Undergraduate vs Postgraduate: Differences

Hello everybody!

So yes, university is offically back this semester (and as i type this I should be continuing with pre-class preparaton readings). ‘One’ set of readings done though. Anyways, I have the weekend and a day off  soon so will be catching up on my readings then. Then my two days of classes start then.

Anyways, enough with the ramble. Today’s post will be based on the differences that I’ve noticed when I was in my undergraduate years compared to my post-graduate life now.

Undergraduate life:

Reliance on casual work during semester and/or on university holidays. This rings true if you had a heavy coursework during semester. Just as long as you can get experience is the most important thing. I’ve worked various jobs from note-taking at uni, to being part of student services. My consisent holiday job was at an educational services company where they hired univeristy halls to run high school classes.

Never underestimate volunteering during univeristy. I volunteered with a couple of mentoring programs during my univeristy. One program in particular involved me travelling to schools in low socio-econimic backgrounds and involved in raising awareness in tertiary education throughout my univeristy time. From this experience, it adds a whole lot of diveristy to the skillset.

I’ve noticed science / medicine related subjects were completely different from high school and were quite technical, especially beyond first year. Those subjects took a lot of my time during the week. After two-three years doing a physiology / pharmacology major for that time, I decided that it wasn’t for me. Safety, health and environment was another major that I had it mind during that time as the subjects were more of my thing and were understandable. Mind you, my grades were improving at that point upon making the switch.

As the years went on and especially in the later years, I found myself wanting to get out of uni and start working. I wasn’t enjoying uni life anymore at that stage. I found a great group of uni friends that I still hang out to this date from first year. Sure there were acquaintances throughout the years but honestly that doesn’t matter.

Doing a language at univeristy is hard work! I dropped the arts part of it mid-way through my degree. First two years was enjoyable, but later on it became a chore.

I wasn’t doing much socially during my univeristy years, besides being invited to parties occasionally and/or outings. My social group was pretty limited to them, my high school friend (who I still see time again) and primary (but these days now, it’s rare as people change over the years)

People at my undergraduate were completely different to the uni that I’m in now. Nerdish, smart, weird, rather blah, booksmart boring at my undergraduate univeristy. It’s quite a contrast with the university that I’m with now. Kind of old-school but that’s what you get with univeristies that aren’t innovative.

Most of the subjects that I did, besides the safety related and a management one were a total mind-boggle to me and I have no recollection of them. I really had a hard time maintaining my grades for those subjects (ans espeiclly the language subjects).

Too much free time killed me to be honest. During that time, I was looking for work just to earn that money.

The univeristy I went to relied on attending lectures, see the slides and expect to learn. I’ve had lecturers where I would fall asleep, tune out during class, simply because they would keep on talking. Of course, there were some first year courses where students were talking during the lecture and honestly, it was distracting. There were older students that are paying X amount and taking time out of their schedules to attend class. I think I’ll say the same thing, had i ever gone through an undergradute degree again.

Now onto the Postgraduate life:

Now that i’m in this stage, full time work and part time study is the way to go Time managment is crucial as time  and days are limited. I found that weekends (and days off) were the best time as studying during weekenights and during lunchbreaks wasn’t working for me, espeically when you’ve come home from a day of work and gym.

Now that I’m older, I have an interest in the degree that I’m currently doing as I am keen on changing careers. Most of my students that I’ve encountered are older and have been through university again.

Once you hit the working life, there isn’t much time during the week and so weekends are a must to catch up on things. Savour the free time that’s avaiable during your student years.

The universtiy that I’m in now is better than the previous one. Vibrant, innovative and in the heart of the city, where my working life has been (well, I did travel past the city from the North side before finding a job closer to home).

I feel that I’m engaging with the material a lot more. Studying at the same time as working breaks up the everyday life of work work work and something to look forward too. I can say that I am glad to experience studying again!

So far, people have asked how I do it and suprised that I am doing both at the same time. Of course, one has to give i.e you do one or the other full time, not both.

Anyways, that’s the comparisons in a snapshot.

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It’s all coming back to me..

Hello everyone!!

It’s nearly  a new month and so just checking in with an update of what I’ve been up to:

The past two Saturdays of this month was work! Yes I worked on Saturday. Since my uni term is commencing very soon, I will need to take time off in lieu during uni tasks. It leads me to the next point..

I really need to get cracking on my uni readings this weekend until my first class as my first class starts in 3 weeks and the first set of sessions are two days in a row. Then the week after I have a quiz. Completely new subject and getting into the more serious stuff! Can’t wait to learn the real stuff now. Last semester we covered a bit of this stuff but completely blanked out so hopefully this makes more sense this semester..the next three months of study, work and life balance… So far i’m really enjoying it!

