News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 24 Jan 2022 01:30:51 +0100 happens after I apply to Chalmers?<p><b>​Is your application status currently labelled as unqualified? Or are you confused about what to do next? Here are some things to keep in mind after you have applied to Chalmers. </b></p><div>Are you nervously hitting refresh on your application status on <a href="" title="Link to University Admissions" target="_blank">University Admissions</a> right now? You are not alone! Preparing to take the next step in your education or studying abroad can be a big life decision and many of our students have been in your exact shoes before. <span style="background-color:initial">Here is a summary of what to do and expect after you have submitted your application to a master’s programme at Chalmers. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">1. Get your ducks in order </b></div> <div>Are you still gathering all your documentation and writing the perfect motivation letter to support your application? <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/How-to-make-your-motivational-letter-shine.aspx" title="Blog - How to make your motivational letter shine">Here are some tips and tricks</a> to help you along the way.  <br /></div> <div>Don’t forget to submit your supporting documents for both programme application and scholarship application (<a href="/en/education/fees-finance/pages/scholarships.aspx" title="Scholarships for Master's studies at Chalmers">administered by Chalmers)</a> no later than 1 February 2022. This is also the same deadline to pay the application fee if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen. <span style="background-color:initial">Not sure if you are required to pay the application fee? <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Who is required to pay fees">Find out more here!</a> And remember to keep track of other important <a href="/en/education/application-admission/Pages/Key-dates.aspx" title="Key dates at Chalmers">key dates here</a>.  </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>2. How can I be sure that my documents have arrived on time (Before deadline 1 Feb)?  </b></div> <div>You will only be notified if something is missing from your documentation. During this period, make sure to keep an eye on your e-mail inbox and University Admissions profile, we’ll contact you if we for some reason need to get in touch with you. &#129488; <br /><br /></div> <div>University Admissions usually receives a large amount of documentation, and it can take some time (up to 2-3 weeks after submitting your documents by snail-mail) to become visible on your profile. <span style="background-color:initial">An easy way to check if your documents have arrived is to look for the 'Documents' section when you log in to your University Admissions account. If you uploaded your documents, you'll see a list of the files that you submitted to University Admissions. There is also a section for documents submitted by the postal/delivery service but keep in mind that it can take a few weeks for the documents you sent in this way to be scanned in and registered to your account.  </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><b>3. </b><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Why is the Specific entry requirement form needed?</b></span></div> <div>After the application deadline, Chalmers admissions will send you a personal and unique link to the form via email. That is if you have applied for a programme with specific course requirements.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The form is not mandatory but it is recommended that you fill it out since it will help Chalmers Admissions to assess and compare your information in the form with your academic transcripts and syllabi. The deadline for submitting the form is January 25, 2022. </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/education/application-admission/Pages/Specific-course-requirement-form---FAQ.aspx" title="Read more about the Specific entry requirement form">Read a FAQ about the Specific entry requirement form here. ​</a></span></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>4. What does my application status mean? Why am I unqualified?  </b></div> <div>Don’t worry! During the reviewing process, University Admissions goes through thousands of applications from students from all over the world. ​<span style="background-color:initial">This means that the status of your application can change between unqualified/qualified/in progress after you have submitted your application up until the very end – when the notification of selection results is published on the 7th of April 2022. It is just how the system is wired. Remember that only the status shown on the 7th of April is valid. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>5. When will I find out if I got a scholarship?  </b></div> <div>The scholarship results will be announced on a weekly basis between Mid-March and early May 2022. We will contact you directly by e-mail if you have been selected for a scholarship. This is only if you have applied for a <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/pages/scholarships.aspx" title="Scholarships for Master's studies at Chalmers">scholarship that is administered by Chalmers</a>. SI-scholarships and other external scholarships will inform the results according to their own process. Fingers crossed. &#129310; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>6. What’s going on with the pandemic in Sweden? </b></div> <div>The vaccination rate in Sweden is steadily increasing. However, there are new variants spreading all over the world. The situation in Sweden is therefore constantly changing as well. Keep yourself updated on the latest information about <a href="/en/education/Pages/Corona-updates.aspx" title="Corona updates for prospective students">Covid-19 on this page. </a></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>7. Find out more about student life at Chalmers!   </b></span><br /></div> <div>Did you know that you can travel digitally by <a href="" title="Campus tour of Chalmers on Youtube" target="_blank">taking a virtual campus tour</a>? Or check out what our <a href="" title="Campus tour campus Lindholmen at Youtube" target="_blank">campus at Lindholmen looks like?</a>  <span style="background-color:initial">Another way to find out more about the student life at Chalmers is to get in touch with one of our current master’s students and strike up a conversation about what it’s like to live in Gothenburg, the best things about your future master’s programme or where to find the most delicious food on campus. <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Chat with our master's students">Chat with our students here!</a>  </span><span style="background-color:initial">You can also prepare yourself for coming to Chalmers by reading some <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/default.aspx" title="Student blogs at Chalmers">student blogs</a> where our master’s students share their experiences.  </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>8. Become an expert on the city </b></div> <div>Are you curious about what the city of Gothenburg has to offer? Watch a video that takes you on a <a href="" target="_blank" title="Watch a tour of Gothenburg on Youtube">tour around the city</a>! Are you wondering what your student housing will look like or how to get <a href=";t=1s" title="Watch a race from campus Johanneberg to Lindholmen on Youtube" target="_blank">from our campus Johanneberg to Lindholmen?</a> We got you covered!  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>9. Learn some Swedish </b></div> <div>Although most Swedes can <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Is-it-important-to-speak-Swedish-and-how-can-you-learn-it.aspx" title="Read a student blog about learning Swedish">switch over to English in no time</a> it can be rewarding and quite fun to learn a couple of simple phrases to make your stay in Gothenburg even more enjoyable. Start with a simple Hej! (Hello!) or Tack (Thank you). While you patiently wait for the admission results, why not pass the time by downloading <a href="" title="Link to Duolingo" target="_blank">Duolingo</a> or taking <a href="" title="Link to free Swedish course at SI" target="_blank">a free Swedish course</a>?  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>We wish you all the best for your application and hope to see you at Chalmers in the future! &#128578;</div> <div> </div> <div>/<a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/staff/5ecd2ef57854c31d4d2f29d9&amp;ub_medium=product&amp;ub_source=Embedded%20University%20Buddy%20Cards%20-%20Staff&amp;ub_campaign=&amp;ub_content=" title="Contact The International Student Recruitment Team">The International Student Recruitment Team at Chalmers ​</a></div>Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:30:00 +0100 I have learned in 2021<p><b>​Two years ago, I decided to study for a master’s in Biotechnology at Chalmers. This is what that decision has taught me about myself.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">I've never been one to collect quotes, but one of my favourite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, once wrote: &quot;We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down&quot;. I remember I read it in my late teens, back when I was about to move out of my parents' house, and I was feeling nervous about the journey ahead, so it just remained in my mind. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>Now, I'm in the second half of my twenties, and it seems like I've jumped off more cliffs than I can count, and, though I'm now a bit older, I don't think I'll be done anytime soon. So, in the spirit of welcoming a new year, I will share some of the things I've learned so far in my almost year and a half of living in Sweden and studying at Chalmers as a student from Mexico:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>I can do more things than I thought I could…</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5_things-Picture,%20Size%20350px%20x%20305px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:340px;height:297px" />This year has been an extremely busy one: apart from working on my thesis (<a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/3-things-I-like-about-writing-my-thesis-at-Chalmers.aspx" title="Read my blog about my master's theis at Chalmers">read more about that here!​</a>), I've been balancing being a digital ambassador, a part-time job, and<a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Is-it-important-to-speak-Swedish-and-how-can-you-learn-it.aspx" title="Read my blog about swedish classes"> Swedish classes</a>. The better part of the year has consisted of doing lab work or reading papers during weekdays and then, starting Friday, spending my weekend working at my job as a waitress. When I'm not in Swedish class, I write blogs or host our Instagram channel We are Chalmers. Younger me would think you'd have to split into two to do everything I manage to fit into a week, but now I'm starting to think that I'm a pro at it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>… but I have limits, and it’s okay…</b></div> <div>I am, after all, human, and I don't have endless energy resources, and my priority as a student will always be my thesis work. So, if I want to remain level-headed and do a good job, it's only smart to learn how to distribute my energy and say no to activities that might throw me off balance. Like a lot of you, I've always been a very active person, so this has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. Be it an extra shift at the restaurant when I have a social event planned or an invitation to hang out when I'd rather sleep in, I've learned that it's important to ask myself twice before committing to a plan that might affect my energy detrimentally.