It was not until 2 weeks before my first university exam that I discovered the IC for myself. Before that, I had been studying at home, and when I say studying I mean watching Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, and The Office. I lived alone but throughout the year I wasn’t lonely as my course was extremely busy. But as exam season loomed, I saw less of my friends and the long lonely days started to hit.
“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.
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!Continue reading
It would be an understatement to say that March was unexpected. University has been cancelled and I am home with my parents and brother, all living and working in our shoe box of a house. There is no such thing as privacy and space for quarantine whilst living in a small house, it has been quite the adjustment compared to life before COVID-19.Continue reading
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.
Some members of our society have been called to self-isolate and this could become a reality for all of us soon. Quarantine doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Someone seems to have pushed the fast forward button in our lives so some slow time may be just what we need. Here are some ideas to ensure you get the best out of your quarantine.
I feel great pride as a first-generation student and had never really considered that others had different feelings associated with the label. Not only did I make it to University with good grades, I managed it by myself without the intellectual input of my parents (though obviously they have always been extremely supportive).Continue reading
This is the first in a series I’ll be writing, to give you some tips on how to make the most out of the various aspects of your year abroad. I’m going to start with the most important – language – but stay tuned for tips on how to maximise travel opportunities and more.
Before Christmas, I wrote a survival guide on how to avoid burnout when you either had multiple short deadlines or just needed to make it to the Christmas holidays. This post will instead explore some of the long term strategies that you can employ to make sure that you have a healthy relationship with your workload.
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: