News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 07 Jul 2022 12:19:08 +0200 much I spend as a Chalmers student<p><b>​Are you on your way to Chalmers soon and don’t know how to do your budget? Here is what to expect!</b></p><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</b><div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><b></b><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Accommodation</b></span><div>The rent is taking the most part of the expenditure during a month, and it varies depending on the size, the neighbourhood, type of housing, etc. One of the cheapest and safest options is to have a contract with SGS or Chalmers studentbostäder, two housing companies related to Chalmers, which provide a decent and quite cheap apartment. With them, you can apply for an apartment varying from 3000 – 5000 sek/month. If you do not have the possibility to have a contract with those two agencies, you can also look through Airbnb to find a room or within Facebook groups like “Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets/ Bostad Göteborg Gothenburg Goteborg” or “Accommodation For Students In Gothenburg!” in Gothenburg but be careful of the scams!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Groceries and food</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture_3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A good way to reduce the expenses on groceries is to buy food at local markets that offer lower prices for the same quality compared to a big grocery shop. One quite close to Chalmers is situated at Kapellplatsen where they offer fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. Otherwise, Willy’s and Lidl are great options with a variety of products that are cheaper than Coop and ICA for example. These expenses should be around 1000 sek per month. However, if you prefer buying fresh lunches, you can do so in the different cafes at the campus areas. At the main building at Campus Johanneberg, you can buy a takeaway lunch for 50 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Transportation</b></div> <div>The bus and the tram tickets are the same price, and you can get a single ticket for 35sek or a 90-day period ticket for 1645 sek by using your student ID. Electric scooters are all over the city and easy to use, you only need to download the app of the company’s scooter and off you go! The price varies depending on the company and you can also buy a pass if you plan on using them regularly. Same thing goes for a bicycle, Next Bike offers different stations throughout the city where you can easily rent them through the app for a single use or an annual membership fee of 225 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Dining out</b></div> <div>If you are a foodie like me, you will want to try the numerous restaurants Gothenburg has to offer. I have to say, it can easily get expensive, but you can find good places for around 200-250 sek for a full meal! You can find Thaï, Palestinien, Italian, Czech and much more diverse food in the city. It’s a pure delight! And tip of the day, look out for discounts with your Mecenat card (student card), you can get a discount on everything from clothes, housing furniture, to books.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Leisure</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />As for “fun expenses”, I put this into the nights out in town with the girls, including the little weekend trips we do across the country and the new clothes I enjoy buying occasionally. This category of expenses can vary a lot depending on the month, but I try to keep it maximum 1000 sek/month. A good advice when it comes to clothes and furniture, is to go to second hand shops. There are a lot of them in Gothenburg, in the neighbourhood Haga like Myrorna where you can find clothes, shoes, dishes, frames, cutlery, etc. One of their biggest stores is located at Järntorget in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Monthly expenses</b></div> <div>Regular expenses are easier to budget for. I am talking about stuff like a mobile service, gym, etc. For mobile services, companies often offer discounts for the first three months if you decide to sign up for a plan with them. For example, Hallon, Fello, Telenor and Telia offer competitive prices that can go around 100sek/month. However, if you get a welcoming bag from CIRC, lucky you, you will already receive a SIM card from Lycamobile that you can recharge whenever you want. For the gym, I recommend Fysiken which is held by Gothenburg’s student union, and they offer a wide range of training and services such as climbing, paddle, power circuit, personal training, physiotherapy, etc. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>My personal expenses: </b></div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"></span></div> <div><b>Accommodation:</b> 3 500 – 5 000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Groceries and food:</b> 1 000 - 1 500  sek/month</div> <div><b>Transportation:</b> 225sek/month or 550sek/month (1 645sek for 3 months)</div> <div><b>Dining out: </b>400 – 600 sek/month</div> <div><b>Leisure</b>: 400 – 2000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Other monthly expenses:</b> 500 – 800 sek/month</div> <div><b>TOTAL:</b> 6 025 – 10 450 sek/month</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/naina_studentblog.jpg" alt="Naina" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Author: </b><span style="background-color:initial">N</span><span style="background-color:initial">aïna </span></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 first midsummer experience<p><b>This is how I celebrated Midsommar for the first time during my studies at Chalmers. </b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_banner.jpg" alt="Midsummer celebrations Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>​<br /></div> <i>Sena spent her first midsummer in a cottage in the swedish countryside. </i><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">s the summer approached, I noticed the Swedes I knew were busy preparing for Midsommar. Everyone I spoke to was talking about finishing up things before Midsommar, and they had started making their celebration plans weeks in advance. Many people go to the countryside to celebrate this weekend. I celebrated my first Midsommar in nature away from the city with my friends.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I booked a cottage with five of my friends from both Sweden and other countries in Mellerud, which is a city two hours by train from Gothenburg. We prepared our own food and participated in various activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddling. We set off on Friday morning to go to Mellerud by train. After we did our grocery shopping in Mellerud, our Swedish friend's parents took us to our cottage by car. Because the cottage is located next to Sweden's biggest lake Vänern it is a little bit far from the center of Mellerud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The cottage we stayed in was a house that we found online. It could fit six people and it belonged only to us this weekend. This cottage had bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a veranda with a lake view. After placing our belongings, we swam in the lake and enjoyed the sun. Honestly, I didn't expect the temperature to be this good. In the afternoon, we returned to our cottage to prepare our Midsommar wreath and meal. For the wreath, we used 7 different flowers! &#128522; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="midsummer meal" style="margin:5px" />Traditionally, a Midsommar meal consists of boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives, and grilled salmon. While we ate our meal, we were singing traditional Midsommar songs. I noticed a detail in one of the Midsommar songs that surprised me that this song was a song that children sang and danced to in my country: ‘Små Grodorna!’ (The little frog). After doing some research, I learned that the origin of this song is in French, but it has Swedish and Turkish versions. In Midsommar, the Swedes dance around the pole and do frog moves to this song, but we skipped this part because we were tired.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the second day, we were canoeing, pedaling, and swimming the whole day. I tried canoeing for the first time in my life and we went to all the islands close to us. While my friends were cooking spaghetti for dinner, I prepared ‘Menemen’, a Turkish dish which is one of the favourite summer meals in my country. It is prepared with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onion, red and green peppers, and eggs. Afterward, we ate the first strawberries of summer with cream which is another Swedish Midsommar tradition. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After cleaning the cottage on our last morning there, my friend Bahare and I set out to walk to the Mellerud train station. During our 1.5-day of hiking, we stayed in a tent and passed through the Swedish farms and summer houses.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After studying hard for two semesters and complying with the regulations and rules for a social life during the pandemic, it was so refreshing to start the summer vacation with Midsommar celebrations. Hopefully, we will celebrate as a bigger crowd the next time! &#128522;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_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="Chat with our students">Sena​</a></div> </div></div>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0200 guide to financing your master's<p><b>Scholarships, part-time jobs, and having a sturdy budget are a few things that can make the whole master's process seem a little less daunting.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/money%20matters-banner.jpg" alt="picture of a graduate student stressing over finances and assignments" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;height:480px;width:700px" /><div><br /><div><br /></div> <div><i>Photo: Unsplash</i><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">So, you have decided to pursue a master’s degree at Chalmers. Congratulations on finally taking the bold move and welcome to an unforgettable phase of your life! While this experience will be undoubtedly enriching, it will also be a massive learning opportunity in managing your studies, finances, and lifestyle. Here are a couple of ways for earning as a student that can make the whole financial part of this journey more bearable on both the mind and pocket.</span><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><div><div>Scholarships</div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:14px;font-weight:300">Chalmers offers several scholarships, both for the first-time master's students as well as for the ones who are a bit further ahead in their studies. While securing a spot comes with global competition, it is one of the best options a student has to lighten the load on their pockets. </span></div></div></h3> <span></span><div>The <strong><a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/Volvo-Group-Scholarship.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to VOLVO scholarship">VOLVO scholarship</a></strong> for example, also provides ample internship, thesis, and even job opportunities for the selected students. The <strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to SI scholarship">Swedish Institute scholarship</a></strong>, offered by the Swedish Institute,  on the other hand, conducts monthly trips and tours to different cities and companies, under their leadership development program which all the selected students are a part of. One of their recent trips included a fully funded weekend in Stockholm with a tour of the city and the infamous Stockholm City Hall, the very same place where the Nobel prize ceremony is held every year! <br /><br /></div> <div>There are many different options, categorized by the countries and status of applicants, and you can find the <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx">full list here​</a>. All in all, financial help at Chalmers is always available to those in need. <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to scholarships">Seek</a> and you shall find it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Internships</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The summer holiday season is almost upon us. Many students choose this period to build work experience and start earning prof</span><span style="background-color:initial">essionally. Oftentimes, they find a great opportunity which then leads to becoming the first major base in their career. It is not uncommon for students to even pause their studies in the light of securing a great opportunity and starting their professional life early on.