Posted on Mon 10 Dec 2018 at 15:45 by Christopher Carter
Life as one of the 12,000 postgraduate students here at Warwick is fulfilling and intellectually stimulating, but it can also be challenging. While our diverse postgrad community plays a major role in university life, PG students are often not as visible as their undergraduate counterparts. We often carry out work independently, alone, and have less opportunities to work with or socialise with other students.
Sometimes, this is okay! Oftentimes, postgrads need to get their heads down and get stuck in with research, so they can achieve their best academic results. However, there’s the danger that this style of work can cause serious isolation and loneliness. Postgrads can all too easily fall into a trap of not talking to anyone, not eating properly, becoming too wrapped up in their work, and thus not studying effectively and neglecting their wellbeing.
Postgrad Connections is a new SU campaign which aims to support postgrad students through their work by preventing them from falling into this trap of isolation. While acknowledging that sometimes we need to get our heads down and work hard, we also need to make sure we’re not becoming lost or lonely while doing so.
Rest assured, you’re not the only person feeling like this. And just because we postgrads often work alone, it doesn’t mean we’re not a community, or part of this university!
That’s why we need to stick together and stay connected. Look out for each other. Check that we’re eating properly, doing exercise and meeting friends. Talk about our research to one another, because sometimes you just need to say out loud what you’re thinking to see if it makes sense. Take a break, and go to one of the events hosted by the PG Hub, the Wolfson Research Exchange or the SU. Join a society or sports club, take a walk, and get some fresh air!
Taking the time out to look after yourself will mean you can work and study so much more effectively – which, after all, is why we’re all here in the first place. It means that whilst research can be tough, it’s not a chore. It means that on a bad day, someone can be there to listen to you - and on a good day, you can pick someone else up. While we’re all studying different things, the experience can be more common than you realise!
Stay tuned for more news and events over the coming months – keep an eye on the PG Connections webpage for more info: warwicksu.com/pgconnections