Sunday, July 31, 2011

Taking my chances...

I've been thinking hard lately about the honours program I hope to undertake next year. Which I should be thinking about seeing as I have to apply very soon. I hope to do research concerning medicine/psychiatry in the Victorian era but ay, here's the rub: Monash only has one lecturer who remotely knows anything about medical history and his specialty is medicine during the reign of the Third Reich. Which, as you may be able to tell, is not the area I am concerned with.

So, I did some research and found that there are some lovely ladies at the University of Melbourne who actually specialise in the history of psychiatry and medicine in...THE VICTORIAN ERA! So, my allegiance to Monash is wavering at the moment. I have contacted the lecturers at Melbourne and they seem happy to meet with me and discuss my research. Which is promising news for me. I am hoping that I will be offered a place at Melbourne as it is much closer to my home, I know some lovely people there and (most importantly) my honours project will turn out much better.

So, that's where I am academically at the moment. Trying to manage getting awesome grades at third year level, while trying to prepare for honours.


  1. Good on you. Dickens could have meant Honours when he wrote, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' An intensely challenging, intensely satisfying year. All I'd offer is choose well your supervisors - it's a make or break relationship. Oh, and believe in yourself. Absolutely.

  2. "A good supervisor" seems to be the most common response when I ask what I should look for in a good honours program. I am excited about it now actually, now that I'm starting to form ideas about the research I'd like to undertake.
    Thanks for your advice!