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The student career festival, called CHARM, at Chalmers is another great initiative by the university and the student union to help the students find their best fit in the professional world. Held annually, this fest is simply the easiest way to know, contact, and secure offers from different companies that visit the campus. You can read more about the career fair in this <strong><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/CHARM-career-fair-at-Chalmers-University.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to blog on CHARM">blog</a></strong>. <span style="background-color:initial">A summer internship is a great way of building conta</span><span style="background-color:initial">cts and accumulating funds while the full-time studies are on a break. While you probably won’t be able to earn enough to financially sustain your whole master's, especially if you’re a fee-paying student, you will definitely benefit from the experience and perhaps would be able to greatly lessen the load.</span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/money%20matters-body.jpg" alt="picture of a tip jar, credits to unsplash" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="width:330px;height:229px" /></div></h3> <div><div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Part-time jobs</span></h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Another great way of lightly lining the pockets is by partaking in the part-time job market. While it is slightly strenuous, as the master's studies are generally designed to be full-time opportunities with extra hours devoted to projects and revision, there are a lot of students who are involved in some sort of similar activity. Companies like Foodora and UberEats provide many flexible options for students to earn on the side, while food chains like Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and Mcdonald's are also open to hiring at a minimal wage. Some students also prefer to work in restaurants and cafés, especially when they come from a similar culture and speak the language.</span></p></div></div> <div>Another popular option for part-time work is tutoring, either in the evenings or the weekends. At Chalmers, you can always sign up at <strong><a href="/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-pluggstod-is-seeking-new-supervisors.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to pluggstod, Chalmers study help">Pluggstöd</a></strong>. It is a tutoring program that is carried out in collaboration with schools, sports associations, and aid organizations which also aims to bridge the gap between international and national students. This is a great way of meeting people and gaining teaching experience. You will also find that private tutoring definitely provides more financial support, while the language barrier would be promisingly eliminated when joining through the university’s channels.</div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Recreating, repurposing, and reselling</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div>Are you a creative soul? If yes, then you might find a way to turn that hobby into a lucrative side business. The ever-growing online social world has helped many students across the globe to convert their creative juices into money-making opportunities and you can easily join their ranks. I recently got to know (now a) good friend, who creates handmade tufted rugs on the weekends which fetch him a good amount of dough that he spends to maintain his lifestyle. Depending on how good you are at what you do, by crafting and even recreating popular products, you can fund your lifestyle and perhaps even your education to a degree. <span style="background-color:initial">Another novel way of earning as a creative student is by repurposing old items and upgrading their value. This requires a lot of creativity, time, effort, and not to mention some initial investment but the end results are usually very rewarding. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Lastly, a lot of second-hand</span><span style="background-color:initial"> shops in Sweden have a system set for accepting old trinkets and clothes. Judging by the quality of the objects, you can </span><span style="background-color:initial">fetch a decent amount from the stuff you no longer wish to use.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>These were a few small and simple ways you can earn some extra cash on the side. While it is important to remember that most of them would not be enough to fully finance you for the duration of the master's programme, these ways will definitely help you lessen the load in the long run. Perhaps, you can even use the extra cash to travel, partake in different activities or indulge yourself from time to time. Hope this helps you in some way to find your financial footing as a student in Sweden!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="pic of author and unibuddy, Sam" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Sam's unibuddy profile">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div> ​</div></div>Wed, 08 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 career fair at Chalmers University<p><b>​CHARM career fair at Chalmers is a big deal where many companies gather hoping to recruit some of the best talent Chalmers has to offer. Check out this blog to see how CHARM can help both current and future students!</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Charm%20banner.jpg" alt="banner spelling CHARM with balloons tied to it" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">CHARM, short for Chalmers Studentkårs Arbetsmarknadsdagar, is a two-day career fair event that is held at Chalmers campus Johanneberg. It is typically held once a year in February but due to the recent pandemic precautions, the fair for 2022 was postponed to early April instead. This was great since the CHARM committee understood the disadvantages of an online fair like the one in 2021, during the heart of the pandemic. Some of the difficulties included the inability to replicate the pure interaction of speaking with recruiters in the natural way people interact, interactions being less dynamic and spontaneous, students could not easily interact with other students, and so on. Needless to say, I was impressed how the committee adapted to the companies’ needs as well as the needs of the students and vice versa.</span><div><br /></div> <div>During the fair this year, not only did I attend the fair but also participated as a corporate host. As part of my responsibilities, I was assigned to help one or two companies (based on my request and work experience) to settle in a few weeks before the fair began. It was my responsibility as a corporate host to remind the companies I was assigned to liaise about their upcoming steps to get them setup for the fair. The idea is to make things as seamless as possible so there are no hiccups or surprises during booth setup or during the fair itself. I was assigned engineering companies due to my past work experience, so it felt a bit more natural for me to get the attending company recruiters feel at ease from the start. As part of the process, I was asked to initially confirm the attendance of the company representatives via email or phone. There were several questions asked regarding booth equipment setup, logistics, GraduateLand virtual booth setup (where companies can interact with student online after creating a job profile), CHARM banquet dinner details after the fair, and many more. It felt a little overwhelming at times, but it was more work leading up to the event than during. This is likely because I had to research the answers to the questions I received with the help of others since I am relatively new here at Chalmers. I was pleased to hear that my company representatives were satisfied with my communication and my help getting their booth ready for the action-packed fair days. It was a good learning curve to the process, but I hope to put everything I have learned to good use next year! Being a host helped me utilize more networking opportunities with other student corporate hosts as well as the corporate recruiters themselves. In my opinion, recruiters spotted me more noticeably in a crowd of students which helped me start more conversations. I highly recommend volunteering for the corporate or other host positions i.e., if your schedule permits and you are looking to leave an impression on recruiters.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Charm%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="picture of the fair, people going up a staircase in the student union building" style="margin:5px;width:341px;height:419px" />As a student of design (studying Interaction Design Master’s) my opportunities felt quite limited – there were significantly less number of companies invested in my discipline compared to Engineering or IT. I knew this going into the fair, but I do not say this to deter anyone from going to the fair. CHARM is a great way to truly understand the extent to which one’s corresponding industry is evolving and the kind of opportunities available in the near future. For me, the learning moments were that almost every larger company is currently going through a design evolution and that there would be many exciting design roles available to me by the time I graduate a year from now. This was valuable information that I will be carrying forward, especially when I am in search of a corporation partnered master thesis project within the next six months. I hope to keep my connections strong so I can work with an innovative and exciting industry partner, where in many cases could turn into full-time hiring opportunities after graduation. Conversely, I was happy to find many reputed design agencies that are established in and around Gothenburg. These companies did confirm that they like graduates from my design program, so I feel more confident when it is time for job applications around graduation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Before attending the fair and after the CHARM booklet is released, I highly recommend going through the roster of attending companies and doing some research about them. Learn about their recent achievements, their future goals, their strengths, their weaknesses (if any), and who is attending. Before the fair, I was able to identify fifteen to twenty companies that caught my eye out of several hundred in attendance. I was able to do some initial research about them so I could have quick conversation points in case the recruiters were interested in why I chose to talk to them. I can safely say that this does leave a more lasting impression and helps ease the conversation after the recruiters realize your genuine interest in their companies. For me, it was beneficial to know that a potential company’s design team was relatively new, and that I could be a good asset to help them develop it if they chose to hire me. I was happy to have left with some business cards after being knowledgeable and prepared before approaching their respective company booth(s).</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Being a first-year master’s student along with the shift in fair timeline from February to April, it seemed too late for me to find any internship opportunities for the summer. I was surprised to see that a few companies did open their internship applications specifically for CHARM. This is a good sign since it shows companies have the students’ best interests at heart when considering the late deadline for internships this year. I knew there were several companies whose internship deadlines closed at the end of 2021 and early 2022 but this is a very few companies. There were a lot more full-time hiring openings and master thesis for second year students - understandably so. