I enjoyed my Undergraduate course because it was very interesting and I learned a lot of things that I would have never learned otherwise and I felt like my degree enriched me as a person. Having said that, it did not prepare me for the ‘real world’ so I thought doing a more practical, creative Masters would be the right thing for me to do. I have dreamed of a career in publishing since a young age, so the prospect of starting my Masters in Publishing after graduation was thrilling. I was ready to leave behind all the academic research and readings and put my ideas into practice.
I am currently three months into my Masters and I am really enjoying it, although I have had moments in which I struggled and thought I was not suited for the course. From my experience so far of a Masters degree, I can say that much more is expected of students. Lecturers do not give you precise directions and guidance, but rather provide you with broad guidelines that allow for freedom and experimentation. Since my course is based on presenting ideas and projects in your own way, the final outcome exclusively reflects the individual. At first this was very intimidating, because I was used to following more precise instructions regarding assignments, and knowing exactly what lecturers expected, but I am now starting to grasp the course’s nature. Having the freedom to do what you want to do is challenging, but it is extremely motivating because it gives you the chance to express your personality and to grow as an individual. Furthermore, having the chance to present your own work on your own terms is very rewarding. Lecturers know you for who you are and for your own individual approach to the course and not as a student number. I am finding my Masters experience incredibly interesting and I am finally feeling as if I am learning something useful for the career I have always wanted to pursue, and I could not be more enthusiastic about it.
- By Rebecca Ricci