Part One: 'To the Great Beyond'. My guide to the leap from undergrad to postgrad.

So there I was, 21 years young, bright eyed and bushy tailed, eagerly clutching at my achingly fresh new stationary and settling down to my first Masters level class in Cookworthy Building. I was ready! Dr Péter Bokody commenced his lesson, and within five minutes I was thinking to myself: "omg - I am not ready!".

It felt like the first day of my undergrad again, I was scared and wondered just what I'd gotten myself into. 

As the academic year went by, I got back into the rhythm of things and became comfortable with postgraduate study, but it did take some adjustment and with advanced level studies come advanced demands. Postgrad was not easy but it was infinitely rewarding. Other than letting my library snacking habit get out of control ("but I need this share bag of kettle crisps...") I have no regrets and am so glad I did my postgrad. 

Here's six tips, some big, some small, that I hope will help you on your postgraduate journey. Check back for part two where I'll write about what some of the biggest changes from undergraduate were, some of the shocks and some of the surprises and where the best places in Plymouth are for downtime. If you would like to know more about balancing work and postgraduate study I wrote about it a few months back and you can find that post here.