When tasked with writing about “a week in the life of a LUMS student” my first thought was “well, which one?” because no week as a LUMS student is the same, and I think that’s the beauty of it. From my personal experience, a week in the life of a LUMS student is busy and fast-paced but, at the same time, very rewarding. In the middle of your day, when you’re running to and from lectures, seminars and countless group meetings it can feel hectic but then you step back and realise that you’ve achieved a lot. That’s the rewarding feeling.
A typical week for me as a LUMS student is squeezing all of the above in and managing to pepper my days with individual work too. What I like most about spending my time in LUMS is its buzz and community feel, there’s a sense that everybody knows everybody else, and just by walking around the LUMS buildings you bump into someone you know. This atmosphere obviously filters into academic work and means that during the week I spend my lectures, group meetings, and team activities etc. with friends and familiar colleagues. For me, this really adds to the experience and my time spent in LUMS. When it gets towards the end of a week and things are winding down a little, it’s nice to take some time out to relax a little, or work in a different environment. I find that the Hub and breakout space in LUMS are good places to do this. I quite like to take myself there, find a quiet table, order my favourite Costa (hot chocolate with almond milk!), and get my ducks in a row for the next week.
I think one of the distinguishing elements of a typical week at LUMS is the abundance of opportunities that are available for you to take advantage of. From careers workshops and drop-in sessions to one-off events, that all help to fill your week even more. By and large, I’d say that a noteworthy week for me is one where I reach out to get the support for something I need, have several productive meetings, manage to take some time in the Hub for myself and, by the time Friday rolls around, I have gotten a lot of work done. All of this, of course, takes place within the humbling buzz and comfort of the LUMS community.