News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 20 Oct 2020 13:35:38 +0200 to make your motivational letter shine<p><b>​A motivational letter is the first impression of yourself when you apply to Chalmers, so put your best foot forward!​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Motivation-Banner.jpg" alt="Motivation letter to Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Make sure to prepare before you write your motivational letter to Chalmers. Photo credit: Unsplash</em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A letter of intent or motivation is an optional document to submit with your application to Chalmers. Though if you apply for a scholarship administrated by Chalmers it is required. No matter what, this letter is worth writing. It adds context to who you are as a human, what experiences you’ve had, and how you’ve arrived at this point in your life. <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Succesful-Motivation-Letter.aspx" target="_blank" title="Cover letter blog">There is a great blog​</a> written previously by Raihan about how to organize your letter and the information it should contain. Here are some more tips to make your letter shine.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><strong>1. Examine yourself</strong></div> <div>Before you write your letter, reflect on what has brought you here, to applying for a master’s programme at Chalmers. You may have been working to this point without really looking back at “why”. Think about the people who have influenced you, the experiences you’ve had and how they have contributed to where you are today. Then look to the future. Why do you want to be a part of this programme? Did you have any experiences in your undergraduate degree or while working that inspired you to join this field? How will the education get you to where you want to be? What makes you a good fit for joining this programme? Before you just start typing up a letter, make some notes of your thoughts so you can organize them for later.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Don’t overload with content</strong></div> <div>Your motivational letter is one-page maximum. This means that you probably won’t be able to highlight or explain every experience and goal you would like to. Determine which ones you think are the most important and focus on those. This way, you can describe them further and give some context to each one.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Motivation-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />3. Do your research</strong></div> <div>You are applying to a certain programme (or maybe multiple) at Chalmers, so it’s important to know more about it. Look at the required and elective courses at the programme page. If the programme has tracks of courses focused on different industry topics, you can see which ones you find most interesting. Look at the programme director and the teachers associated with the different courses. When it comes to research, you can look at what has been and is being done by professors associated with the programme and see what you may be interested in studying further. You can use this information to support your goals in the letter.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Don’t repeat your CV</strong></div> <div>Your CV contains a lot of information about your previous roles. Your letter of motivation is a chance to expand on those. You can use your letter to give background and context to your academic and professional experiences. Write about how, for example, a project led you to explore topics relating to the programme you are applying for, or maybe you’ve been studying these topics for a long time, and this programme will allow you to reach new goals. When giving examples of what led you to this field, show rather than tell about the things you want to highlight in order to paint a picture of yourself.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Have someone read your letter first</strong></div> <div>A motivational letter is supposed to highlight your experiences, skills, and goals, but it also gives a first impression. Having someone you know, a family member or friend, read over your letter before you send it in is a good way to determine if your own voice, along with your intentions and dreams shine through. It is also good to have someone check your spelling and grammar. It is important to sound professional and positive in your letter, and your word choice should be easy to read and flow smoothly. Overall, present your true self, and your authenticity will shine through.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" title="Connect with student ambassadors">Amanda​​</a></div></div></div> ​​Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0200 experience with the SI-scholarship<p><b>​Here is a story about what brought me from Indonesia to Chalmers as an SI-scholar.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SI_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">A friend once said that &quot;if our retirement age is 65 years, then we still have 30-35 years to work more or less, but if we feel have had enough and no longer feel challenged then how are we going to keep on working the remaining 30-35 years?&quot;</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I still remember these words from two years ago, and in fact, these words brought me to Sweden. I have worked in one of the biggest real estate companies in Indonesia and held a middle management position. But I felt something lacking and that I had more to give than my current contribution. And after much deliberation, I realized I had to refill my glass full so that I could keep giving from my abundance to places where I worked or the community that I served.  That was when I realized it's time to go back to the university and fulfil a long-forgotten goal to pursue my master’s degree.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Going to Europe has been a dream for a long time, the experience from travelling to several countries made me fall in love with this continent. Not just because of its beautiful sceneries or inspiring history, but since this is the place of many world-changing inventions. Innovation was the keyword that eventually led me to Chalmers and Sweden. At Chalmers, there is a <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Management-and-Economics-of-Innovation.aspx">master’s programme that specializes in innovation management.</a> Innovation is currently becoming the centre of studies across the industries as an opportunity to create a better solution for our society. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After I decided on my programme and university, then my next research was about financing my studies. My search for scholarships led me to <a href="" target="_blank">SISGP (The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals).</a> It is a scholarship that covers the entire study tuition fee and includes a monthly allowance. The Swedish Government created this scholarship for global professionals with strong experiences and leadership background to pursue a master’s degree in Sweden and I believed I met the requirements.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>And finally, after going through a long process for campus applications and scholarships, April 26, 2019, I was declared as one of the SISGP awardees for 2019-2021. I was happy and felt overwhelmed with the good news, as it is confirming my attendance to Chalmers. When remembering the journey, I made a year ago, it was not easy to leave my comfort zone with family, friends and even a career that I have built on for many years. However, being an SI scholarship holder is a rare opportunity that only happens once in a lifetime and on the other hand, I got all the support I needed from friends and family to pursue my dream. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SI_picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This scholarship does not just enable me to pursue my studies at one of the best universities in Sweden. I am also granted to become part of the Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL), it is a network of bright and talented fellow SI awardees from all across the world.  Some fellow SI awardees have become my new family in Sweden, although we are limited to gathering or meeting offline, we continuously communicate online through social media platforms. From encouraging one and another during this pandemic time until sharing our home cook recipes, from exchanging student's life experiences until discussion of how to give back to our society such as hosting some online events promoting student’s life. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Time flies so fast, and now I have been living in Sweden for almost a year. However, there is still a lot to be learned, and I am excited about the opportunities that are waiting ahead. As the saying goes &quot;the best is yet to come&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For those of you who have doubts about whether continuing your education is a wise decision or not, then perhaps my blog can inspire you. I believe that investing in yourself is a profitable long-term investment. <br /> </div> <div><em>&quot;If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.&quot;</em> - Benjamin Franklin</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Verawaty_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Verawaty</a></div></div> ​Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0200 ultimate swedish breakfast test<p><b>How do Swedish and American breakfasts compare? This is what I found out when I put them to the test. ​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlog-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>The typical Swedish breakfast is a bit different from the American one. </em><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial">Recently, I was making Swedish pancakes, and it led me to think about the differences between foods I find commonly in the United States and Sweden, particularly breakfast foods. I don’t know what everyone else experiences when they move to a new country as a student, but aside from missing friends and family, food from my home country has been something I’ve really missed. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Familiar foods are comforting, and thankfully it’s pretty easy to recreate recipes (and it’s even easier after I ask my parents how they make different dishes).</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><div>I love breakfast. In my opinion, it’s the best meal. I also love going out to a restaurant for breakfast or brunch with friends in the US, which in my experience isn’t very common here in Sweden. I am used to having so many options to choose from. Something savoury or sweet, eggs, fruit, pastries, you name it! Swedish breakfast, however, is usually quite different than an American one. It also has options, though in general, a Swedish breakfast tends to be less sweet, and incorporates more use of pieces of bread and cheeses.  I set out to make some of my favourite breakfast foods along with a Swedish counterpart and reflect on them.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Cereal</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogCheerios-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Starting with the simplest one, there’s cereal. There are so many kinds of cereals both in the US and in Sweden. You have sweet ones and healthy ones, so you can take your pick, but what is the Swedish equivalent? I decided that muesli was the closest thing to traditional American cereal. I am aware that 1. There are probably actual Swedish cereals, and 2. Muesli isn’t from Sweden, but in my experience, it seems to be more popular in general than regular cereal. Is this true? I have no idea, I need to ask more people about their breakfast habits. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For this category, I went with Cheerios for the American option. I was genuinely excited to find them in the stores here in Sweden. You could argue that they are bland, and you would be right, but Cheerios also hit the spot at any time of day. They are great for breakfast, but they are also fantastic as a snack in the evening, you really can’t go wrong. For the “Swedish” option, I went with muesli with strawberries in it, and honestly is was great. There’s so much variety possible here, anyone should be able to scratch their cereal itch at a Swedish grocery store.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Breakfast Sandwiches</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogBagel-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />From what I’ve seen, breakfast sandwiches are extremely popular both in Sweden and the US, and they can have a lot of variety when it comes to toppings, bread, etc. For the American breakfast sandwich, I went with a bagel sandwich, one savoury with egg and one sweet with cream cheese. Bagels are something I often crave, but they are not the easiest thing to find here in Sweden, so I’ve learned to make my own. This lets me make them all the best flavour, the Everything bagel, which is a mix of dried onion, garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and salt. These were fantastic and brought me back to a time when I ate these for a few months straight in my undergrad. </div> <div>There is a true Swedish equivalent for the breakfast sandwich, and that is the open-faced sandwich. These can have a number of different toppings and bread, like cheese, deli meats, tomato, and cucumber. The one I made was great with some lemon pepper on top, I do eat these sometimes for breakfast. They are light but filling, I get why the Swedes like them so much. I even tried crispbread with Kalles Kaviar, a kind of cod roe caviar with distinctive packaging. This one was…okay. It wasn’t bad, but it tasted like the ocean. I learned later that I should have eaten it with boiled eggs, so I’ll have to try this one again.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Potato-based breakfast</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogHashBrowns-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />If breakfast is the best meal, then potatoes are the best part of a breakfast. They are something that you’d make when you have time to have a fancier breakfast, and my favourite way to have potatoes at breakfast is in the form of hash browns. These are made by grating potatoes like cheese, and frying them with spices, and they are crispy and amazing. I didn’t even realize how much I missed them until I made them for this blog. This isn’t something you’d eat alone, so I made a fried egg and toast to go with it. This is a pretty classic American breakfast, and automatically a favourite.</div> <div>For the Swedish counterpart, I decided to go with pytt i panna, which is not really a breakfast food, but it was the closest meal I could think of to hash browns. Pytt i panna, is chopped up potatoes, onions, and meat (or vegetarian alternative), and it’s served with fried eggs and pickled beets. Overall, these are pretty similar meals and are both a fantastic use of their best ingredient, the potato.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Pancakes</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogSWEPancakesAlternative-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I already knew what I thought of both of these dishes before I made them, but I made them anyway for science. I have never been a huge fan of American pancakes. They aren’t bad, but given the choice, I’d pick a savoury breakfast. They have a somewhat cake-like texture and are kind of a heavy meal. These pancakes are usually served with butter and maple syrup, which is exactly what I did. These were good, but like I said, not my first choice.<br /><br /></div> <div>On the other hand, I love Swedish pancakes. They are light and almost crepe-like, and the traditional toppings include butter, fruit jam, and whipped cream. They do hold quite a bit of nostalgia for me, as I grew up eating them often on weekends, and while I know that has influenced my love for them, I still think they are the superior pancake. They are like eating a dream, and this is the only category where I will declare a true winner, which is the Swedish pancake. <br /><br /></div> <div>One great way of connecting to ourselves and others is through food. I’ve gotten to share my own food and try a bunch of my friend’s traditional foods over the last year, which has been so nice. It was great having a reason to make all these breakfast meals that I’ve missed, to explore the differences and similarities between them, and to try some new things. This was definitely my most delicious blog so far! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Amanda​</a></div> </div></div></div>Fri, 02 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0200 quick guide to Chalmers libraries<p><b>​The campus libraries at Chalmers are so much more than just a place to check out books.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Library-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">There are many great places to study on campus at Chalmers, one of my favourites is the library. If you’re anything like me, it can be difficult to study at home, where there are many distractions (looking at you, Netflix). The library is a great spot to get things done. <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers has three libraries</a>, two on the Johanneberg campus, the Main Library and the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library, and one on the Lindholmen campus, the Chalmers Learning Common in Kuggen. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>At the Chalmers libraries, you can get a library card for free to be able to check out books if you want. One service that I’ve used many times is the <a href="" target="_blank">computers connected to printers</a>. I like to do it at the Main Library because it is convenient, and students get a print quota each semester that is used to print, though you can do this in almost any building on campus. For myself, working at the library is a great choice because it stays pretty quiet, where other locations can sometimes become loud, and there are also usually many other people around working, which I find to be a very good motivator. When studying in the Main Library, I enjoy that the space is quite open and full of natural light, and you can pick where you sit based on your preferences. There are group rooms that can be booked for work, there’s a space for silent working, and the rest of the library is full of tables and desks in a generally quiet space where groups and individuals can work. I like being able to spread out my books and things at a table so that I’m able to see everything at the same time.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fellow student ambassador Tamara sometimes studies at the Architecture and Engineering Library. She said, “It is a great place to study as it is spacious yet not too big! It is located on the ground floor of the SB building where the large wraparound windows let the sunshine through with the added bonus of being able to people watch whenever a break from the books is needed. There are group tables, comfy armchairs, and a quiet study room where individual booths have their own power outlets and desk lamps. There’s also a printing and scanning room where there’s always a library staff member close by to give you a hand if you get stuck. A café called SMAK is only a short walk away in the same building, so if hunger pangs strike then it’s good to know there are options. No eating of food is allowed in the library, however!