After a lovely few months at home for the Summer Vacation, it is really nice to be back in Bristol for my third and final year. I can’t believe that my three years as an undergraduate at Bristol are almost over. The time has certainly flown by! This teaching block I am studying ‘Topics in Chinese Buddhism’ and ‘The Resurgence of Antisemitism in the 21 st Century’. I am really enjoying both of these units, which has made the transition into third year a lot easier! One major difference this year, compared to previous years, is the dissertation. Although the dissertation is a lot of hard work, it is really nice that you get to choose what topic to research yourself. I am writing my dissertation on the issue of religious commitment when teaching religion. It has been very interesting to hear people’s views on this topic and I am hoping that my interest in this issue will make writing the project a lot easier!
This academic year, I am taking part in a university-led programme called ‘Students in Schools’. This involves university students going into local Bristol schools to tutor a subject to some students there, and to have a chat to them about university life in general. I have found this role really rewarding, and it has helped me gain experience in a school, which has been vital, as I wish to pursue a career in teaching after my undergraduate degree. I have also participated in quite a few society socials so far which have been really fun. I have just signed up to a trip to Edinburgh with the Welsh society to watch the Rugby there in the new year. I’m really looking forward to it!