Two years ago, I visited this beautiful city, Utrecht, for the first time, and as a usual traveler I was fascinated by every little detail of this city; the architecture, streets, canals, restaurants, libraries, the university buildings, the harmony of everything and a lot more that I will be elaborating throughout my blog.
Now, and for over four months, I am so lucky to be living here and studying at the University of Utrecht. It is not at all easy, yet utterly adventurous to live and learn in a different place than what you’re used to. This is not a view of a person who has seen a few, I would confidently say my life has been adventurous to some extent; I am always on the move; never afraid to take risky decisions; and I am always ‘curious’. However, moving to another city, let alone another country, was one of the most challenging decisions I ever made. Totally worth it.
It is not easy to relocate, I am aware that our directions and destinations have to be always justified and clarified by reasons, such as: sentimental ones; old roots to this destination, family reunion or friends, but also financial reasons such as pursuing a scholarship. Even myself, I would not have moved or applied for the Master’s that I am currently enrolled in unless I had that “big reason”. My reason was to be with my fiancee. However, paradoxically, the main aim I am writing this blog is to tell you that you do not need that big a reason to be and to study in Utrecht, if you are an ambitious, hard worker and willing to develop this organization will help you by all means.
My vision is to transfer to you, wherever you are, an internal practical experience of Utrecht and it’s university. I will do so by shedding light on specific topics that you may wonder about or need to know.
As this first blog mainly meant to be an introduction, I am writing some background information about myself, my vision, mission and the value of this blog. My name is Waleed Mahmoud, 26 years old, I was born in Libya, but my parents are Egyptians and before I moved to the Netherlands I had my whole life in Egypt. I have many hobbies but can be limited to three categories; travelling and photographing; reading and writing; and Gym and boxing.
Currently I am enrolled in the Legal Research Master’s the “masters of the giants” so to say. Having been accepted in such a selective program can only be explained in light of my professional and academic history. Before I came to the Netherlands I had a sufficient amount of national and international academic achievements, extracurricular activities and work experience. I was known in my field.
Throughout each blog, my mission is to deliver to you some practical experience, of an international student’s life who studies law in Utrecht University. I will also reflect my social life here as well as the problems I encounter. This should help you creating your perspective about the city, the university and the Master's I am enrolled in.