Apologies for the long delay in updating (it's been over a week since I last posted, I see -___-) so I'm here to set things right for me little LJ XD
Term started yesterday...the history courses are okay so far. But seriously, the Cold War course...it's like a repeat of the A level topic that Mr Campion taught. I was like 'OMG, I know all of this already' (not in a boastful tone, of course, more like a bored, tired sort of way). But I was annoyed at myself that I couldn't remember the Soviet version of NATO...gah, it was the Warsaw Pact, you fool! *sighs* Well, at least, I remember when NATO and the Warsaw Pact were set up; 1949 and 1951 respectively. Okay, weird history nerd moment. Hopefully I'll put my previous knowledge to good use and learn something new here though later on. Note to self: get A level textbooks out of their dusty shelves and put them once again to good use.
I'm waiting for the long-awaited history course which I've been excited about since the first time I saw it on the course website last summer and the first class is tomorrow (or more like later this morning since it's like 3.30 now...yes, even I have no idea why I'm still awake at this hour). It's about war and medicine, by the way...from 1800-1950...actually, I think you can understand now why I'm so excited: a) it's about war (and no, despite all appearances, I'm not a militarist...I'm actually more of a pacifist. I'm just happen to be interested (rather weirdly) in military history XD) and b) it covers two centuries, the 19th (woot! Napoleonic warfare should supposedly be included...*crosses fingers*) and the 20th. So yeah, I'm waiting to see how it will turn out. The lecturer's considered to be boring (he's English and sounds uncannily like Hugh Grant when he speaks) but seriously, these students have NOT been to Mr Campion's classes and even I could keep awake during his classes about 95% of the time!!! If I can handle that, this lecturer is certainly fine by me. =)
I've also realised rather recently that I definitely want to try to do further studies for a Master's degree (because everyone knows that getting a BA at HKU is obviously so not enough) and then later on go on to a doctorate. It's gonna be quite a lot of work, I know, but that's one goal I've set for myself now. I'll probably do both of them in history but of course, still practice my creative writing since I also like the idea of being both an academic and a novelist...gives a bit of variety into ones life, I guess. And of course, I'm going to do both of them in the UK, no questions asked. I still have no idea what kind of topic I want to do for my undergrad dissertation though for my final year...I probably can't write about the Napoleonic Wars or European history since obviously I can't get any primary sources for that period over here *sigh* I'm quite interested in investigating colonial rule here just before WWII or even the Battle of Hong Kong or Churchill's opinions about losing HK to the Japanese. I find the idea of looking through old Colonial Office correspondence rather exciting.
Hmm...what else? Oh, Queen is just absolutely the best rock band ever (I've been listening to their songs a lot
these days) and I will say once again that Freddie Mercury and Brian May are absolute gods at both singing and the guitar respectively. Opera and my favourite baritone though are still very firmly rooted in my daily life despite all appearances XDDenserric
contributed two lovely Napoleonic War related books to my little 'library' as my Christmas present (I'm still so grateful for you getting them, Yen) which I sadly couldn't receive in person since I happened to be both ill and piled with work at the same time plus I wasn't able to give her her present. *grumbles* My cold still doesn't seem to want to go away...my voice still fluctuates from day to day; one day I can speak probably, the next it's sort of gone again. At the moment, it seems to be stabilising so hopefully it will go away soon.
Gah, better be off to bed now otherwise I'll miss the class I've been waiting for for the past couple of months...and if that happened, I'd look such an idiot. *___*