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Library-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />If you go to Kuggen on the Lindholmen campus, it will be easy to spot, as it is a striking, colourful building. My friend Jóhanna, who is completing the Industrial Ecology program like myself, explained of the library, “you could choose from tables that were intended for groups or just for a single person, also from more cosy chairs as well”. There’s even a quiet area for focused studying, and if you get cold while working as Jóhanna did, you could borrow a blanket while you were there. Lindholmen campus is worth a visit, even if just to see the modern campus next to the water and how beautiful Kuggen is in person!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Aside from using the actual buildings, something that has been very helpful especially while the libraries have been closed due to Covid-19, is that you can find online academic journal articles. From the Chalmers libraries website, <a href="" target="_blank">you can search for and access e-books or articles​</a> on any topic while away from the campus wi-fi. Doing projects and writing papers from home currently, this has been a lifesaver! <span style="background-color:initial">If you’re looking for a quiet, study-oriented place to work, check out the campus libraries! </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda</a></div></div>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Master&#39;s in Entrepreneurship<p><b>​​A trip through memory lane; looking back at my first year at Chalmers!</b></p><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/E-skolanlokaler_VerasGrand_180918_01.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Entreprepreurship at Chalmers" style="margin:10px 5px;width:690px;height:462px" /></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">​W</span><span style="background-color:initial">hen I applied through UniversityAdmissions back in early 2019, I knew that I had wanted to come to Chalmers but the only thing I could base this decision on was what my programme offered: a two-year M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Business Design following the Corporate Entrepreneurship Track. I knew that I didn’t want to move halfway across the world for only a one year master’s programme and I also understood the benefits of getting work placement as part of my education as this is what had occurred during my Bachelor’s in Australia. This was made all the more important as I was moving to a new country and barely knew anyone, so any foot in the door was a good foot.</span><br /></p> <p>Fast-forward six months and I’m in Gothenburg, Sweden. I arrive three weeks before school is scheduled to begin and even though it seemed like a long enough time, I still couldn’t help but feel the pressure of organising everything. By everything I mean my ID card to kitchen appliances to getting a start on my summer readings. The first week of September rolls around and I’m once again at my first day of school. Nerves are running high and when we go to introduce ourselves around the classroom I nearly say, “Hi, I’m Sydney from Tamara” (#facepalm), but I got there in the end just so you know.</p> <p>Some people knew each other from their Bachelor’s or from around Chalmers but like me, there were quite a few people that did not know anyone either. After the initial introduction, we were straight into groupwork <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Masters%20blog_small%20image.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />where we had to reflect on and discuss our summer readings. Some days later, we were placed in other groups based on our differing educational backgrounds and these groups were then our groups for the whole semester in a project called The Business Creation Lab (BCL). Here, we had to come up with strategies to commercialise a patented technology. There were many long days (and some long nights) but it was one hell of a great learning curve!</p> <p></p> <p>During the BCL, I took some Swedish lessons at Folkuniversitet on Saturdays however I found it a little difficult to learn a language in a typical classroom setting so I decided to take a different approach! I was going to use my love for reality TV to propel my Swedish instead (not something that is necessarily recommended but I still take pride in my choice hehe).</p> <p>Fast-forward again and it’s just after New Year’s and school ramps up once more. I hear that the second semester isn’t as demanding so I begin my search for either an internship or part-time work. During this time, I also sign up to be a part of ICM Advice and LS Advice which are two student-led committees that provide intellectual property advice to individuals and businesses. I eventually also get an internship at a Gothenburg-based start-up called Mycorena. I suppose I saw the importance quite early on of pushing myself to take every opportunity that came my way as I wanted to engage and meet as many people as I could! Also, I find that when I’m out of my comfort zone the experiences are so much more valuable, so I figured (and I still do!) that nearly everything doing is worthwhile.</p> <p>It’s just after Summer 2020 and I’ve just finished the first day of my third semester. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past year and how much my life is different, but I have absolutely no complaints. Chalmers has been a great university, Gothenburg - a great town, but the people and the friends I’ve made have been even better!</p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara</a>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 in Gothenburg is a &quot;wheelie&quot; great experience<p><b>Going by bike in Gothenburg has given me a whole new perspective on the city.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/BikinginGBG-Banner.jpg" alt="Biking in Gothenburg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">One of the first things I noticed when coming to Gothenburg was the bike lanes. There were SO many! And they have so much space! Coming from Youngstown, Ohio, a small city in the United States, bike lanes are not at all common. If you want to take a bike ride, most people only do it on designated bike trails inside parks and forests. If you want to actually ride to a destination, you have to do it on the roads, which I (and I’m sure the people driving in cars around me) hated to do. In general, in the US, people who commute by bike are seen as hippie “tree huggers”, so I was excited to see how different the culture surrounding biking is in Gothenburg and Sweden in general. All over the city, there are bike lanes, places to lock a bicycle up, and even to put air in your tires. </span><div><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/BikinginGBG-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I didn’t have the opportunity to actually ride a bike in Gothenburg until this year when the <a href="" target="_blank">Styr &amp; Ställ </a>bikes were put into place for the summer. These bikes are available to rent throughout the city, you just need to download an app to pay for the ride, which is charged by the amount of time you have the bike rented. It just needs to be returned to another station, and which are located all over town. The process was very simple, and I rented a bike from right in front of the Chalmers campus, next to the Chalmersplatsen tram stop. I was able to use the phone holder on the handlebars to map my way over to Slottsskogen. It was so easy! I used the bike lanes the entire way there. Being new to biking in a busy city, it was a bit nerve-wracking at first to be among the cars and more experienced bikers. I was probably going annoyingly slow, but I just let them pass by with no problem, and it wasn’t hard to get used to the cars. Not to mention, it was so much faster than normal! I’ve walked all over Gothenburg now, and I really recommend it, but going by bike is a gamechanger. I was able to take a new path and experience the city a new way. You can even take a bike on the ferry to the islands surrounding Gothenburg!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are many ways that students get bikes in Gothenburg. If you don’t need one often, the rental bikes are a great way to go, and they are quite cheap. Most students look to buy used bikes, which are often found on Facebook Marketplace and Blocket, or if you know of students leaving the city after finishing their programme, they may want to sell theirs. Usually, the student group Chalmers Students for Sustainability <a href="" target="_blank">has a bike sale​</a> every year where they collect used bikes, sell them for very cheap, and allow students to fix them up at their Re:cycle event. Unfortunately, this couldn’t happen this year due to Covid-19, but hopefully, it will be possible again soon! I was able to buy a used one from someone I know, and I’m now learning how to get around the city via bike lane. I liked the phone holder from the rental bikes so much, that I even added one to my own bike!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I think being able to go by bike in Gothenburg gives a new perspective to the city. I was very used to taking the trams and busses all through winter, seeing the same buildings all the time. Now with a bike, I’ve been able to see areas I was unfamiliar with while getting better at city cycling. I love the public transport in the city, but I like that I can reduce my carbon footprint a little bit and freely travel, often arriving even faster than if I took the bus! In a place like Gothenburg, which is sustainably-minded and built to be incorporated with biking, I think it is definitely worth trying out this mode of transportation!