Dreams, Hope & Reality - Life as a student

I'm writing out of frustration and in the middle of papers deadline. If some of you have read my previous post regarding the University Application, LPDP Scholarship Submission, LPDP LGD & Interview session and how I finally made it, enjoy the student life in the Netherlands, you would have known by now that I'm currently enrolled as MSc Business Administration: Financial Management candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In this post, I would share how I feel after studying here for 5 months.

To be honest, at first, I was quite in shock how fast the study pace in here, we only have a short 9 months of study (yes, I have to submit my final thesis in June). At the VU, instead of dividing the study period into semesters, they are using block. Each block usually consists of 2-3 subjects (you can pick as many as you want) during 5 to 6 weeks. After the learning period ends, you will have a week off to study and then exam the week after.

The study load is quite heavy, most of the classes you will have 2 to 3 case study or paper review as the assignment (worth 20-30% of the credit) or if you don't have an assignment it will all depend on the exam. However, each major has its own rules and requirements, so I solely speak for my major.


Morning Class
Multitasking
In addition, I live off campus (in another city to be exact). So, I have to leave around 6.30 from home every time I have 9 am class since my train subscription only allows me to travel outside rush hour. I usually spend my time in the train by reading the journal for today's class (or play with my phone, which what I mostly do). 

As I have explained before, student life is hard, it's basically non-stop work since you have class on weekdays and you are stuck with homework on weekends. But, luckily I have a great classmate which coincidentally all come from Indonesia, so we usually ended up in the same group. That's all for now, I have another 3 months to finish my final thesis, and a heap of homework to do. Wish me luck 😉

Classmate

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