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Overall, this year’s fair was a fun and enlightening experience. I was fortunate to have attended it in-person and to have learned about the complex background pieces in motion up until, during, and after the event. After stepping back, it is mind-blowing to realize that it is a completely student-organized event. Shout out to all the students who were part of the CHARM career fair organization this year. Your hard work shows, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you! I am looking forward to it next year.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sunny_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="pic of student ambassador sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to sunny's unibuddy profile">Sunny</a></div>Wed, 25 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Day in the Life of Smita<p><b>​Here is a little peek of a typical Tuesday in my life as a master’s student at Chalmers!</b></p><span style="font-weight:700"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-starting%20the%20day.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Sitting by a pond" style="margin:5px;height:283px;width:210px" /></span><div></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><strong style="background-color:initial">07:00 am: Starting the day with a good step : </strong><span style="background-color:initial">I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t do well with rigid routine that leave little room for </span><span style="background-color:initial">spontaneity. Therefore, I like to start my days with a different routine every morning to get the creative brain juices flowing.</span></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> A typical Tuesday for me usually consists of a morning walk followed by a picnic breakfast of fresh fruits and greens. I like to sit by a lake or along the river and take a moment to breathe and watch the birds, bees and the busy city life around me. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This is a strict “me-time” where I love to read, draw or doodle or whatever I have on my mind at that moment.</span><div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><strong>09:30 am: Preparing for the labs:</strong> The next task on my agenda is to briefly go through my lecture notes and gloss over the work that’s been done in the project courses that I am currently taking. Chalmers has a study system of dividing each semester into two study periods where students are expected to have an intense learning experience of two subjects at a time. This is something that works well for me as I can explore the different sub-topics to my hearts’ content, diving deep in the theory while also not being completely overwhelmed with a load of unrelated, new information.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-park%20reads.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:165px;height:338px" />12:00 noon: Commute to the campus and a quick lunch: </strong>Since I live at a student housing near the campus Johanneberg,  SGS Olofsjohd, I usually walk to the university around noon. It takes around 15 minutes from my place, and I prefer to listen to a random podcast or blast some music to fill the silence. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My top picks are random scientific facts about animal or the universe, urban horror legends, and old folklore. These are usually something I can stream on the internet from open resources and are short enough to finish on my walks. An eclectic mix old party songs in any new language is another messily curated list that never fails to pick me up &#128521;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I also prefer to have lunch with my classmates at the student union building, or the EDIT building (which houses my department and labs),  depending on the menu of the day, at Chalmers and discuss our expected progress for the upcoming practical sessions. It gives me a moment to catch up with them, ensure everybody is on the same page and share our plans for the day(s) ahead.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20life-sam-lab%20project.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="working on a lab project" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:336px" /></strong></div> <div><strong>01:15 pm: Laboratory session and group work:</strong>  The time after lunch is spent on a grueling group project that we are expected to complete in this study period. Courses at Chalmers often include a lot of group work which goes a long way to integrate international students and offer insights on the different ways of working in Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My current project is under the power electronic course where the main objective is to improve the efficiency of a flyback converter. Every group is given an intentionally ‘broken’ circuit board and is then expected to fix it by using all the modifications we have learnt in the lectures. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is an engaging and innovative way of teaching us how to practically apply what we already know, while also learning as we go from the different practical scenarios that pop up along the way!</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="font-weight:700"> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-preparing%20for%20lab.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="working on the reports, gorup of students with laptops" style="margin:5px" /></span><div><strong>05:00 pm: Wrap up and fika: </strong>My days at Chalmers usually end on a similar note, a brief recap of the work done during the day followed by an evening fika at the student pub in the union building. I hang out with my other friends from different departments for a while, meet few of their friends who often tag along, and discuss anything exciting or random that happened to us during the day over a chocolate pastry! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Since most of us live in the same student housing, we sometimes make impromptu dinner plans or go out on the exceptionally sunny evenings. As a student hailing from a tropical country, catching the sun is my preferred activity at any point of the day!</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-supper.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="watching movies on ipad" style="margin:5px" />08:30 pm: Supper and Binge:  </strong>Dinner affairs are usually small on weekdays, and I like to have a hearty salad with a side of something sweet. Most of the times I pick something small from the supermarket salad bar, a quick and healthy option on the days when I’m too tired to be bothered about cooking or doing the dishes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I tend to eat in my room and watch reruns of classic comedy series; be it friends, the big bang theory or Brooklynn 99.  Animation from disney or studio ghibli are also my go to on a particualrily draining day when I need something calm and beautiful. I also use this time to talk to my friends and family back home and get all my missed mails and new letters in order. It helps me wind down and keep a track of all the new developments.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Further, this is also the time I spend working on reports, drafts and presentations that are coming up in the next few weeks. I prefer to study new topics in an open environment with a bunch of focused people. The quiet nights on the other hand, are reserved for practice and revision sessions of previous topics that I feel the need to catch up on.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-hanging%20out%20with%20friends.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="group of friends playing in a park" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:204px" />10:30 pm: Drawing the curtains: </strong>All my days end with a mental health check, where I dump everything on my mind into my trusty ol’ journal. It’s something that I started doing during the pandemic to keep a track of my ever-evolving train of thoughts and basically record whatever I was going through during that period. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Lastly, since my Wednesdays start super early with 08:00 am lectures, I go through my schedule for the next day and pack some essentials in my book bag. With all that being done, its finally time to call it a day!</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Pic of unibuddy Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div></div></div> ​​Tue, 17 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 future is electric<p><b>​With a master’s degree from Chalmers University of Technology, maybe your next job will be at the forefront of the electrification field? </b></p><span style="background-color:initial">By 2025, Volvo Cars will establish a new battery manufacturing plant in Gothenburg that will create 3 000 new job opportunities and support Volvo’s strategy of only producing electric cars by 2030. The rapid progression in battery research and electrification of the transport sector in Sweden has brought forth collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and two other Swedish universities. The aim is to contribute with more research, more engineers and continuous competence development in battery technology and power electronics.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>”Chalmers has a key role to play here, in the form of newly graduated engineers from our strong selection of foundational education programmes, but also through our alumni and others at different stages of their professional lives, who are looking to sharpen their skills”, Chalmers president Stefan Bengtsson <a href="/en/news/Pages/New-battery-investment-demands-cutting-edge-skills.aspx" title="Link to article" target="_blank">has said in a previous statement. </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>A master’s programme related to this subject area is <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Electric-power-engineering.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to programme page">Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility​</a> at Chalmers. Here is a conversation between Chalmers students Smita and Celine who are currently students in the programme. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What was your initial reaction when you heard about this battery plant being built in Gothenburg? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I am excited about more opportunities and innovation in the city. I recently attended an event called “Elkraftdagen” at Chalmers where the representatives from both companies were present and they talked about the various job opportunities and the growing market for battery systems. It was very encouraging to learn about the upcoming industries and the roles we could play in them in the very near future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> It is good to know that they would have lots of thesis opportunities as such a big venture would require people from all domains and interests. An expected boom in the market also translates to multiple jobs and innovative technologies which as a master’s student in electrical engineering is always relieving to hear.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Why is it a place where you might be interested in working in the future? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I see myself working in the battery applications, control systems and system management and connections area. It is very close to my field of interest and study, and I think it would be a good career move considering the rise in electrical vehicles.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> I definitely see myself working in battery management, particularly in software development and control systems.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>How do you work with the subject of electrification and batteries in your programme at Chalmers?  </b></div> <div><b>Smita</b>: We have elective courses on battery system management and projects in the same area as well which helps us prepare for the industries and the real-life challenges faced in the plants. The control systems are also a huge part of our master’s programme which are super useful in batter management systems. There is the Chalmers Formula Student which has a whole unit dedicated to battery management systems and its integration with the electric vehicle which makes up for a very exciting, industry-related, learning experience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> We learn about the control systems, electrical drive systems and batteries in our programme. The software support is also an elective which makes it easy to combine the knowledge.</div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Why is it important for you to work in the area of electrification in the future? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I think we can all agree that the future of transport is fully electrical vehicles. There are already fully functioning electrical cars, planes and even ships that perform their functions with ease, sometimes more so than those running on conventional fuels. It provides us better control over the system in general, saving a lot of money with excellent drive efficiencies and is the need of the hour when the environment is concerned. The systems are recyclable, reducing their carbon footprints by a huge value, and are developed using materials that are commonly available and way less polluting than conventional fuels. Even without considering the climatic impact, these fuels are limited, and we have been facing a shortage for quite some time. Thus, changing the system and decreasing our dependence, will be very useful soon as we move towards a fully electrified, more dependable, and controlled technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> The fossil fuels are limited resources and thus long-term dependence on them was never a good idea. It’s also incredibly polluting and has long term impacts on the environment that we are struggling to deal with even today.</div> <br /></div>Mon, 09 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 exchange experience at Chalmers<p><b>​A rollercoaster: From arriving festivities, making friends, late nights at the architecture department, finding love, to saying goodbyes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Banner1.jpg" alt="Picture collage representing shopping bags, walks with friends, and a hiking trip" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:705px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I have always been one to feel an itch when staying in one place for too long. Whether it’s asking to leave my seat to sharpen a pencil 5 times during class in elementary school, or changing majors 3 times in college before settling on one. I have also absolutely loved traveling, meeting new people, listening to new stories, and engaging in mind and eye-opening experiences. This “urge” and a thirst for independence made me reduce everything I own to what fits in a check-in luggage and move to Italy from Lebanon  to pursue an architecture degree. After 3 absolutely wonderful years in Turin experimenting, finding myself, making new friends, offending Italians by asking for vegan food options, I could feel that itch again. And this time it took me to Gothenburg, and specifically to Chalmers. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Due to the pandemic, and thus logistic/bureaucratic difficulties, I had to start my master’s degree in Turin. However, after things calmed down a bit, I explored my options for exchange abroad and was psyched to find out that Sweden was on that list. I am a big fan of Scandinavian architecture, I love the cold weather, I value order, and adore cinnamon buns, I was sold on it. I sent an application to Chalmers on New Year’s Eve, and crossed my fingers. Fast forward 3 months later, I received my acceptance email and started preparing for what I now realize was a life changing 6 months rollercoaster.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I arrived in August to beautiful, chilly, and long summer days that I took as an opportunity to explore the city, do some shopping, and settle in my new home “The Guesthouse” - which was offered to me by Chalmers a couple of months prior to my arrival. I remember the first thing I noticed during the first few days was how well I could breathe. Strange, no? I later learned that Gothenburg is one of Europe’s greenest and most sustainable cities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Group of friends" style="margin:5px" />I received an email from Chalmers inviting me to enroll for a “phadder group”. Phadder groups are organized by the student association (CIRC) and they include students from different nationalities and specializations. CIRC then arranges month-long group activities that range from campus orientation to canoeing. Phadders also help you with logistics regarding picking up your student card - which is literally your best friend. I was assigned to group #2 or what I now know as “Ur friggin codependent group” on Signal. Another group was merged with ours for orientation as their phadder couldn’t make it, and we stayed in one big group from that first day until today. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the beginning of the semester one of my courses was completely online, and since I get restless at home, I decided to follow the classes at the Johanneberg campus. Chalmers has lots of classes, study rooms, halls, and different arrangements of spaces that any student can use and access using their card. My friends and I spent most of our days studying at a study space called “The Church” in the student union building. The SU building is fully equipped with everything that could facilitate your life, from well-lit rooms to a swimming pool. I particularly enjoyed the Student store which is a place where you can find Chalmers merchandise, courses books and stationery, but also very affordable to-go coffee and food with discounted rates, again when you pay with your student card. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Academically, I did not know what to expect from the teachers and the design studios. </div> <div>Through the courses I was able to ask questions and have direct and horizontal contact with experts in different fields who visited and gave lectures about different topics. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Architecture studios are generally known for being stressful labor-intensive experiences with lots of critiques, late working hours, group work, and the occasional pre and post review mental breakdown. I have to say that the studio I took was the most laid-back design studio I have ever encountered. Sure, the brief was complicated, yes, we did like 5 overnights, and okay project plans had to be redrawn 3 weeks prior to the final exam. HOWEVER, I admired the communication dynamic between teachers and students, the organization of the course and the meetings, the clear directions, the cooperative spirit, and most importantly the space to express your ideas without judgment or harsh criticism. <span style="background-color:initial">I learned that my Swedish colleagues were not graded for their projects in their bachelor education, it was a simple pass/fail evaluation. I reflected on my design choices as a student. How it felt at times like I was interning for my course professor, designing, and changing my design merely for one additional point on a scale from 18 to 30. How my projects would have looked different and consequently my personal style. I appreciated this freedom in experimenting and choosing, it makes you a more confident and daring designer.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another beautiful thing that I witnessed is the healthy dynamic between the students themselves. Everyone shares their material, gives advice, offers help, listens and discusses openly. I absolutely loved working in an environment like that, and maybe this is why this design studio experience felt so different. <span style="background-color:initial">I had an academically rewarding overall experience where I felt nurtured but also trusted.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="plates of food" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">O</span><span style="background-color:initial">n top of wonderful groups of friends (whether through my phadder groups or the architecture department), good food, better education, comfortable home, and peaceful setting, I also managed to meet someone special and fall in love.  Dating apps are a big thing in Sweden! And besides mutual friends, this might be your only way to approach someone in a dating context. I had a few dates on campus actually! As you will see as a prospective student, or probably already know as a Chalmerist, both campuses are full of nice restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can meet friends and even a special someone for coffee or a meal.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Well of course my stay was not only classes and dates. Gothenburg and Chalmers both offered me a wide range of activities. I went on hikes on warmer days, stayed at cozy cabins in the snow, partied, went on lovely walks, spent hours in saunas, played, and traveled. My foodie experience as someone who prefers plant-based food was also a great one. Whether it’s the entire city or on the campuses, there were always vegan and vegetarian options.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the end of this semester, when it was time to leave, it wasn’t that same itch that made me want to go. This time it was because of bureaucracy and logistics. But to the friends I made, the experiences I had, and the place that warmed my heart and made me feel at home, I don’t say goodbye. I am sure I will visit again, like I already do every day in my thoughts. I am happy and grateful that I got the chance again to live, love, study, and find yet another piece of myself at Chalmers. And so, I say, Vi ses snart igen! See you soon again!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/zoe_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of student ambassador Zoe" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><strong>Author:</strong> <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Link to unibuddy profiles" target="_blank">Zoe</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> ​Tue, 03 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 favorite things about Chalmers<p><b>​Being a Chalmerist is a whole lifestyle! From engaging student union events to lunch lectures on every possible topic imaginable, Chalmers has a lot to offer. But it doesn't end there! </b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Kuggen_Skylt_180515.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />From a huge number of clubs catering to all the diverse interests and activities to cafes and pubs on the campus serving fika; the student life at Chalmers cannot be better. But at the end of the day, the Johanneberg campus itself is also beautiful and a good place to wind down and take a moment to breathe from the hustle of graduate life. In this blog, I would like to highlight a couple of places and things at Chalmers that make me both proud and relieved with my choice of university.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20kyrka,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="wooden model of Chalmers" style="margin:5px" />1. The kyrka at the student union building</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The absolute best place in my opinion, although I may be biased with the amount of time I have spent there hanging out with my friends. With its tall ceilings, wooden flooring, and a warm color scheme, the kyrka is probably the most welcoming place on the campus. It is sort of a group room, with a column of study tables for anyone wishing to work on their assignments, a column of plush sofas for those who want to hang out with their friends, and lastly a column of tall chairs, strategically placed near the windows for making the best out of the sunny afternoons. