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Let’s celebrate! How and why you should celebrate your achievements during your postgrad

The sun is shining, the library has been more or less abandoned and there’s a large number of parents on campus. It must be the end of a hard working year and (hopefully) the time to relax and celebrate all you’ve achieved this year…

Be proud of your achievements

Obviously, at the end of your degree you get the ultimate celebration – complete with silly gowns and cliched hat throwing – graduation. But don’t wait until everything is handed in and over, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate before that. Term 3 has finished, so no matter what you are studying, you have put at least 9 months of hard work in and that is cause for celebration.

photo 3 (2)If you are finishing up your Masters dissertation head over to the PG Hub and get your Dissertation Survivors photo taken in our photo booth and add your title to the dissertation wall to inspire future PGTs.

Did you know the best way to celebrate passing your upgrade is with cake? Better head to Research Refresh on Thursday mornings – you can even increase the cake numbers by entering our Great Research Bake Off (prizes for all entrants!). 2016-07-07 10.42.04Or, if you’re slightly less baking-inclined, come along and enjoy other people’s entries! They’re all delicious.

Celebrate the small stuff

But you don’t need to wait until the end of the year to celebrate. You spend all year making little achievements, overcoming hurdles and making new discoveries.  Recognising your small achievements are as important as the big ones. Doing a degree can feel a bit like treading water in treacle at times, with every achievement being overshadowed with the need to push on to the next thing, so you need to make sure you take a breather every now and then to focus on how far you’ve come.

Next time you finish reading that tricky article make sure you treat yourself to one of the fancy teas from the Arts Centre. Got through a difficult meeting with your supervisor? Why not swing by PG Tips for a biscuit. The PG Community Team has events every week (even in the vacation) where you can toot your own horn and tell us all how great you are.

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So no matter where you are in your studies, if your achievements currently feel big or small, you definitely deserve to let your hair down. We just celebrated with you at the biggest PG celebration on campus, our PG Summer Fete. It was great to see so many of you letting off some steam and having some fun. Great efforts in the Mario Kart races!

Don’t worry if you missed this though, as next week on Friday 5 August, we’ve got our Board Game Night In at the Dirty Duck! Hosted by ‘Tea and Tabletop’ there will be loads of games to choose from, catering to all abilities. So whether you’re looking for some light-hearted laughs or want to knuckle down and get your game on, there’s something for everyone. We’ll be kicking off at 5pm, running into the evening.

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