Siân Jones, MA Human Rights
The teaching staff of the Political Science department have really been excellent during this time. The remote lectures and seminars have been great, and we’ve managed to have stimulating and useful discussions despite being miles apart! I have been in quite regular contact with my dissertation supervisor and other tutors which has been reassuring and somewhat helps to uphold the feeling of being “in” university without actually being there. My course mates and I have also been having video calls to workshop our dissertation topics in the early stages and to help and encourage each other. This has been great to keep the university experience going.
I’m enjoying the peace and quiet of my hometown and the extra opportunities to reflect and ground myself that isolation is providing. This isn’t exactly the postgrad student experience that I expected but I’m finding ways to stay engaged and making the most of the extra time I have now!
Victoria Denton, MSc Security Studies
My usual day would be to wake up reluctantly at 0700, roll out of bed and get started on work at around 0800. By around 1100 I would have mustered the willpower to go out running, breaking my fast at 1230 and back to work again at 1330. I have used the extra time that I would have spent commuting on fitness and wellbeing, not due to feeling any particular pressure but simply because I would normally grumble about not having enough time, and now I have no excuse! I aim to pack everything away before dinner at 1800, although sometimes emails and admin spill over into the evening. One of the key things I have done to maintain structure in these uncertain times is marking the weekend by finishing work early on a Friday if I can help it and putting on some nicer clothes for pizza and pink fizz consumption. I limit the work I do on weekends although sometimes it is necessary.
Build time into the day to do things just for yourself, and don’t let your study and relaxation times blur. Work hard, play hard.