A Day in the Life as a Year One Medical Student

Meet Daniel

First-year student Daniel comes to Malta after completing his secondary education in his home country Nigeria and then reading for his first degree in the UK. He will be showing a typical day for a first-year medical student at Queen Mary, Malta Campus. 

Insights from a Freshman

Hello! My name is Daniel, and I’m a first-year medical student at Queen Mary University of London, Malta Campus. I will summarise briefly what a typical day in my life entails.

Classes usually start at 9 am, so I wake up around 7:30 am to get ready, grab some breakfast, pack my lunch, and double-check that I have everything I need for the day in my bag. I live about 7 to 10 minutes from the university campus, so I set off by 8:45 am to get to the lecture on time.

Lectures usually last about an hour, and most days we have about 2 to 3 lectures before getting a break. Depending on the day, we typically have up to two breaks that could last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. During the breaks, I use this time to take a mental break from the lectures. I usually spend time with friends playing pool or foosball to unwind, grab some food (on the days I didn’t pack a home-made lunch) from the cafeteria or any of the vending machines around campus, or maybe just a cup of coffee which tends to be a student favourite. Classes usually end anywhere from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. However, the university offers an optional Maltese language class that takes place on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

“Year 1 of medical school has been amazing. I was thoroughly impressed with the organisation of the university’s curriculum, the academic and mental health support from the staff and peers alike, and life on the island in general. I can’t wait to see what Year 2 has to offer!”

It’s not all work and no play

On Wednesdays, we finish around 1 pm; and on Thursdays, we have a 4-hour online class on Medicine in Society (MedSoc). A lot of students take the early Wednesday off to play sports like football or tennis. However, for students who are not interested in that, the university also organises yoga classes and a mindful art session where students are given drawing and painting utensils and are allowed to express themselves artistically. These are also popular options amongst the students.

Once classes finish for the day, I head to the gym, where I spend another hour or two. After the gym, I meet with friends to get food or drinks, catch up and laugh together. By 9 pm, I am usually back home. I spend another two hours reviewing the day’s work, working on any essays, posters, or presentations I may have coming up, and preparing for the lectures the following day. By 11 pm, I start preparing for bed and packing my bag for the following day. I tuck myself in for bed between 11:30 pm and 12 am, so I have at least seven hours of sleep and can be ready for what the next day brings.

Daniel and his friend swimming at Xlendi
Daniel at canteen

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