News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 19 Jan 2021 10:54:07 +0100 first film festival on campus<p><b>​Did you know there’s a film festival that takes place throughout Gothenburg, including right at Chalmers?</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/GBGFilmFest-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Gothenburg Film Festival at the RunAn Cinema Hall at Chalmers" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial">There’s really nothing like seeing a film in the theatre. The action is more intense, the laughs are funnier, and the jumps are scarier. There’s just something about being in a room of people in the quiet dark, getting rid of the distractions and just experiencing the story on the big screen. I love going to the movies, and I was pleasantly surprised when I moved to Gothenburg that there are many different theatres in the city. Some showing blockbusters, others showing indie movies that don’t get a wide release.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>One fantastic moviegoing experience I discovered this year was the Gothenburg Film Festival. Held around the end of January every year, it showed around 450 films from all over the world in 2020. The films are played at cinemas all over central Gothenburg, including one inside the Chalmers Kårhus. Last January, you could see movies in all genres, and the full list of films was released both online and in a catalog before the festival started. Once I decided which movies I wanted to see, I ordered tickets on the festival website. One nice aspect of this is that there are student discounts available. Movies were screened for eleven days throughout the city, and every year around 160,000 people visit the festival. Aside from films, the festival also hosts events like lectures and director talks, where filmmakers are interviewed about their work.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I chose three movies to see at the festival. There were so many to pick from, it was not an easy choice to make! There were films from all genres, and last year there was a particular focus on feminist films and Brazilian ones. No matter what you prefer, from thrillers, comedies, or documentaries, there will probably be something you’d like.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The first film I watched was Uncut Gems. I had heard a lot of buzz about it, especially since it starred Adam Sandler in an atypical role in a crime thriller, and he received a lot of praise for his performance. This screening was on the Chalmers Johanneberg campus in the conference room RunAn. It was a nice experience, finishing up class and heading over to the theatre in the student union. I realized when I got there that I should have arrived earlier, since the room was quite full and I had to sit very close to the front. I settled in and experienced one of the more stressful films I’ve ever watched (If you’ve seen it, you know, and if you haven’t it’s on Netflix). Other recently released films are usually shown throughout the year for students in RunAn too.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The second film I saw was one I chose somewhat randomly. It was a German film called Relativity, which I found intriguing based on the description. It was told in a déjà vu kind of way, bouncing between the past and present around a tragic event. It was a very interesting story, exploring how people are connected. It was played at Biopalatset in the city center at Kungstorget. They had a large wall of fresh popcorn, so of course I had to get some before going into the theatre.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The last film I saw was the one I was most looking forward to. It was a film called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It was a semi-biographical story of a period of time in American TV star, Fred Rogers’ life. Mister Rogers created a children’s show that ran for more than 30 years. It covered a huge range of topics for kids, like dealing with feelings and accepting people different from yourself. Tom Hanks played Fred Rogers, and the film features Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city I’ve visited plenty of times. I really enjoyed <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/GBGFilmFest-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Gothenburg Film Festival at the Draken Cinema Hall" style="margin:5px 10px" /><br />the film, seeing a city I know featured so well and the opportunity to look back at this beloved public figure from my childhood. This film was played at Draken, which is the main cinema for the Gothenburg Film Festival. The theatre is a huge room, with a viking ship decorating the curtain. I felt almost like I was going to the opera rather than a movie! It was close to the end of the festival when I went, and it was a great experience. I’ll never get bored of the experience of being in a theatre full of people, and though we are strangers, for a few hours we experience the same story, with all the reactions it brings.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In addition to the film festival in January, the Gothenburg Film Festival put on an event in August called Open Air Anywhere. This event released a film online for anyone to stream at a certain date and time. In this way, everyone could be together while being apart, watching the same film in small groups outside or inside on the same evening. </div> <div>It’s been announced that the festival in 2021 will take place online. Covid-19 may change the movie going experience for a long time, but even in a digital platform, I highly recommend checking out the festival! With all the films offered, you are pretty much guaranteed to find something that will resonate with you.