I have been here in Wageningen for one and a half years now. I must admit, I struggle with the study load and find it hard to keep a balance between my studies and my social life.
The Dutch seem to manage this differently. Honestly, I have been wondering at the ability of the students and the staff here at this University to maintain a distinction between weekdays and weekends. I bet if you ever happen to visit the library or the Forum or the Leeuwenborch buildings at the weekend, you will no doubt be met with the sight of non-Dutch students brooding over heaps of papers, or hard at work on their laptops or computers. Yes, it is always Asian or Africans you'll find there. I must salute the Dutch for knowing how to differentiate between the weekdays and the weekends. But however hard I have tried to keep my own weekends free, I remain unsuccessful.
Karma Choden, Master's student of Management and Economics: specializing in Health and Society , from Bhutan