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MSc Audio Engineering 2019/20 - A Self Reflection



Alas, the day has finally arrived. The 12th of August marks the submission deadline for my university thesis!


This year has been interesting to say the least! I have to admit, before I embarked on my MSc in audio engineering, I was a little skeptical. Having been out of academia for the past five years, I wasn’t sure how I would cope with the challenges of studying again. Heck, I didn’t even know if I could remember how to study! But just like riding a bicycle, it all came back to me very quickly.


One problem that I have always struggled with is self-doubt. I am never satisfied with a piece of work, always finding fault in everything that I do. I know that perfection is impossible to achieve but I still strive to attain it. Having spoken to Joe Lonsdale about my concerns regarding my final major project, he assured me that my worries were unfounded and that I was being overly critical.


Aside from being my academic advisor, I consider Joe a good friend, having met him four years ago whilst scouring the streets of London looking for an internship at a recording studio. Despite the fact that I rocked up on his doorstep unannounced, Joe was kind enough to invite me in for a cup of tea and a tour of his own home studio. Joe, I cannot thank you enough for your support and help over the past four years. Your patience and kindness pay testament to the person that you are. Thank you.


As I sit here writing this final blog post, several emotions are running through my head. You may presume that I am happy and excited to be finished, which I am to a certain extend. But I am also a bit sad, as my studies have given me a sense of purpose over this past year, allowing me to remain focused during a very peculiar time with the global pandemic.


Before I sign off on this blog series, I want to raise a metaphorical glass to my fellow course mates. It has been a pleasure to study alongside you and I wish you all the best for the future. I would also like to thank Chris Brush and Angelina DelCarmen for their outstanding musical contributions to my final major project. None of this could have been achieved without you. You are both stars!


So that’s enough procrastination from me. It’s time to go and submit my Thesis!


See you on the other side!

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