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">There are also three billiards tables, a music room that you have to prebook, and books and board games for those looking to wind down. The stairs leading to the Kyrka also hold a wall of pic</span><span style="background-color:initial">tures, describing all the major events in the history of Chalmers, a showcase of the awards, the university’s crest, and a small wooden model of the campus. Its little oddities make the whole environment</span><span style="background-color:initial"> cozier and friendlier to the new students.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">2. The Karaoke and the student pub and club in the student union building</strong><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Places%20I%20love,%20student%20pub,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="student pub at chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:260px;height:348px" /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>They are all a must-visit place on campus Johanneberg! The karaoke is a bit small, perfect for smaller groups of aspiring singers, and has a really good sound system. The room is also comparatively soundproof which makes the experience really immersive and ensures no one outside gest disturbed by the singing talents inside. <span style="background-color:initial">It is also right by the pub, J.A.Pripps, where you can almost everyone relaxing and having a little fika at the end of a long day.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>The club, Gasquen, on the other hand, is an open area with a dedicated dancefloor, a drinks counter, and a seating space with plush couches and sofas for a quick respite. It is open on the weekends and accessible through the university’s student card which makes it a safe space. There are also rooms outside for breaks and safely stowing away the belongings.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">3. The majestic statues and symbols scattered around the campus</strong><br /></div> <div>The campus boasts of many statues and little oddities places in front of departments, most of which have a hidden explanation known by the people in the said departments. The statues of world leaders and pioneers of their field, while invoking a burning inspiration, are often surrounded by blooming gardens and benches which are also excellent sunny spots during the good weather days. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The departmental signs are a source of mystery to me, and I feel a strange gratification every time I figure one out! It makes me feel closer to the university, almost like getting to know a new friend better, and goes on to show how the little things and details hold the power to change the perspective.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20body%20dogs.jpg" alt="dogs on campus" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:293px;height:344px" />4. The concept of an open campus</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The campus buildings at Chalmers are not a walled-in property. They have open roads and cycling lanes that anybody can use at all times. This often saves a lot of time when I am running between buildings to get to my next class and also makes it much livelier in my opinion. It’s not uncommon to spot an occasional runner making their way through the little hills and lawns of the campus.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>But the most memorable sightings for me, as an avid dog lover, are the different dogs walking excitedly beside their owners. It makes me happy to see a part of the city trickling into the academic world after a full day of classes and labs.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>5. The study rooms scattered across the campus</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>This list would be incomplete without mentioning the brilliantly designed study rooms at the campus. They are usually pre-booked until the evening, more so during the exam periods, but can be accessed at all times. <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20study%20room%20windows,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="study room window, overlooking the city" style="margin:5px;width:270px;height:363px" /><br /><br />There are several newly built areas specifically designed as dedicated study spots, but you can always find a few old rooms, tucked away in the corners and basements of the department buildings. These are often aimed as a shared study spot, which doesn’t need any booking and is also quite relaxed in terms of rules for food and/or drinks. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he best spots in my opinion are the ones lining the lecture halls, the HA, HB, and H</span><span style="background-color:initial">C areas on the east side of campus Johanneberg, as they overlook the city and have plenty of sunlight filtering through at the point of the day. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">They also have a not-so-well-known basement area with more study rooms, computer labs, a student pub, and some kitchens for heating a premade meal or preparing a quick study snack.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hese are a couple of places at Chalmers that I’ve spent a lot of time frequenting to. I have a lot of memories attached to them, especially during my first semester at Chalmers when I was a newbie and looking forward to exploring it all. I find some of these places comforting in a very nostalgic way while some on my list are a breath of fresh air after a whole day of rigorous academics. If you haven’t been to any of these places, I really hope you do check them out. Perhaps you will also find a semblance of joy, peace, or excitement, whatever it is that you are seeking at the moment.</span><br /></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:130px;height:130px" /><br />Author: <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to unibuddy profile">Smita</a></strong></div></div>Tue, 26 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 I picked Chalmers for my master's<p><b>​Coming from America, there were many options to study design internationally. Here is why I chose to come to Chalmers and Gothenburg specifically.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Why%20Chalmers_banner1.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Open notebook with scribbles" style="margin:5px;width:705px;height:341px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I chose Chalmers for many reasons a convincing reason is that I wanted to be part of medium sized cities and larger cities also tend to have easier modes of international travel, so it was easier to pick the city life over other smaller college towns where other renowned design school exist. E.g., Umeå University, Lund, and Uppsala. Furthermore, I personally love to travel. I have travelled for as long as I can remember – through southeast Asia when I was five years old to cities in Germany during my early twenties. It has been my dream to not own a car, downsize my living space, and experience a different city life outside of America. Since this was so important to me, I wanted to live in a slightly smaller European city where life could be a bit slower without compromising the amenities of city living. Gothenburg checked off a lot of these boxes for me.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Secondly, my ranking during my application process was Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Malmö due to the renowned universities Chalmers, KTH, and Malmö University, respectively. This was because of some preliminary research that led me to like Gothenburg more than the other schools I could choose from. During my university search, it is safe to say that I had some happy accidents that made my choice to make Chalmers my number 1 pick. Coincidentally, before the pandemic I lived with a roommate in my home city (Atlanta, Georgia) who had finished her masters at Gothenburg University and had a lot of good things to say about the city. She mentioned the advantages of being in a European city without a language barrier, the diverse group of international friends she surrounded herself with, and the networking opportunities she was able to utilize to pursue internships during her two-year master’s program. The attributes she mentioned sounded quite university agnostic since I was also quite pleased to hear that she was able to find many social circles between the universities that overlapped. This meant that Gothenburg, in general, had a large network of young professionals I could lean on not only in an academic setting but also after I graduate while I make new friends in a new country studying various disciplines.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Why%20chalmers%20body%202.JPG" alt="Picture of an open notebook" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:365px;height:316px" /><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hirdly, Chalmers has some of the strongest academic research connections in the EU. Though I applied to the Interaction design program, I was not completely s</span><span style="background-color:initial">ure about what industry I would want to work with for my academic research projects, internships, or the master’s thesis. Research students and professors have developed strong ties with universities in Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, and many more. This was apparent from the backgrounds of the professors from my program before I even started my master’s application process. This was another strong sign for me to consider Chalmers over the others. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers is also known for its <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Industrial-Design-Engineering.aspx" title="Link to master's program" target="_blank">Industrial design engineering master’s program​</a> which vastly aligns with my bachelor’s degree. I wanted to keep my options open in case I decided to choose a more technical engineering-heavy course load that would allow me to blend my design courses with engineering projects. At Chalmers, and in Sweden, the course structure is very fluid compared to what I am used to. I discovered that my program allows for almost half of its courses as electives where students can cherry-pick their expertise and pursue a deeper understanding of other subjects and disciplines while still pursuing a design degree. Another reason for why I picked Chalmers and Sweden for my master’s. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fourthly, picking a school out of many options can be a gamble. There was a certain sense of uncertainty I had to learn to embrace. Fortunately, I have made drastic choices in the past such as switching cities several hundred kilometers away because of a job, lived alone and independently for extended periods of time, and backpacked through Europe on a few occasions. All these adventures have taught me to embrace discomfort – the kind where it helped me grow and introspect about who I am as an individual. So, for me, picking a master’s program in another country was yet another moment of discomfort I looked forward to. Granted, to pick the correct ranking, I did my due diligence by joining Facebook expat (or expatriate) groups, explored the student housing options, understood the likelihood of scholarship procurement, discovered the best neighborhoods via, compared cost of living for cities via, gauged social interaction potential via the Meetup app, etc. I know what you are thinking – yes, I am a planner, and yes, I did this for every city I applied to! As a fee-paying student, I was adamant to cover all my bases to receive the “best bang for the buck”. My goal was to mitigate the risk of choosing the wrong city or university as much as possible. In the end, I am now grateful I did my research.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Lastly, a lot of what I have mentioned so far is what I like to call safety net planning. The true reason for why I picked graduate school is because I love design (and still love engineering). In the end - ask yourself what it is that you are looking for overall. Sometimes, like my case, the decisions are holistic and not just about the university. There are several factors that play a role so ask the questions that could help you understand your choices better. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>P.S. I applied for a master’s because I have been journaling about it for four years before I decided to make a portfolio and apply! Yes, that is a long time. The pandemic made it easy to find the time and self-reflect. Maybe you can also find the best tool for you that will help you understand your decision path? Just food for thought. Either way, I hope you enjoy the process along the way as much as I did &#128578; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sunny_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of unibuddy Sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Sunny's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Sunny</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div>Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200“The world of mobility is so complex and interesting”<p><b>​Alessio Violin from the Polytechnic University of Turin has been an exchange student at Mobility engineering for a year. During that time, he got to be part of an interesting research project. </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">The <a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/How-e-scooters-can-safely-operate-in-a-city-.aspx" title="Link to information about the project" target="_blank">research project in question</a> handled the topic of how e-scooters can safely operate in the city and was a way for the researchers to contribute to improving traffic safety. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/alessio-studentphoto.jpg" alt="Alessio Violin" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:288px" />What was your role in this project? </b></div> <div>– I started being part of that project as a thesis student, the initial goal of the project was to better understand the level of safety of these new e-mobility vehicles and assess this through three main parameters: stability, maneuverability, and comfort.</div> <div>Unfortunately, covid didn’t allow it, so due to the impossibility of performing tests with people, the goal changed to creating a data collection and data analysis procedure, which could be used as a standard for future studies. The thesis ended up in a scientific paper.</div> <div> </div> <div><b>How did it feel to be a part of this?</b></div> <div>– It has been challenging but at the same extremely interesting and exciting. Not a lot of studies were performed on this subject before and being part of this extremely growing trend of mobility from the beginning was really nice.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What was the most interesting thing that you learned?</b></div> <div>– I learned quite a lot from this but what I think was the most important lesson is how complex and interesting the world of mobility is. So many different vehicles placed in the same environment must interact safely, and these studies are the first big step to reach this goal. </div> <div> </div> <div><b>How will you put what you learned at Chalmers into practice?</b></div> <div>– I’ve already started working at Volvo cars with road load data analysis, but what I learned at Chalmers, except for the technical competencies, is the way to face a project. I come from Italy where the university is very theory-oriented. Here I had the chance to put into practice what I studied thanks to different projects and assignments which gave me an introduction to the “work environment” before I started working at a company.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Mobility-Engineering.aspx" target="_blank" title="Master's mobility Chalmers"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the master's in Mobility engineering at Chalmers​</a></div>Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 change tips for students<p><b>​Transitioning from an engineering field after work experience, I have realized the traditional engineering workplace is not for me. In an effort to change this, I have decided to pursue a master’s degree in Interaction design. My pivot was not easy so here are some tips you can consider during your transition.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/career_change_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture from unsplash, open book with scribbles" style="margin:0px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Though I am currently pursuing a degree in design, the path has been one of discovery and self-reflection. It has been my pleasure to have explored multiple fields in the past several years. It is interesting to have thought I would have become a surgeon at one point in my life studying pre-medicine the first couple of years of my bachelors. During my academic career, I have explored the fields of biology, biomedical engineering, architecture, and industrial design before deciding to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree. I have been a person of many hats and hope to keep it that way for as long as I stay curious and adventurous while seeking knowledge.</span><div><br /></div> <div>All that being said, I want to share some tips and tricks on how I have navigated a new field of interest and how I make myself comfortable during my explorative phase: –</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Be honest with yourself!</strong></div> <div>Be as honest with yourself as you possibly can be. It’ is about you and your passions when you pivot to new industries. This is quite important so try being as brutally honest as you can. Your genuine interest in a field will truly guide you with lesser effort. There will always be traces of self-doubt but honesty can bolster you and give you a place to stand when the environment around you is uncertain, new, and intimidating. The more honest you are with yourself in the beginning of your transitional journey, the sooner you will adapt to your new interests and find the innate curiosity to numb the importer syndrome that can sometimes halt your progress.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You are not alone.</strong></div> <div>Trust me when I say this – you are not alone in this. One thing I have learned early on about myself is that it is rare to have problems that are original and unique to me. There have been others who have faced the same issues as me and it’s all about seeking these people out. They have figured it out and so can you. Find these people through community meetups, online platforms (e.g., LinkedIn), talk to professors at your campus, other campuses, and so on. The amazing thing about these people is that they know the struggle and can relate to your journey. It can be to seek out advice or to share a storystory, so they are always willing to give your valuable insight. I have been fortunate enough to even schedule video calls halfway across the globe despite practically being strangers… and that is a beautiful thing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Embrace failure.</strong></div> <div>During the phase where you are new to the field you are exploring, of course you are not the best version of you. You are still learning, and you will make mistakes. Get comfortable with being wrong and learning from your mistakes. There is so much you can learn from repetition so being wrong is not a bad thing. Get comfortable with making mistakes early on in your transition and be open to criticism and feedback. This can only help you grow and become a better professional later on. This attitude will also keep you coming back for more and allows you to explore your creativity. This does not just apply to design alone but also to any field that has a steep learning curve. I am still working on this myself but it is a muscle that needs to be used often. As a perfectionist, I find it hard to attempt new projects but I have gotten noticeably better about taking risks and making mistakes for more fruitful outcomes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Do more than what is required.</strong></div> <div>When you are new to a field after your transition, you find yourself being a sponge. After you have been honest with yourself and know where your knowledge gaps are, let your curiosity drive you to explore your field. If you are in an academic setting such as myself, you can lean on the people around you and take advantage of the seemingly never ending well of knowledge. Your professors are easiest who can nurture you in this setting. They can provide you with more than you know what to do with. Last year before coming to Chalmers, I was able to grab coffee with a professor from my old university and talk to him about my transition. With his help, I was able to enroll in virtual conferences (a huge advantage during the pandemic), learn more about the future prospects in Interaction Design while nurturing the inner designer-me who is still learning. Keep in mind that most conferences during the pandemic have been recorded and you can find them online; dedicate some time to watch these at your own pace. Also, if you are currently in school such as myself, do the alternative assignments even if they are not required and ask for feedback. For example, if the final project has multiple prompts, pick your primary for the grade submission then pick your secondary for a personal project to receive feedback from peers and professors. This approach works great for me to accelerate my learning and I hope it does the same for you.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Have fun!</strong></div> <div>It is quite common that adults play less as they grow up. Societally speaking, we become less playful and conform to the “more mature” adult lifestyle where we think we do not have enough time to play and merely have fun. I should clarify that play in this context is work that does not directly correlate to productivity. Not everything you work on must have a proportional return such as a grade, monetary value (e.g., freelance work), etc. Try to work on projects because it can be fun and you want to experiment by thinking outside the box. Don no’t take the work that you do too seriously. Your transition could sometimes put you in a state of “do or die” or a perfectionist mentality with everything you work on has to be a polished execution of an idea. This was the case for me at least. This state of mind can be beneficial sometimes but also can be detrimental, takes away the enjoyable essence of working on projects that can make you happy for the sake of bringing them to fruition. I had to learn that not everything has to be a portfolio piece, nor does it need to have future value. Understanding this gave me more creative freedom to try new perspectives of design while capturing the joy of learning through experimentation and exploration. Understand what this mentality can do for you and how it can benefit you so you can make your work after your transition more sustainable, long lasting, and mainly gratifying.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Other blogs written by people that inspired me -</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Rahul Iyer, <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to blog written by rahul iyer">Consulting to Project Management</a></div> <div>Haseeb Qureshi, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to anther blog by H Qureshi">Poker player to Software Engineer</a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Geunbae Lee, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to another blog written by Geunbae Lee">Psychology to Human Computer Interaction</a></span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sunny_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of student ambassador Sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Sunny's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Sunny</a></div> ​Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 guide to being a sustainable student: Part 2<p><b>​As a student, each one of us has the responsibility of utilizing our education to figure out new ways of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendlier. The clock is constantly ticking and it’s now up to us, to redefine the future of our environment for the better. </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Chalmers campus" style="margin:5px 25px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><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"><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"><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">As</span><span style="background-color:initial"> the discussions on climate change, carbon footprints and plastic waste get more relevant and turn into serious issues with every passing day, it is very important to try to become more eco-friendly. </span><br /></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>In a previous blog post, linked <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/A-guide-to-being-a-sustainable-student-Part-1.