A Day in the Life of a Master Student

When I start typing this paragraph, the 18th of September 2019 has just started. Another day in the life of a master student. Only minutes before 00:00h I submitted a .pdf file containing answers on homework exercises for a course I am following. The answers will be part of the grade me and my groupmate will get. I waited until the last possible moment to do my part, which is a bad habit I am trying to get rid of.

While I am listening to the “Peaceful Guitar” playlist via Spotify I try to wind down a bit. The stress of meeting the deadline made me awake and alert. I think of the last day which was filled with an exciting mix of activities. I followed two lectures for two different subjects (System Validation and Basic Machine Learning). Both were 1:45h long with a fifteen-minute break in the middle. In between those lectures, I managed the computer store on the campus and contacted the hospital to prepare upcoming appointments. After the last lecture, I helped to correct the exams of first-year students.

During the day, many small tasks popped up. The fact that there are nineteen conversations in WhatsApp and Telegram which were active in the last 24 hours (both group and personal) probably has contributed to that. I check my four e-mail accounts and see that I received seven e-mails in the same period. An earlier e-mail reminds me that my locker expires at 09:40h. I scrap my plan of sleeping longer and set my alarm a bit earlier. Another day in the life of a master student.

Everything, Everywhere and At Any Time

I have the feeling that in our current society, we stimulate ourselves and others to do everything, everywhere and at any time. We can share and use critical information almost instantly. Desktop and smartphone notifications encourage us to reply immediately. This increases stress and pressure to perform in everything, everywhere and at any time.

I want to encourage myself and others to slow down a bit. Multiple times, I experienced stress and pressure at an uncomfortable level. This year, I made a choice. I choose to focus more on the present and less on the future. I choose to make more decisions based on my own feeling. Doing everything, everywhere and at any time is impossible for anyone. Even for me.

Day in the Life of a Master Student. Image of a 24 hour clock
A Day in the Life of a Master Student.

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World Blood Donor Day 2019

On the 14th of June, it is World Blood Donor Day. Because I have Common Variable Immuno Deficiency (CVID), I would not be here without blood donors.

I received a request to visit the local blood bank. Because it is World Blood Donor Day, I want to show my appreciation. Therefore, I accepted the request. I am not sure what is exactly expected of me. At least I will talk with blood donors about their experiences and my own concerning the importance of donating blood. Maybe I should bring a small gift too!

Safe blood for all

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has started a campaign to promote donating blood. They have developed the slogan “Safe blood for all” to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

A couple of the key messages of this campaign are:

  • Every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood.
  • Therefore, transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year.
  • Furthermore, access to safe blood and blood product is essential for universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.
  • Lastly, health is a human right; everyone in the world should have access to safe blood transfusions, when and where they need them.

More information

The campaign of the WHO can be found here. For more information about donating blood, I want to refer you to https://www.sanquin.nl/ or your local blood bank. Applying to be a blood donor should be easy! Just plan a visit to your local blood bank and let them help you help others. For more information about CVID, please go to https://stichtingvoorafweerstoornissen.nl/. If you want to book me as experience expert of CVID, please contact me via the contact form.

World Blood Donor Day. - Image of a red heart with a circle around it with the four blood types. - Text below image: World Blood Donor Day