Rachel Brandrith, Final Year Law Student has provided us with some great tips to handle Lockdown 2.0!
So, the dreaded second lockdown is well underway. I don’t know about you but I’ve already dusted off my loaf tins and Zoom quizzes ready for the next few weeks inside. I think for a lot of people this second lockdown will be harder with the cold weather and all of the DIY jobs exhausted, and for students it is even harder. Not only are we having to deal with the stress of a global pandemic, but also the stress of a law degree!
Keeping that in mind, here are my top tips to survive as a student during lockdown.
1. Use your time wisely
I am sure you are all well aware by now that being a law student requires you to dedicate a lot of hours to studying. Like me, you may find that you don’t have enough hours in the week to do all the work you would like to do, with other commitments you have. Therefore, now we all have a bit more time on our hands make sure you make use of this time.
You could do that additional reading that you never have time to do (we all know there is a lot of it!), get ahead with your revision materials, or even sign up to more societies.
In addition, a great use of this extra time would be to start researching firms that you would like to apply to for vacation schemes, training contracts or pupillages. If you are a first-year student don’t think you don’t need to start researching yet. The deadlines come around quickly in your second year so it is good to have an idea of the firms you want to apply to. Also, some firms offer exclusive events for first-year students which you can take advantage of.
2. Try to keep a routine
During lockdown it can be tempting to stay in bed all day (we’ve all been there), but in order to ensure you are productive it is best to keep a bit of normality by keeping a routine. Personally, I always wake up at 8am and do University work from 9-5. One of my lecturers always leaves the house at the time he normally would to get to work, then walks for the time it takes him to get to University so that he arrives back at his house as if he is arriving to work. This did make me laugh at first, but I can see how this is beneficial.
Obviously, you don’t have to do either of the above but try and keep to some sort of routine. I think the fact that we have pre-recorded lectures now makes this harder because we have less scheduled classes and lectures, but if you try and get into a routine of when you do the pre-recordings for each module this will help you to stay organised and productive.
3. Get some fresh air!
Whether you are at your family home, in University halls or in a private rental being trapped in your bedroom all-day can be tough. Getting fresh air has a number of proven benefits including giving you more energy, improving your mental focus and increasing your serotonin levels. Therefore, try to have windows open as much as possible and get out for a walk.
The university campus has some beautiful scenery so why not take a walk around the lake, or up to Wivenhoe House. You may even spot Pebbles who I am sure is missing all of us students!
4. Look after yourself
All of that being said, don’t be too hard on yourself if you find one day you cannot bring yourself to do anything productive. It is ok to take some time out to look after your mental health and spend the day relaxing or doing something you enjoy. In addition, if you do test positive for COVID, make getting better your priority.
If you do find yourself struggling with any aspects of lockdown, make sure you reach out to the support available to you. You can reach out to your personal tutor, the health centre, Bev Jackson or the Law Stars; who will all be more than happy to support you.
If you need any support during this time, please read here.