"My capacity to manage time efficiently and study independently improved tremendously as a result of my degree"
I am currently pursuing a Masters in European Philosophy here at Manchester Met, so I suppose I’m still a student, but I’m also what is known as a Masters Scholar for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. With this title comes an expectation to be an active and contributing member of the university community, both academically and within the student body.
Honestly looking back on it, the sense of challenge and of community that comes from studying a degree. By challenge I mean in terms of juggling what at times seems like an insurmountable number of assignments, deadlines and whatever else but also in terms of understanding the material needed in order to produce said assignments. At times, of course, the whole situation felt very different to me, but the feeling of pride when you finally overcome that one little knot of indecipherable text or when you’ve finished all your assignments and submitted them made it worth it, at least for me. Couple this with the fact that almost everyone else around you is in a similar situation, whether they are a new student writing their first assignment or a PhD student who’s just submitted the culmination of several years’ worth of research and effort, means that everyone can relate in some small way to each other.
First and foremost would be my ability to critically evaluate a piece of work, whether it be a philosophical argument or a set of data and then come out the other end with a reasoned conclusion; without the treatment this skill got during my degree I’m not sure I’d have ended up where I am today. Second would most definitely be my writing and referencing skills, which have vastly improved since before I started my degree and are essential in ensure that those well-reasoned points I come up with are being communicated clearly and effectively to those reading them. Finally, my capacity to manage time efficiently and study independently improved tremendously as a result of my degree due the juggling of assignments and different topics that comes with the level of study.
The more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it, whether that is asking a question about something you’re not sure about in class, or reading that one article you found that kind of looks useful for tomorrows lecture. There is only one way to find out and that is to go for it.
All of the wonderful people I’ve met, both staff, student and other during my time at university.
The passion the teaching staff have towards making sure that every student realises their full potential.