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>… still, off-time is every bit as important as work</b></div> <div>I feel like I'm coming off as a workaholic in this blog, and though it just might be slightly true, it's essential to be aware that, as master's students, we are not our work, and we are not the grades we get in our courses. We are people, complete with interests, hobbies, and a need to share our time with people who enrich this experience we call life. Although I already knew it, I have learned that off-time isn't only valid so that you can rest up and keep working the next day; it's another very fulfilling way to keep growing as a person Like a quote from the movie The Shining (&quot;All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy&quot;). Most importantly, joining groups or clubs will bring you close to people who have similar ideas to yours, which brings me to my next point.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>You will find a family anywhere you are</b></div> <div>One of the hardest parts of studying far away from home is leaving your family behind. I am from Mexico, so it's complicated for me to fly home as it's so far away, and the current world situation (I'm sure we're all tired of the word that starts with a &quot;p&quot; and ends on &quot;andemic&quot;, so I'll leave it off), has not made that easier. It's easy to feel lonely living in a new place where you don't know anyone, but it doesn't mean you should be lonely. Nobody will replace my family back home, but the wonderful, caring, talented people whom I've met in my time here have helped me not feel lonely. A place like Chalmers is filled with like-minded people who have also left their home countries and whose ambitions are similar to yours, and that is way stronger than any language or cultural differences you might have with other people. <span style="background-color:initial">Coming out of your comfort zone is scary at first, but it can become the most remarkable thing you've ever done.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Although I've lived by myself for all of my twenties, this is the longest I've been so far away from home. I left a well-paying job, a great apartment in a place where I could easily visit my family and the culture I was born within to come to a place that's utterly different from the situation I was living in. Still, I'm amazed at how much I've grown in just a year and a half, and I'm excited for the future opportunities that being here has opened up for me. If I had the chance to do it all over again (the anxiety, the sadness, the happiness, the laughter, the fun, and all the work), I wouldn't change anything.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Abril_studentblog.jpg" alt="Abril" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />​</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/students/5fcf4e54ffd52f015226e403" title="Chat with our students">Abril​</a></div></div>Mon, 27 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 guide to snow from a first-timer<p><b>​​Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Student ambassador Teanette shares some tips on how to make the best of your snow experience at Chalmers.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">When I arrived in Sweden, one of the things I was most looking forward to was experiencing a snowy winter. In most places in South Africa, we don’t have snow at all. Plus, Christmas is right in the middle of our summer. The only “white Christmas” that I had experienced was one of sun and white sandy beaches. However, I soon found that you need to be well-prepared to get the most out of your snow adventure. These are some of the things I learnt during my first snowy winter at Chalmers.</span><div><br /><div><strong>Get your timing right</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>I remember so clearly the first time I saw it snowing in Gothenburg – in my child-like excitement, I immediately grabbed a jacket and went outside to enjoy the snowflakes. Needless to say, I have since learned that snowflakes are not always as fluffy and romantic as they are made out to be in the movies!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I have since become much wiser in how and when to enjoy the snow. The first thing I learned was to stay inside while it is snowing. Snowflakes aren’t soft and romantic – they are cold and wet. They stick to your hair and clothing, unnoticed, only to melt as soon as you enter a warm building and leave you shivering. Instead, grab yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and watch the snow as it falls. Chalmers has some fantastic spots in the Student Union building where you can sit, warm and comfy, and watch the snowflakes as they drift slowly to the ground. I ended up doing this for hours in between my studies and found it to be an excellent way to </div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Snow_Picture_2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="A student sad looking at melting snow" style="margin:5px" /><div>​unwind.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The second thing I learned was that you need to enjoy the snow quickly in Gothenburg! Go out early in the snow season, and as soon as possible after it has stopped snowing. The snow doesn’t stay clean and pristine for long. Especially around campus, the winter wonderland is soon disrupted with mud and footpaths as people pass through it. So, if you want to make a snow angel or just take some epic snow photos, do it quick!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Suit up for snow</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>Everyone understands that you need to dress appropriately for snowy weather. However, as a first-timer in snow, I still managed to get it wrong: I focused on keeping myself warm, while instead I should have been worried about keeping myself dry. Although a good winter jacket and some comfy thermal underwear is recommended for keeping in the heat, the most important thing is to make sure you have good shoes and good gloves. There’s nothing worse than having cold, wet toes and fingers in the snow! </div> <div>Another surprisingly important accessory is a good pair of sunglasses. Even though Sweden has very short daylight hours during the winter, the snow can be extremely bright during those times. Especially if you plan to go out and play in the snow for a while, make sure to protect your eyes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Set aside time to enjoy the snow</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>It’s easy to get caught up in your work over the winter study periods – my experience is that the Swedish work culture gets busier around this time. Don’t let this spoil your Swedish snow experience. Plan some time specifically to go out and enjoy the winter weather. And, if the sun blesses us with a brief appearance, be spontaneous enough to go out and enjoy it – nothing beats a sun and snow adventure! <span></span></div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Snow_Picture_1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Students building a snowman" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><div><strong>Fun snow activities around Chalmers and Gothenburg</strong></div> <div>Once you’ve got your gear and planned ​the timing of ​your ​snow expedition, ​it’s time to get some ideas for​ snowy adventures! I tried as many different activities as possible, and chose some of my favourite ones to​ share with you:</div> <div><ul><li><strong>Build a (BIG) snowman on campus.​</strong></li></ul></div> <div>My friends and I built one close to the bus stop at the Chalmers library, where many students enter campus.​We got a ton of compliments on our handiwork, and even made it onto some prominent campus Instagram stories!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Snow_Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Students sledding down a snowly slope" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>Sled down the Chalmers library lawn.</strong> </li></ul></div> <div>​The slope is gentle enough for first-timers to try out sledding without any fear. Plus, you don’t even need a proper sled to try this out – some plastic bags and cardboard boxes will suffice.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Have a snowball fight in front of the Student Union building</strong></span></li></ul></div> <div>The open space in front of the SU building is the ideal location for the ultimate snowy showdown between you and your friends. Plus, the Student Union building itself provides a safe spot for anyone who want to watch your epic battle without standing in the snow themselves. Important note: be mindful that this area can be quite busy, especially as students change classes. Always be considerate in your snowball fights and make sure that there is no risk of anyone being caught in the crossfire!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>Shake some snow off tree branches</strong></li></ul></div> <div>You can get some truly fantastic slow-motion footage for your social media feeds in this way. Alternatively, just enjoy the authentic snowstorm experience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>Visit the archipelagos after it snowed</strong></li></ul></div> <div>This was one of my all-time favourite snow-time memories. Be warned, it requires proper preparation and planning! Most of the archipelago ferries have at least an hour break between trips, and many islands don’t have cafes or restaurants that are open in the winter season. Be ready to stay outside for a while, and make sure to have warm clothing/snacks that will last you for that entire time. However, the experience is truly spectacular – from seeing frozen beaches, to enjoying whole fields of undisturbed snow just for yourself, this is not something you want to miss!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Student Ambassador Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="">Teanette</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> </div>Mon, 20 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 into the role of Lucia<p><b>​There is always a light to be found in the darkness. In the Swedish winter, that light is Lucia. This year, I got to be her.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Lucia_Banner_1.jpg" alt="Lucia at Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">Lucia is celebrated in Sweden with public processions, songs, and concerts. Participants typically dress up in long white robes (called Lucialinne) with white sashes around their waists. The women wear evergreen Lingonberry wreaths to symbolize new life during winter, and the men wear cone-shaped hats covered in stars. (No, it does not look like a cult. Yes, we were all imagining it.) Lucia herself is set apart with a red sash around her waist and the iconic crown of candles. For young children under 12, electric candles are typically used. We at Chalmers, however, use the real thing!</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>For Chalmers students, Lucia is often commemorated with big formal dinners amongst friends – the last celebration before heading home to their families for Christmas. For the Chalmers choir, however, it is one of the biggest events of the year. This year I had the privilege of being one of the Lucias in our Christmas concert series, which was held two weeks before the official Lucia day. I don’t know which scared me more: wearing a crown of actual candles in my long, curly hair, or having to memorise all the words to the Swedish songs to sing while leading the Lucia procession!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Lucia_Picture_1.jpg" alt="Lucia at Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Despite my nervousness, it was a very special occasion for me to be a part of. Joining the Chalmers sångkör has given me the opportunity to connect with Swedes in a unique way – I get to see the creative, lively, and energetic side of Sweden that so often seems to get lost in the translation. While preparing for Lucia, I was supported by my choir friends at every step with kind guidance and good advice:</div> <div>“Watch your head and chin position to keep the candle crown upright. Don’t strain your neck!”</div> <div>“Here, wear this cloth on your head to avoid getting wax on your hair!”</div> <div>“Don’t hold the candle directly under your nose – you might faint!” </div> <div>And the oft-repeated advice for leading the procession: “Lucia is never in a hurry”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The concert was a resounding success, not least because it was the first concert we could host after the long Covid-19 drought. As I write this, reliving the concert memories, the emotion-filled weeks in preparation, and the special new friendships I had built, I realise that Lucia was also the light in my dark Swedish winter. I think fondly of my Lucia-wreath sitting safely in the fridge, where I am keeping it fresh for our upcoming Lucia procession on the 13th, and reflect on the Lucia lyrics:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>The night treads heavily</em></div> <div><em>around yards and dwellings</em></div> <div><em>In places unreached by sun,</em></div> <div><em>the shadows brood</em></div> <div><em>Into our dark house, she comes,</em></div> <div><em>bearing lighted candles,</em></div> <div><em>Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

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</div> <div><b>The History of St Lucy’s Day</b></div> <div>Saint Lucy’s day (referred to as “Sankta Lucia”, or just “Lucia” in Sweden) is commemorated on the 13th of December. Lucia was a Christian martyr from Syracuse that died in the 4th Century. Legend has it that she would bring food and necessities to refugee Christians hiding in the Roman catacombs. To navigate the dark caverns, she would wear a crown of candles on her head, which left her hands free to carry as many supplies as possible. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>During the 18th century in Sweden, when the Julian calendar was still in use, Lucia would coincide with the Winter Solstice. During this darkest and longest night of the year, the image of a young girl with candles in her hair is one of hope and perseverance. It is very appropriate then that the name Lucia means light (from the Latin Lux, and lucis). Alongside Midsummer, Lucia is one of the most important cultural traditions in Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/students/5fb6991683fa8003cd884638" title="Chat with our students" target="_blank">Teanette</a></div> </div></div> ​Mon, 13 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0100 day at Chalmers wind laboratory<p><b>​​Have you ever tried handling a wind turbine yourself? How about operating one set up by your university, and producing energy in real time?</b></p>​<span style="font-size:14px"><span style="background-color:initial">I am a master’s student in Sustainable electrical power engineering and electromobility at Chalmers and today I am going to take you for a ride, on a ferry to Björkö where we have our very own experimental wind laboratory.</span></span><div><br /><span></span><div><span style="font-size:14px">Off the shores of Gothenburg, a short ferry ride away to the west lies a small island<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WindLaboratory-Picture_2.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Wind Laboratory at Chalmers on the island of Björkö" style="margin:5px" /><br /> hidden in the wilderness. Its most remarkable feature? A looming 98 feet wooden tower with an enormous metal fan fixed to its front. The fan moves lazily at 75 rotations per minute, generating an average of 45 KiloWatts of power, humming quietly as it sways and changes its angle with the breeze. A smiling professor gets out of a trailer parked nearby, handing the gathered students a safety jacket and a helmet with a cheerful greeting, “Welcome to Chalmers wind lab”.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">As a student of electrical engineering, I have always been fascinated by power systems. It has played a major role in my university choices, course decisions, and all the projects that I took up. I am determined to find a way to make power generation as sustainable as possible and that hunt drove me to Chalmers.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">Coming from India, I never had much access to power-generating plants with renewable sources. Used to a society largely powered by conventional methods, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Sweden’s energy generation plans, both currently and for the future. The idea of a society, fueled by 100% renewable energy is the most remarkable thing I have ever comprehended. Thus, it made sense to me to immediately register myself for the course that promised to deliver more knowledge about that.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">Cut to one month later when we, the first-ever batch of students, jumped on two electric buses to reach Lilla Varholmen, took a ferry to the island of Björkö, and hiked for twenty minutes to reach one of the best practical labs I have ever seen. The Chalmers experimental wind laboratory! </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">There are three very important things a student needs to do at the lab. The class starts with a rough division of students into three broad groups, one for each activity. My group was selected to study the environmental impact of setting up the turbine in the first place. Since the windmill is a giant artificial setup, there are a lot of rules and regulations that need to be followed when establishing one in an urban area. Our first task included things like measuring the noise produced by the fan, the flicker caused by the sun’s glare, and the shadows the windmill cast around it. To make things easier for us, the ground was marked with big red crosses at different places. We hiked all over the place, for about half an hour, to go to all the different locations and collected the necessary data.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WindLaboratory-Picture.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Interior of the Wind Laboratory at Chalmers on the island of Björkö" style="margin:5px" />After that, we were ushered inside the compact tower and treated to a look around at its unique design and different sensors. Since the tower is wooden, I could spot the glue markings all the way up to the top as it held the structure securely together against the strong sea wind. The generator is placed underneath the tower’s wooden base, cocooned in a concrete chamber as it produces electricity. Wires run all over the place, crisscrossing on the walls as they trace the flow of energy from the fan to the useful machine situated below.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">The final task of the lab was to operate the turbine! My group was led into the trailer, and we were given a brief description of how everything was set up. We were shown around the mini trailer lab, as the professors call it, and they pointed out the mechanisms that they actually used from the thesis of graduated students. Then came the part I was most excited about, handing us total control over the tower!</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">I volunteered for the software control and my professor showed me the different options, the switches, and the regulators they kept track of to make sure everything was working the way it ideally should be. He showed me how to start the turbine, change the pitch, monitor the efficiency and the wind speed, collect all the relevant data, make sense of the thus collected data points and plot it, and finally how to turn the enormous machine off. He let me fiddle with the controls, change the pre-set values and observe every detail each minute change brought. Everything worked seamlessly together, and it was my first real glance at how wind energy is generated in real-time.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">It was the singular, most unforgettable practical session I had in my life. The whole lab, the total control they handed us, the stories our professors shared of setting everything up during the pandemic, a period when the entire world's progress was essentially locked down, it was all really inspiring.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">As someone who is interested in power systems, I cannot recommend this course any more fervently. The in-depth knowledge I gained, simply by experimenting on my own that day, was more than what I ever thought I knew about wind power generation. If you are similarly interested and want to know more about sustainable power engineering, this is the best programme for you. If you find yourself inspired by my account of the lab, do consider taking it! I hope you like it as much I am loving it right now.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Chat with the author of this blog and student ambassador Smita">Smita</a></span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div></div>Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 engineering at Chalmers<p><b>​Did you know that you can develop sports technology at Chalmers in collaboration with national team athletes? </b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Banner-Chalmerssport.JPG" alt="Picture of swimmer ready to take the test" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">No one believed that 100 meters could be run under 10 seconds until Usain Bolt did it. How can an athlete be successful enough to win 28 Olympic medals in their career? Have you ever wondered why athletes make bridges while doing high jumps, or how a pole vault athlete can lift themselves up after running? How can two bikes with the same dimensions be 15 kilograms and the other 5 kilograms? Can a technically tweaked sneaker set records for marathoners? All these things have something in common: science and engineering!</span><div>The techniques used in sports, the adequacy of the materials, and even the injuries of the athletes can be explained by scientific methods. These explanations, which require interdisciplinary collaboration, offer athletes a safer and higher-performance sports life. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I started pole vaulting as a kid and my trainer was also an engineer. He would explain how my speed increases the kinetic energy while running with the pole, and then that energy turns into potential energy to help me jump meters high. The sports that I am interested in have changed over the years, but there is still science and engineering behind every sport. When I have an injury, I can analyze in my head what loads my body is under, or I can imagine the resistance my body position will create while cycling. If I did my thesis in sports technology at Chalmers, I would search for the optimum body position for different bike brands while cycling or the efficiency of the pole vault jumping technics and the poles that athletes use. Courses like computational fluid dynamics, material mechanics, composite structures and finite element analysis in my master’s degree programme, Applied mechanics, make it possible for me to work with those technologies.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/sportstechnology/Pages/default.aspx" title="Link to Chalmers Sports and Technology Center"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Picture-Chalmersport.