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Postgradua­te advice from counsellin­g psychologi­st and career consultant Zakiyya Essa:


“You will have high moments, low moments and a tonne of anxiety! Keep an eye on your emotions and be kind and patient with yourself. You will have less time for those around you, so be prepared to miss out on important social or life events. Many people will not entirely understand what it takes to succeed in your postgrad studies. You don’t need negative energy, so remember why you chose to do this and keep your eye on the goalposts. Make sure that you schedule in time for exercise, self-care/spiritual care and seek mental health support from the resources around you (such as campus health and counsellin­g centres). Your classmates will likely be your biggest support as there is a shared experience, so maintain good ties and help each other out where you can.”

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