Within industry the months leading up to the end of the year are always frantic (and I mean calendar year here, as financial year is something different). It seems as a student you are not immune to this end of year frenzy, despite what you would like to think.
I read one of the blogs the other day (what felt like the other day) on ‘How to survive November’. This blog is excellent and gives you some practical examples as to how to handle the dark and cold. Eat mandarin oranges, do Fika, travel – I HAVE DONE THEM ALL! However I would also like to add to this, that as a KI student living in Stockholm, your end of year social and academic calendars take on a new fervor.
Academically – Suddenly in Global Health your courses are no longer 5 weeks long they are three weeks, which practically means you have an exam every three weeks. On top of the normal stresses of exams you have group work, assignments, poster presentations – and dont forget lectures every day from 9 – 5. Its busy.
Socially, suddenly there is an abundance of November parties, opportunities to travel to get out of Stockholm, Christmas parties, Lucia balls, International Dinners, Christmas markets, birthdays! Of course you want to do all of these and YOU SHOULD do all of these things – you are only in Stockholm for such a short time you need to grab EVERY SINGLE opportunity with two hands and go with it as far as you can.
It appears that both in and out of Industry, life takes on the feeling of a vague balancing act towards the end of the year – ensuring you get enough work done to pass your courses and satisfy your internal academic expectations, while still ensuring you socialize, make friends, experience, explore and stay happy!