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Logo of Chalmers Sports &amp; Technology" style="margin:5px" />Chalmers Sports and Technology Center</a>, which conducts a lot of sports-related research, works with national team athletes, researchers, and engineers. One of the research projects is with the <a href="/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-joins-forces-with-Swedish-Swimming-Federation.aspx" title="Link to power development and water resistance project">Swedish Swimming Federation</a> for the understanding of power development and water resistance when swimming. The other research is about <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Ski-star-sharpens-her-skiing-with-technology-from-Chalmers.aspx" title="Link to power measurement with sensors">power measurement with sensors in ski-pole</a> to understand the relation between the force the athletes apply and the result for the performance. This was a master thesis of some Chalmers students in 2016. Those students have a company now called <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Skisens">Skisens</a> to manufacture and improve these sensors!</div> <div>Who knows, maybe in the future we can develop a technique that will allow athletes to run 100 meters in less time, or we can produce a material that will reduce the friction of water while swimming? Cooperation with different disciplines and academic/economic support are the opportunities you can find at Chalmers Sports Technology Center. </div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Sena" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Sena's Unibuddy">Sena</a></span></div>Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0100!.aspx!.aspxMy first Halloween party at Chalmers<p><b>​If you are wondering what it is like to celebrate Halloween with a bunch of random students, let me share with you my account of an enthralling evening.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Halloweenparty-Banner.jpg" alt="Picture of the dance floor in chalmers with lights on" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers has an international reputation for offering one of the richest student life experiences around the world. The campus is always buzzing with events. In the words of students and professors alike, ‘Something is always going on at Chalmers!’ </span><span style="background-color:initial">This weekend, the student union at Chalmers, decided to host one of the biggest in-campus parties post-pandemic. Their aim was to have a fun-filled evening, allowing the new students to indulge in after two grueling weeks of examinations and give everyone an opportunity to celebrate the festival together. And boy, did they deliver!</span><div> <div><br /></div> <div>The first thing that caught my eye as I entered the campus was the spooky lights. The entire student union building was decked in autumn colors, covered in hand-crafted ghostly creations and an assortment of lights glittering through the throngs of excited students. It was turned into a literal stage, filled with five dancefloors, seven pubs, all cleverly hiding little surprises, and one of the most fun things I am sure you all remember from your childhood: an adult-sized bouncy castle with a giant foam ball hanging in the middle! Cue Miley Cyrus’s wreaking ball iconic intro.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Halloweenparty-Picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Video games" style="margin:5px" />The evening started as all popular public events in Sweden do, with a long queue and a thorough checking of person to safely assess the crowd before entering the scene. Once through, my friends and I were led to the large community-hall-turned-wardrobe where we safely dumped our belongings. Then, it was time to let loose, literally. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Navigating through the different floors and losing more than half of my group to the crazy crowd, I started my night at the underground club called Gasquen. The entrance held two video game setups, a ticket to the hearts of the many gaming enthusiasts who were buzzing around the consoles. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Further in, the dance floor was filled with party smoke, laughing groups, and playing in true Swedish fashion, loud techno music. There was also a place to get food and drinks, laze around on the couches, and strangely a theatre showing old classic cartoons. I obviously chose the latter! It was set up by a society of students, and they were using an actual old video camera, vintage reels, and a large projector. We were promptly ushered into our seats by our enthusiastic hosts and plied with snacks as we wiled away the first hour of the night mimicking the Disney dudes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>However, that was only the beginning of the surprises the night had in store for us. There was a photo booth, set on the first floor of the building with a crew of our very own cameramen. The students of Chalmers photography club had pulled through for the night and were all ready to capture the creative costumes forever in a polaroid. The societies responsible for the food and beverages had a grill set behind the same booth, cleverly using the embers for effects while also providing everyone with delicious meaty (or vegan) sustenance. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The second floor of the building held all kinds of new party trends, things like the bouncy castle, fancy beverage counters, and the biggest dancefloor in the entire building. We decided to try our luck with the castle first and after a relatively short waiting time, we got to pick our own music as we took turns getting in the foam monstrosity. (Shoutout to my neighbor who was volunteering there and helped us figure out the best playlist! To literally bounce to!)</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The place was huge, and we had roughly fifteen minutes per group to relive our childhood. After many trials, sneak attacks, and not-so-serious declarations of wars, we, unfortunately, could not enact the iconic ball move, but the bouncy castle turned out to be the highlight of my night! <span style="background-color:initial">Or so I believed until we stepped into yet another surprising nook, a silent disco. The concept was simple, but the neon headphones and blinding flashes of lights made it so easy to get lost in a world of beats and movements. It was a little slice of a symphonious solitude, away from the heady rush of the party and new people. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Halloween-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of a Skeleton" style="margin:5px" />Another room was filled with party smoke and had comfortable couches. It offered a cozy place for the tired dancers to rest their feet. We spent a few minutes there getting to know other people, sharing stories about our cultures and previous holidays.</div> <div>There were also some inventive motion-activated decorations, most notable of them all being an old witch who almost caused me to shriek shrilly as it moved and laughed from its position on the wall. The walls were further decorated with silly strings and yarns of cotton to create a sprawling spider web, and quotes from well-known horror pop culture.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After exploring the entire building, having a ton of fun, experimenting at the serving counters, and rating some really cool costumes as we went; we ended up at the main dancefloor. It was getting a bit late, or early depending on how you see it, in the night and everybody was gravitating towards the same central stage. The DJs were amazing and had the whole crowd hooked to their tunes. Chalmers student societies are amazing in general and really pull out all the stops.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>We danced with strangers and old friends a<span style="background-color:initial">like, finding warmth in everyone who laughed and fell into step with us. The night was young, beautiful, and bubbling with energy as we formed small groups inspired by our moves. The circle of people was ever-changing and that was perhaps the most fun part as we danced the hours away. The company of smiling strangers had never felt so familiar before.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>If I had to sum up the evening in one word, I would pick happiness. There was not a single soul in sight who left the building not wearing a smile. It was a night filled with fun, friendship, and frolic of epic proportions. The party was brilliantly planned and excellently executed, with proper regards to the safety and comfort of everyone who attended the event. <span style="background-color:initial">If social life as a student is one of your considerations while selecting a university, you cannot come to a better place! </span></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><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="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Chat with our students" target="_blank">Smita​</a></span></div> ​Mon, 15 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0100 things I like about writing my thesis at Chalmers<p><b>​Writing a thesis is the culmination of your master’s degree. Find out why Chalmers is a great place to do it!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Thesis-Banner2,%20Size%20690px%20x%20340px.png" alt="Picture of Abril with her friends at Laboratory" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">When I was trying to figure out where to study my master’s degree, my main motivator was what I would write about when it was time to start my thesis. After spending some time looking up several research groups from different universities, I landed on <a href="/en/departments/bio/Pages/default.aspx" title="Link to Chalmer's Department of Biology and Biological Engineering">Chalmers's Department of Biology and Biological Engineering</a>. One of the first green flags was how easy it was to navigate through their work and that many of these labs had several exciting publications. I even recognized some of the names from papers I had read during my bachelor’s degree back in Mexico! With this, and after seeing the study plan of the MSc in Biotechnology, I was completely sold. </span><div><br /><div>Forward to now, the first year of my degree is over, and I'm starting to work on my thesis: I’m working with a yeast that, feeding off waste from the dairy industry, could produce a natural sweetener that is safe for diabetic people to consume. So, for you who are wondering what it’s like to jump from having courses to focusing full time on a project of your own creation, here are the things I'm glad I chose Chalmers for this:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Liberty of choice</strong></div> <div>What I like the most about Chalmers is the freedom you have in your own education. For example, many programmes allow students the choice to write either a 6-month or a year-long thesis. There is also not only one way you can choose where to write your thesis: some friends have directly emailed companies to ask whether they have master thesis positions. Other people have found their opportunities on LinkedIn, others have asked their professors whether they have a project they can participate in, and some have gone the traditional way by applying to projects that are announced on the webpages of their department. </div> <div>In my experience, the freedom hasn't stopped there. Before starting, my supervisors and I had a meeting where we discussed at length what techniques I wanted to learn. They made it very clear that I was free to give my work any direction I wanted. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Constructive criticism</strong></div> <div>One of the things you will notice coming to Chalmers is that you will learn to lose the fear of answering a question wrong. Teachers will, in most cases, work with you towards a correct answer instead of just correcting you. In a thesis setting, it has translated into more confidence in my decisions. It's hard to develop innovative ideas and be creative when you're worried that your supervisor will think less of you! This brings me to my next point:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Thesis-Picture,%20Size%20350px%20x%20305px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of a sample in Laboratory" style="margin:5px" />You become part of a community, not a hierarchy</strong></div> <div>In Chalmers (and most Swedish workplaces), hierarchies are not really a thing. Yes, you have superiors who are more experienced within the field and they do give you direction while working. Still, the interactions are always on the same level: I can call my supervisors by their first name and talk to them as colleagues. This was a first for me because, back in Mexico, using titles like &quot;doctor&quot; or &quot;professor&quot; while talking to a superior is considered respectful (even though on a deep level, it makes you feel like you're approaching an unreachable Biotech deity). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>By removing these titles from the conversation, I have realized that an invisible obstacle is also removed, and ideas flow more easily. Communicating this way makes me feel like I'm a part of the general lab community, not just like a wee master’s student trying to stay afloat among all the PhDs and postdocs who have many awards and years of trajectory. It makes it easier to benefit from working with all these experimented researchers by learning from them through casual conversation. Just like student ambassadors Nathaly and Sena wrote in their blog<a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Call-me-by-my-first-name.aspx" title="Link to Call me by my first name blog"> Call me by my first name</a>: &quot;Your professional title doesn't define you as a person, and Chalmers has proven that to me&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Abril_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Abril" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Abril's Unibuddy">Abril​</a></span></div>Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0100 the Swedish winter<p><b>​Even in the darkness, there is always a light to be found. Make the best of the season with these winter survival tips from our student ambassador Teanette.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Winter_Banner_1.jpg" alt="Picture of Chalmers Campus during Winter" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">It’s the beginning of November: the last of the autumn leaves are holding tenuously to their branches, gloves and scarves are making their appearance, and it’s getting harder to wake up each morning. Winter is Coming. Having already survived one winter in Gothenburg, I can tell you that the rumours are true – they are cold, they are dark, and they can be quite depressing. However, even in the Swedish winter, there is always a light to be found. This is how I made the best of my winter at Chalmers.</span><div><br /><div><strong>Light up the way</strong></div> <div>One of the biggest dangers of winter is feeling isolated. This was particularly true during the pandemic times - when the temperature dropped and classes were online, it was almost too tempting to just stay inside your apartment the entire day. The most important advice I have is to get up and get out! Only when I did this, did I realise that winter offers a unique way to build connections: lights. It’s very typical to see cheerful light decorations or candles all over Chalmers and Gothenburg in winter, in public spaces and in personal residences. There’s a special solidarity in putting up these lights – a sign that, regardless of who you are or where you come from, we can stand together as humans to lighten even the darkest of times. It inspired me to put up my own light decorations. I spent many an afternoon with a cup of coffee admiring the twinkling of lights in the distance, imagining that they were signals to communicate that, despite the darkness, we persevere.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Eat right (Eat light)</strong></div> <div>Most of my international student friends agree: it’s not the cold of the Swedish winter that gets you down, but the dark. Humans need sunlight to function, not just on a psychological level, but a physical one. One way to strengthen your body during this dark season is to eat right (eat light!) Get yourself some vitamin D and make sure to take it! There is some debate on when it is most beneficial to start taking these vitamins, with one school of thought encouraging people to start a couple of months before winter, and another arguing that your body cannot build up a storage of these nutrients anyway. What I personally found to work is to get a good multivitamin that you can take all year round, while possibly supplementing it with a stronger vitamin D dosage in the winter. That being said, sunlight remains the best source of vitamin D for your body, so make sure to enjoy those sunshine rays as often as you can!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Sleep right</strong></div> <div>One of the biggest challenges I faced during winter was establishing a constant sleep cycle. Specifically, I struggled to wake up in the mornings while it was still dark. It turns out, it’s immensely important for our circadian rhythm to be exposed to the right amount of light at the right times. I know some of my friends invested in special lamps that produce the same light spectrum as the sun. These can help wake you up in the morning and provide you with an energy boost when it counts. </div> <div>On the other hand, it’s also important to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Last winter I found myself staying up later and later watching Netflix series or scrolling on social media – it was so easy to snuggle up in my nice warm bed and just relax with my devices. However, exposing yourself to electronic screens close before bedtime makes it much harder to fall asleep. Cuddle up with a good book and a warm cup of tea instead!</div> <div>Another factor that plays an essential role in your sleep cycle is getting enough exercise during the day. I know, I know, it’s hard to exercise when it’s cold... but it is important! Luckily there are a bunch of indoor sport facilities at Chalmers, like the climbing gym (Klätterlabbet), the sport hall, or Fysiken gym, which makes it a bit easier to be motivated. And you can book a spot at our very own sauna in the student union building after you exercise – another cherished (and highly recommended) <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/My-swedish-sauna-experience.aspx" title="Link to Sauna Page">Swedish tradition</a>.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Winter_Picture_1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of lightshow on trees " style="margin:5px" />Dress right</strong></div> <div>As anybody who has spent any amount of time in Sweden will tell you: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes.” Initially I wasn’t too worried about having the right clothing, because I thought that I could stay inside (where it is always cosy and warm) on cold days. However, if this is your mindset, you are missing out on everything that winter has to offer! Take a look at what the Swedish people do, and you will realise that they never let a bit of cold or rain deter them from being outdoors. And winter as a season has so much to offer in terms of stark aesthetic beauty and unique experiences. My friends and I took a trip to the archipelagos last year in the snow, and it was one of my most cherished winter memories – from seeing the frozen beaches, to being able to play in fields of undisturbed snow, to enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate on the ferry on the way back. Plus, the student events at Chalmers certainly don’t stop because of the winter season. So go peruse those second-hand stores, and don’t let a lack of winter clothing make you miss out on an unforgettable winter adventure!</div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>With the right mindset and preparation, the Swedish winter can be a very enjoyable and rewarding season – a time for reflection, beauty, and the opportunity to build unique connections. So light a candle, grab a warm cup of coffee, and enjoy your winter wonderland adventure!</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette's Unibuddy">Teanette</a></span></div>Mon, 01 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0100 engineering - where science and creativity meet<p><b>​Have you ever wanted to take a course outside of your chosen major? Our student ambassador Marija shares her experience in the Tracks course Music engineering.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Banner_Music%20Engineering.jpg" alt="Picture ofmusical instrument made by Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Our time in university should not just be about learning the specific content needed for a career path one day, but also about exploring¬¬¬ and learning as much about the world around us as we possibly can. At Chalmers, students are encouraged to think outside of the box. One of the ways in which you can do this is to join a Tracks course. Our student ambassador Marija took part in a Tracks course called Music engineering and shares her thoughts on the experience. </span><div><br /><div><strong>What are Tracks courses?</strong></div> <div>Tracks courses are project-based elective courses open to undergraduate and master’s students at Chalmers as well as alumni. They are not course specific and are open to students from all different kinds of backgrounds. Each project is rooted in a real-world problem that the course seeks to address from a unique standpoint. Not only do you have an opportunity to engage with topics that you would not typically come across in your own programme, but you also have a chance to collaborate with other students and build skills such as communication, project-management, ethics, and conflict resolution. For more information on Tracks courses, you can look here.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Overview of Music Engineering</strong></div> <div>The music engineering programme, like most of the Tracks courses, is focused on gaining hands-on experience. The course is divided into two main parts: in the first part, students attend four different workshops that examine the essence of music and how we engage with and relate to it. In the second, students are challenged to use this knowledge in their own project to create something new. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The first four workshops in the course were not graded, but attendance of at least three of the workshops was mandatory. However, it’s worth mentioning that each workshop was a blast to attend and felt more like a fun experiment than serious academic work. In the first workshop, students were challenged to build their own instruments – one each from strings, percussion, and wind instruments. Usually, students would have access to tools on campus to do this but, due to the pandemic, most of the work was conducted from home. This led to some super creative results made entirely from recycled materials. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he string instrument made of popsicle sticks and rubber bands produces a very unfortunate sound, although certain positions of the fret can be quite surprising and introduce clear pitched notes before the whole construction collapses. The wind instrument designed as a kazoo is also made from popsicle sticks and some paper. It produces a very loud sound resembling the duck call. Lastly, the percussion instrument is built out of cylindrical carboard shapes and its length can be changed while using it to produce the sweep sound or just change the pitch. The ribbed carboard attached to one side provides an opportunity for a different sound.