A week in the life of a Warwick BA Education studies 3rd year student living in Leamington Spa:
Kaitlyn Kellett | Education Studies
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- Today is a very content-heavy day regarding university, I start the day off with a 9am-12am Lecture and Seminar on 21 Century Innovation, discussing the issues with leadership in Education and the impacts headteachers, school leaders and governors have on schools.
- I then had a 3-hour break where I spent my time in the Warwick SU, a very chilled environment to have my lunch (Tomato soup with bread) and have a relaxed but focused study session.
- Finally, I attended my Lecture on Special Needs, and Disabilities focused on Autism, including false assumptions, characteristics and how a child can be supported in their education journey.
- I then went home, had dinner and then got into my PJs after a long day of studying and had well-needed rest.
- In the morning, I head into the campus for a 9am-11am lecture on Masculinities and Fatherhood with the focus on young fathers and the challenges they face as they navigate parenthood.
- I then have a break which I spent in the Faculty of Arts building, sometimes, I make use of the Café Nero in this building to treat myself to a toastie for lunch, but today I brought in some leftover pasta from the night before.
- Tuesday’s diary alternates each week where some weeks in the afternoon, we have dissertation seminars and check-ins. This week we had one on structuring our analysis, results, and discussion section, and then we had a smaller group session to discuss which stages we are at and any concerns or questions we need addressing. This is very helpful to feel you have that support throughout completing your individual research projects.
- After this session, which finishes at 4pm, I head home, make dinner and relax in the evening before bed.
- On Wednesdays, I do not have any seminars or lectures to attend, so I start my morning later and sleep in until about 8:30/9am.
- Despite this, I head to campus at about 10:30am to study in the sports centre until I attend a dance contemporary class with CMD at 1:30pm.
- After the dance class, I head back home to Leamington Spa and I use my free time in the afternoon to do my weekly food shop, so I walk into town to the local Tesco’s.
- I then use the rest of the day to catch up on the phone with my family and friends and then study until dinner.
- Once again, I do not have any Seminars or Lectures on campus and start my morning at 8:30/9am.
- In the morning, I spend a couple of hours dedicated to working on my dissertation, I sometimes walk to a local café but today, I met my friend at Leamington Public Library. This is free to the public to use and is a great quiet place to study with comfy chairs and charging facilities. You are also able to bring a packed lunch and eat whilst you are there, and this is what I did today.
- I then come back around 3pm before heading to the local CORE gym with the same friend.
- By the time I get back home and take a shower, it is time for dinner and then bed.
- Friday mornings I head into the campus for about 10am to study in the social sciences building (really comfy seats) before attending my seminar for the Masculinity and Fatherhood module at 12pm and my Special Needs and Disabilities seminar at 1pm.
- I then studied for a further 2 hours in the Education Studies common room (which currently has Christmas decorations up!) before heading home at 4pm to unwind for the evening.
- WOOO, I’ve gotten through the week!
- On Saturday I take the morning off and take my time getting ready to go to a lyrical dance class at 12pm.
- After dance, I headed back to Leamington as my sister is coming to visit for the night; once we had a catch-up, we walked to the Leamington Library, and we studied there until it closed at 4:30pm.
- We then decided to go to the Vue cinema in Leamington Spa to watch the new Matilda film (10/10 – would recommend) and then came home for the evening, had dinner and then went to bed.
- On Sunday, we had a lazy morning and made pancakes for brunch.
- We then studied for a couple of hours before heading to the Christmas markets along the Leamington Spa parade. This was a lovely experience, and we brought brownies from the Love Lane Brownies stall (they were amazing) and some sustainable natural soaps from BEE Zero Waste ltd.
- We then had dinner at Wagamama’s in Leamington, and then we both went our separate ways home, me to Leamington and her to our home city after a lovely time spent together.
I hope you’ve enjoyed an insight into my week!
Until next time, Kaitlyn x