Global Business School for Health


Day in My Life as a GBSH Student: Intan Cahyani

8 November 2022

MSc Global Healthcare Management (Analytics route) student Intan Wayhu Cahyani shares a typical day in the life as a GBSH student.

Students enjoy a meal

Day in my life as a GBSH student! 

Hi everyone, I’m Intan and I’ll be sharing a typical day in my life at the UCL Global Business School for Health studying the MSc Global Healthcare Management (analytics route). When I was accepted to be part of GBSH, I would often wonder what my typical day might look like. So, I’ll be giving you a glimpse of my day as a graduate student. Without further ado, grab a snack and let’s get into it!

5.00 am – My alarm goes off, and I have to wake up and unfortunately leave the bed. As a Muslim, I pray every day in the early morning when I get up. I cook my breakfast in the shared kitchen with my flatmate. Today, we made some Indonesian foods and prepared croissants and fruits. My friends and I often have breakfast in the living room while watching a morning TV show. Then, I take a shower and get ready for the day ahead.

7.30 am – Before leaving the house, I always check my to-do list for the day and look at emails to ensure nothing is missed. 

8.00 am – I leave my accommodation and then head to campus for my morning session, which at the moment is the ‘Essential of Informatics for Healthcare System’ module. London has a lovely atmosphere where I can meet so many diverse people on the way. I use the tube to get into the campus which is very convenient and easy.

london underground

9.00 am – I head into the lecture hall to be taught by my excellent lecturers – Dr Matthew Darlison and Professor Paul Taylor. Interestingly, today they also invited guest lecturers from Deloitte to give a practical workshop. The perks of being part of GBSH are being in touch with many inspirational people from world-leading parties. What a privilege!

UCL Bloomsbury campus

1.00 pm – It’s time to have lunch and a break. Quite often, I pray at the UCL Student Centre, which provides a quiet room for praying on the B2 floor. Gratefully, UCL is very Muslim-friendly. For lunch, I eat in a canteen near the UCL Student Centre, which sells a variety of meals at a reasonable price. 

1.45 pm – I walk back to another class in a different building while enjoying the Autumn leaves falling down. I really enjoy how pretty London is in the Autumn.

2.00 pm – I have a guest lecture from the NHS for 2 hours before my next lecture from Dr Matthew Darlison and Professor Paul Expert. During the session, my classmates and I work on an assigned group task, as well as prepare for our upcoming presentation. It's always fun to discuss study cases and my ideas with friends, get peer feedback and learn from each other. 

5.00 pm – Before I return to my accommodation, I pray again and catch up with some friends over a quick cup of tea. I also had some dinner out and then headed back to the flat by underground tube. I take the journey home to read or do some work. But sometimes, I just relax and enjoy the journey home through London. 

7.30 pm – I get home, have a snack, shower, and pray. I also give an update to my family back home as I love to hear what they are doing whilst I am away. Sometimes, it's challenging to match our time because London time is 6-7 hours behind Indonesia. 

8.30 pm – Before I head to bed and sleep, I study some materials and wrap up my homework, if I have any left. Then, I quickly check my social media and emails, update my calendar and make notes of anything I have to do tomorrow. I also take some me-time since the first term can be intense, and looking after ourselves is essential!

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