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to part 1 of this blog thread">here</a>, I shared some simple tips that help me watch my carbon footprint and create an environmentally friendly lifestyle. It led to some really interesting discussions among my friends as we all tried to come up with more ways to bring about a good change. <span style="background-color:initial">There were a lot of good ideas floating around and I have rounded up another bunch of some of the most effective ones that also require minimal effort from your end.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_clothes_recycle_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />1. <span style="background-color:initial">Thrifting for a change. Most of the clothes are thrown away in the first year of their making due to fast</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">fashion or poor quality. This makes the entire fashion industry the second largest global pollutant in terms of emissions and wastage of precious resources like water and generated energy.</span></div> <span></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">Choosing to thrift shop is a big step everyone can take to mitigate this effect. It not only helps to stay sustainably fashionable but also offers the chance of re-discovering the old trends and maybe finding some rare, pricey gems amidst the old garments. There are various colorful stores, strewn across the town which make the whole experience fun and engaging. Most of them also allow the customers to drop off the things they have outgrown or simply no longer need, which further reduces the waste.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Other things like furniture and kitchen or home goods and products are also available at most stores or online marketplaces. These offer a large selection of used items that can be easily upcycled. They are often good to use as is and in most cases, can be perfected with some small repairs.</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>2. <span style="background-color:initial">Minding the electronics (including the mails!). Do you know how much energy is required to keep you updated and connected to the global network at all times? How about the power you waste by keeping your devices constantly plugged in? </span><span style="background-color:initial">According to one study in 2018, 37% of carbon emissions came from the overall electricity production in the United States of America. In yet another study, it was found that if every person in France deleted 50 emails, it would be equivalent of switching off all the lights on the Eiffel tower for 42 years!</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">These numbers are huge and something you can help bring down. A simple act of clearing your junk folder every once a while, can help greatly reduce the energy consumption in the long run. By unplugging all the electronics not in use, you can not only reduce the emissions but also save some dough on that electricity bill.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_vegan_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="A vegan food platter" style="margin:5px" />3. Going vegan! Or at least, adopting more vegan friendly dishes in your meals. Now, hear me out for this might cause a divided reaction. I get that changing your diet seems like an aggressive approach and not to mention, a time-consuming endeavor. And a big-mac or a juicy pizza sounds like the best meal at the end of a hectic day! Believe me, we have all been there.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>But transitioning to a more vegan diet has proven to have significant benefits in terms of controlling the carbon emissions, combating the climate change, and even maintaining your student budget. As someone who is currently making this transition, I was pleasantly surprised with the available vegan options at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>From the morning coffee to the fulfilling lunch, Chalmers has a lot to offer on the vegan menu. Almost all the student cafes, restaurants and pubs on campus have an alternative available at any given time. So, the next time you order a ‘kott’ or a ‘fisk’ meal, try going vegan for a change. Some of the dishes may even surprise you!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>4. Campaign and raise awareness. The UN has recently released a bunch of articles expressing serious concerns over the rising CO2 levels and the global temperatures. We have already crossed the safe, and even uncertainty, environmental boundaries for the biosphere integrity and the biochemical flows. Few of them have not yet been identified or quantified enough to even begin the measurements. The further we stray from the safety limit of the environmental boundaries, the harder and trickier our path of return becomes.</div> <div>At this point, I’m sure that you are somewhat aware of the impact your personal lifestyle has on the environment. Imagine multiplying it with the population of the globe! Now, think about what we can achieve if we all pitched in little ways to help control it.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The clock is constantly ticking and it’s now up to us, to redefine the future of our environment for the better. As a student, each one of us has a responsibility of utilizing our education to figure out new ways of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendlier. I hope this piece was helpful to you in some ways and ​you are prepared to join the movement to combat the different challenges that surely lie ahead.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>All picture credits go to Unsplash and Chalmers image bank.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of unibuddy and author, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><strong>Author: </strong><a href="">Smita</a></div></div>Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200 the bias as a woman in STEM<p><b>Let’s take a moment to remember a deeply inspiring, influential woman in science who challenged the stereotypes and built a bigger table to seat all of us today, proudly #BreakingTheBias.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBanner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash; women holding hands" style="margin:0px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Every year, the world comes around to celebrate the international women’s day in March, where a huge wholesome community celebrate the successes and breakthroughs of women around the globe. Even when that particular day is over and done with, this also brings about a round of freshly motivated discussions and renewed efforts for the upliftment of countless women dwelling in unfortunate and underprivileged backgrounds. </span><span style="background-color:initial">It is disheartening to observe brilliant women struggle with a system that doesn’t allow them to fully and freely be who and what they aspire to. Women can be subject to a plethora of judgement and lingering bias. This is especially prevalent in the fields of science and technology, a traditionally ‘masculine’ field. The number of women actively participating in the research and development of up-and-coming technological marvel is incredibly small when compared to the number of men involved in similar fields.</span><div><div><br /></div> <div>Through this blog, I would like to shine a light on one of the highly qualified, and sadly less talked about, woman pioneer of STEM fields who refused to let the biasness break her resolve. I credit her for having the courage to walk alone upon an uncharted path in an alien ‘male’ world, making the same less thorny and more accepting to the following generations of women. The woman, whom I deeply admire and idolise is the celebrated Indian businesswoman   , educator, author and philanthropist, Dr Sudha Murty who is also the chairperson of the Infosys foundation . She is a well-known global figure, with a long list of achievements and accolades stringing behind her name, staunchly refusing to give into the stereotypes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBody2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash; woman speaking in a conference" style="margin:0px 5px" />As a young woman, born in the 1950s India, Dr Murty’s options for education and a decent job were limited. She had to compromise her daily routine, adopt a special uniform as the only female graduate engineering student at her university, and was not allowed to enter the public (read ‘male’) recreational spaces in fear of distracting the ‘true’ scientists. Despite all these stifling restrictions, achieved highest marks  in all her classes and receive two gold medals for her academic achievements from the Indian state government and the Indian Institute of Engineers. She then applied for a job at the one of the biggest technological industries in India and had the gall to send a postcard to the then chairman, honorable J.R.D. Tata, complaining about the sexist nature of a job advertisement at TELCO which marked the post as “male only”. She was offered a special interview, and promptly the job in the light of her academic achievements and became the first employed woman engineer of India, all while firmly nurturing her love for performing arts and classical literature, a decidedly ‘feminine’ field in the eyes of academic society. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Growing up, I have observed the different ways a female researcher, scientist, doctor, or technician is portrayed in our society. According to my own observations, there seems to be an underlying assumption that a woman cannot be both feminine and expected to do the best in technical or research-oriented fields.    This has been bashed time and again, perhaps most notably by the Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr credited for forming the basis of today’s wireless communication systems. The actresses Lisa Kudrow and Mayim Bialik are two other famous personalities who challenge the notion of a STEM being a notoriously masculine field by being successful actors with an active research background in biology and neuroscience.   Dr. Murty herself never identified with the typical image of a female scientist or a billionaire businesswoman. Unfailingly polite and humble, she stands tall in her field by simply having the courage to challenge biasness. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBody1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash; woman holding a pink folder" style="margin:0px 5px" />We still have a long way to go when it comes to eliminating bias at workplaces. As a graduate student in STEM, I observe it every day. From a lack of representation, the uneven distribution of grants, to the unfair citing statistics for women researchers’ papers, it is quite apparent that we need a lot of work done.  But these hurdles make me more determined to succeed. I remember the women before me, changing the world steadily with their efforts. I see the fruits of their labor shaping our future and I want nothing more than being another contributor. I believe that we, the women, are strong and courageous and striving to become independent. I believe that we are kind and humble and have the potential to bring about phenomenal changes in our world. And every time I read an article about the achievements of women in STEM, my resolve gets stronger.