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div> </div>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0200 and eat candy!<p><b>​Walls of candy may be something that dreams are made of but in Sweden it’s an amazingly delicious reality.</b></p><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Walls%20of%20Candy.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Walls of pick and mix candy in Sweden" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:462px" /></p> <p><em>Walls of pick and mix candy in Sweden.</em></p> <p>Candy, you either love it or you LOVE it. There are only two possibilities much like yin and yang, 0 and 1, day and night (a stretch I know) where one generally depends on the outcome of the other. It can therefore be said that Sweden’s fitness culture and the Swedes’ love of sugar is a strange albeit great pairing.</p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Bike%20lane.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:219px" />Going to the gym, running clubs and games of paddle tennis are quite common activities in Sweden that are enjoyed, dare I say, by a majority of the population. In saying that, Chalmers also encourages health and ​​​wellbeing where their sports hall for various team sports can be used where this is also a swimming pool and sauna in the Johanneberg campus. Chalmers students can also get discounts on memberships and fees at various gyms namely Fysiken.</p> <p>All this watching and hearing of working out got me on board as well! The one thing that I still did not quite understand, however, was how every single supermarket and even standalone stores could dedicate so much space to candy. I was confused (and to be fair, I still am slightly) as to how large the demand is for that sugar fix here in Sweden. Being a business student, I think back to the principles of supply and demand and thus surely I figure there must be a large enough <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Wall%20candy%201x1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:251px" /><br />demand for all these businesses to dedicate walls and I mean WALLS to sweet lollies, chocolates and nuts especially considering how much time is spent on working out!</p> <p>Maybe a part of my initial shock has something to do with the fact that in Australia it is highly uncommon to be able get pick and mix candy off of walls! In fact, growing up I recall there only being one store that offered this, and it was very close to my primary school. All of the schoolkids, myself included obviously, would go crazy on the gummy bears and snakes. Thinking about it some more, I think a large part of my awe surrounding Sweden’s walls of candy is this nostalgia aspect. Even though the options feel like they’re endless here, I still always find myself going back to the good old gummy bears.</p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara</a>​​​​​</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0200 to make friends in new cities<p><b>​I have moved cities more than four times since I was a kid. Every time it&#39;s been a nervous feeling trying to get along with total strangers, but I have made lifelong friends along the way.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendship_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Friendship" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Friend, Amigo, Ami, Vänn, Machan, Sadeek, Sathi, 朋友, Doost, Freund, Kanca, Arkadaş. There are many different ways to say “friend” all around the world, but they all share the same meaning. </em><br /><br />I used to play football on the streets and moving to the side of the road every time a car was about to pass with some of my earliest friends. I lived in my hometown, Moroleon, till I was 12 years old,  at that time I moved to Irapuato because of my studies. My life changed completely at that point. I was moving to my Aunt’s house along with two other cousins that were also studying there. I remember my first day of class, arriving at a school that looked like a palace compared to my previous elementary school. Being in a new classroom surrounded by total strangers. I got to say that those strangers turned into awesome friends. Fast forward three years and I am saying goodbye to them, once again I moved cities because of my studies. This time it was different, I was about to live inside the campus all by myself. The 15-year-old me didn’t want to leave the life that I had to build from scratch in Irapuato but at the same time, I was starting to feel this excitement of meeting new people and new places. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendsship_add1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A lot of changes came along, starting with me losing about 30 kilograms in the first semester. Yeah… I was the spoiled child of my aunty and she knew I loved food. But she wasn’t there to cook for me anymore, so I resorted to sticking to my food budget. This new lifestyle allowed me to start doing sports that I couldn’t imagine doing before. So, I now had three types of friends: Friends with whom I shared residence, friends with whom I played sports, and friends from school. I shared interests with each of them at that moment, sometimes more than one, and sometimes I was basically living in their homes. After finishing high school, you might guess what happened, I moved cities once again for the same reason as before. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I was moving to Guadalajara, one of the most populated cities in Mexico. This time I moved into a big house close to the university with 5 other housemates. Those guys became essentially my brothers. During my university, I also made very special friendships but this time they were not just in Mexico. I had the opportunity to be an exchange student for one year at Chalmers. Remember the feeling I got the first time I moved cities? Oh boy … this time I got it times 100. Especially because I wasn’t used to speaking in English and was really nervous about making some silly mistakes. I often made silly mistakes (I still make them sometimes, to be honest) but that was exactly what helped me to improve. In addition, I must say that the Chalmers International Reception Committee (CIRC)  was a life saviour for me. I found it amazing that I right away met a group of people from many different countries and cultures, just like me, arriving in a new country starting from scratch. It wasn’t just that, they organized activities that allowed me to meet even more people with whom I shared some great memories. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendship_add2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Studying here in Sweden also allowed me to travel around in my free time and you guessed it right, I got to meet even more new people and explore new places. I have some amazing memories from that exchange programme, but it also had to came to an end. <span style="background-color:initial">One of the best feelings when coming back to Mexico was to see my family and friends again and that I got to share all the new memories I brought back from Sweden and Europe. Did something change between them and me? Yes and no. We were the same people, but we now had a ton of new experiences from that year we had spent apart. It was awesome to hear their stories and share mine. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>As I mentioned in my previous blog, I finished university and worked for a while in Mexico. Then I made it back to Chalmers, this time to study my masters. Once again, it was great to see friends that I made in my exchange that still were there. And as I did before, I got to share all the new experiences from our time apart with them. CIRC did their job again and I made new friends, but this time I could help them around with the knowledge I had gained during my exchange. This motivated me to join CIRC later and help all the new students that are coming to Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am really looking forward to continuing to do this. If you are a new student coming this Autumn, I will do my best so you can have the best possible experience as well. I am also looking forward to seeing friends from Mexico and other parts of the world in person again. Who knows what new crazy stories we will share then? Who knows how many new friends I will make? That is an excitement that keeps growing for me. Hope this blog makes you as excited as I am and who knows maybe we become friends in the future!</div> <div><br /></div></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Juan_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:<a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"> Juan​</a></div> ​Sun, 23 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Summer break of 2020<p><b>​What we did this summer in light of what we couldn’t due to Covid-19.</b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SummerBreakBlog-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><br /><br /><br /></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Amanda's summer break</span><br /></h2> <div>I stayed in the Gothenburg area for much of the summer, taking a bit of a “staycation” or “hemester” (hem=home + semester=vacation in Swedish). I had a trip back to the US planned at the beginning of summer, but flight cancellations and uncertain travel restrictions led me to decide to remain in Sweden. Homesickness has of course been something I’ve experienced over this first year in Gothenburg, but the idea that I wouldn’t be able to go back to the United States because of Covid restrictions was especially disappointing. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one going through this, and myself and friends created great summer experiences together around the city!