"I am honoured to be recognized like this, it was an amazing ceremony with inspiring speeches and spell-binding music performances. And the best part was not only being able to meet representatives of these prestigious establishments but also meeting my peers from across the world excelling in various fields and pursuing their own passions in their studies", says Jaswanth Subramanyam, who has come from India to study at Chalmers University of Technology.
"I didn't know a single person when I came to Sweden, it was my first trip abroad and my parents were a bit worried about me. But Welcome and Orientation week and all of the events that Chalmers arranged at the beginning of the student year introduced me to a lot of new friends and a rich student life", he says.
The quality of education at Chalmers has also exceeded his expectations.
"My professors here at Chalmers are mainly researchers who also teach. It was a pleasant surprise compared to India."
Alongside his studies, he has worked as an international student ambassador for Chalmers and devoted himself to making music, You can listen to his music at Spotify.
"It's my way of processing things. My songs end up having a lot of astronomy terms in them, my thesis supervisor is one of the few people who fully understood the lyrics after listening to my music", he says jokingly.
He sees no contradiction between his dedication to scientific research and being able to explore his artistic side at the same time.
"I could never choose between my two great passions. The science stimulates the mind and the music soothes the soul."
This autumn he will present his thesis on Gravitational Lensing at Chalmers. In connection to this work, he has spent a lot of time at Onsala Space Observatory, which is part of the university.
"It is a mobile-free zone, so you get the space to work undisturbed. But it is so incredibly beautiful there, you are right on the coast. When you get stuck solving a problem, it is so nice to be able to clear your mind with a stroll by the shore."
In the future, he would like to continue with a career in science and research. His biggest dream is to make a scientific discovery.
"I would like to research more on Dark Matter and Dark Energy, combined they make up 95 percent of the Universe, but we know so little about them."
Text: Christian Löwhagen and Vedrana Sivac