๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“ Why Postgraduate Study?

Following on from my previous blog post, which explained why I first chose to come to the University of Plymouth, I thought I would write about my decision to study a postgraduate degree.  As you can see from the cheesy picture below (which somehow made it into one of the Universityโ€™s graduation videos) getting my History BA degree meant the world to me. It was one of the first things I had properly accomplished in my life, and I loved every second of my undergraduate degree. 

 
 I wonder what I was looking at??

I wonder what I was looking at??

 

After graduating I decided to give myself a break from education. I had already decided that I wanted to go back to University, but I wanted to gain some work experience. I worked in retail for a year and I made some great friends, however, I missed that itch of working towards something. I got in touch with the University and my old lecturers about the possibility of doing a postgraduate degree. They were so helpful, providing me with information about the different courses available to me and making sure that I could make the best decision.  They also made me aware of the funding that I could apply for, the government had just introduced a ยฃ10,000 postgraduate loan and because I had studied at Plymouth previously I qualified for an alumni discount!

The best thing about studying as a postgraduate student is how everything is tailored to you. When I first returned to the University I was enrolled on a full time Masters course, however, after the first week I realised that I could not handle the intensive work load (I did not want to give up my retail job and the friends that I had made there). The faculty staff were so kind and understood my situation completely. I was soon enrolled as a part time student, which suited the hours that I had wanted to do and meant I could continue to work alongside my degree.

Despite my initial worries, studying part time did not mean that I was isolated. Throughout the last year and a half I have made some great friends who share my enthusiasm for history.  We have held many get-togethers and have chatted about key issues such as, whether being a history student requires you to know all the words to Billy Joelโ€™s โ€˜We Didnโ€™t Start the Fireโ€™.  

Studying at postgraduate level has also meant that I have experienced a change in teaching style, I have been encouraged to develop my own opinions by my tutors. This has given me greater confidence and, through encouragement from lecturer, I decided to study abroad for the first time this year in Holland. This is the main reason why I cannot recommend postgraduate study enough, it gives you the chance to study in an environment of like-minded people who want you to grow, and who will support you in doing so. 
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  Me studying abroad in Holland

Me studying abroad in Holland

 

If you are interested in postgraduate study, attending an open evening is a great way to find out more - www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/postgraduate-open-evening.