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SmmerBrkBlogBiking-Additional%20Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One of the best purchases I’ve made here was a bike. It has completely changed the way I travel through the city and lets me avoid public transportation during the pandemic. Friends and I have met up for bike rides to different areas of Gothenburg like the giant park Slottsskogen and ferry station at Saltholmen for scenic views. One trip we took was just over to Hisingen, to a nature area called Svarte Mosse. I met up with one friend at Stenpiren, where we took the free ferry across the river to Lindholmen to meet up with other friends. We took a mostly relaxed, sometimes terribly uphill, ride over to the nature area, where we had a great picnic and relaxed outside. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>One thing about Gothenburg that I think is amazing is just how much greenspace there is within the city and just outside it! I was able to hike in one of these nearby areas at Kåsjön, a lake with walking paths nearby. When trekking around Käsjön we had the nice surprise of finding a never-ending supply of wild blueberries to eat along the way and saw many people collecting the berries to take home.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SmmerBrkBlogMarstrand-Additional%20Picture.jpg" alt="Marstrand" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />One of my favorite experiences this summer has been being able to go to the nearby islands around Gothenburg. There are a number to choose from, and all offer a relaxing experience with a beautiful view. Recently, I went to the island of Marstrand, which is about an hour and a half outside of Gothenburg by bus. We started the day by walking around the historic Carlsten Fortress, built originally in the 1600s to protect the citizens from enemy attacks. We then took our time walking around the island, taking in the beautiful, colorful seaside buildings before finding a spot to chill and have lunch on the rocks near the water. One of the most exciting parts was getting to go into the ocean! I realized that I had not been able to swim at all this summer up to that point, so I was determined to get in the water. It was absolutely freezing, and I got out about one minute later, but I’m glad for the opportunity! </div> <div>​<br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The nicest thing about this summer has been the amount of time I’ve been able to spend outdoors, getting fresh air and sun. I’ve been able to appreciate where I’m at and have plenty of new experiences in and around Gothenburg. I’m looking forward to the next month before courses start again, and being able to see classmates again soon, at least virtually!​</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Tamara's summer​ break</span></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I have spent my Summer working in part and travelling around Sweden. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Continuing on from my internship at Gothenburg-based food tech start-up Mycorena that I started earlier this year, I took the opportunity to utilize the free time I had in June to get hands-on experience full-time at the company. I did this because I wanted to build upon the knowledge I already had accumulated at the company whilst putting what I learnt in my studies at the Entrepreneurship School at Chalmers and also my past experiences into practice This was great as I really got to know my colleagues whilst expanding my own knowledge about the company’s operations and where my skill set could potentially add value. My experience at the startup has actually now led to a part-time job which I am super happy about! I will continue working with business development but with a sales and marketing focus. </span><div><div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Additional%20Pic_Summer%20break%20blogpost.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Other than working, I’ve taken the opportunity to explore parts of Sweden that I had not seen in the past. I was originally toying with the idea of going back to Australia for a few weeks to visit family and friends, but I realized quite early on that it would be a lot simpler to stay in Sweden considering the current circumstances. I not only stayed in Sweden but also got to experience the classic Swedish Summer! In July I visited Skövde, Västerås and Stockholm which was great as I was able to not only visit my friends’ hometowns but also take the opportunity to rewind and reset especially as we spent quite a bit of time in the countryside!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>When I was in Skövde (1.5 hours by train from Gothenburg), it was slightly overcast and rainy, so we spent some time in the sauna where we visited quite a few secondhand stores and boy was that fruitful. Considering Skövde and the surrounding areas are smaller in comparison to Gothenburg, there are therefore less people vying for those secondhand deals! I found some paintings, vases, shoes and a jewellery bowl for a quarter of the price that it would’ve cost me in Gothenburg!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The trip to Västerås was slightly longer by train where it took around 4 hours from Gothenburg. Västerås is located on the other side of Sweden and although 4 hours to get to the other side of the country may seem long for some but for me, it was the opposite considering that it takes 5 hours by plane from Sydney to Perth! The weather that weekend was sunny and so we spent quite a bit of time outdoors namely by Sweden’s third-largest lake, Lake Mälaren. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Seeing as Västerås is only about an hour away by bus from Stockholm, I took the opportunity to revisit the capital city before heading back home. Stockholm is grand and beautiful and there is so much to do and see. The old town (Gamla Stan) is a must-see and the areas of Sofia and Södermalm are buzzing with shops and cafes. To be honest, though, by the end of my day there I really wanted to go back to chilled out Gothenburg! I’ve become so used to not having that many people around that I actually got slightly overwhelmed in Stockholm which is a strange sensation seeing as I’ve spent my whole life in good old Sydney. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>All in all, these short getaways have allowed me to reset my batteries for my second year at Chalmers where I’ll be working at another company in addition to Mycorena AB whilst writing my thesis! This forms part of the Corporate Entrepreneurship Track in the MSc. in Entrepreneurship and Business Design where I will spend close to a year working on an internal entrepreneurship project. It has been a great Summer so far and the plan for August is to just take it easy and enjoy my spare time with my friends!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"> Tamara and Amanda​</a></div></div></div> ​Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Midsummer really that creepy?<p><b>​How does real-life Midsummer in Sweden compare to the American horror film?</b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsommar_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em>A creepy Midsummer celebration is depicted in the movie Midsommar from 2019. Photo: Nordisk Film</em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Last summer, director Ari Aster released a folk-horror/break up movie called <a href="" target="_blank" title="Midsommar on IMDB">Midsommar</a>. The film centres on </span><span style="background-color:initial">Dani (played by Florence Pugh), who goes to Sweden with her boyfriend and their Swedish friend to his hometown commune in Hårga for a very special <a href="" target="_blank" title="Midsummer traditions">Midsummer celebration</a>. Now before going any further, this blog will contain some spoilers for the movie, so you should stop reading here and watch the movie now if you haven’t seen it yet. I’ll wait.</span></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>Okay, now that you’ve watched the movie or read the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Wikipedia about Midsommar">Wikipedia page for the plot​</a>, and then watched an episode of something funny to recover from what you’ve seen, I’ll continue.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is a lot of symbolism and traditions depicted in Midsommar, some of them real, some taken from various unrelated rituals. So which ones are real and which ones have been made up? Let’s start with the big one: The movie depicts many deaths, with various levels of grossness.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>1. Do I need to be worried about that if I’m invited to a Midsummer celebration?</strong></div> <div>Not at all. You can rest easy, because the real Midsummer features much less ritual sacrifice, generally none if you pick the right people to celebrate with! &#128521; These parts of the movie seem to be taken from Pagan traditions and are not related to the way Swedes celebrate Midsummer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Do people really dance around a giant pole until they fall down from exhaustion?</strong></div> <div>Yes and no! Maypoles are a real tradition you could see at Midsummer! And people do dance around them, for example, you might hear the singing of Små Grodorna (The Small Frogs) with an accompanying dance. In the movie, Dani joins other women from the commune in a hallucinogenic dance marathon around a maypole. You probably won’t see people dance until they drop, but this comes from a legend from Hårga (Yes, it’s a real place, but it’s not a commune!). There is a folk song associated with the town called Hårgalåten, where the devil forced the townspeople to dance to death, but this is not associated with the real Midsummer celebration.