Bright Star! [sorry for the absence!]

Greetings!

It’s been over 3 months since I last updated this blog, which is entirely my fault. A combination of workload and personal lifestyle collided and here we are. But I try and live with no regrets; always look to the future!

So what’s new? Well I’m nearing the end of my first semester of 2nd year, with 2 assignments left to complete. My two English modules have been Reading Theory and Nineteenth Century-Literature (and I have been doing a Creative Writing module too). Up to now, the nineteenth-century module has been fantastic. The combination of the Romantic period and the Victorian period has been very interesting and I’ve particularly enjoyed learning more about some of my favourite poets, such as John Keats and William Wordsworth. It has also been pleasing to have changed my opinions on certain writers such as Charles Dickens, through my studies. The last text on this module before the exam in January is: Sherlock Holmes, which I am looking forward to studying.
With the reading theory module, I have had a slightly different experience. I struggled a lot in the beginning as we covered Structuralism (and with that, semiotics). The first assignment, therefore, really took its toll on my morale and I was very bogged down with it all. Thankfully, I came out with a solid 2:1, which was a pleasant surprise. I’m currently working on my 2nd assignment for the module and it is proving, again, quite difficult, but I do feel more confident this time around. Further to this, the theories have been interesting to study in depth, especially post-colonialism (with Orientalism) and Marxism.

I also feel my interest in poetry has stepped up in the past few months, which led me out of my comfort zone to read some of my work at a poetry reading. The reading, put together by the English and Creative Writing, was held at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre book shop, and I will leave a link to my reading at the bottom of the page. It is fairly humorous, mainly due to my incapacity to read with confidence and my attempts at winning over the audience with my ‘sharp wit’.
As for my social life, I feel this has dropped to the bottom of my priorities. Indeed, I have made several new acquaintances, and met lots of interesting people, but I am spending a lot more time with my housemates and focusing on my work. I’m hoping to spend a lot more time next semester with the English society, both on socials and at workshops. But for now, my priorities lie with getting my assignments in!

This ultimately brings me to the topic of Christmas. I am, of course, looking forward to the break more than ever. Spending time with family and basking in the festivities is my favourite part of the year, but there is more to my desire to go home. I have found that Aberystwyth has become bittersweet: it is an amazingly beautiful place, and I have loved my time here, but I am getting quite bored of it. I really need a change of scenery, and although going home for Christmas will present me with the slums of Dewsbury/Huddersfield, it is a change of scenery nonetheless. Plus, in the New Year I am taking a trip ‘home’ to Dublin to see family, which will be lovely!

Again, I express my apologies for the lack of updates, and I promise to update this blog once more during Christmas. All the best, amigos!

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