A Day in the life of a Geospatial Engineering Student

Haziq Zainal, Geospatial Surveying, Mapping and Geographic Information Science student, shares his experience of transitioning from A level to university.

Hello everyone, in today’s blog, I will explain a day in my life as a student at Newcastle University. I am currently a final year Geospatial Engineering student in my last semester.

My schedule varies each day, some days are pretty packed than others, and some are for practical work. But in this blog, I will explain my Monday routine. Mondays are my most packed schedule of the week, but I tend to enjoy it as I get to do loads of productive work.

7:30 am – Morning Routine

I would wake up quite early on Mondays as I have a 9 am lecture to attend. Thus, my morning routine consists of preparing myself and making my breakfast, which consists of a tuna sandwich and a cup of coffee.

I would usually head from home around 8:20 am and walk to campus, which would take me about 20 minutes. My accommodation is slightly further from the main campus, and there are options to take the bus, but I prefer to walk and get a scent to enjoy the morning air.

9:00 am – The actual start of the day

I started by attending a lecture called Geospatial Data Handling module until 10 am. My following lecture was scheduled at 2 pm, meaning I had loads of free time on my hands. After the lecture, I hung out with some of my cohorts to get some coffee and chill at a café. There are loads of places to chill in the city as the university is only a 2-minute walk to the city centre.

Soon after that, I would head to Phillip Robinson Library to work on my final year project. This usually consists of either writing my paper, using software to process my existing data, or analysing my data results.

1:00 pm – Lunch Break

After making progress with my dissertation, I would get a quick lunch at Greggs or the students’ union. Both places offer student meal deals which are worth it.

2:00 pm – Lectures

From 2:00 to 5:00 pm, I would have three consecutive lectures at once. These lectures are:

  • Offshore Surveying

  • Geohazards and Deformation of Earth

  • Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Each lecture is at different places in the university. So I get to walk around from one building to another to refresh my mind before the following lecture.

5:00 pm – End of the day

I am done with university-related stuff after 5 pm and walk home to prepare for dinner. I usually cook steak on Mondays. Afterwards, I would hang out with my friends to play FIFA and socialise until late at night, then call it off for the day.

I quite enjoyed this day as it may seem packed, but there are gaps in between for me to do things independently throughout the day. The seemingly packed schedule motivated me to do university-related work and be productive.

For the rest of the week, my lectures were more relaxed than Mondays.