5.20.2013

Motivation

5.20.2013

Woohoo! Almost an entire page done of my motivation letter. I thought it would be wise to start applying for some master programs since the deadline for these are June 1st. Oops. Here I am sitting and thinking of what I need to write down. Been at it for three days now -  Being the person that I am i.e. not fond of "praising" herself which ocassionally has to be done for say... applying for a job/study.

Thankfully there are examples online and even a fellow student was so kind to send me her motivation letter (she's applying for the same study as me). I am applying for two studies since I haven't figured out yet what I really want to do.  This way I can always be almost sure to be accepted in one of them. The two studies are "Art, Literature and Society" (similar to the Arts and Culture study I am doing now) and "Arts and Heritage: Policy, Marketing and Education."

By tomorrow I hopefully will have finished one motivation letter which also means that the second one is almost done. Easier to do when you've already done one. - Xx

5.18.2013

First Meeting

5.18.2013
Hi!

This is going to be a short one... but I just got back from meeting the centenarian I am going to interview for my university project and it went great! Being a very shy and closed person who isn't that self-confident I had my doubts and worries over the past few weeks. On the other hand, I guess doubts and worries is what everyone would have with interviewing and meeting a person for the first time.

Finding someone to interview was already a huge accomplishment but today just made me really happy. I was only there for half an hour but she and her daughter and a friend of her daughter made me feel at ease. They were very welcoming. Hopefully, I will meet her again next week and I already heard some stories today about her 100th birthday party which was celebrated hugely.

Can't wait to hear more!

Xx

5.14.2013

MARBLE

5.14.2013
Hi!

I came to the realization that I haven't posted anything lately on my blog. For some reason, I haven't felt the urge to do so. Anyways... I just finished preparing a presentation for my tutorial tomorrow and thought I would make a little blogpost.

Instead of ending my Bachelor of Arts & Culture with a thesis I am enrolled in a "research project" also known as a MARBLE project. This particular project takes a closer look at the cultural fascination with centenarians. Centenarians? Yes, people who are one hundred years old or older. I didn't even know there was a term for it to be honest. After several weeks of reading literature about centenarians, longevity in general, and the representation of old age in for instance Gulliver's Travels and portrait series the project has now come to the "practical stage." The essay that concludes my final course and thus serves as my bachelor thesis consists of a theoretical part and a practical part. The theoretical part is analysing a portrait series as well as the book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. The practical part is to see how centenarians experience their longevity by means of an interview.

It took me quite some time to find someone who was one hundred years old who was willing to talk to me for this project. After a couple of calls [I absolutely dislike making phone calls] I will finally meet her this Saturday for the first time. Some of her relatives will also be there and I hope we can pick a date to have the interview. I wonder how it'll go...

*fingers crossed*