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March 6, 2016 | by  | in Opinion |
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PGSA Column

Dear postgraduate students,

Welcome to trimester one! I’m sure that a lot of you are preparing for tutorials, writing a thesis, or working on your research. This column is geared specifically towards you.

I want to let you know that the PGSA has teamed up with Salient to bring tips and advice to postgraduate students. We plan to discuss student experiences, interview students for spotlights, keep you updated on school policy changes, and tell you about events. Our mission is to provide useful information on how to deal with a wide range of postgraduate issues; including research tips, how to deal with supervisors, and how to prepare for life after graduation.

To align with Salient’s theme this week, think about the places that you will go. Where do you see yourself after graduation? Do you want to travel? Where do you want to work? Are you exploring new places or are you staying in one place—the office? At times we tend to get tunnel vision and only see what lies right in front of us. As we think about where we are now, think about how it’s going to take you to the next place in your life.

As you tackle your many obligations, don’t forget that you have a life outside of school! Stressing out and being sleep deprived may hinder your progress. Find time in-between your thesis, tutorials, homework, and exams to take a breather.

I wish you all a great start to this new trimester! Feel free to contact PGSA at pgsa@vuw.ac.nz if you need assistance or if you are interested in contributing to future columns.

 

Upcoming event: Postgraduate Interactive Forum

March 22, at 4.00pm in SUB217/218

Come to the next Postgraduate Interactive Forum and listen to students discuss their research. We will have several PhD students from the Faculty of Commerce and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences discussing their work. Jane Fletcher will also be in attendance to discuss employability and transferable skills. Food will be provided. If you’re keen to practice presenting your research and get feedback from fellow students, e-mail sue.kelly@vuw.ac.nz and be a presenter at the next forum.

 

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