Yesterday, I attended one of each seminar for my school, the School of Education, and it was my first time seeing these types of presentations that I will be also giving in the future. I plan to hold my confirmation seminar early next year (so hold me to that!). It was a privilege to be there for my fellow students and listen to their research journey.
I now see why my supervisor has been encouraging me to go to these presentations. Not only did I find them enjoyable because they were also from the school of education but because of the following benefits too:
*meet students from other fields and own field
*meet more academic staff
*develop my own ideas
*broaden my knowledge on other topics, methodology and methods
*learn what works and what doesn't work when presenting own ideas and research
*support fellow students- hopefully they will return the favour when it's your turn!
I'm sure there are many more and I'm looking forward to attending future 'starting and finishing school' presentations. One thing I know is that for the first presentations I attended yesterday, my fellow students certainly set the bar high.