Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My First Blog!

So, here it is...Blog number one! Should reaaaaaaaally have done this a while ago but you know how things get on top of you and all that. Anywho’s, here goes. Firstly, I’d like to quickly brag about my group presentation on Monday. I think we did really well, even in adverse conditions – mainly the complete lack of contact with one of the members. I mean, I like group work, don’t get me wrong, it’s thoroughly enjoyable and a good way to get to know people outside of your social groups. However, when one member doesn’t pull their weight it becomes a real issue, especially when they turn up on the day having “done their bit”, which wasn’t the part they were actually supposed to do!! Even more so when that part is pivotal to the understanding of the topic. Thus the mad rush to cover it! At the same time, a solid presentation on the Armenian Genocide is pretty heavy going.
What shocked me the most regarding my presentation is the fact that I had never even heard of it until I started this course. Everyone knows of the Nazi attack on the Jewish population during the Second World War, but as Hitler himself said in 1939, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” The sheer scale of it alone (1-1.5 million killed) should make it one of the most important events in the 20th century, yet we never even hear a mention of it at school, not even when learning about The Great War that it was a part of.
Secondly, even more coursework?! (You can probably see the theme of this one...) A presentation, an article review and 3 essays all due in within 4 weeks of each other. I understand the need for assessment, and I even relish the chance to prove myself (mostly :P), but really? Too much!!
Ok, rant over for this week.
In other news, it’s my 21st birthday in less than a month...scary stuff. Trying to sort out a party or gathering of some kind, but finding time in my busy schedule for a real night out is getting harder and harder the more into the year it gets, but do not fear, it shall be done!

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