It has been over two weeks since I was enrolled in the Master of Arts in South-East Asian Studies degree programme1 and so far the prospect of completing this Master degree within a year is quite scary. This is because currently for this semester I have to do 5 courses (or modules, it’s the same thing, really) with each of the courses carrying 4 modular credits. It wouldn’t have been so bad if not for the fact that each one of them requires me to write one research paper and they are to be submitted by November. That’s 5 research papers altogether and I seriously think this is an insane amount of work. One of my lecturers actually pointed out that writing out a complete thesis within the space of one year is going to be an insurmountable task for a student pursuing a Doctoral degree, let alone for a Master’s student.
Here’s a list of the courses/modules I’m taking this semester:
I’m also not particularly pleased that I will need to do 5 presentations for one of the courses…excuse me, modules, throughout the semester. I don’t know why they insist on the students to do all these presentations when we are already as busy as we are now. In fact, this afternoon I just learnt that one of the girls in my programme has decided to drop out of the programme. I do not know the full details but I suspect the whole thing is just way too much for her.
I shan’t be able to reply to comments any time soon, unfortunately. And even if I do, I’d probably just do it here on this website. I’ve had the plugin set up so that if I decide to reply to your comment, you’ll receive the notification in your email.
- You’d probably be scratching your head wondering why the heck I signed up for this programme after all those rants on having to do courses on South-East Asia. Truthfully, I don’t quite understand it myself. If there has to be a reason, it’s probably because I’ve been doing too much of that SEA stuff and by now it has came to be a natural thing for me. ↩