Well if you're not going to blog about your degree results, what are you going to blog about? Firstly, I want to say that I'm happy to do it in the three year time period. I know that is what is normally expected, but I know so many people that are having to take extra semesters or even years that I'm happy to have just got on with it so I'm able to move on to other things. Anyway, let's cut to the chase;
I got a First Class Honours BSc in Multimedia Systems and Communication, Media and Culture.
Shocked I was. Smiling, but shocked. I knew that it was mathematically possible, but I was really just aiming to get a good 2:1. Perhaps that be seen as aiming low, but I didn't come to university to flog myself every night for a grade. Yes I wanted to do well, but what I really wanted was to spend the time thinking and learning more generally. I wanted to learn many things and being at university, in a learning environment, I could spend time discovering so many other things. For example, I developed a somewhat nasty habit of wanting to learn Linux stuff. Not just the technical system management but also how open source as an idea can be used in so many aspects of life... Anyway, the point is that I wasn't targeting a First, my target was to do everything well, just good and solid with treats thrown in here and there and still time to live a little.
I saw the grades themselves first before I knew the final result and I knew it was looking good. Nothing was below B+ and I had a nice collection of As. I was pleased to see my dissertation had got an A, I knew the coding was pretty good but I felt my sociological investigation of open source development had been a little weak. I'd also got 100% on my final web design module, which is unheard of (I suspect the tutor may have had some explaining to do there!) so I felt good for the 2:1. I checked my percentage and saw 68.7% (the boundaries are 40%=3rd, 50%=2:2, 60%=2:1 and 70%=1st). How tantalisingly close, within 2% of a First. I did as anyone would do and promptly posted what I believed to be my result to Twitter. Feeling pleased I decided to have a look around the results pages a little when I came across the line stating your degree result, "First Class Honours". I could do little more than point and look at my girl Emily who'd also just got her results, a 2:1 in Linguistics.
Well as it turns out, if you score four or more B+ or above in your final semester (my final year was 5 As and 3 B+s) then they lower the bar for a First to 69%. I'm guessing this is to allow for improvement over the two years. And of course we can't have decimals points in the percentage, they need to be rounded.. up in my case. I got a First within a margin of 0.7% (they round up all)! Twitter needed an update! With exclamation marks!!!
For one thing, the narrow margin certainly means I'm not complacent in the result. I know I could have done better and probably should have done. But it certainly makes the future look a little brighter. I don't expect prospective employers to be pulling my arm off, but when looking at future Masters I know that I will now have a greater choice. The biggest bonus though is how proud my family are, my Mum said she had a little cry. Not too bad a result for someone who left school at 16. Guess I need to hire a gown now.