<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=inbox/chatwith/5e41b5ebe0cf8e2b0ba8cada&amp;ub_medium=product&amp;ub_source=Embedded%20University%20Buddy%20Cards%20-%20Staff&amp;ub_campaign=&amp;ub_content=">Amanda​</a><br /></span></div> </div></div>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:00:00 +0100 work during the pandemic<p><b>​I had a mix of emotions after being accepted to Chalmers. Half worried and half excited about studying abroad during a pandemic. Luckily, Chalmers had it covered.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/StudyingCovid_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><em>The photo is of me and my lab partner, Arthur when we designed, implemented and measured a cardiac signal in one of our classes.<br /></em><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I remember this time of the year back in 2020, with my expectations to the sky, submitting applications and gathering my documents for applying to a master’s programme. I was so full of excitement and enthusiasm. </span><div><div><span style="background-color:initial">Then February came and it was time to apply for <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx" title="chalmers scholarships">scholarships</a> as well. Again, full of enthusiasm and a bit nervous, filled with adrenaline w</span><span style="background-color:initial">hen pressing the “submit” button. And well, we all know what happened after March. I wasn’t expecting it to last so long, a part of me didn’t want to realize how big this outbreak was. Then I got my acceptance letter, what an exciting moment! But we still lived uncertain times because of not knowing what would happen in the next months.</span><br /></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>In Ecuador, where I come from, the borders closed on March 16th and it was uncertain when they would be opened again. I remember not telling anyone about my <a href="">Swedish institute scholarship</a> acceptance for the master’s programme in <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx" title="Biomedical engineering at Chalmers">Biomedical Engineering at Chalmers</a>. I was too afraid about not being able to travel. I wasn’t sure if the classes were going to be held online or not, at that moment, so it terrified me to think about not being here in Sweden to live my dream of studying abroad. I imagined that the classes would all be on Zoom, having to wake up in the middle of the night (because of the time difference). Since my programme has labs experiments on campus I was also concerned about not being able to attend. Luckily, everything went well and, I was able to arrive to Gothenburg in August! What an amazing experience because it was my first time in Europe, so I wasn’t used to the long trip.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Once I got here it was so different from what I expected! Starting from the fact that they treat you as a responsible adult here, and you are free to make your own choices. That means taking care of yourself when it comes to handling the pandemic. So, I took all the considerations of social distancing and keeping my hands clean to start my new life here, in Gothenburg. My theoretical classes indeed were held from Zoom, but it was amazing how well-organized everything was! Even when we needed to go to campus to do exercise sessions or lab experiments. They really thought of everything to be able to develop the same activities if it were in person 100%. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/StudyingCovid-Picture2-01.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />In one class, Biomedical Instrumentation, they gave us a development electronics kit so we could work from home in our lab assignment. It was amazing to see that the instructions were clear and the tests for determining if the circuit was built correctly were so precise. When we went to the lab, we had our circuits working, we only needed to connect it to the equipment and voilà! For the health security, we were divided into different groups in order to work only two people per row, quite a lot of social distance! They also handed us some face masks and shields and gave us hand sanitizer, so we were even safer! I was quite impressed over all their effort and organization!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I also had another course in which we were asked to form groups of two people. We could meet on Zoom or on campus. You would choose your partner and stick with him or her the entire study period. If one of us felt any symptoms, both had to remain home. It was a good strategy because you limited social interactions and you always had the alternative of attending, to the meetings or to class, online. We managed to work it out pretty well and I am happy with the work we have done in my team this semester.</div> <div><br /></div> <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="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx">Nathaly</a></span><br /></div> </div> <div><br /></div></div></div>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:00:00 +0100 all your days be bright – A Christmas blog<p><b>​This December we celebrate Christmas and the ending of the year. And what a year it has been.