End of 2nd term: half way

After six months, we have finally reached the end of the taught modules in the course. All I can say is it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Some weeks were quite tough with a large amount of assignments to do. But, apart from lectures, professors and group work, the best bit in both terms was being among good people with different cultural backgrounds.

Well, based on my experience, I would like to give some recommendations to future postgraduate students:

First, make friends! Do not be shy during the first weeks. Try to go out and get to know new people, especially the ones taking the same course as yours. Those people might probably end up in one of your syndicate groups and if you know a bit about them first, it will probably be easier for to know how to deal better with them when working together. The main idea I am trying to explain is that some people are quite shy and reserved while others more sociable and talkative.

Second, try to be organised! Since first weeks, you should focus on saving time for daily activities. This means that as you will be living alone you need to care of every aspect from organising things in your room, getting laundry done, cooking for yourself and reserving time for studying. You will probably think that you will have plenty of time when living on campus. However, this can be tricky since you cannot rush housework and this will take time anyway.

Last, balance work and life! Course work and exams will be quite demanding and some weeks will drive you crazy. However, do not forget that studying abroad is a quite unique experience. For this reason, you should try to make the most of it and find the right balance between your course commitments and social activities.


Hope you find this information useful.


Thanks for reading, cheers!


I'm from Recife, a beautiful coastal city located in the Brazilian Northeastern region. I'm communicative and easy-going, also a film fanatic. Like sports, gym, and love chilling out with my friends for a drink at a pub or beach.

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