A Day in the Life of a Queen Mary Student
In this blog post I’d like to share with you my typical day as a Queen Mary student.
25 June 2015
I studied the Senior Status LLB law degree, which consisted of 12-15 hours of class time per week. It was an accelerated two-year programme, which meant more modules undertaken in less time. Each module consisted of lectures and tutorials. On top of my academic schedule, I was also President of the Senior Status Law Society and worked part-time as a Social Media Intern for Queen Mary’s UK Student Recruitment Team. As I’m sure you can image, I was quite busy with both academic and extra-curricular involvements, but being organised and effectively managing my time was key to getting everything done. I often felt that having a busy schedule made me more productive because I had less time to procrastinate!
I’ll recount for you an actual day from this past year, the 3rd of February to be exact. It was a Tuesday. I’m notorious for recording details of my days so a quick glance back at my diary has been useful!
9am – Wake up
I’m not really a morning person but I also can’t justify sleeping in late on a weekday, so 9am always seemed like a reasonable wake-up time. I always reviewed my diary in the morning whilst having breakfast and watching the news (as a law student, it’s important to be commercially aware).
11:30am - Gym
I try going to the gym 2-3 times a week; it helps me de-stress and it’s important to stay healthy! I exercised at Queen Mary’s gym, QMotion, which offers really great membership prices for students. Being on campus, it made it easier to head to classes so it was especially useful to go to between breaks.
12:30pm-2pm – Family Law Lecture
The lecture was on Cohabitation and the Family Home. We had lectures for 1.5 hours every week with tutorials fortnightly, also for 1.5 hours. The lectures presented the material whilst the tutorials allowed students to engage with it, as we were expected to have done further readings on the topic and prepare answers to assigned questions.
2:00pm-3:00pm - Administrative Law lecture
The lecture was on Illegality as a grounds for Judicial Review. In this module we had two one-hour lectures each week in addition to a one-hour weekly tutorial.
3:00pm-4:00pm - Coffee Meeting
Coffee meeting at Ground Café on campus with a committee member to discuss planning a social event for the Senior Status Law Society.
5:30pm-7:30pm - Law Society Event
‘Your Path to a Career in Law’ event, hosted by The University of Law and BPP Law School. I was a member of the discussion panel where I talked to attendees about my experience in the Senior Status Law programme at Queen Mary.
8:00pm onwards - Readings
I spent a few hours at the library doing some additional readings for my modules. During term time the library is open every weekday until midnight.
I would usually get home around 10 or 11pm (sometimes earlier if I had done more work during the day), catch up on the news again before bed and end off my day!
As you can see, my schedule was quite varied with academic and extra-curricular activities. On top of this, I would also be tweeting and posting photos on Instagram throughout the day as part of my Social Media Internship.
Whilst this may sound like a busy day, I think it highlights the opportunities for involvement that comes with studying at Queen Mary. Perhaps my experience may be a little busier then others, but I think it shows the importance of getting the most out of your time at university. If you’re able to manage your time well, the results can be very rewarding!
- Carolyn Minaudo is a final year student at Queen Mary, studying an accelerated two-year Law degree. Originally from Toronto, she also has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Political Science from Queen’s University in Canada. Carolyn came to London for the first time to begin studying at QMUL and hopes through sharing her student experience you’ll be inspired to join her!