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What a normal day studying Politics involves

Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

As many of you reading this may be finalising your University decisions, I thought it would be highly beneficial to showcase what a day in the life of a Politics student usually involves. Hopefully, this will enable you to visualise what life at the University has in store for your – I have decided to write about my most busy and eventful day so there is more for you to envision. Please bear in mind that as I am a student under the Social Sciences, my contact hours will be significantly less than those studying natural sciences and other subjects as a large degree of my course involves self-studying, reading, and independent research – regardless, I hope you enjoy this blog and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

7:30 – Wake up, Shower + Get ready, and cook Breakfast – as many of the first-year students live on campus we often cook for ourselves, however, there are also many on-campus cafes and restaurants for you to grab a quick morning snack if need be. 

9:00 – Go to the library to complete reading for my World Politics Seminar (for the next day) – this is a one-hour long seminar where we take turns presenting our reading to the class, the topics covered in this session mirror those covered in lectures and allow us to ensure that we understand everything required for the specific module.

11:00 – Society meeting – As part of the Exec team for Warwick Unicef we often meet up during the day where everyone is on campus to either promote and raise awareness for our specific campaigns or attend group meetings. 

12:30 – Lunch with friends at Bar Fusion – As mentioned above, Warwick has many on-campus restaurants that are easily accessible by walking so before afternoon lectures and seminars we often meet up to catch up with friends for lunch. 

2:00 – Seminar on Political Research in the 21st Century – This is an hour-long seminar covering the topics mentioned in these core modules lectures the week before, we are required to complete reading in preparation for this seminar and occasionally we may have to present our findings and beliefs to the class.

3:00 – Lecture on Justice, Citizenship, and Democracy – This is a one hour lecture on an optional module that I choose because I found the topics covered very interesting and relevant to the world today, sometimes our lectures can be interactive meaning that the lecturer will ask for our opinions; we can also contribute to the discussion which is always interesting.

4:00 – Return to my dorm to complete reading and studying for the next and following days – I find that doing this stops me from procrastinating and will mean that I can keep on top of all of my required learning. 

6:00 – Meet with friends in Learning Grid (a university study space) to complete group projects and presentations, we often have lots of these in Politics and the fact that most first-year students are on campus makes it easy for us to meet up later in the day.

7:30 – Movie with friends in Coventry or Leamington cinema, most days we travel out of the University for a little shopping or to grab a snack, this is easy to do as we can catch the buses from the University bus station and safely make it to the city. 

9:30 – Return to the dorm to chill and watch tv shows with friends, we may also do a bit of cooking, cleaning, and laundry for the week.

11:30 – 1:00 – When I usually fall asleep and end my day.

This is what my weekdays are mostly like on campus, hopefully, you were able to visualise this day easily – as always there will be days where we are much more productive than others, in the same way, there will be nights where we spend out much later than others but I have tried to keep this as general as possible – thank you for reading and hope you have a great day!

Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

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