Enjoying birthdays in lockdown

“What do you want to do for your birthday?” my sister asks knowing my options are limited. Having a birthday that coincides with the lockdown is not unique and there have been many birthdays before mine and many more to come. Throughout my 22 years of life, birthdays have become less self-centred and more focused on celebrating happiness with my family and friends. This is how my family and I celebrated together in lockdown.

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Working/revising at home during a pandemic…

Stay at home; the government advice couldn’t be any clearer. Cue people from all four corners of the world scrambling to adapt to studying or working from home, myself included. I’m a postgraduate who over the last couple of weeks has sat my spring semester exams, conveniently timed just as coronavirus began to turn the UK upside down. Cheers 2020! Uni stopped face-to-face teaching a week before I was due to sit them, meaning my exams had to be rapidly adapted to an online format, and done from home. This, combined with moving back to my family home a few days before exams started resulted in a slightly unusual exam season, to say the least!

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PhD during COVID-19 pandemic

   In 2015, a biographical movie was released called “The Man who knew Infinity” based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who made significant contributions in the field of mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. He completed his PhD during WWI in Cambridge (a period of severe rationing and even bombardment) and personal health issues (including TB to which he succumbed in 1920 at the age of 32), while staying in England away from family in India.

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“Woah, we’re half-way there”: how to use lessons learnt during your first semester to improve your second

In the words of Jon Bon Jovi, “we’re half-way there”. With exams drawing to a close, we’re half-way through the academic year, and whilst you may wish to banish twelve weeks’ worth of lectures and assessments to the back of your mind, it is important that you don’t. Aside from the obvious need to remember the content of your course, there are further lessons to be learnt from the Autumn semester, and here’s four tips on how to apply these lessons to the Spring Semester:

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Career Fear

As a fourth-year student who’s rapidly approaching the of end of my time at uni, I find myself going through waves of emotions regarding graduating. I definitely feel that I have done more than my fair share of full-time education, and am relishing at the idea of not constantly having an exam or assignment looming in my future. However, doing a degree that isn’t vocational means that my post-uni life pathway currently has a mind-boggling number of branches to explore.

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