I submitted my end of first year report last week, and while it requires minor alterations, my tutor is very confident about my progression to second year. I’d been so nervous, thinking I’d not done enough, or not researched the right things, and having to juggle my studies with a full-time job didn’t help. But they’ve got such high hopes for me that they’ve booked it in for the end of the month. I’m both terrified and excited. All year I’ve been looking for opportunities to present my work and defend my academic abilities. And this is the biggie.