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Do swedes put flowers in their hair on Midsummer? </strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Midsummer-Picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />They do! when it comes time to dance around the maypole, the Hårgas and Dani wear large flower crowns with various different flowers, and later Dani wears a huge flower dress when she becomes the May Queen and finds herself feeling a sense of community for the first time in the movie. While the elaborate dress and the May Queen isn’t something you would normally see at a Midsummer celebration, you will probably see flower crowns, and maybe you can even make your own!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Are you really supposed to put flowers under your pillow on Midsummer? </strong></div> <div>Yes! There’s a short scene where the girls are seen picking flowers in the movie. Dani does this and gives a bouquet to her boyfriend Christian. This is taken from a real tradition, where you are supposed to pick seven different kinds of flowers and put them underneath your pillow so that you’ll dream about your future spouse.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There’s a lot of other symbolism throughout the movie (Did you see all the runes? And the tapestry in the first scene?), you can watch it again if you missed these details the first time. One of the things I find most discomforting about the movie is how beautiful the scenery is compared to the horrifying actions of the Hårgas, especially from the climactic scene through the end.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">But be</span><span style="background-color:initial"> assured, the beauty of nature and fun of the celebration is the only thing you should expect. I hope this leaves you feeling prepared and only a little bit nervous to celebrate a real Swedish Midsummer!</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​<br /></a></div> </div>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0200 I got admitted to Chalmers<p><b>This is the story about how I failed and then succeeded in my application to Chalmers.</b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Juansstory_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><em>With help from my family and friends in Mexico, I succeeded in achieving my dream to study at Chalmers.</em><br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">I studied Mechanical engineering for my bachelors back in Mexico. I picked the honours programme where I had to study a third language and go abroad for a year for an exchange. I chose German as my third language to study and expected to go there. When the time finally arrived to apply for my exchange, I realized that the courses I was supposed to take were hard enough to course them in German on top of it. </span><span style="background-color:initial">A friend of mine suggested me to take a look at Sweden where the courses were in English and so I did. After some research, I decided that Chalmers would be my first option to apply because of how the campus looks, the city’s nature and the closeness to three capitals (Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen).</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Juansstory_pic1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I was truly happy when I received the news of being accepted for my exchange there. I remember how emotional it was to say goodbye to my family and friends for one year. How nervous I was during my 15 hours trip and during my first couple of days in Gothenburg. How I enjoyed all the courses and a new way of learning. I remember the wide variety of awesome committees and societies, such as the Chalmers International Reception Committee.  Along with all the amazing friends from many different countries that I made during that time. As well as an equally emotional goodbye to them when I was going back to Mexico. </span><span style="background-color:initial">For all those reasons, I decided to apply for my master’s in Chalmers before finishing my bachelors. During that time, I wasn’t sure how to rank the programmes in which I had an interest. In addition, I didn’t have all the required documentation and the whole process felt rushed. As you could imagine, I failed in my first try. I felt that maybe a master’s in Chalmers wasn’t meant for me. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">So, I decided to start looking for a job and I got one in a Mexican manufacturing company. There I became fond of production and management, and I gained relevant experience. However, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work there my entire life. My breakpoint came after a close family member passed away. I realized how fragile life is and how many things I wanted to accomplish before I died. Studying my master’s in Chalmers being one of them. I decided to apply again, this time having the Production engineering programme as my first option because it was perfect for my production management interest. </span><div> <div><br /></div> <div>I learned many lessons during the year between my applications. I received a lot of support and encouragement from my family and friends to overcome the loss from my first attempt and to carry on. My new job helped me recover my self-confidence and made me realize how much my work could affect other people. All these experiences helped me to improve my motivation letter. I did everything possible to have all my documentation ready in time, including driving to a different state to do my English test. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After submitting the application, I spent the next few months waiting nervously for the decision. Finally, one day I woke up with an email with the subject: “Chalmers Scholarship Award Notification”. That was probably one of my fastest jumps out of bed. I had received the IPOET scholarship which meant I was admitted and have a 75% reduction of the tuition fees.  I immediately called (woke up) my family and shared the news with them. The same day I let my boss know about my decision of leaving the company to pursue this dream. I thought he wouldn’t be happy, but I was wrong, he felt proud and congratulated me. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Juansstory_pic2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The next few months were full of preparations, including training the new guy at my job, getting my residence permit, and selling all of my stuff including my car to be able to pay for most of my expenses.  </span><span style="background-color:initial">Once I was done with that, I started saying goodbye to friends and relatives yet again. However, it felt very different from the time of my exchange programme. This time I had a one-way ticket and I didn’t know when I would get to see them again. Packing wasn’t that hard after selling most of my belongings, I just needed to include plenty of Mexican food and ingredients to have a little piece of home with me. After even a more emotional goodbye to my family at the airport, I started this new adventure.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>This experience made me realize that failure is not always an ending and that it can be a beginning. It is important to decide how you will fight back and recruit your family and friends into this battle. Then taking those steps to recover your self-confidence and achieve what you have set out. After that, you will rediscover what you are truly aiming for. I hope my story can help you if you are experiencing something similar. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>If you are interested in reading more about how to recover from setbacks, I can recommend the following book: <a href="" target="_blank">Resilience (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series).​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Juan_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Juan​</a></div></div></div></div>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0200 road to swedish fluency<p><b>​Who knew you could watch movies and television and call it learning?</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Swedishfluency_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Watching Netflix can be a great way to learn Swedish. Photo credit: </em><span style="font-family:-apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, &quot;san francisco&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, ubuntu, roboto, noto, &quot;segoe ui&quot;, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px"><em> </em></span><em>Mollie Sivaram/Unsplashed</em><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Studying a master’s program at Chalmers <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Do-you-need-to-know-swedish.aspx">requires absolutely no knowledge of Swedish​</a>, as all of the classes are taught in English. Sweden and Gothenburg are incredibly open to non-Swedish speakers because most people have at least a conversational level of English. So, why would I want to try to learn Swedish?</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>While it is totally possible to live here without speaking Swedish, learning the language gives you a better understanding of your surroundings. You can learn more about the culture and the people, and it can open up opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise seen, for example, you might read a flyer about joining a new organization or an event you’d be interested in. Not to mention, being able to speak with a Swede in their own language can give you a sense of accomplishment (especially since they are so annoyingly good at English).