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As a new semester begins, all seems like it does every year. On the first day we arrive, confident of being perfect students with neatly ruled pages and sharpened pencils. We catch up with friends we only see during class time and sit in lecture theatres that are more full then they'll be for the rest of semester. However, the atmosphere is odd and slightly twinges at the skin. Something is different for me, even though most seems so familiar. This year I am a postgraduate student, working towards a Masters in Physiotherapy. What will it feel like to be a postgrad student?

It was only a year ago when all the postgraduates seemed a foot above the rest – their posture more straight and their smiles more confident. I used to dream that the day I became one would be a grand step in my career. In truth, however, it’s nothing more than a little bit scarier than regular university. This was drilled into us at orientation when the phrase ‘very intense course’ was used far too much for my liking. The class sizes are smaller, the other students more focused and, because my course is a professional qualification, the thought ‘whoa, this just got real’ passes through my mind every five minutes.

It’s not all hiding behind sofas, waiting for the fear to pass though. The bus to and from the campus is quieter, because our classes are on at times not shared with the undergraduates. it’s also nice to see some of the things I learnt in my undergraduate course be put into real life applications. The best thing, though, is understanding that the study I am doing now is directly helping my future career. That’s such a calming thought. The Cumberland Campus is brilliant for this too, all the like-minded health students in one place. It’s like all aspects of a health care, training together to become professionals.

The fear, I hope, will deal with itself.

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