“It’s unique and something we should cherish,” says Catrin Lindberg.
“Chalmers is a university with high ambition among both employees and students and there is a drive that is very inspiring,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson.
‘You cannot manage Chalmers alone’, Catrin Lindberg was told when she started her education at Chalmers and she emphasizes the importance of asking for help. She also says that it’s good to study with older students who have experience of the course you are studying and can help you understand, but also to ask teachers and classmates.
“To get a good a start on your student life, I recommend you join the welcome activities,” says Catrin Lindberg.
Take care of each other
After a year where most education has been on distance due to the pandemic, Chalmers is looking forward to welcoming all students back to campus.
“Our ambition is for all students to have half of their scheduled time on campus in study period one this autumn,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson. “We have been longing for this!”
Both Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson and Catrin Lindberg underlines that it’s more important these days that we respect, care for, and help each other.
“If you need support, regardless of whether you need study help or someone to talk to, you can always turn to your ‘phadder’, master programme director or your study counselor and ask for help who to contact,” says Catrin Lindberg.
And Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson agrees.
“Take a look around you and include the person standing next to you, especially the first few weeks when everyone is new to each other,” she says.
She also emphasizes how important it is that everyone, both students and employees, stays home at the slightest symptom of illness, because the covid-19 pandemic is not over yet.
“It is the only and very best way to protect us from the spread of infection,” she says. “And for that to work, the students need to keep in touch with each other to share their notes and things that happen with someone who is at home with symptoms so that they don’t miss out on anything important. And if you know that others keep you in mind if you are not well, it is easier to stay home,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson.
Anna’s and Catrin’s three best tips to get a good start at Chalmers and in Gothenburg
1. Join the welcome activities. CIRC (Chalmers International Reception Committee) will offer you a lot of events and adventures to join. Select the ones you are interested of and respect others who might not want to join. Include each other and take the chance to make new friends.
2. Explore the city of Gothenburg. Ride a bike, join the tram race or rent an electric scooter and get to know the city. Take a trip to Röda sten and look at the amazing views. Take the boat over to Lindholmen, swim in Delsjön or in the sea. Gothenburg also has one of Europe's most beautiful botanical gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic. Eventually you will find your own favorite place!
3. Get familiar with campus. Grab a ‘phadder’ and ask them to show you the best place to study. Remember that you do not have to sit where you usually have lectures. At Chalmers there is something for everyone, look at the union's website and on the Student Portal and discover associations, experiments and everything you can take part in.
Stay safe, have fun and above all – welcome to Chalmers!
Text: Johanna Fasth
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist