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Sian Jones, MA Human Rights

Studying in Lock Down

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My working day starts pretty much as it did before lockdown – I wake up and get ready to start a day of working on university projects and studying. I no longer commute to get to university (which I can’t say I miss doing…) and now just walk to my desk or downstairs to study outside (if it’s a nice day). I’m currently isolating at home in Wales with my family. I spend some time planning my dissertation work and then spend the day working on that.  Being at home has allowed me to find a very structured routine and deeper focus on my dissertation topic. In the late afternoon I make sure to exercise if I feel like it, this has been helping my stress levels in the current uncertain times.

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.