Pokemon go!! has been my latest obession. Most lunch breaks are spent poke-hunting and  sadly, my brother and mum are into it as well :). Once uni starts and have days off, I will start using my time to pokehunt around the city and my uni too!! I love the uni that I am studying in right now, even more so than my previous university :). Another excuse to meet up with friends too.

I caught up with my high school friend a few weekends ago and it was lovely! She’s moved house and nowaways, we’re more than happy to sit down and eat / drink and a cafe or restuarant whereas two years ago, we would hit the shops. Happy to do local as well, as i’m in the city a few times each month.

Recently had my cousin’s partner’s celebration in the span of two days! One was his own on a Friday night at Goro’s but i couldn’t drink too much as I had to work the next day. The one after that was a suprise on Sunday where I drank a fair bit and broke a champagne glass at the end. Oh wells..

Aside from that, nothing else! Night all

 

Just checking in.

Hello all.

So i’m just doing a  post about thoughts in general. I went out on Friday night to  the Bavarian beer cafe for a mini joint b’day with a friend of mine. For sure I wont be back there anytime soon due to the reasons: There was a time limit on the table; secondly, the food service was slow as fuck and three, seeing that we brought cake from outside, there was a surcharge on top of for each person.Unfortunatelty seeing as the friend was recently married, he had to attend to home matters early which left me the other b’day to go gaming and pooling. I was tired at the end of the night but nonethe less a good night. There was another celebration on the other side of the city for one of my gym buddies but it was too late to join them. Next time.

So towards the end of the month brings me working on a Saturday to be used around upcoming semester. Also a b’day over two days and next week I find out my results for my first masters subject (eek!). I sort of know I passed due to achieving a distinction in all my tasks last semester. Furthermore, the last week of July brings me prepartory week for my upcoming uni classes. Then it’s August and classes begin, meaning time off work to attend class and assessments :). May potentially be offered more Saturdays in the upcoming months as the current person will be going away in September. More day in lieu means no need to use my annual leave for classes, even though I have excess of a week and a bit. Library, coffee, food / wine and laptop every on weekends once semester starts. Bring it on!

Freeletics is currently my new fitness training regime and its given me a whole new motivation in my training!! Having this mobile coach means that i can bring it wherever I want and can train whenever I want for example, yesterday I did a bodyweight workout in my room then borrowed my cousin in law’s home gym for the gym workout and then finished off with pullups and burpees practice. Today I am dealing with muscle soreness, from yesterday’s workouts so I ran 3k today with my running coach 🙂

Anyways, here’s to the second half of 2016!

 

It’s the Third of July.

I seriously cannot believe that it’s exactly halfway through the year. What’s been happening as I haven’t done a life update as of yet..

It was my b’day a few days ago but kept it low key this time. My friends hinted that I should do something but seeing as I have other b’days to attend around this time, I’ll see. Presents wise.. I don’t expect much since i’m working full time now. I did get a small Lush gift, acrylic jumper for sleeping and a new iPhone! I did buy myself a new Victoria Secret perfume (60% off!) and some underwear, even though I am recovering from purchasing 7 for $30 (2 lots) of panties online. This is currently mt new obsession, as well as Discount Chemist Warehouse.  Also I’ve been into Bras N Things and Cotton On body too.

Oh, I attended a fitness competition 2 Saturdays (fortnight) ago at one of my local gyms and placed 5th with my team. It was good considering I had a year off those events. On that day, I also joined my gym people for a casual lunch and joined one friend who wanted to see The Conjuring 2. A rather scary but great movie, with chilling scenes at the end. A great Saturday. Wish I could do it all again 🙂

Work wise, it’s all the same really. My mood has been better since my last post and just working until the uni term starts pretty soon!! I did have a Time In Lieu this past Monday and since I’ve worked yesterday, I have another 2 more of those days to use soon. Need to find out when the next round assessments are due and then use those days. Leave for University and Day In Lieu/ADO for assessments is my plan this upcoming semester.

Fitness regime wise, I’ve subscribed to Freeletics Gym and am loving it! Before subscribing to the Bodyweight App, I was mainly doing weights and HIIT. Having to go to my favourite gym can sometimes be hard, so freeletics has been my saviour. Mind you, the workouts itself are quite challenging. My plan is to continue with gym coach once my body weight finishes.

SO that’s all I can update you with! Have a great week ahead!

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