Update: Masters life๐Ÿ“š

Considering I have done a term of my masters (like what the hell?!), I thought it would be good to talk about how itโ€™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 itโ€™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 itโ€™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 universityโ€™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. Thatโ€™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 ^๐Ÿ˜‚. Basically what I mean is the workload is a LOT and the expectations of you as a student are HIGH and itโ€™s crazy. But also working part time and doing a masters is literally a struggle. I am constantly tired and have no social life- itโ€™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 universityโ€™s and really investigate the subject you want to do. But also donโ€™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 didnโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Thanks for reading, give a like, comment and follow if you enjoyed ๐Ÿ’š. You can catch up on my previous post here. And if you wanna read back on my beginning of the masters post you can here.

Gemm xx


Author: gemmaajaynee

24 year old just wanting to write with her spare time.

16 thoughts

  1. Good luck! So happy to hear u made it through 1 semester. Sounds like a mess to me which is why i only got my associate’s and called it quits lol!

    1. Thank you! This term has been so crazy and busy so far I am all over the place haha๐Ÿ˜† I canโ€™t wait to finish now! Haha that sounds like a good idea tbf xx

    1. It really does! Plus my confidence has grown and the lecturers/teachers know you more and chat to you more haha. I am currently doing a MSc Child and Adolescent Psychology course ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for reading xx

      1. Nice to know. Haha yeaa I get that, while in one of my ug elective there were like only 20 students and it didnt feel like lecture at all, we were talking with the prof more often. Child psychology is really an interesting field. I wish you have a good and fun learning experience ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. What did you study in your ug? Yeah definitely it is much better I think! Thank you, it is so interesting and I love it, but it is also extremely hard and stressful haha. Thank you lovely! ๐Ÿ˜Š xx

      3. Electrical engineering.. lots of math and math.. But the elective I was talking about was non technical. Principles of management, we chose that in our final year because we needed atleast one free subject to relax. The professor was so leniant too. We had debates and even a dance competition in class ๐Ÿ˜›

      4. Wow I have friends that have done that and I was always so impressed because itโ€™s hard (well for me it is haha). Go you! Thatโ€™s fair enough sounds good ๐Ÿ˜„ haha a dance competition that is so cool! Sounds great ๐Ÿคฃ

      5. Lol it is. I remember going through a book on child psychology in college once. It had this interesting study on how to interpret the thoughts of a child from the drawings they do! At that moment i thought damn this feels like some sherlock stuff why didnt i pick this up

      6. Haha! Wow that does sound interesting. It literally does feel like Sherlock stuff sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‚ atm I am investigating emotion recognition and how they are related to our language skills (in children)- which should be good. Just basically if children that have greater language skills do they pick up on recognising emotions in others better. That kind of thing

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