</div> <div><br /></div> <div> It would be great to just be able to comfortably hold a conversation with my Swedish friends and family in their language. I try to text my family only in Swedish, which is a good way to see how much I both do and don’t know so far. Another reason that I’d like to learn is because I would like to stay here after graduating and knowing the language should make everyday life and finding a job easier. <span style="background-color:initial">So what tools am I using to learn Swedish?</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>SFI - Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) </strong><br />This is a national free language course offered to people who have emigrated to Sweden from other countries. <span style="background-color:initial">My course ha</span><span style="background-color:initial">s people from many different countries in it, and we started out learning the very basics of Swedish with the alphabet, letter sounds, and so on. I have learned a lot of new vocabulary, learning both writing and speaking skills. I like this course because knowing that I have a class to attend helps me stick to practicing. My biggest struggle has been listening comprehension, so it’s great to be able to listen to the teachers speak. I plan to stay in the course all the way through to get as much out of it as I can. If you would like to join this course, you have to sign up early because there is a long wait time due to the number of people trying to join. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/RoadtoSwedish-Picture.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Duolingo - A popular language app and website </strong></div> <div>I really like Duolingo because it makes learning a language kind of like a game. The app starts out with basics but doesn’t spell out things like grammar rules and sentence structure, so instead, you learn just by completing more and more lessons. You can set the amount of points you want as your goal for each day, and it will send you a reminder to do your lessons. I started learning Swedish on it a few years ago, and sometimes I am very good about doing lessons every day, and other times I forget about it for a while. At one point, I had a daily streak of over 100 days of lessons! Even though it doesn’t exactly teach you the language rules, I think it can give you a very good understanding of how to use the language.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>TV and Movies</strong></div> <div>So far I have only watched a few Swedish language shows. There are not very many Swedish shows on Netflix, and many of them are dark crime dramas (there are so many of these shows that there is a genre of books and series called Nordic Noir). I have watched some of them, like a Swedish/French/English show called Midnattssol (Midnight Sun) about crimes in northern Sweden. I usually prefer comedy though, and I have been looking for Swedish shows similar to my favorites. I enjoy a British show called Taskmaster, where comedians compete to creatively complete tasks, and I recently discovered that there is a Swedish version called Bäst i Test! Since I know I will like the show, I am more excited to watch it in Swedish. As I watch, I use Swedish subtitles and translate words as necessary. I watch the show on SVT Play, which has a huge number of Swedish shows and movies in all genres, it’s a great source for finding something new to watch! <br /><br /></div> <div>Another good way to learn with TV and movies is by watching children’s movies! These movies are dubbed for kids, so you can find movies you already know, like Toy Story or the first Harry Potter film, and listen to the dialogue in Swedish (though I admit it is strange at first to hear familiar characters like Buzz Lightyear speak in a different voice).</div> <div> </div> <div>I’m still early on the road to becoming fluent in Swedish, but these tools are getting me there a little bit at a time! </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div></div>Mon, 18 May 2020 09:00:00 +0200 can kick your coffee habit, but will you?<p><b>​“Knock, knock!”“Who’s there?” “I’m a social interaction mechanism, a study aid and a surprisingly affordable beverage!”</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits-banner2.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:720px;height:326px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> ​​<span style="background-color:initial">I personally love coffee in all shapes and sizes – whether it’s a filter coffee, jumbo size or espresso, frothy and/or with chocolate sprinkles on top – I do not discriminate! Growing up, the ritual of drinking a morning coffee before you start your day was a ritual my parents lived by, even to this day.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><p>Many Australians claim to be coffee aficionados (or snobs – depending on who you ask). In Sydney and <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits%20-%20picture%201.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Coffee Cup" style="margin:5px" /><br />Melbourne, we tend to be spoilt for choice with suburban coffee shops dominating the green and gold landscape. It’s very common to have your favourite café, where the purchase of your first Aeropress is considered a rite of passage by many. Enjoying a flat white or long black is a treat open to all mainly because it is quite affordable at roughly 23SEK a cup.</p> <p> </p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Although I was always exposed to it, I only really began to drink it during my final year of high school when the pressure was on to get those grades for university. Once university began, I would catch up with my friends over cups of coffee. It is therefore safe to say that I grew up around coffee and that my love (or dependence) on it grew as time went on.</span><br /></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">During my bachelor’s degree I spent a semester abroad in Denmark. There, I came to quickly realize that purchasing coffee from a store was not a habit I could maintain as it was really expensive, and I was on a strict student budget! I learnt to fall in love with homebrewed filter coffee quite quickly. However, when I got back to Australia, I had a barista-made coffee relapse. Based on this experience and my silly preconception that all Nordic countries operated identically, I kicked my coffee habit two weeks before I left Australia to study at Chalmers. I found this super difficult as I was so accustomed to drinking it especially when I felt my energy levels drop. This is when I turned to coffee’s cousin, tea, for support. It was not an easy road and it did take some time to adjust but at least I was prepared this time round!</span><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits-picture%202.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Café SMAK at Chalmers University of Technology" style="margin:0px 5px" />Upon arriving in Gothenburg to study at Chalmers, I realised that the café culture was as pervasive as it was back home in Australia. It turns out that Sweden is in fact one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world. This should not have come as a surprise as I was somewhat aware of Sweden’s fika culture before I arrived. Fika is defined by sitting down with a coffee and a pastry of some delicious description where you’re able to take timeout to enjoy catching up with friends or colleagues or just about anyone. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly the point in time when fika culture became “cultural”. Nevertheless, Swedes have been enjoying their coffee on and off for the past 400 years despite historical bans on the addictive beverage. Today, I am able to confidently say that fika is a fabulous (legal) pastime and one that I have enjoyed heaps of times typically with a kanelbulle in hand!</p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Other than the Swedes’ love for fika, I suppose one reason for coffee consumption being as high as it is can be placed down to the fact that it is quite affordable when compared to Sweden’s Nordic counterparts. If you look past the larger coffee chains, many smaller cafes allow you to get a refill or påtår where workplaces also tend to offer coffee in abundance. Bringing this back to Chalmers and during the long Winters which are riddled with assignments and exams, I have found myself consuming much more than I usually do. At 12SEK a piece for a cup of joe (or rather Bryggkaffe) on campus, I have not only been able to get through my exams, but I have also been able to enjoy the tradition of fika with my classmates!</span><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara​</a>​<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></p></div></div>Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200 Day in the Life of an Industrial Ecology Student<p><b>​Are you curious about what a day in my programme looks like?</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/DayInLife-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">Each day in <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/pages/industrial-ecology.aspx">industrial ecology​</a> is different, with new interesting topics, activities, and discussions. My day is filled with not only learning things I am enthusiastic about but also spending time with friends! Let me take you on a journey through my day! </span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><br /></span><span></span><div><strong>7:20 </strong></div> <div>I get up the third or fourth time after I’ve hit the snooze button. Whenever my friends talk about how early they have to get up to take the tram to school, I remember how lucky I am to live close to Chalmers. I get ready and make tea, probably lemon or blackcurrant.