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About (not) getting lost in Oxford

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

 Originally published as a smartphone guide app article in Shoestring Magazine Issue #4.

I had come to Oxford in a spur of the moment. The city is world-famous for its ivy- league University of Oxford and the prestige that goes with it.

Oxford is the birthplace of such literary gems as Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings, but also the setting for Inspector Morse. I wanted to see it, experience the city and take in that air of academia that seems to linger around the colleges and halls.

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Busy week ahead

Looking at the week ahead, I’ll have lots to do.

It’s one of my busiest weeks with regards to university work. However, today and tomorrow are also my longest days at work for the entire month, as we need to have booked all accounts by the 10th of the month.

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My Weekly To Do List – March 2

It’s the start of another week, and that means I’ve got a new To Do List.

This week’s list is mainly study goals. I’d love to add “write a story a day” to the list, but I know I won’t have time and as much as I’d like to write creatively, education comes first. That doesn’t mean I won’t attempt to write, though.

So here’s what I need to get done by Sunday night:

  • Write & Submit CCC502 Assignment #4 by 04/03
  • Write & Submit MA501 Assignment #4 by 07/03
  • Complete Filmmaking Modules #3 & #4
  • Complete Global Health & Humanitarianism Module #2
  • Complete Theatre & Globalisation Module #3
  • Complete Cultural Studies & Modern Languages Module #3
  • Complete International Development Module #2
  • Complete Australian Literature Module #1
  • Complete Dutch Module #1
  • Complete Modern Business & Organisations Module #1
  • Update ROW80 Wednesday
  • Update Weekend Coffee Share on Saturday
  • Update ROW80 Sunday
  • Schedule next week’s blog posts
  • Finish reading The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

I never did get Filmmaking Module #3 completed yesterday. I got completely side-tracked after lunch. But it doesn’t matter, as FutureLearn is not as strict with deadlines and I started 2 weeks late anyway. I’m just trying to catch up while staying current with everything else.

Unlike last week, I’m only giving specific deadlines where they apply. The university assignments have specific deadlines, as do the weekly blog posts. Everything else is fair game, as long as it gets done by Sunday.

Bring it on!

Weekly To Do List – February 23

To hold myself accountable, I’ll start posting weekly goals.

I know I already update on ROW80 progress, but I need a list to tick off and I need to be able to keep track.

So this week, I need to do:

  • Write & Submit CCC502 Assignment #3 by 25/02
  • Attend TTIP seminar on 25/02
  • Complete Cultural Studies Module #2 by 26/02
  • Complete International Development Module #1 by 27/02
  • Write & Submit MA501 Assignment #3 by 28/02
  • Complete Theatre & Globalisation Module #2 by 28/02
  • Complete Filmmaking Module #2 & #3 by 01/03
  • Complete Global Health & Humanitarianism Module #1 by 01/03
  • Write 2 short stories
  • Update ROW80 Wednesday
  • Write Weekend Coffee Share on Saturday
  • Update ROW80 Sunday
  • Schedule next week’s blog posts
  • Read The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

No stress then. And that’s not counting part-time work. Good thing I like learning. The above list might look daunting, but in fairness, that’s less than I had to do per week for homework at Grammar School. Modules will come and go. Some weeks there’ll be more, some weeks there’ll be less. Some of these only last 3 weeks, other last 8 weeks.

I managed to get MA501 Assignment #2 handed in yesterday and already got it back: 100% (A)! So that’s really keeping me motivated.

I also completed Theatre & Globalisation Module #1 yesterday. Luckily, all the modules require only 3 hours on average, so they’re easy to space out over the week.

I’ll let you know in my ROW80 Update on Sunday how I got on. Should you not hear from me until then you know the drill: prod with stick and douse in coffee, that usually does the trick.

How to organize your college binder

Having an organized binder for your study material is important. There’s nothing worse than not remembering where exactly you wrote down the homework or getting your papers all mixed up.

Being a student myself and having just re-organized my entire binder, I thought I’d share my system with you.

Free downloads of the cover sheets are available below!

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