Life as a postgrad
I’m a postgrad and I’m also working full time.
That’s the case of many people isn’t it? You gotta find a way
to pay for your fees and the cost of living somehow. So the balance
has been something of a task to get right. I find that as I
have lectures only on the weekend it allows me to focus on my work
Mon-Fri and ensure that I allocate the weekend to study. But
there are pitfalls. Getting that social life balance right,
keeping the family, friends and loved ones satisfied with the
amount of time you give to them. Luckily for me a lot of my
course is about self study and working online. So as long as I
remember to log on to Pebble Pad daily, I hit my minimum
requirements and meet all my assessment criteria and slowly make my
way towards successfully completing my course. But of course
the job takes up the bulk of my time.
As you know by now, I work
in the Students’ Union. I’ve spent most of May working on different
student issues, from attending NUS conferences like International
Students Conference and NUS Black Students Conference. These
are amazing places where I can really influence positive change in
the student movement. I get a chance to utilise the knowledge
and skills that I have gained whilst studying in both my undergrad
and current postgrad studies. So I’m proud to say that I’ve
written a handful of policy motions ranging from combating cultural
shock, increasing black representation in Higher Education, and
improved funding for all students. It’s a win-win-win for
NUS Awards Dinner
We won!!! Time to celebrate
I really am honoured to be the
President. Although I have no plans to run the country. But
I’ve really had lots of opportunities to get involved in the wider
workings of university and student life, whether that be in my role
as a Governor, a Trustee of the Union, judging the winners of the
upcoming Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards, or simply
arranging an end of year party for all you lovely
students. And the best thing is, I get another year to do it
all again. Perfect.
SU Council together one last time!
The summer months
The course has been
absolutely amazing. I have some really intelligent and
compassionate lecturers who are all experts in their
field. There really is no limit to their knowledge. (No
I’m not sucking up to boost my grades.) So after many months
of lectures and assignments and endless reading lists, I’m finally
at the point where I have a big task ahead of me for the summer.
It’s time to start the research side in preparation for my
dissertation, just a few thousand words to write up. It’s
awfully quiet around here now that teaching has officially ended
and exams are over. What’s that sound I hear? Oh it’s the
library calling me!
The library calls me
So I’m spending most of the next few months
preparing for the new academic year and Welcome Week which starts
this September. If you really want to know what’s happening,
check out our website www.wolvesunion.org or follow the
usual social network sites on facebook and twitter.
I really must thank you for taking the time to
read my blog. I hope it’s given you a little insight into the
life of a postgrad student and has given you a chance to experience
what is actually involved in it all. You’ve also had the
chance to learn a little bit about me and my personal and working
life. Thank you to those of you who have contacted me
personally and are now following me on twitter and facebook. I
really hope that this has been entertaining for you.
Even though this blog is now drawing to a
close, please feel free to ask me anything you want about student
life at the university.
Take care and good luck in your future.
Thank you and goodbye
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