I’ve never been a religious nor a spiritual person. This is why I was always sceptical towards things like meditation which is perceived to have a spiritual origin. For some people, meditation leads to inner peace and happiness while others might think of it as a placebo.
When I went to New York City during the Fall semester in 2017 to pursue a business certificate in finance, I took an additional course in organisational behaviour where we learned about the effects of meditation within an organisation. Research shows that it can increase productivity and reduce the risk of burnout. Then, a professional instructor went through a full meditation with us. The technique that was used was different from the one I want to recommend to you, but I still felt peaceful and relaxed in that moment. As any sceptic, I thought it might be a placebo effect since we heard about the research shortly before the meditation. Continue reading
So, 3 years into this degree and the thing that still drives me nuts is essay writing. It takes me months to start writing answers that I am halfway happy with. Anyway, I hope this resonates with you all. If it does, keep reading ‘my roadmap to essay writing’, the steps I usually go through to write a Politics/International Relations Essay.
Step number 1: Getting my head around the material.
Before I can even think about an essay, I have to study the material. Usually this involves going through the Study guide and the Essential Reading. Whether I write the essays as I go along or wait till I finish the syllabus, it depends on the module and how well I understand it. Continue reading
I love planning, it makes everything seem right in a highly topsy-turvy world where surprises are always lurking around the corner.
Here are a couple of things I like to do when I am studying my politics modules. Take a look, I hope that they help you too!
Understanding what’s expected of me
When I started this degree my first step was to sit down and read all those lovely resources that UOL offer, explaining how the degree worked and what was expected of us as students. Understanding this helped me to understand what I had to do and when I had to do it; the Strategies of Success book gives a really nice overview of the different kinds of plans students should make. Continue reading
I can’t believe that it’s nearing the end of 2018. 2 years ago, I was at the end of my A Levels, trying to decide what to do next.
I knew I wanted to do something that stretched my brain and allowed me to develop my analytical skills. In the end, it was between a math degree and a politics one. I chose politics and I haven’t regretted it since.
I’ll admit that every year, as that dreaded exam time comes closer and I see the stack of notes that I have to get through, I do wonder why I didn’t take at least one math course. Saying that, I have yet to sit down and have a serious urge to change degrees and do something else with my life. As I enter the third year of my degree, none of this has changed (yet) and here’s why. Continue reading
I am writing this article to motivate other students to try their best and never give up. I am a person who started this degree at the University of London with not the highest knowledge of math and statistics. However, with my persistence, my hard work studying and my determination, I was able to reach a decent level of knowledge of those quantitative fields. This year, I have chosen to study development economics and in the first chapter it was indicated that I should revise some regression techniques. So, I tried to search in my old statistics textbook. At first I was terrified. I thought econometrics was a very difficult topic and I would not understand. However, I am a person that never gives up at anything. So, I closed my books and I hit the gym, I cleared my mind and I came back to study some more. I watched a lot of videos on youtube about regression and I finally got it. It took me some extra time, but I did get it. Finally! Continue reading
Education has been increasingly more democratised by the internet and more broadly through digitisation. This has given us, the eager minds of the world, the great opportunity to explore the causes of things at minimal costs. Opportunities range from deepening one’s own skill set and knowledge or exploring a completely unfamiliar field of science and develop personally.
I believe there are basically three different reasons for learning: (1) develop the theoretical base for your chosen subject, (2) develop hard (i.e. technical) skills for your chosen industry, and (3) develop soft skills through interdisciplinary courses and courses outside your chosen field. Studying the theory required for our desired industry is what most of us do at the University of London. This is the very foundation and starting point for the rest of our journey. But it certainly does not end here. Continue reading
Two months ago we were sitting in the eye of a panic-fuelled storm. Now we are here, possibly more relaxed, back to reality and in the worst case scenario, just witnessing the still raging storm from afar; which isn’t so bad. Continue reading
We are slowly heading to the day results will be announced. Most of us have mixed feelings. I can personally feel a sense of relief but, also, I feel stressed. I try not to think negatively. I think it is crucial for all of us to enjoy our summer vacations, to refill our batteries and relax. Whatever has happened, it’s over now! Whenever I feel stressed and under the weather, I try to remember an old Chinese saying “Don’t worry about things that can change and things that cannot be changed!” Continue reading
There are 24 hours in a day. 25 of which I have spend staring at my books.
In my city, Mumbai, India, summer vacations for most have already started. College students as well as kids frolic around in the blazing sun while attempting to catch the last drop of their ice creams. While some are catching flights into relaxed oblivion, I am here wiping my sweat with my notes.
UOLIA EXAMINATIONS 2018: Countdown begins. Continue reading
28 February 2018: Memories come in flurries much like the flurries of snowfall outside the British Library, as I sit to pen down my farewell blog for my BSc International Relations journey at the British Library’s Rare books and music reading room, on a gloriously sunny and snow-engulfed day in London. A journey that I undertook four and a half years back will culminate in the form of the graduation ceremony in a few days. Time has moved fast and I am more than halfway across the line, as an MA Music in Development student at SOAS.
The very first blog I posted here was about my aims of balancing both my music and studies. By no means has that been a walk in the park. However, had it not been for the University of London, it would have simply been impossible. Continue reading