It ended with an interview with two of the lecturers (Dr. Saker and Dr. Penman) about my project. I didn’t quite know what to expect, and some of the questions they asked were more mathematical than I had been prepared for (maths lecturers asking a maths student mathematical questions?! Whatever next?!) – I had envisaged that I would be asked to explain aspects of my project that weren’t clear – instead I was asked about things related to my project which I had never even seen or thought about before. However I managed to answer them all, even though I needed to be led through a couple of them by Dr. Penman. I was warned at the start that I would have an overly negative impression of how the interview went due to the fact that they wouldn’t be asking any questions on things that I had made clear in the project, and so all the questions would seem hard, and I would probably leave feeling I had made a mess of things.
My presentation, done the day before, went quite well. I managed to keep almost perfectly to time even though I thought I was rather rushing through it at first. I even succeded in making the half-dozen lecturers and students in the audience laugh on a couple of occasions! I might be over-estimating how well it went though – Dr. Penman hinted today that I would have done better to outline what exactly I was going to prove before I proved it in order to give the people who had never seen this area before a better idea of how the proof was progressing as it went along. I’m balancing this against the fact that as I finished my presentation, he made a comment along the lines of "That’s a pretty good note to end on" which I think was in reference to a comment I made at the start about peoples’ university experience ending on a low note (my presentation was the last of them all, and as such was many peoples’ last lecture/talk at university).
On the whole I think there have been more positives than negatives over this exam period (though I reserve the right to alter this opinion without warning depending upon my exam results). I know for a fact that some of the exams were disasters, but by all accounts these will be scaled and perhaps turn out to be less of a disaster than I first thought.
Now comes the daunting part – deciding what to do with the rest of my life!