I feel I have settled in the second semester. This semester is much busier than the first as I have to prepare for my dissertation. Also, there are many interesting extracurricular activities to coordinate during February and March.
I have attended the ‘Samaggi Games 2017’ which is the biggest annual sporting event organised exclusively for Thai students residing in the UK. Its main aim is to create an enjoyable sporting experience to originate friendships and connections among Thai students. Although Team ‘Thai Society of Manchester’ did not win first place, we won in 3 sports.
As I was told that good time management and organisation will be particularly important this semester, I tried to keep everything organised and found that all things are going well as planned. I had my first meeting with my supervisor last week. We discussed the basic ideas concerning what we are going to do in the dissertation and our primary focus in this area. He shared files regarding guidance on how to complete the qualitative research and let me go through these files to get a deeper understanding of the Accounting Qualitative Research Method. We will meet again by the end of March to discuss what we have got from researching the related documents.
I found that reading the academic articles can be quite difficult and sometimes I lose track of what the author is saying. I was advised that an appropriate way of reading them is to try and see how the author has structured the article. I found this does work and I think I am gradually becoming acquainted with reading academic papers.
Recently my friends and I visited Buxton near the Peak District, Derbyshire as we saw in the weather forecast that Buxton could wake up to as much as four inches of snow that Sunday. It takes only an hour from Manchester Piccadilly station to Buxton by train. We hiked to see the snow covering the hill tops and took a lot of pictures. I also found that there are a lot more cities in the region waiting for us to visit!