Despite this, the atmosphere does feel a little more chilled than the hectic workload of week's 5 and 6 (and the placement as well for me, I certainly wasn't short of work at PrintWeek). Perhaps it's because the days are getting longer and the temperature is very slightly getting warmer, but I do feel a lot more relaxed this week, despite the mountains of revision and a few outstanding resubs and other things that we've still got to do.
This course has been an unforgettable experience and one that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anybody looking to get into journalism. I've learnt more in the last nine weeks than I did about the subject in three years of doing a media studies degree. It's great to really learn the workings of the industries from professionals and find out that writing is an art form. There is a structure to writing news and features and it's been invaluable to learn. I will take away so much from the past nine weeks.
It helps that I've become great friends with everyone on the course. I hope we will all stay in touch and I'll miss not seeing everybody regularly. But on the other hand I'm looking forward to having my life back, it really is a completely all-consuming experience. I knew it would be from reading up about the course beforehand but even I underestimated just how intense it would be. I don't think I've spent more than half an hour at any point in the past two months where I haven't thought about the work that I've got to do for the course. I can't wait to have a day off, lounging around the house with the dog and reminding my friends that I exist! After a few days like that I'll crack straight back onto looking for a journalism job!
I think I'll leave it there as I've got revision to do! But in a nutshell: lived it, loved it, recommend it. Good luck to anybody reading this blog that wants to do the course in future, you'll do really well out of it and be immensely proud of what you can achieve. And I'll leave you, naturally, with a nice song that sums up the mood.