Considering I have done a term of my masters (like what the hell?!), I thought it would be good to talk about how it’s going and my experience. Maybe can help if anyone is considering a masters.
*disclaimer: everyone is different and every place is different and we all will have different experiences. This is just my view/my experience.*
1. It is bloody hard.
Now of course I kinda knew before that it must be hard (it is a masters after all), however the step up from an undergraduate degree to masters is unbelievable. I know it’s not just me because everyone on my course says the same.
2. Limited support.
I think I took for granted the amazing support I got during my undergraduate degree. My tutors were amazing and helped me so much, the lecturers were all lovely and always willing to help. In comparison to this university where everyone seems rude or not willing to provide support. Information is just given to us and it is not known what we are supposed to do… I love doing the course and it’s a step closer to my career. This could depend on the university though, because as I said my undergraduate was amazing.
3. I learn a lot.
I have met some amazing people from different countries and from different university’s, and there are only 15 of us so it is intimate and we are all close friends. I love that because you hear different perspectives and we can all have nerdy discussions haha. That’s definitely better than an being an undergrad where there is over a 100 of you. But also the lecturers do love more group discussions. Which to be fair has given me a lot more confidence.
4. The struggle to juggle.
Not gonna lie I laughed and enjoyed that sentence above ^😂. Basically what I mean is the workload is a LOT and the expectations of you as a student are HIGH and it’s crazy. But also working part time and doing a masters is literally a struggle. I am constantly tired and have no social life- it’s great haha! My only social life is going for a run or to the gym haha! But I do try to balance with seeing friends or date nights with Ryan to relax me.
Therefore so far, I have realised it is hard work. So I would recommend if you are thinking about doing a masters to do your research, look around different university’s and really investigate the subject you want to do. But also don’t worry if you are struggling, because a masters is hard and you will get through it! Plus getting that masters at the end of it will be worth it and all your hard work will pay off.
I also recommend thinking about whether you can afford to not work and just focus on your masters, because if I didn’t need the money I definitely would not be working. So think about your options and finances as well.
Good luck if you do decide or are doing a masters! If not then good luck everyone else on your careers 😊.