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A day as a Biomedicine (MSc) student – Semester 1 (Part 1/2)

Hello again guys!

This time last year, as I was preparing to submit my application to Karolinska Institutet, I kept wondering what a normal day looks like for someone in the Biomedicine master’s program. So now, as a current student in semester 1, I am here to give you a glimpse of what we normally do.

(Note: This will be divided into two parts. Part 1, will be about what a normal day looked like when we still had in-person classes. Part 2 will talk more about online classes, which is what we currently have).


While not every day was the same, the earliest lecture for Frontiers in Translational Medicine would usually start around 10 am. Therefore, I would wake up around 8:30/9 am, get ready and then head out to Solna campus. As I was living in Pax, relatively close to KI, I could either take the 507 bus, walk or bike there. My mode of transportation usually depended on the weather (and how much energy I had haha).

Screenshot of Schedule
Example of my schedule

Once I arrived to KI Solna, I would have to find the classroom, which was usually a nice lecture hall called Samuelssonsalen. Then the lecture would begin, and I would learn about different topics. For example, Mitochondria and human diseases, or Antibody-mediated inflammation.


If we were on campus for lunch, we would get a 1-hour break from 12pm to 1pm. I would usually go to the cafeteria and either warm up some food I had previously prepared and brought to campus or buy from the lunch menu. For the first option, there were several microwaves I could use and cutlery I could borrow. For the second option, with 89 kr I could get a small salad, a main dish, bread, water and coffee/tea.


After lunch, lectures would continue. Once they ended, what I would do afterwards depended on the day it was. For instance, on Thursday, I would go to Folkuniversitetet for my Swedish lesson! All KI students get one free Swedish course, which is great. The book is also provided for the duration of the lessons so I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.

Swedish textbook for A1 level


Once I was back at Pax, I would relax for a bit, get things ready for the next day and then get some rest!

I will soon let you know what has changed now that we have only online classes 🙂

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Hi everybody! My name is Alessandra, but I usually go by my nickname, Kyomi. My role in the digital ambassador team is being the new Biomedicine (MSc) blogger. I was born and raised in Peru, but I moved to the United States for my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I worked for 2 years in a neuroscience lab. Now, I have moved to Sweden to be a student at Karolinska Institutet!


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