</span><br /></div> <div>The second workshop challenged the way we listen to things – students were asked to create a song entirely from recordings based on a certain theme, such as “water”, “Lego” or “glass”. Marija’s theme was “air”. She focused on recording sounds of the wind, people blowing onto a mic, and even the sound of the air ventilation in the Gibraltar Guesthouse building! For this task, students were given a studio quality microphone to capture as accurate a sound as possible for their music. Building from the second workshop, the third workshop required students to create a song, but this time they could synthesize their own sounds. For this purpose, they learnt to use a software called Reaper. Lastly, the fourth workshop took a more reflective tone, in which students had to research and define the concept of groove. However, they had to provide their findings from a scientific, quantitative point of view, and take into account such factors as the harmonic content and beats-per-minute of the piece. </div> <div><br /></div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Picture_Musicengineering.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of the musical instrument made by Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><div>The second part of the course was based purely on project work – different groups had the chance to propose project topics that were related to the work that was covered in the course. The course grade is based on a final presentation in which each group had a chance to showcase the work that they have done. This is where students really got to show off the skills that they acquired as well as their creativity! Marija’s group developed what they call the “Octo-piano” – a device that acts as an electronic music teacher. The device, which can sit on top of the keys of any conventional piano, has a string of LED lights that light up to show the user which key to press at the appropriate time. The team also programmed a raspberry pie with a touch screen user interface from which a user can choose to learn songs, scales or basic chord progressions. To make their project a success they needed a host of expertise, including musical knowledge, programming skill, and electronic circuit know-how. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the collaboration and scope that these projects require in industry, as well as an opportunity to try out some really fun and crazy ideas that could not have been realized without this course. Some of the other projects included such interesting concepts as software that synthesizes music from movement, as well as the proposed design of a brand new instrument – a lot of ideas to get excited about!   </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The value of a Tracks course</strong></div> <div>If you’re like Marija, (and a lot of students at Chalmers are), you have a deep love of learning and an interest in how the world works that is much broader than your chosen major. Perhaps you are interested in how knowledge and skills from one research area can be applied in new and different ways in your own field. Or maybe you’re just excited to get some hands-on experience solving real-world problems. Either way, Tracks courses are a great way for you to step out of your comfort zone, learn new skills, and grow. </div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette's Unibuddy">Teanette​</a> </span></div>Mon, 25 Oct 2021 08:00:00 +0200 choose Chalmers?<p><b>​Choosing a university for studying your master’s is not easy task. Here is how I decided to study at Chalmers.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/why_chalmers_banner_1.png" alt="Nathaly in front of Chalmers Entrance" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">Ever since I was doing my Bachelor’s in my home country, Ecuador, I knew I wanted to study abroad. In 2018 I decided to start applying for a master’s in Biomedical Engineering in different places around the world. What was the next step? First, I needed to look for all the requirements depending on the University. But what did they all have in common? An English proficiency test! I spent the entire year preparing for the test, with the application dates in mind. So, I took it in September and prepared the rest of the documents. I applied to two universities at that time: one in Switzerland and Italy. Those were my first master’s applications; I was super nervous – you probably understand how I felt. Unfortunately, both of them gave me a negative answer.</span></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>It didn’t stop me from trying again, after asking for feedback on my applications mainly from my professors back in Ecuador. I spent one year improving my professional profile, with my eyes on my target. It was 2019 and I had everything ready to go! This time I made sure I applied to even more universities and hoping my profile was interesting enough. In my list, I had universities from Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, the US, and the UK. When the moment came, I sent all my documents to the different websites and just sat and waited for a couple of months. It was in the middle of the pandemic, April 2020, and I started to receive the results. The first one I got was from Italy, accepted! Then from Sweden, accepted there too! The UK sent me a nice rejection letter, but okay, I already had two options. Finally, Switzerland also accepted me, yay! Time for a decision, this is how I did it. And yes, of course, you know the end of the story because here I am, writing a blog for Chalmers website. But here is what I had on my mind:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>1. Let’s talk about money!</b></div> <div>My economical situation wasn’t the best, hence my condition to study abroad was having a scholarship. From the three universities I could choose from, I ruled out Italy because I didn’t get a scholarship there. Okay, that was “easy”, even though I really liked that university. I applied to the <a href="" title="Link to SI Scholarship website" target="_blank">SI Scholarship</a> and luckily, I got it (Teanette and I wrote about it in <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Our-experience-with-the-SI-scholarship-.aspx" title="Link to SI Scholarship blog">this blog</a>). The SI scholarship covers both the tuition fees and living costs! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>2. Let’s talk about history!</b></div> <div>From the two universities left, I checked each website – this time thoroughly. I noticed Chalmers had a long trajectory. <a href="/en/about-chalmers/history/Pages/default.aspx" title="Link to Chalmers History">A university founded in 1829</a>  had to be excellent after so many years! There must be a reason why it has been around for over a hundred years.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>3.  Let’s talk about after-graduate life!</b></div> <div>I also checked the <a href="" title="Link to QS Ranking Website" target="_blank">QS ranking of universities</a>. Chalmers had a very nice punctuation in that field! It gave me confidence that my chances of getting a job after graduating, were high.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>4. Let’s talk about the process!</b></div> <div>Let me tell you, from the bottom of my heart, that the Swedish universities process was the smoothest, easiest, clearest one you could ever imagine (you can check more about it <a href="" title="Link to the process website">here</a>). </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>5. Let’s talk about sustainability!</b></div> <div>It’s not a secret that Sweden breathes sustainability. I remember back in Ecuador while doing my bachelor’s in Electrical engineering, I always took my own food to campus. Why is this related? Because I believed in sustainability even then. I always carried my lunchbox, my reusable cutlery and straw, my water bottle, and my coffee mug. Yeah, sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t. I was the weirdo back then, while in Sweden being sustainable is all very common. So, I figured, why not?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I was a bit anxious about the fact of coming to a Nordic country from a -really- warm place. I was nervous about starting a new life, and studying in a different language -English since I come from a Spanish-speaking country. But I look back one year, and I regret NOTHING. It all falls into place once you arrive to Sweden. You’ll get new friends, explore new environments, and most importantly experience a new culture. Isn’t that the whole point of studying abroad? The education, the lifestyle, the work environment, are just a few more things I can mention right now. But in the end, why don’t you apply to Chalmers and figure it out by yourself?</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Nathaly_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Nathaly" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: Nathaly</span></div>Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:00:00 +0200 I got the Avancez scholarship<p><b>​Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the scholarships that Chalmers offers? Let me walk you through my experience with the Avancez scholarship!</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Avancez-Banner,%20Size%20690px%20x%20340px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Avancez scholarship Chalmers" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>You know the drill. You have a nagging thought that won't leave your brain: you really, really want to study for a master's degree. So, you start the search. Eventually, you have stumbled upon Chalmers on the west coast of Sweden and one of its awesome master's programmes. Amazing!! You also fit all the criteria and feel like this may be a fantastic opportunity to fulfil that goal. There is just one problem: it's in a whole other country, even a different continent! You graduated from your bachelor's not too long ago, or maybe you haven't even graduated yet. That means you haven't had the chance to earn money for very long, and you might still be trying to cover your student loans. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>That was my situation when I applied to become a master's student at Chalmers. I studied for my bachelor’s in my home country Mexico and had worked for almost two years after graduating, and I had saved as much money as I could because I knew I wanted to take that next step. However, I knew I would need some financial help if I were going to live abroad for two years, so I started looking for scholarships anywhere I could find them. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fortunately, Chalmers <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/pages/scholarships.aspx" title="Read more about scholarships" target="_blank">offers a whole lot of options</a>, all with different characteristics, such as coverage, the nationalities who are eligible to apply, and the fields of study included in a determined option.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Out of the list, I chose to apply for the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Avancez scholarship">Avancez Scholarship</a>. When I found it while I was expecting to start my studies in the autumn of 2020, this scholarship would waive 75% off the tuition fee for the entire duration of my studies in Chalmers, and all fee-paying students were eligible to receive it. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This scholarship is awarded directly by Chalmers, and it's very appropriately named. The word Avancez is french for &quot;Advance!&quot;, which was William Chalmers's (the founder of our university) motto. His message can be perceived through this scholarship, given that students who perform exceptionally in the first year may see an increased reduction (an additional 10%!) on their second year of studies.