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Take the time to look around yourself, celebrate the differences and embrace your choices. It took hundreds of women learning to crawl before us to enable our generation to walk freely on this path. And I am positive that every single step we take today, enables the future generations to run through and break the ridiculous notions of gender stereotypes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to the unibuddy profile of the author, Smita">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div> ​Mon, 21 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Day in the Life of Naïna<p><b>​From morning till dawn, we all have our routines and work to do, but what does it look like for a master’s student studying Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability at Chalmers? Come with me in my daily routine!</b></p><strong>​​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Lunch with friends, enjoying the sun" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Morning view from Naina's window" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" /><br />06:00 Waking up with the flow</strong></span><div>I’m an early bird! So, I usually wake up at 6:00 in the morning to start the day with some time to myself and on a positive note. Before anything else, I like to do a 30-minute yoga session that just wakes up my whole body and prepares it for the day, releasing all the aches and pain I accumulated during the night since I am not 20 anymore! It has really become a routine I do every morning with some meditation. People often ask me how I do this, but honestly, the benefits are so good after only a 10-minute session that I just can’t miss a day.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture_2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Home workout kit" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:218px" /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">07:00 Workout</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I prefer working out in the morning as it is the time of the day where I have the most energy and it also allows me more time in the evening for other activities. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I like to do home workout with my dumbbells and my mat where I can easily follow Caroline Girvan, a trainer, who already created a program of 10 weeks targeting every muscles. Since I started the program, I only missed 3 classes because of Covid, but I am back on track, and I can really see the changes which is really motivating! Even in an 18 sqm apartment, it is possible to do home workout that is efficient and rewarding.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Morning walk to the university" style="margin:5px" />09:00 Going to Chalmers</strong><br /></div> <div>I live at a 10 minutes’ walk from Chalmers Johanneberg campus, and I love to walk in the morning to get some fresh air and clear my mind. It’s what I call my “peaceful walk’. I like to listen to a Swedish podcast called “Coffee Break Swedish” that already has 37 episodes and some more content on their website if you prefer to see the words. We learn how the Swedish language works through a student Mark who talks with Hanna a native speaker. We also learn some cultural aspect of the Swedish culture that can be useful when already living in the country. It’s easy to follow and it’s a great way to immerse myself in the culture since my Swedish classes are finished. </div> <div><strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture4.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Lunch with friend" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" />12:00 Lunch Time</strong></div> <div>Since a month ago, I started to do meal prep with a friend on Sundays. It’s a great way to learn new recipes and have fun while cooking with company. It provides me all the lunches for the week that I can easily bring to school and heat up in one of the multiple microwaves. It’s homemade and it ends up being a very delicious cheap meal. The lunch time is an hour and a half which gives us plenty of time to eat, have a tea, and relax before starting back the work. During lunch time, I always get to meet multiple persons as people come and go with new friends, the social life is really active at Chalmers!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture5.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />13:15 Back to work</strong></div> <div>Time to go back to work. Depending on the days, we either have lectures or individual worktime to work on our project. This semester, I chose a studio named Social-Ecological Urbanism which is a subject I never tackled before, and I saw this as a great opportunity to learn something new and discover more about urbanism which is a very wide subject. We are working on a masterplan (plan of the city on a large scale comprising the whole city) of Gothenburg and I think it’s also very interesting for an international student like me to get to know the city so well by analyzing its components. This is the first step of our project, after that we will each work individually on a specific area. To complement the studio, throughout the semester we have lectures from professors across the country and we had an intensive 3-days of formation on QGIS to help use this new software for most of us. Architecture is a wide field and I believe it’s important during our studies to try different areas of architecture, it’s the time to try and do errors!</div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">17:00 It’s a wrap </strong><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">After a nice day of work, I can finally call this a wrap and go home or go to the city. The shops here clo</span><span style="background-color:initial">se quite late on the weekdays, as late as eight in the evening so it gives me plenty of time to do errands that I haven’t had the time to do on the weekend.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture6.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Climbing as a fun evening activity" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" />19:00 Climbing</strong><br /></div> <div>Finally finishing my day with my favorite activity, climbing!! I used to climb at Klatterlabbet, the facility at Chalmers which is very convenient because it’s so close, but recently I changed to Backa boulder which offers only bouldering and no ropes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The good thing about Gothenburg, is that there are so many climbing gyms across the city. In fact, I rarely go to the same, I like to change it up and explore different routes and try new centers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">23:00 Time to say goodbye</strong><br /></div> <div>With all the activities I plan during the week, I barely have the time to sit down and relax. </div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture_7.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Candles burning in a dark room" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" /><div>That’s the reason why I like to open a book before going to bed, these days I am reading a book in French “Tout est Ori”. The story takes place in a specific region in Canada, Quebec and it makes me remember what it’s like back home. It has the expressions of where I come from, and it makes me feel at home for a few pages. <br /><br /></div> <div>I would say I’m as busy as I was back in Canada, but the main difference is that I finally choose my activities and I enjoy life. I used to work a lot in Canada, but it was always focused on the schoolwork. Sweden has a very good balance between work life and personal time which is one of the great advantages I got by studying at Chalmers. It finally taught me how to have a balance life where school is not the only thing on my mind all the time. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/naina_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of student ambassador, Naïna" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Naïna</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div>Mon, 07 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100 after graduating from Chalmers<p><b>Are you wondering what a degree from Chalmers can lead to? There are different paths to take once you have your degree and you can always count on Chalmers to provide you with help and guidance.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Brainstorming%20team.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="People brainstorming around a table" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><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"><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"><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"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Photo from Unsplash: Jason Goodman</em>​</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">We often get asked about what jobs students will get <a href="/en/education/after-your-studies/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Chalmers website: After your studies">when they are done studying</a>. A very relevant question! Why study if you cannot get the job you want when you are done, right? In this blog post we will cover the most common questions and present the different actions you can take to get your dream job when you have your degree. Let’s go! </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Finding a job</h2> <div>Sure, we could talk about how Chalmers University of Technology is ranked as number 81 in the world when it comes to employability (QS Rankings 2020) and brag about how the majority (90 %, according to our alumni survey from 2018) of Chalmers’ students have a relevant job within six months after graduation. Of course, that is something we are very proud of, but it is even more important to focus on what you can do to belong to that majority. At Chalmers, you will have several opportunities to meet employers on campus. We host career fairs, like <a href="" target="_blank" title="CHARM career fair">CHARM</a>, and other events just to make sure our students will get the right connections which will lead the way to internships, project collaborations and job opportunities. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Connections are everything and will open many doors for your future. If you think about it, the opportunities are everywhere here at Chalmers. Our professors are researchers and are working actively in their field, and we collaborate with several companies around the world. Make sure you attend guest lectures (sometimes you will get free fika!), talk to your professors, attend events and connect with people in the industry on social media and you will be well on your way to getting that dream job. </div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Starting your own company</h2> <div>If you are more of an entrepreneur – there is a place for you here too! Chalmers loves entrepreneurial thinking and new ideas. Did you know that we have an “E-Village” where researchers, students, companies and start-ups can work on ideas together?  We also have an Innovation Office where several Swedish universities work together to bring new innovations to the society. In addition, we also have Science Parks where Chalmers works together with the City of Gothenburg and different businesses on research and projects.</div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Need some more inspiration? How about these Chalmers alumni?</h3> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ikea</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Isabella Palmgren, Mimbly (and one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Europe, <br />        according to <a href="" target="_blank" title="Forbes, 30 under 30">Forbes​</a>)</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo Group</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ludwig Strigeus &amp; Martin Lorentzon, co-founders &amp; owners of Spotify</div> <div><br /></div> <div>We hope you have found this blog post inspiring and that you will come to Chalmers prepared to go after your dream job! The sky is the limit!* <br /><br /></div> <div>*<em>Feel free to insert other cheesy, inspirational quote.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>/<a href="" target="_blank" title="Unibuddy chat with staff">The International Student Recruitment Team​</a></div> <div><br /></div> ​Mon, 21 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100