Birkbeck graduates offer new students advice
I think I would just say that you have to be resilient and sometimes you’re not going to want to study late in the evening, but by becoming friends with people on your course, by venting to your friends, by taking lots of bubble baths – you definitely can do it. To learn and enjoy their year as well. My advice for someone who’s just starting is persevere, I think you’ll find it extremely difficult to try to manage: your work, your life, your study, to start with, but it’s so worth it if you manage to get it right and one day you’ll be in this position and be glad you did it. Don’t give up – there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Be optimistic and mingle with people, learn and try to get out of your comfort zone, try to talk to other people in your class, gain what experience they have and they can gain from the experience that you have. My advice is to really go for it, especially at Birkbeck as they have excellent facilities. If you have a young family they have the Birkbeck evening nursery which my daughter would attend while I was going to lectures, which she really enjoyed. Very friendly staff and very understanding members of staff. So you would not compromise on the rigor but you had all the structure and the facilities that would enable you to succeed at the end of your degree. What you get is what you give, I mean it’s up to you to make the most of it.