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Studying remotely in lockdown and wellbeing

Meet our MSc International Public Policy student Kamryn Lyle and MSc European, Politics & Policy student Tara Sciortino discuss their well being whilst studying remotely

Political science students

What is your name and course and where in the world are you currently located?

My name is Kamryn Lyle, and I am studying MSc International Public Policy. I currently live in Southeast London. 

How are you finding learning online?

Online learning has been a challenge mentally, emotionally, and physically for Term 1 and 2. I miss the small interactions we used to take for granted—grabbing coffee with classmates, catching the tube to make morning seminars, meeting in-person with our professors or for society meetings. I do find my online lectures to be great for retaining information though. It’s nice to be able to review content at my leisure for better clarity. I also know creating an entirely online curriculum takes a lot of work, so I appreciate faculty and staff making the effort to have learning be as accessible as possible.

How do you look after your Wellbeing?

Surprisingly, I use social media as an outlet! I’ve muted pages that are no longer relevant to my circumstances and followed those that are more educational, empowering, and interesting. I also take breaks when I’m feeling de-motivated or stressed about an assignment and re-charge by reading fiction, trying new baking recipes, sharing an afternoon tea, and chatting with my mom on the phone. I also love a good afternoon nap - the kind where you wake up on your stomach.

What sort of things have you found most helpful?

Organization! I’ve noticed that having everything online feels more chaotic because I’m forced to confront my habits of leaving a bunch of tabs open, having disorganized notes, and leaving hundreds of emails unread. Since I started my MSc program, I’ve taken a liking to using Notion to organize my notes, deleting or unsubscribing from emails I never read, and closing tabs that I’m no longer using.

What would you recommend to other students?

Minding your sleeping schedule, only work during your most productive periods, whether that’s in the morning at 7:00am or past midnight at 2:00am. Forcing yourself to work at times where you feel distracted or tired can leave you feeling defeated/unproductive which could affect how well you perform and self-perception.


EPP student

 

What is your name and course and where in the world are you currently located?

My name is Tara Sciortino and I am on the MSc European Politics and Policy course. I was
living in London during Term 1 but now I am back in Florida.

How are you finding learning online?

Online learning has its pros and cons. It’s a bit disconnecting to have classes online and while
being in a different timezone. A major pro is the lack of commute and extra time to sleep in
before a seminar.

How do you look after your Wellbeing?

There are several things I do in order to look after my wellbeing. I try to maintain hobbies that
are enriching and conducive to my mental and physical wellbeing. In particular, painting has
been a great creative outlet while yoga is a fun way to get your daily exercise (and is
apartment-friendly).

What sort of things have you found most helpful?

I have found it most helpful to keep up a routine. Especially during a lockdown, it can feel as
though the day is never ending. By following a routine, you can keep yourself busy and ensure
you have enough time for school, your wellbeing, and maintaining relationships.

What would you recommend to other students?

There’s quite a bit of reading that is required during a postgraduate degree. I would recommend
that other students schedule time for ‘pleasure reading’. Finding time to read outside of your
academics is entertaining and can help with concentration and memory.