1 December 2021 | Category: Master's Student, Student life

A day in the life of a WUR MSc student: Samuel

By Hanna Cremers

Have you always wondered what a typical day in the life of a WUR student looks like? Of course, there are many different activities, depending on your studies and your personal preferences. However, it is always helpful to have a look into someone else’s experience to get an idea. In this blog, MSc Urban Environmental Management student Samuel tells you all about his daily life, from living in student dorms to thesis work and daily habits to stay motivated!

Motivational mornings

“For me, the most important thing about my morning is getting motivated for the day. I need a sense of purpose to know what I am supposed to do today. Every day feels like a new opportunity to fulfil my destiny, so I want to be as intentional as possible during the day. This is why I start every day with a meditation. By looking inwards, I can discover what it is that I am meant to achieve today.

My purpose is always related to helping people, because this gives me a sense of fulfilment. My daily meditations then help me discover who I am meant to help on that day and how I can help them. After my meditation I like to wash up and prepare some food, although I usually don’t eat in the mornings. I prefer having my first meal at lunch, because I sometimes feel down if I eat early in the morning.”

A typical university day

“After getting ready I cycle to Gaia to work on my thesis, which is titled Planning the Commons: Exploring Urban Green Space Provision and Inequalities with Accessibility in the Accra Metropolitan Area. It’s about the unfair distribution of green space, which resulted from colonialism. I aim to identify who has access to green space and who doesn’t, as well as possible reasons for this.

Understanding why inequalities persist is the first step in promoting equality. I like working together with other thesis students, because it gives us the opportunity to brainstorm and challenge each other to think outside the box. I feel like the discussions with my fellow students really help me shape my thinking and improve my thesis. Being creative and coming up with new approaches by connecting with fellow students is actually one of my favourite things about writing my thesis.”

Unwinding and relaxing

“Although I enjoy working on my thesis a lot, I think it’s very important to relax as well! Personally, I like playing FIFA with friends, cooking and having hallway dinners with my housemates. I live at Hoevestein together with seven other people, some of whom are Dutch and some internationals. We all get along very well, which is really important, especially during times of lockdown. The kitchen is a central meeting spot for us, whether it’s just to have a little conversation or to enjoy a meal together.

I really enjoy making food from my home country, especially fufu or jollof rice. Fufu is a cassava and plantain dish served with soup. Jollof is a stew served with rice. Although many countries claim that they have the best jollof rice, I can tell you that Ghanaian jollof really looks and tastes the best!”

Getting ready for tomorrow

“As I’m a real night person, I often work at night. It’s much more quiet and I enjoy the idea that everyone else is resting. I get less distracted and I feel like it helps me focus. It’s not unusual for me to stay up until 2 a.m., sometimes even 4 a.m.!

However, I also think it’s very important to wind down at night and prepare your mind for the next day. I like to check in with myself by listening to some meditation music and really trying to connect with myself. I like to reflect on the day and return to my sense of purpose. For me, starting and ending the day with a meditation is a really great way to stay motivated and be true to myself.”

By Hanna Cremers

There are 12 comments.

  1. By: Lorlonyo · 15-12-2021 at 15:48

    Nice writeup. I totally relate to being nocturnal. The mind is at ease in the night 🙂

  2. By: Frimpong · 15-12-2021 at 15:51

    Thank you for sharing your typical day with us. I agree with you that starting a day with meditation is truly a good exercise.

  3. By: Benjamin · 16-12-2021 at 11:45

    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    God bless you

  4. By: Felix Oppong Yeboah · 16-12-2021 at 14:05

    Perfect! Having the sense of purpose after self identification through meditation is the key.
    Thank you for sharing this piece with us. Great Man, Sammy.

  5. By: Prince Sefa · 16-12-2021 at 23:17

    Keep making the youth of Nkwasco proud ??????

  6. By: Samuel Agyekum · 17-12-2021 at 00:22

    Thank you ‘International Student Blog’ for sharing my typical day as a student of WUR with others! I am glad that people can relate to my approach. Also, I send my good wishes to all who have read this post and wants to apply my methods.
    Success in all your endeavours. ?

  7. By: Sylvester nyameke · 17-12-2021 at 09:03

    Sam tuga great write up sky is your stepping stone

  8. By: Godlife · 18-12-2021 at 11:10

    That’s great. stay focus and motivated in Christ. Sam

  9. By: Richard · 22-12-2021 at 19:43

    This is touching enough! Meditation is the master key to effective mind. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  10. By: Maame Timah · 25-12-2021 at 10:01

    Thanks for the write up, Early morning meditation is a must??? I love that?

  11. By: Emmanuel Boakye Yeboah · 05-01-2022 at 19:25

    I’m inspired and geared by this feed. Very worth reading!
    Blessings, Sir. Samuel!❤️

  12. By: Amos Manyo · 15-01-2022 at 04:09

    I’m touched by this write up. I had a chat with you during the virtual open day, and I realized you’re an awesome person. I’d love to have a chat with you once more.

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