I’m currently doing an MLitt in French linguistics, which is a research degree, so I don’t have a strict timetable. I have to organise myself, which means that there is no ‘typical’ day in my life, but I’ll try to give you a glimpse of some of the things I get up to!
I arrive in uni, grab my obligatory morning cup of tea and head for my computer. I spend a few minutes checking
I start working at 9am, but what I’m actually doing depends on what I’m working on at any given time. If I’m working on a first draft of an essay, I’m usually reading or planning in the common room or furiously typing at my desk. If I’m writing a final draft, I’m probably staring out of the window trying to think of words. Sometimes, I’m writing or practising presentations. It all changes day to day, week to week.
As a research student, I have to attend meetings with my supervisor to discuss my ideas and my progress. This usually happens every two weeks. I’m also involved in some projects outside of my degree, so I sometimes have other meetings too.
Lunch. Needs no explanation really – easily the best part of the day!
Back to work again. I usually try to mix up what I’m doing, so if I spent the morning reading, I’ll try and do some writing in the afternoon. At the moment, I’m just starting my dissertation so most of my time is spent reading, but I try to do other things or have a change of scenery when I can.
There’s usually a talk or seminar happening somewhere in the university and I try to go to the ones I find interesting if I have the time. It’s good to listen to other people’s research, meet other students with similar interests and learn about a new topic.