Mohamed Shoeir | B.Sc. Health Science

"I am looking forward to discussions in the seminars. Despite breakouts sessions, Zoom seminars remained somewhat anonymous. But I hope that something can be taken away from the crisis and that positive things such as video recordings of lectures can be retained."

I come from Egypt, did my Abitur at a German school abroad and chose TUM for several reasons. For one thing, TUM is internationally very well known; representatives of the university gave lectures at our school at the time and told us more about TUM and life in Germany. I also had some friends who had moved to Munich to study, which made the decision a lot easier.

I chose Health Science because I always wanted to go into research and was interested in Natural and Social Sciences at the same time. In addition, the topic of Global Health and development is playing an increasingly important role in my home country.

The last year had its ups and downs. The limited social life was hard to cope with and living far from home meant having to spend a lot of time alone during "hard lockdowns". For example, when conducting experiments for the Bachelor's thesis, one was also not sure whether and how many participants were allowed to be invited. However, I did not find online teaching particularly strenuous. Even though many things could be better, I thought it was great that the lectures were uploaded online and that you could simply repeat them if you didn't understand something. Team meetings and group work were more efficient in my opinion, and I think that I had more time for my studies overall because I didn't have to commute every day.

I am most looking forward to meeting my fellow students and getting to know new ones in the Master's programme. I am also looking forward to discussions in the seminars. Despite breakouts sessions, Zoom seminars remained somewhat anonymous. But I hope that something can be taken away from the crisis and that positive things such as video recordings of lectures can be retained.

 

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