Typical Monday on exchange in Singapore: Chilling By The Pool

Lovely day to all

Ever wondered what my day is like here on exchange in Singapore? How it is different from those of you in Lappeenranta or maybe some other exchange partner university? I have decided to write a series of blogs to share with you the weekly schedule of mine.

Monday, as we all know, is a very hard day for students. It is the day when the phrase “Lord, take me now” can most often be heard in the dorms, as the working week has started out of the blue and students have hard times waking up. Few will make it out of the bed, and even fewer will make it to the classroom. Researchers claim that the worst participation is always recorded on Mondays. I am just kidding J Even though there is a deal of truth in it, my Monday is different. It is not that I wait for weekend to pass for the Monday to come, but Monday is an enjoyable day for me, as every other day is. It is a new day and a new start.

I usually wake up at about 7-8 o’clock in the morning, which is not a big deal for me, since I had not sat late the day before. Here in Singapore, it is exactly the time that a complete darkness of night transforms into an early sunny morning in a matter of half an hour. It gives energy boost and some positive emotions, making early morning a not so ambitious and risky enterprise. I then have a proper breakfast consisting of porridge, sandwiches, coffee and some sweet treats.

As soon as I am done with breakfast, I head to the library, which is the most comfortable, cozy, and, what is more importantly, air-conditioned place. My Monday lectures start at 10 o’clock in the morning, so I have two hours to either prepare for the classes or read some book. Shortly before my two-hour class, I go to the nearby canteen to drink coffee with kaya bun with jam and butter – it is so simple, but very delicious.

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When the first two-hour class is over, I have a three-hour time gap before the next lecture. If the weather is nice, I grab my towel and head straight to the swimming pool to swim, sunbathe, have some juice by the pool and just chill.

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If the weather is not in my favor, I change my plans and go to the gym.  Done with my workout, I still have one hour left for a lunch, quick class revision or a short nap. When my afternoon lecture is over, it is already 6 o’clock in the evening, but I can’t yet call it a day. Having finished my dinner, I head back to the library to do some schoolwork for the next day. When I am done in a few hours, I have a whole evening ahead. This is exactly the time student dorms liven up, and I might join the fun. It can be a movie theatre, dining-out, a walk, or a gathering at somebody’s flat.


Last Monday, for instance, we went to see the light show in the Gardens by the Bay.

When it is all over, I am just about to fall asleep, which I more than willingly do. This is what my typical Monday looks like.

Have a great day and see you soon J


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