A day in the life of Health Informatics student

Day starts: 8 AM

I usually start my day at 8 am by preparing for college and making breakfast. You can see the pizza in the picture. However, this is not my standard breakfast. I mostly eat fried eggs in the morning. I live in a dormitory where we share one kitchen for the whole hallway – so sometimes, in the morning, it’s more crowded as everyone is getting ready for university. Despite this, I’ve never had a problem preparing breakfast or any other meal for myself. Some students prepare lunch boxes for themselves a few days ahead, which is also a good idea and saves some time during the day. Tade wrote about this on his blog. Why don’t you get inspired? 😊

Breakfast, credits: Anna Kroker

I set off for the university after 9 am, and depending on the weather, I take the bus or bike to the university. I often choose the bike, despite the time of year and the cold, because the trip takes me 15 minutes and is mostly downhill. Worse is the ride back after class! Sometimes, however, I take the bus, which also takes 15 minutes. When classes are held at the SU DSV campus in Kista, it is best to take the subway, and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Stockholm is very well connected, and as a rule, getting to the university on time is no problem, even if you live far from it. Public transportation in Stockholm is very comfortable, as public transport is well-maintained and modern.

bike in stockholm
Cycling to the university, credits: Anna Kroker

On a typical day, classes start at 10 am and run until 4 pm. Depending on the course, they are held at the KI Solna or SU DSV campus. This semester (two courses starting in March), we have classes every other week at the KI and SU DSV campuses. Most of the lessons are not compulsory, so we have the flexibility for possible travel plans or the possibility of part-time work. They provided that we catch up and teach ourselves at home the topics covered in class. In my experience, however, it is much easier to understand the subject matter when you attend these classes regularly.

classes as a health informatics student
Classes, credits: Anna Kroker

Afternoon: 12pm

We always have a one-hour lunch break at noon, during which we eat the whole class’s previously brought lunch boxes or go to restaurants located on campus. Zaynab wrote more about them. In my case, I always drink coffee at noon and use the break to talk with friends. After lunch is the second part of the class, which usually lasts until 4 pm with more minor breaks of 10 minutes

Fika, credits: Anna Kroker

Evening: 5 PM

After class, depending on the day, I usually spend time with friends at the university. When the weather is nice, we go for a walk, and when it’s worse, we sit in the building and do group work or talk about life 😉 We also often go to the gym, which is located on the KI Solna campus.

study spot
Study time, credits: Anna Kroker

On returning to the dorm, I buy the most necessary things at the store. As a rule, I buy food every day because it is more convenient for me than large weekly purchases. Although I read somewhere that daily shopping is not the best way to save money 😉.

groceries of a health informatics student
Groceries, credits: Anna Kroker

Late evening on weekends

In the evening, I read the materials for the next day’s class – teachers require us to be familiar with the topic before class. I also often go to the sauna or talk to my family on the phone. Depending on the day of the week – there are various events for students, which I also participate in. With my friends, we try to meet once a week for dinner on the weekend; believe me, this is a common practice! After all, everyone wants to feel a little at home with their family abroad!

Dinner with friends, credits: Anna Kroker

If you have any questions, let me know boldly in the comments!

Anna Kroker - Health Informatics

Anna Kroker - Health Informatics

My name is Anna and I'm 24 years old. I am from Poland. I am studying the Master's Programme in Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet. I have always been interested in Scandinavian culture; fika time is one of my favourites! I like to bake, edit videos, and play basketball or chess in my free time. I'm also a Stephen King enthusiast. A fun fact about me is I don't have space for more books in my room!


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