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Published: 20 March 2018

A week in the life of a postgraduate research electronic engineering student

PhD Electronic Engineering student, Xin Yang, shares a typical week for him as a postgraduate student at Surrey.

Xin Yang, PhD Electronic Engineering student at the University of Surrey

Typical timetable

The following timetable is a personal example - for the latest course information, explore our electronic engineering courses, including our PhD Information and Communication Systems.

Monday

7am - Wake up, shower, prepare and eat breakfast. Have a phone call with my family in China.

9am - Arrive at 5GIC, check emails and latest research trends.

11am-1pm - Do demonstration work for lab: Principles of Telecom and Packet Networks.

1pm-2pm - Lunch break with friends.

2pm - Get back to my own work. Sometimes coding, sometimes writing, depends on progress.

5:30pm - Leave for home.

6pm - Cook dinner, have dinner, clean up.

7:30pm - Play video games, watch a film or YouTube.

10pm - Time for bed.

 

Tuesday

6am - Wake up, have some milk and a cereal bar.

6:30am - Head to Surrey Sports Park gym.

8am - Head back home, shower, prepare and eat breakfast.

9:30am - Arrive at 5GIC, check emails, check technology news, summarise recent progress and findings.

11am - Regular meeting with supervisor.

12pm - Make a brief plan for this week based on the meeting, read relevant research papers.

1pm-2pm - Lunch break with friends.

2pm-4pm - Do my 'Student Ambassador' stuff (blogging, updating Weibo and WeChat, interacting with prospective students, etc.)

4pm - Get back to my own research.

6pm - Leave for home

6:30pm - Cook dinner, have dinner, clean up.

8pm - Play video games, watch a film or YouTube.

10pm - Time for bed.

 

Wednesday

7am - Wake up, shower, prepare and eat breakfast.

9am - Arrive at 5GIC, check emails.

9:30am - Focus working on my research.

1pm-2pm - Lunch break with friends.

2pm - Get back to my research.

5:30pm - Leave for home.

6pm - Cook dinner, have dinner, clean up.

7:30pm - Play video games, watch a film or YouTube.

10pm - Time for bed.

 

Thursday

6am - Wake up, have some milk and a cereal bar.

6:30am - Head to Surrey Sports Park gym.

8am - Head back home, shower, prepare and eat breakfast.

9:30am - Arrive at 5GIC, check emails.

10am - Focus working on my research.

1pm-2pm - Lunch break with friends.

2pm-4pm - Do my 'Student Ambassador' stuff (blogging, updating Weibo and WeChat, interacting with prospective students, etc.)

4pm - Get back to my own research.

6pm - Leave for home

6:30pm - Cook dinner, have dinner, clean up.

8pm - Play video games, watch a film or YouTube.

10pm - Time for bed.

 

Friday

7am - Wake up, shower, prepare and eat breakfast. Have a phone call with my family.

9am - Arrive at 5GIC, check emails and technology news.

10am - Focus working on my research.

1pm-2pm - Lunch break with friends.

2pm - Get back to my research.

5:30pm - Leave for home.

6pm - Dine out with friends.

10pm - Get back home.

When task deadline approaches, I may get back to 5GIC to work overtime after having dinner at home, till around 9:30pm. This happens occasionally.

I will also spend some time with my society (the Chinese Society) members to plan events and other stuff.

 

Weekends

  • Short trips (London, seaside, surrounding areas, etc.)
  • Wander around the town
  • Shopping (at shops and supermarkets)
  • Home cleaning and launderette
  • Hang out with friends (for trips, for dinner, for playing sports)
  • Do overtime study and research (when task deadline approaches, or simply when I have the mood to do so)
  • Rest.

 

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