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Meet the Writing Retreat Team

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Andrea Sánchez Almeida

My name is Andrea and I am the founder and coordinator of Graduate School's Writing Sessions initiative. After completing my bachelor’s degree in Politics & International Relations in Scotland, I decided to take a gap year that turned into a life-changing volunteering experience in Romania as it prompted me to start pursuing my real passion… This year I became a second-year Gender Studies master’s student! Following the isolation period that came with Covid-19, a lot of students began to appreciate the benefits that can be ripped-off from sharing one’s own study time. Our goal has been since to create supportive and structured work environments that bring everyone together when the writing process becomes an uphill battle. I feel extremely lucky to have found three dedicated and passionate team members who are not only willing to test innovate study techniques during our writing sessions but are also committed to strengthening the sense of community amongst Graduate School students. 

You are all more than welcome to join our writing sessions. We look forward to seeing you soon! 


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Michal Piatkowski

Hi! my name is Michał and I come from Warsaw, Poland. I am currently a first-year Development Studies master’s student at Graduate School. Before coming to Lund I had the chance to study for a short period of time in Russia and South Korea, but my bachelor’s degree in Spatial Development and my first master’s degree in Economic Geography are from the University of Warsaw. I joined the team because I wanted to share with other students both my excitement and anxieties related to writing. This can sometimes be a challenging process, but I believe that we can all make it smoother and fun if we are in it together! I am eager to meet new people and listen to the projects they are working on because exchanging thoughts can actually be an enormously enriching and stimulating experience.  

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Joel Enyam Agbesinyale

My name is Joel! I am a first-year master’s student of Development Studies at Graduate School and before that I studied Development Planning for my bachelor’s degree in Ghana. In fact, I am quite interested in learning about the role that renewable energies, oil & gas, rural & urban planning and politics play in my society and how all of these can also have an impact on global development. Holding the position of a volunteer facilitator is an excellent opportunity for me to build communication and facilitation skills, but also a chance to contribute towards the creation of calm and friendly academic environments which are ideal for networking, sharing ideas and writing.


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Meier Chen

My name is Meier and I am a first-year Graduate School master’s student on the Social Scientific Data Analysis programme. I previously studied Public Administration at Guangzhou University in China and even spent one of the semesters in Russia on an exchange. It has been exciting becoming a volunteer facilitator as I get to develop skills such as innovation or teamwork that will definitely come in handy throughout my studies and during my future endeavors. Most importantly these writing sessions are a great opportunity to network with other Graduate School members and develop some useful study techniques. I cannot wait to see you all in the upcoming events!