A day in the life of a BA (Hons) Economics/Politics student (Izzy)

As Economics and Politics is a combined honours course, I’ve found that our days and weeks are structured slightly differently to many of my friends who do single honours courses.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, my lectures are in the afternoon, meaning I can pretty much have a lie in every day of the week, which is a bit of a treat compared to my friends who have 9am lectures every day. I have a 9am on Thursdays and a 10am on Fridays, but when I haven’t got early starts, I wake up at about 9:30 or 10ish, have breakfast, chat to my friends in the house who don’t have uni that day or haven’t started yet.

At about 11ish, I check through Moodle to see what content we’re going through in the lectures and tutorials that day, and check to see what reading I need to do. I try to get the reading done for a topic after the previous lecture, so I feel ahead of the game, but sometimes I miss bits, so I try to catch up if that’s the case.

I cycle into uni, which takes me about 15 to 20 minutes. I’ve found cycling is really refreshing, especially if you’re feeling a bit groggy from the night before. I usually park my bike outside the business school because most of my lectures are in there.

I then get changed out of my cycling stuff (I don’t want to be all sweaty and stinky the whole day) and make my way to the lecture halls or seminar room, and wait for my friends to arrive – usually fashionably late.

During seminars I like to make quick notes on my laptop, which I can colour and add bits too when I get home or if I go to the library between lectures.

My lectures are very much like lessons were in sixth form, and the seminars and tutorials are much more like one to one tutoring than I was expecting, but I really enjoy that element of the course.

As there are only about 10 to 15 people doing Economics and Politics, we’re all quite close, which is a bonus of our course, as I have friends who do subjects like history and psychology where there are over 200 people on their course. Because there are only a few of us, we have a group chat, and if any of us don’t understand part of the course, we can just ask the others, and through the sheer rule of probability, one of us is bound to know what’s going on.

Once I’m back home, I go over any content I didn’t write down in the lecture by using the Lecture Capture system, and chill out with friends with a beer and some spaghetti. Life’s good

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