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>7:50 </strong></div> <div>I walk over to class, and I check TimeEdit – an app that shows my schedule and class location – I wouldn’t want to walk to the wrong building or show up late!<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>8:00</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/DayInLife-Timeline%20Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This semester, my morning class is Environmental Risk Assessment. We are currently learning about risk assessment of chemicals, identifying hazards, assessing the level of risk. There are often short exercises throughout the class, and today we work with our classmates to determine whether different situations can be classified as risky.</div> <div>It was very surprising to realize in the first week of my programme, that every class takes a break every 45 minutes. Having had multiple hours long courses in the past, it is nice when you hit the 45-minute mark and get to take a short break to talk to classmates or get a coffee. <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>10:00</strong></div> <div>It is my second Environmental Risk Assessment lecture of the day, starting with a new professor. This class is taught by three teachers, which has been common in some of my classes so far. Each teacher tends to lead the lectures which correspond to their own research, which is great because they tend to be excited to teach and can answer in-depth questions on the topic. The new lecture dives deeper into the Effect Assessment from the earlier presentation.  <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>11:45</strong></div> <div> It’s time for lunch! There are no classes and everyone on campus finds a place to eat around campus. I often try to pack my lunch, but today myself and some friends decide to go over to the student union to eat in the Kårrestaurang. I try the vegan option, which today is a vegan burger with potatoes and salsa. It was a good choice, I would try again! In industrial ecology, we have learned about the processes involved in growing the food we eat, including crops and animals for meat. Learning about this, and the fact that there are so many meat-free options at Chalmers and grocery stores has inspired me to eat almost exclusively vegetarian. Speaking of which, our previous ambassador Spencer wrote a blog about how Chalmers cafeteria helps students make better environmental choices:</div> <div>Often during lunch and breaks, my friends and I talk about the topics from recent lectures. I think it’s a testament to the level of interest and enthusiasm we have for our programme and what we are learning.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>13:15</strong></div> <div>After lunch, I walk to my next class, Environmental Management. It has been about environmental practices implemented by businesses and learning to analyze their strategies and systems. Today, class starts with a peer review session on reports we have written on previously assigned businesses. We switch reports with another student, asking questions about their findings, and determining ways to improve our own work.</div> <div>When I have questions for my teacher, I call her over by using her first name. Coming from the US, where we address professors as Dr. Insert Name Here, this was a bit strange a first. The system in Sweden has a much more horizontal structure than the United States. Compared to what I have experienced before, I feel that this system treats students more as equals. I have always felt respect from my teachers, and our courses have encouraged discussion and questioning of ideas in order to ensure understanding.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>15:00</strong></div> <div>For the second lecture of Environmental Management, a guest speaker, Victoria Lund Mattsson, comes to talk to us about her experience as a Business Development Engineer at Emerson in Sweden, and how sustainability plays a part in her job. She is actually a graduate of the industrial ecology programme, so I’m really interested in her perspective since graduating. Her presentation is really refreshing, speaking about both the environmental successes and areas in need of progress at her company. </div> <div>In Environmental Management, and many other courses, guest lecturers who have researched relevant topics or work in environmental roles in the industry have come in to speak with us. This is always interesting, as we can learn the practical applications and ask in-depth questions.  <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>17:00</strong></div> <div>After class, I take the tram to my Swedish for Immigrants course. It is run through the city of Gothenburg for free for people like me, who want to learn Swedish. I have been in the class for a couple months now, and I can tell that my skills have improved. I make a note to ask classmates about good TV shows in Swedish to watch to improve my hearing comprehension. We get a new packet with vocabulary on traveling, and practice reading with the people sitting next to us. </div> <div><br /><strong>20:30</strong></div> <div>As I head home, I make a note of the things on my to-do list, as I try to stay organised by writing things down in my planner. I check that my many alarms are set for the morning and get ready for the next day.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This was a typical day in my programme industrial ecology! Every day brings new interesting challenges and experiences, I hope you enjoyed the journey! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda</a></div></div>Mon, 04 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200 swedish sauna experience<p><b>​Here is why a sauna is so much more than just a hot room!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Saunablog_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><div><em>The sauna that’s on stilts in the harbour at Frihamnen, Gothenburg which was constructed largely from recycled materials.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Going to the sauna in Sweden especially in the colder Winter months has been a fun and enjoyable pastime. I remember my first experience stumbling into a sauna as a young child as I was trying to find my older cousin in a large swimming pool complex. It was hot, uncomfortable and strange. The next time I stepped into a sauna was many years later.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /><div>At my student dorm at Emilsborg, we are fortunate enough to have an indoor sauna and pool as part of the complex. Having quite a few friends from Chalmers that live at Emilsborg as well, it has been quite easy to round everyone up for evenings at the sauna!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Seeing as Swedish Winters are much colder than Australian ones, feeling that overwhelming sense of warmth and heat when it is so cold outside is a strange but welcomed sensation. The smell of the hot coals and fragrant cedar is really relaxing especially with a cold beverage in hand. What tops all of this is the fact that I can spend some time with my friends chatting about our day in a cosy setting! This cosy setting typically does not last too long for me as my tolerance for the extreme humidity is not the best. I do try to stick it out for as long as possible, however. When I do find it gets too hot, I jump into the pool and hang out in there until I’ve cooled down and am ready for round 2!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Saunablog_photo2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I don’t find it weird being in such close quarters with others as everyone is minding their own business. Some saunas in Sweden require you to take your bathing suit off and in that case the sauna rooms are split into male and female quarters. For the most part though, including the saunas at Emilsborg, you keep your swimsuit on. Public saunas generally have swimsuit and hygiene guidelines as you enter so you know what to expect! I also found out the hard way that a lot of the older generation do not particularly like a lot of noise or chitchat whilst you’re in the sauna with them so please don’t make my same mistake! Depending on your love for the heat you can either stay on the bottom platform or go higher up with the sauna daredevils. I am not in the daredevil league yet but I’m climbing that ladder.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Although saunas do exist back home in Australia, it is not very common to visit them. Unlike Australia, many homes and summer houses in Sweden have saunas in them. A little fun fact: there’s actually a freestanding sauna that’s on stilts in the harbour at Frihamnen, Gothenburg which was constructed largely from recycled materials. FYI, it does wobble in the wind. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Despite sauna being Finnish by nature, sauna or in Swedish bastu, has been a part of the Swedish cultural landscape for some time and I have come to see why! I found that after my first time, I got hooked on the sensation. As you walk out of the sauna you feel that all your muscles have relaxed and that you’re on cloud 9; it’s the best feeling ever! I eventually found myself going on a weekly basis where I even started going on my own when my friends couldn’t make it. <span style="background-color:initial">Even though the social aspect is not there on these occasions, I am still able to relax whilst reflecting on my day which is also great. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Some people run to relax but I prefer to go to the sauna instead!</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara​</a></div> <div><br /></div> </div></div> <br />Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0200