting me play (and screen-capture) Blu-ray discs. That’s right, I bought a Sony VAIO laptop - a VGN-FZ11Z, to be precise - and I managed to find one unused and sealed on eBay for £350 less than what it retails for direct from Sony. I’m expecting it to materialise at some point later next week (need to wait for my cheque to clear first), and I’ll be sure to post photographs and impressions once it arrives.
This will, of course, mean that I’ll also be able to get rid of the PC I’ve had in my room for the last couple of years. I’ll be keeping my primary downstairs machine, however - as impressive as the specs of this laptop are, the video card, on-board sound card and 5,400 RPM hard drive (with a mere 200 GB of disk space), not to mention the lack of upgrade options, mean that I’m not about to settle for it as my only system.