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This month’s blog post is from Andrew Davey, Project Manager for Prepare for Success and Products Manager for eLanguages, the University of Southampton team behind this website. It is in response to a student question, ‘What can I do in the holidays?’
The Christmas break can be a lonely time for international students who are spending time in the UK away from their families. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! There are often plenty of activities to get involved with, and here are some you might like to try:
Go to a Christmas market
The UK has hundreds (or possibly even thousands) of Christmas markets and fairs. These range from the larger city-based markets we featured on our blog in 2016 through to smaller town or village fairs. Some markets even continue into the new year!
Go to a carol concert or Christmas church service
Carol services are a traditional Christmas celebration in the UK where many people get together, often in a church or cathedral, to sing well-known Christmas songs, known as Christmas carols. These are a great way to enjoy music with plenty of other people – it’s a good idea to arrive early! You can also attend a church service on Christmas Day (times are usually on local websites or outside churches) to find out more about Christmas. If you’d like to stay with a British family or enjoy a traditional Christmas meal, you can also look on the Friends International website to find out more information about this.
Meet up with friends
If you have friends staying in the UK over Christmas, why not meet up with them? There are likely to be other students staying at University or college over the break and they are likely to want some company as well. You could even hold a Christmas party!
Work on your course
Many courses have exams and coursework deadlines in January – so the Christmas break can be a great time to get a head-start preparing for these. Do make sure you get enough rest as well!
However you choose to spend the break, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Prepare for Success team!Leave a comment...
At the end of any course that you have successfully completed there is usually a celebration. In the case of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme, this often takes the form of a graduation ceremony.
This is an opportunity to dress up and celebrate your success. Students who are about to graduate (called ‘graduands’) hire a gown and mortarboard (headgear) to wear for the ceremony (see image). This is often accompanied by a sash or other item that is specific to the Faculty or university/college from which they are graduating.
The ceremony, which can last up to two hours, includes speeches. All graduating students, if present, are called to the main stage individually to receive their degree certificate.
Invited guests also attend the ceremony. These are often the parents, relatives and/or friends of the person graduating. There are opportunities for both formal photos – a professional photographer is normally available after the ceremony, and informal ones with family and friends.
Finally, everyone attends a drinks and canapés or similar reception with members of teaching staff to celebrate together. Graduation is an event to look forward to and one that will bring back lots of happy memories in the future.
If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.Leave a comment...