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Given that this was a huge opportunity, I quickly made sure that I did everything correctly. Here are some things that I can recommend.</div> <div><ul><li>I built a checklist with important dates and the documents I needed (which I could also find on the University's webpage) and got to work. </li> <li>I took the precaution of starting the process well before the deadline to have enough time to collect documents that were hard to obtain. For example, letters of recommendation! Some referees can get pretty busy, and it can take weeks before you get the letter. </li> <li>I made sure the scholarship assessment team knew I was cool! I don't fully remember a year later, but I think I was required to submit two letters of recommendation. I wanted to send the message that I was serious about my application and that I was a student worth funding, so I tried to collect as many letters as possible and submitted those. Please note that I am not sure that it had any effect on the decision, but it did make me feel more confident about my submission. </li> <li>Take your time filling in the form and submitting your documents. This is another reason why it's essential to start your process early. When I was finished collecting the documents I needed, I asked my family and friends to go through them with me to confirm I wasn't missing anything. They were all mildly annoyed, but at least I was still feeling confident (and they were okay after I thanked them with pizza).</li> <li>Lastly, try not to freak out while waiting for the decision! After pressing the &quot;submit&quot; button that carried my hopes and dreams along with my application for a partially funded master's education at Chalmers, there was nothing else to do but wait. This was definitely the most challenging part of the entire process, but I knew there was nothing I could change that could make it any better. It was now out of my hands and, if I received a negative answer, I knew it wasn't going to be because of my application. Because of all my hard work, I already knew that I had so much more experience that would help me on my next try!</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>After a few months of waiting, I remember exactly what I was doing at the office when I received an email notification with the words &quot;Chalmers Scholarship Award Notification.&quot; I nearly choked on the sip of tea I had just taken, and I called my family straight away to let them know that I had succeeded and that I was, after all, moving to Sweden. Now, one entire year later, I'm glad I spent those months obsessing over the details. Because of that, I get to study what I love at Chalmers, and my budget is thanking me for it!</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Abril_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/students/5fcf4e54ffd52f015226e403" target="_blank" title="Chat with Abril">Abril </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Tue, 12 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200–-a-delivery-friend-at-Chalmers-.aspx the robot – a delivery friend at Chalmers<p><b>​The future is here! At Chalmers, autonomous robots work alongside humans to help create a better, more sustainable future.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Hugo_Banner.PNG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of two HUGOs while moving " style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:340px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Every part of a university is full of research and learning – why shouldn’t the campus itself be part of it as well? This is exactly the idea behind the Five Star Campus initiative – an organization that focuses on how best to use Chalmers campus to develop cutting edge technology. Student ambassador Teanette talks to Per Sunnegren about one of their recent projects: HUGO the robot.  </span><div><br /><div><strong>Who or what is Hugo?</strong></div> <div>Hugo is a friendly autonomous delivery robot that roamed the Chalmers Johanneberg campus for some months in 2020. The initiative was a collaboration between Chalmers, the City of Gothenburg, several private companies and the Berge company that designed Hugo. He is slightly larger than a motor lawnmower, moves at walking speed with a maximum of 15 kilometers per hour and can carry a load of 80 kilogram. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Hugo’s goal</strong></div> <div>Hugo is a hero – he wants to save lives. He does this by handling the last-mile delivery of packages. Although his task may seem humble, he can actually make a big difference by reducing the number of transport vehicles on the road. In addition to this, he does not contribute to air and noise pollution in the same way that cars and trucks do. With this in mind, a large part of Hugo’s goal is to reduce road accidents as well as the unnecessary use of fossil fuel resources. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>HUGO and Chalmers </strong></div> <div>When Per initiated this project, the goal was to investigate how to optimize and automate deliveries on campus. Deliveries are mostly brought to a station on campus, and then distributed to the relevant people/departments. To automate this process, the team had to determine how “robot-friendly” Chalmers Johanneberg campus was. The questions they wanted to answer were the following: Can an autonomous robot successfully deliver parcels around campus as it is now? If not, what needs to change in terms of infrastructure and architecture to achieve this (door systems, loading and unloading stations, walkways etc.)? And, lastly, how does such a technology fit into society? Are people open to accepting such developments? </div> <div>These questions aligned perfectly with the work that Berge was doing with Hugo, who needed a controlled environment to verify our robot friend’s performance. In this sense, Chalmers Johanneberg campus offers the perfect test model for what HUGO may face in real life - like a sandbox for a city, if you will. Not only are the results of this project relevant for Chalmers, but also for urban development in a society where automation and the Internet of Things is becoming ever more a reality. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Hugo_Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of a HUGO" style="margin:5px" />What did they learn?</strong></div> <div>Hugo faced some significant challenges due to Corona and a reduced presence on campus. Ironically, the pandemic demonstrated a situation that would have greatly benefitted from technology such as Hugo, had it already been developed. To overcome this, the team often had Hugo traverse set routes to reach certain points around campus without any physical packages to deliver. Despite the setbacks, the project was a resounding success. Per notes that the students responded particularly positively towards the robot, compared to other people who were more uncomfortable or suspicious of Hugo. This could be due to the fact that students at Chalmers tend to be technology and innovation orientated, and thus open to change.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Where is Hugo now?</strong></div> <div>The Hugo project came to conclusion in early 2021 – unfortunately new students won’t be able to meet our robot friend anymore. However, after seeing the success of Hugo on campus, Five Star Campus was inspired to investigate further autonomous solutions around campus. The spiritual successors to Hugo are the autonomous driving shuttles that travel around Lindholmen. You can read more about the project, which has been ongoing since 2017, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to s3project website">here</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>As for Hugo himself, he is continuing his adventures outside of Chalmers. You can find more information about new developments <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to drivesweden">here</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Other Projects</strong></div> <div>Five Star Campus is a cooperation between Chalmers and Johanneberg Science Park, and they are busy with a whole host of interesting developments at Chalmers. If you are interested in what they are doing, or if you want to be part of their future projects, there is always the possibility to collaborate. For more information you can visit <a href="/en/about-chalmers/campus-and-premises/five-star-campus/Pages/default.aspx" title="Link to five star campus">this link</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette's Unibuddy">Teanette</a></span></div>Mon, 04 Oct 2021 09:00:00 +0200 summer internship at Ericsson<p><b>​This is how I got accepted to the summer internship at Ericsson, what my experience was like and some tips for future applicants. </b></p><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Ericsson_Banner.jpg" alt="Picture of Ericsson building" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:313px" /><br /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Getting an Internship at Ericsson</strong></span><div>Internships are a great way to gain hands-on experience in your field while also deepening your understanding of the coursework you covered in your degree. Students at Chalmers have fantastic opportunities to get into contact with companies in their field. In fact, the “employability” of Chalmers students is one of the very best in Sweden, as rated by QS Graduate Employability Rankings (you can read more about it <a href="/en/news/Pages/chalmers-gives-a-great-start-to-your-career.aspx" title="Link to the employability ranking">here</a>). The reason for this is, in part, because Chalmers has excellent contact with industry partners and works actively to give students the opportunity to connect to job opportunities in their field. I had the chance to speak to Ericsson at one of these opportunities, namely the <a href="" title="Link to Charm career fair">Charm career fair</a> (which was held digitally in 2021). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>However, what first drew me to Ericsson was one of their proposed master’s thesis topics. I applied for it, but heard during the interview stage that I was technically too early in my master’s programme (in year 1 of 2) to pursue this opportunity with Ericsson. Instead, we worked out a new solution where I would apply and take part in the summer internship programme, with the possibility of pursuing a thesis with the same team once I had covered more coursework. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to join the Ericsson team in this way, as the openings for their summer internship programme are famously limited and under very strong competition! What I found interesting is that the recruitment team prioritized finding the right “fit” for their team not only in terms of technical skill, but also in terms of personality and soft skills. For example, it’s important to be a team player at Ericsson, but it’s also important to be able to take initiative in your assigned work and be able to work independently. It is also worth mentioning that my lack of Swedish proficiency was in no means a barrier to the internship because Ericsson, like many of the large companies in Sweden, have adopted English as the unofficial “office language”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Internships and Covid Regulations</strong></div> <div>As with so many activities in 2020-2021, the internship planning had to play second fiddle to what the Covid regulations dictated. Ericsson takes the health and safety of their employees very seriously and still implements very strict rules regarding Covid protocol. For example, masks had to be worn inside the building at all times, unless you were sitting alone at your desk. If your work can be done remotely, it is recommended that you avoid going to the office altogether. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>What I found particularly interesting is that Ericsson is researching the possibility of continuing with this hybrid work style even after Covid restrictions have been lifted. Ericsson wants to offer their employees the flexibility of working from home, while also finding a way for colleagues to interact socially and collaborate creatively. Currently research is being done within the company to try and understand the needs of individual employees and to find a balanced office model in which most of those needs can be met. This will most probably consist of a mixture of remote and in-office work schedules in the future.   </div> <div>Expectations and Responsibilities</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Although much of the work that I was involved in could be done remotely, I was invited to get to know the office in Lindholmen Science Park during my first week. Despite being a young and relatively inexperienced student intern, my colleagues in the office treated me as one of the team. I took part in meetings, was asked for my input in current work developments, and was invited to lunches and outings. I was on a <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Call-me-by-my-first-name.aspx" title="Link to call me by my first name blog">first-name basis with everyone</a>, including my direct mentor as well as the team manager – just like I am on a first-name basis with my professors at Chalmers. It was a fantastic opportunity to build connections and learn from engineers that have years of experience behind their name. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Ericsson_Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Teanette with mask at work" style="margin:5px" />The expectations of the work I had to do were clearly stated at the start of my internship: I was to investigate the usefulness of EM (electromagnetic) simulation techniques for a specific EM shielding challenge in their product development. I was expected to show independent time management and planning skills, as well as report regularly on project progress. To provide me with the needed technical support, I had personal meetings with my mentor team twice weekly, as well as regular check-ins with the team manager to make sure that my expectations were being met. The work was challenging and frustrating at times and pushed me to look for new solutions outside my comfort zone. However, because of the regular contact and support with my team, I never felt like there was a problem I couldn’t solve, and never felt stressed out about my workload.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The Fun Stuff</strong></div> <div>An internship at Ericsson is about more than just work – it’s about getting to know the Ericsson community, building connections, and figuring out if the job is a right fit for you. To accommodate this, Ericsson set up a summer programme for interns to get to know each other. Activities were split into four categories: exercise, cooking, reading, and after-work. Interns could choose to join one or more of the communities and take part in activities such as the summer work-out challenge, international cooking competition, weekly book club, or an after-work “Among Us” hangout. This meant that, despite the strict Covid regulations, I still had a chance to connect with other students and interns from all around Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Advice for Prospective Interns</strong></div> <div>Looking back at these last three months, I am proud of my time at Ericsson and what I have accomplished. At times the work was difficult and frustrating (especially when my friends were out enjoying the Swedish summer!), but I am proud of myself for sticking it out. My advice for prospective interns is to always be honest and to be yourself. Not only is this important during the application process, but also during your time at Ericsson. I challenged myself to be brutally honest about my project progress during each meeting, especially about the parts of the work that I was struggling with or didn’t understand. What this meant is that I could get help when and where I needed it most, and I was never once looked down upon because of it. It’s been one of the many lessons that I have learned in my time at Ericsson, for which I am so grateful for!</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Teanette_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette Unibuddy">Teanette </a></span>Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0200’ve-tried-at-Chalmers.aspx sports I’ve tried at Chalmers<p><b>​Running around beautiful lakes, climbing with new friends and falling asleep in yoga class. These are just some of the sport activities I have done at Chalmers.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Banner-sportschalmers.jpg" alt="mixture of sena's photoswhile doing different activities" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">More than 600 kilometers of biking, more than 250 kilometers of running in the forests, more than 1900 meters of climbing, and more than 100 hours of yoga. These are the distances and hours of my training since I’ve started my studies at Chalmers. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I have been doing sports and participating in competitions since primary school, and this has become an indispensable part of my life. The accessibility of sports opportunities has always been important for me when choosing the university and city to live in. In this context, I did a lot of research on Chalmers' sports centers, sports teams, and events, before coming to Gothenburg. Chalmers has gym halls and sauna possibilities and in total more than 30 sports <a href="" title="Link to chalmers Sport" target="_blank">teams and associations</a>. In addition, as a Chalmers student, you can become a member of many sports centers throughout Gothenburg at very affordable prices. Back in Turkey, my main branch of sports was orienteering and long-distance running. I always wanted to try other sports, but it was not possible due to the lack of sports centers or the distance of sports centers from school and work. In this blog, I will tell you about the sports I’ve tried in Chalmers and my experiences related to them!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Orienteering</strong></div> <div>With the help of the compass, you need to navigate using a map and find the checkpoints in the terrain. Sweden is one of the best countries in the world in this sport. The Chalmers Orienteering Team, Chalmers OL, also has very good and experienced orienteers (orienteering athletes). I contacted the club on Facebook before I came to Gothenburg and they responded very quickly. The contact person from the club explained the training programs and membership information. Since I’ve been trying new sports and sometimes the classes can be intense, I can't attend their training every week, but orienteering may be the most Swedish sport I would definitely recommend.  You can find the club's information on the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to orienteering club">club web page</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/picture-sportschalmers.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Sena standing in the nature, pointing towards a specific direction" style="margin:5px" />Climbing</strong></div> <div>Climbing has been at the top of my to-do list for a very long time. This sport is very common in Sweden and I must admit that at first, I was a little taken aback by this. Since Norway has all the mountains in Scandinavia, I was asking myself where people climbed in Sweden?. The answer is rocks and climbing centers! Bouldering is climbing to the small rocks without the use of ropes or harness. I started climbing at Fysiken Klätterlabbet with a friend from Chalmers. This climbing center is just a hundred meters from the Johannaberg campus and is a former high voltage laboratory building of Chalmers. Our amateur climbing group, which we started with two people eight months ago, has now turned into a team of 25 people. We regularly climb indoors or outdoors every week. Sometimes we have a fika after training. I can say that this is the most fun sport for me. You can visit<a href="" title="Link to the fysiken website" target="_blank"> the website</a> for more information about Fysiken Klätterlabbet! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Yoga</strong></div> <div>Yoga has been next on my to-do list after climbing. &#128522; After getting a student membership from Fysiken, I was able to attend regular yoga classes there. Fysiken is one of the biggest sports centers in Gothenburg and is partly owned by Gothenburg's five student unions but is open for everyone. It has different sports activities with expert trainers like Crossfit, group classes such as yoga, pilates, body pump, and other activities. Due to the pandemic, yoga classes were held with a limited number of participants during 2021. We cleaned our yoga mats with disinfectant before and after each class and always maintained social distancing. Yin yoga, ashtanga yoga, and restorative yoga are the classes I mostly attend. In every yoga class, we do meditation and breathing exercises with our trainers. My favorite might be restorative yoga because in this yoga class we get to sleep in three or four different positions! &#128522;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Running</strong></div> <div>One of the things I am most happy to see since I came to Sweden is that a lot of people are running or cycling here. For swedes, cold or stormy weather and evenings is not an obstacle to do outdoor activities. As the old saying goes “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”! &#128522; There are many trails or natural reserves close to Chalmers where you can run between or after lectures. My favorite of these is Näckrosparken that is just 800 meters from the Johannaberg campus. There is a wonderful little lake there that offers different beauty in every season. You can run among the colorful flowers in the spring and the water lilies that cover the lake surface in the summer. You also can see crystallized trees around the lake during the winter.</div> <div>Cycling</div> <div><br /></div> <div>If there is one thing as common as running in Gothenburg it is cycling! Even in the winter, people are cycling. I train with my bike, which I bought second hand, whenever I can. As I mentioned in the <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/Sports-and-studies.aspx" title="Link to the blog" target="_blank">‘My 5 Summer Highlights’ blog</a>, I traveled in and out of Gothenburg by bicycle. I am lucky that my close friends also love cycling and thus, we can spend more time together on our bikes. My favorite bike tour was a total of 90 kilometers for the archipeologists: Fotö-Hönö-Öckerö-Hälsö. These four islands are the northernmost islands of Gothenburg and are connected to each other by bridges. If you want to find a second-hand bike, you can check out Blocket or Facebook Marketplace.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At Chalmers, besides the possibilities to participate in different activities, you will also be encouraged to continue your sports career if you are an elite athlete. Chalmers offers elite athletes <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/Sports-and-studies.aspx" title="Link to the Elite Athletes extra support" target="_blank">extra support </a>with individually tailored studies which, for example, can be to study part-time, to write the exams elsewhere, and get medical or dietary support. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to the sport activities video at Chalmers">Watch a video about sport activities at Chalmers</a></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Sena" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Sena's Unibuddy">Sena </a></span></div>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200