It’s that time of the year. With only two months left to the commencement of the University of London International Programmes (UOLIP) examinations, examination period stress must have set in for students already. I graduated last year but even I’m feeling tense already. Around this time, last year, you could find me in the corner of my house, cramming for exams and panicking like no other. While you will find a lot of posts giving you studying tips, this post is here to give you key tips on how to survive the examination period stress.
Another year goes by as we mark the beginning of a new year. For some people, 2016 may have been one of their best years to date, while for some, unfortunately, it may have been one of their worst. From a more global perspective, I am sure you all will agree with me in marking 2016 as one of the most action-packed years the world has lived to see. From many iconic figures parting from the world to groundbreaking political shifts, quite a number of events made the headlines in the past 365 days.
Having been affiliated with an institution where we had lecturers to teach us the entire course and guide us until the day of the examination, studying an entire course on my own was a whole new experience. It was a risk, because I was used to being pampered by lecturers not only delivering the syllabus but dealing with every single problem I had. However, I had a few options to select my fourth course from, and after skimming through their respective subject guides, Economic Geography seemed like the best and the most interesting option to me. Unfortunately, Economic Geography was a course that was not being taught at my institution, so I decided to take the risk and go ahead with it alone. I was scared, I have to admit. I had no idea how I would make myself study for it without any classes, and how the result would turn out to be.
It is that time of the year when we are all busy in our own ways; vacationing in Thailand, going on a shopping spree in Dubai, building the CV by interning at a local or international firm, finishing off those series you did not get to watch all year (although it cannot be the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ because who does not get time to watch that one even if there is an exam the next day, right?), or just lazing around at home. That being said, if you have graduated or are going to graduate next year and are planning on pursuing a Master’s degree, now is the time to get to work.
It has been over two weeks since my last exam, hence I have come out of hibernation, which usually starts many months before the actual examinations. That should explain why I have been so busy in the past two weeks clearing up all the mess I created while I was in hibernation, spending time with my family (who are so glad to finally see me without a mug of tea – read: ‘caffeine’ – in my hand), catching up with friends, clearing out my cupboards, and of course, planning my vacation. In fact, I’m already on my long over-due much awaited vacation!
As the 16 days of activism against Gender-based violence following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women on the 25th of November comes to an end, I see a positive trend in the fight against gender based violence across the world. From the illumination of famous buildings like the National Monument of Pakistan in orange, to events like the International Istanbul Marathon, the world stands together in carrying out “Orange Events” as a part of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign, with an aim to ”Orange the World”.
Defined as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” by the United Nations, violence against women is a repercussion of the lingering inequalities that exist between men and women, leading to discrimination against women in practice. With every one in three women experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, violence against women remains a global endemic that not only affects mental and physical health but also has socio-economic costs as it inhibits development in terms of poverty alleviation, peace and security, and in the struggle against AIDS.
Having just received my second year results, I am finally and officially in my third and final year of BSc (Hons) Economics with the University of London International Programmes in Pakistan. I find it hard to fathom that I am already in my final year, hardly a few months (10 months, to be more specific) away from being an undergraduate student to becoming a graduate.