Is it March already? I can’t believe it! That must be the quickest month I’ve ever spent. It’s so wonderful to live and study in Maastricht. Indeed, time flies when you are having fun. I just can’t wait to share my second month with you.
With so many nice friends to help me settle down, I can definitely say I look more like a regular student now haha. Instead of visiting as many places as I can in the first month, I start trying a local lifestyle. Being more familiar with the city, I gradually adopt to and fall in love with the slow and relaxed life here. As the weather is becoming warmer and there are more and more continuous sunshine days, it’s a crime to stay inside all day on such beautiful days. It is a good choice to take a walk in the city park near the inner city library when you are tired of studying. Besides, I recommend you to wander on the ancient city walls! The view is always different when you stand high. Also, you can enjoy your lunch with your friends sitting on a bench there. When it comes to lunch, I think the food on the first floor of the library is a little expensive. Lots of students choose to have lunch at cato by cato nearby, where the prices are reasonable and the food is delicious. For sweet food lovers like me, you should not miss Bakker Bart, a bakery near the river, not too far from the library as well. Both the taste and the price are perfect!
My Buddy, ISN, SCOPE , SBE as well as other institutions in the city provide you with a wide variety of extracurricular activities no matter day or night. Just choose those interest you and have fun! Group trips are also available, for example, My Buddy will organize a King’s day trip to Amsterdam on 27th, April. I believe it must be a good chance to make new friends and experience unique Dutch culture. Walking dinner was another activity that attracted me a lot. In short, it is a food party held by different groups of exchange students at one night and you guys walk to several hosts’ home to taste food from all over the world. It sounds fantastic but essentially, you need to cook well. However, I am a terrible cook. What a pity! If you are also interested in this activity, take some time to practice cooking in advance.
Study and exams
Last but most important, exams are approaching and you have to concentrate on your study especially for students whose grades are not just pass or fail when converted to their home university. Libraries create a ideal study environment. The atmosphere is thick with study and the study space is adequate for your books, notes, computers and even food. Accordingly, it is not easy to find a position if you go there too late. What’s more, about two weeks before examination, libraries usually open earlier and close later, so be aware of the open time and get up early for your favorite seat. All the information about the open time is accessible on the Internet. As for how to prepare for the exam, my buddy introduced studydrive to me, a website providing many related study materials such as summaries, solutions and even old exams. All of them are free for download.
Nothing could be more magical than observing your own growth in a new environment. I’m so happy with these wonderful changes that Maastricht has brought about in me. Hope to share my next month with you!