It’s all over Facebook. We are exactly halfway to Christmas 2014, six months away. A terrifying thought, to me at least. Six months is not a long time, and I am suddenly very aware of exactly how little I have accomplished so far in 2014.
I have finished second year with a 2:1, received an award for my work with the student radio, won a tournament with my hockey team and my company is flourishing, but it’s not enough. I’m not getting where I want to go, these achievements are not big enough to get me there, and time is not slowing down.
A year used to seem like such a long time. I suppose the younger you are, the bigger a fraction of your life a year is. So when I was 5, a year would equate to a fifth of my life. But now that I am 20, a year is only a twentieth, and it’s crazy to think that that fraction is only getting smaller. The years are only going to go faster.
I’m not trying to instil panic in the hearts of anyone reading this, rather I want to impress upon you the importance of perseverance and determination, and the dangers of complacency. This marker is a checkpoint. A time to reevaluate, refresh and restart. I won’t sit back and marvel at how quickly this year is going. I will reevaluate what I have accomplished thus far, I will refresh what I am in the process of accomplishing, and restart those endeavours that have lost momentum.
I will tear up 2014, and I will get where I want to go.
I’m new to this blogging lark, but for a while now I’ve wanted to set one up in order to document my efforts of breaking into the publishing industry, for personal reflections and perhaps the odd review. So here we are. I’m a second year English Literature student at the University of Portsmouth, and publishing is all I’ve wanted to do since I read Little Women at the age of six (yes, six). I am yet to find any work experience in the industry – I am finding it much more difficult, and much more competitive, than first anticipated. But, having said that, I have a very useful contact ‘on the inside’ who will hopefully prove extremely valuable! Watch this space!
In an effort to fabricate work experience of my own, I founded my own company in first year called High Kings. I write CV’s and proofread student’s essays and dissertations. It has been an interesting experience, enabling me to hone my proofreading skills and improve my ability to manipulate words. This year I was taken aback by how busy the company kept me, particularly in the last few weeks, when dissertation deadlines were looming, so hopefully next year I will be able to hire a couple of students to help out!
I like most types of literature, early modern drama (like Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Massinger) being my favourite. I also particularly enjoy Victorian literature. There is definitely something to be said for the ‘classics’ – they possess a certain grace, a refined and elevated tone. Though to be honest, I read most things. My course covers a wide range of genres and a large number of books!
Apart from my fondness for books, I’m pretty normal. I was the social sec for my university’s student radio, I’m an executive course representative for English Literature, and founder and president of the English Literature society. I am competitive and determined, and I have a deep and desperate desire to move to New York city when I graduate. I play hockey at university, which I enjoy immensely, and I love salt and vinegar squares and diet coke.
Look me up on twitter, if you like: @beckycmcnamara