My alarm goes off at around 8am during term. I live in Victoria – in an apartment inside The Duke shopping mall, so getting to university doesn’t take me long at all.
Breakfast is usually a fried or boiled egg for some protein, then I leave at around 8:30am to get to uni for 8:45am. If I’m running late, it’ll be an energy drink as I walk uphill to campus.
During the holidays, it’s a completely different story: there’s no schedule so my morning depends on what’s been happening the night before and what I’ve got planned for the day!
In the morning, you’ll find me in anatomy, physiology or histology practicals. These each happen once per week, followed by lectures. I’m in the morning group, which runs from 9am to 11am.
Lunch looks like chicken and couscous with lots of veggies and a delicious chickpea sauce in the uni cafeteria with friends. Restaurants tend to be on the expensive side, but you can get a healthy, tasty meal at the cafeteria for around 3-5 euros, so me and my friends mostly eat lunch on campus.
My favourite class would have to be anatomy. One of my most memorable moments so far happened in an anatomy class. The lecturers had laid out the cadaver so we could see the brain and the face. It was surreal at first, but seeing it in 3D and getting to feel each part helps you to remember. I went to prod the cerebellum, which is located caudally in the head, and it felt much tougher than I expected. I’d always thought it would feel like jelly.
At the end of the day, I’ll either go to the gym, or head home to relax and watch YouTube or TV shows.
If it’s a Monday, I meal prep for the rest of the week. It’s a great way to save money. I normally make four meals and then go out on Friday. I cook rice, pasta, couscous, chicken, beef, pork… depends on how I feel. I’m yet to try the traditional Maltese dish of rabbit, but I might give it a go this summer! I do love the traditional Maltese snack of pastizzi (pastries), but there’s so much oil that I don’t eat them too often.
Then, if I feel up to it, I’ll do some flashcards to keep up with what I’ve been learning. Bedtime for me is usually around 1am to 2am, depending on how much work I have on. Sometimes I do flashcards until 10pm or 11pm, and then I need a bit of time to relax before sleep. I’m usually using my phone until I turn the lights off, which I know isn’t great, but I do filter the blue screen!
On Fridays, I meet up with friends. At the start of the year, when I first arrived, I often went to bars – but now that we’ve formed friendship groups, we usually go to each other’s places to watch a movie, have a drink or make dinner together. Buses are fairly reliable and a convenient way to get around.
My social highlight so far has been the end-of-year boat party. We took a boat from Gozo to Comino, the small island between Malta and Gozo, and stopped in a cove where we went for a swim and jumped off the cliffs. We then went to Blue Lagoon, where there are little trucks selling food and drinks.
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