Priti Pandurangan

Hand-in week! I poured over every bit of the outcome and documentation, meticulously refining them and leaving no stone unturned in the process. It has been a labor of love and it meant a lot to me to deliver a piece of work that stands as a testament to the effort and passion poured into the project. Handing-in my work was a bit emotional, especially considering that it marked the final submission.

I gathered along with my course leader Henrietta Ross and colleague Carla to prep for our workshop on data ethics happening at the Information Plus conference in Edinburgh next week. I am pretty excited about this and looking forward to meeting some wonderful practitioners at the event.

It has also been a week of sharing. I was invited to deliver a guest session for the incoming cohort sharing my experiences, insights, and strategies in navigating the academic landscape.

I re-engaged with my DVS mentorship sessions. We focused on evaluating editorial directions. It has been rewarding to contribute value and experience personal growth through sharing.

I have begun the fabrication process for the tangible interaction component of my project, which will be featured at the graduate showcase. This week has been dedicated to figuring out the intricacies of each individual element that will contribute to the overall experience. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead!

Amidst the academic fervour, I have found moments of quiet introspection. Whether strolling through the streets of London with a recorder in hand or hunched over my laptop editing sentences, there's been ongoing conversation in my mind throughout the project. Mixing all that academic rigour with a bit of creative expression just goes to show how my journey hasn’t been unidimensional. It feels a lot like the drill I went through in my previous Master's – different context, but similar journey of blending the serious academic grind with a touch of creative flair. The more things change, the more they stay familiar, I guess.

I can't help but feel a sense of anticipation for the weeks to come. With each step forward, I find myself not only inching closer to the completion of my Masters but also embracing growth. The journey persists, and as I look back on this week, I am grateful for the challenges, the revelations, and the support of my tutors and family that has accompanied me along the way.