Although the first week on campus as a postgraduate student is quite thrilling, it’s true to say that while the undergraduate programs start off full of fun moments, the life of a postgrad is demanding from the off. Postgraduate study is an advanced stage in education, requiring much more personal effort than other lower stages. Also, unlike the bachelors degree, graduate studies require much more research and reading. This article provides graduate students with effective planning skills for their initial weeks on campus so they can make the best use of their time.
Reading, reading, reading
Acquisition of knowledge is the primary goal for a postgrad student. You need to explore it. Full time students have ample time to use the university library. Here, you’ll be able to understand your discipline in a wider way. Not only is it healthy to read in preparation for the thesis, but also for general knowledge. Expanding your mind in your area of study will help you become a better scholar in future.
Keeping up with essays & revision
Never forget to keep on top of your college work. Some students get carried away by the euphoria of campus life that they end up not revising for their papers. In reality, academic papers alone cannot help you much. But spending a good amount of time keeping on top of your revision and other college work is always worthwhile. Besides helping you achieve the grade of your dreams, college work makes you understand your course better.
Researching career opportunities/internships
While most students concentrate on academics alone, you need to be unique. Researching career opportunities and industrial attachments is a good idea. Graduate school is quite different from undergrad school, and by the time you are taking a postgraduate program, you may well be sure about the career you want to do. So, spend time researching about your career. Make contacts with people who are doing great in the field already. It is time to bridge the abstract and practical parts of your education. Also, if you find an opportunity to serve as an intern in your field of study, do not let it go! Many internships reciprocate as work experience, therefore a person who has served as an intern would relatively fit a job than another who hasn’t.
Just like a phone needs to be recharged, so does your body (and mind). You need to make some time for yourself, and meditation is a really good way to re-boot. Plus, you also need to make sure you have enough sleep to help you stay fresh during the next day of intensive reading. It’s also a good idea to take part in a sporting activity. Whenever you work out, you clear the sludge off your mind. A recent survey in the American Journal of Health Education has shown that more than half university students are obese, plus the findings found out that 70% of students add weight. Make sure you stay healthy by keeping fit! Without taking care of your mental and physical health your studies will suffer.