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/201221%20Christmas%20Blog%20Banner%20750x340.png" alt="Picture of a christmas tree with lights" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:295px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>As soon as December starts, most of the world decorates itself in festive motifs as we celebrate the end of an old year. In my house, it begins with the house filling up with the sweet smell of my mom’s traditional ponche navideño, my country’s rendition of Glögg (a warm liquor drink, traditionally consumed in the Nordic countries during winter).<br /><br /></div> <div>In my adult life, I’ve had the privilege to live all over the world; I’ve studied and worked in three different countries and stayed in five different cities in total. Regardless, I’m always back home in Mexico in time to feel the aroma of the hibiscus flower and the guava pass through my nose and fill me up with the warm notion that I’m finally back home to celebrate christmas with my family. This year, unfortunately, will be different.<br /><br /></div> <div>As almost everyone else’s, 2020 has drastically changed my life due to the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, which started late last year and took over the world most of this one. Please don’t get me wrong; having moved to Sweden to study my MSc at Chalmers is awesome. But this experience would most certainly be even more great if, adding to the stress that comes with moving to a country where I don’t know anybody, I didn’t have to deal with the isolation from not being exactly free to socialize. All while trying to protect myself and others from contracting a disease that has taken millions of lives in the past months. Additionally, there will be no ponche for me this year for the first time in my 25 years alive.<br /><br /></div> <div>Not everything is dark, though, as I have found many ways to feel less alone or bored in this strange land and these strange times; I continuously have online fika (coffee meetups) with friends, go on hikes, walk around <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/201221%20Christmas%20Blog%20Picture%20350x305.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="View of a lake" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />the city instead of using public transport, etc. I also spend time tending to my small garden, finally finishing the long list of books I have started and never managed to read through, and perfecting baking recipes. I even started hand-sewing a dress and it’s beginning to look quite good! Basically, what at first might have seemed scary or depressing has given me the chance to look at new ways to enjoy life that I could have never discovered otherwise.<br /><br /></div> <div>As a friend very wisely put it, “when presence means a risk, absence is a gift, an act of love” This has been the defining mantra of 2020 while we begrudgingly log on to Zoom or video-dial our friends and relatives to experience some much-needed closeness without the risk of putting those we love in harm’s way. Befitting this new tradition, this year I’ll do like the singer Irving Berlin and dream of a white Christmas surrounded by friends and family, exchanging warm hugs with everyone and bored looks with my sisters across the room when visiting one of our aunts.<br /><br /></div> <div>Although a rather bleak break from tradition, I’m incredibly grateful for how fortunate I am. The year began with me living in Mexico, working a boring office job. Since then, almost a year later, I have moved eight time zones away to a whole new continent. Now I am studying a graduate degree in Biotechnology, something I’m very passionate about. Although my family has faced some hard losses because of the pandemic, most of us are lucky enough to say that we are healthy and that we have each other’s backs if we need it. I have a roof above my head, food to eat and some new-found good friendships to spend this and, hopefully, more Christmas Days with. This time, I’ll munch on a pepparkakshus (Swedish gingersnap house), drink glögg and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a friend who, like me and like many this year, has also chosen to stay home to avoid putting his family in risk. And for New Years? Who knows? But I’m sure I will find a way to make it count and enjoy it because, as turbulent as it has been, 2020 has made me learn tons of things about myself and find new ways to be grateful for the life I’m living.<br /><br /></div> <div>This December, as all others, we celebrate the ending of the year. And what a year it has been. We celebrate it in remembrance of those who we have lost, and for the spirits of those whose luck has dwindled. Regardless of religion (or lack thereof), we pray and hope that next year will bring us that white Christmas we keep dreaming of, just like the ones we used to know.</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 /><div><br /></div> <div>​Author: <a href="">Abril​​</a></div>Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0100,-part-2.aspx,-part-2.aspxStudying during the pandemic, Autumn semester<p><b>​As the pandemic continues, classes at Chalmers must go on, and we are learning how to adjust to it.</b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/CoronaPart2-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Starting in spring, moving through summer, and finally now in autumn, life at Chalmers has been altered quite a bit due to the Coronavirus. The first study period this autumn had similarities and differences compared to the study period in the spring when quarantine measures first started. </span><div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>As a world, we’ve largely become adjusted to the regulations taking place where we need to stay home when experiencing any sickness, staying home when possible, and limiting interactions with people. <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-the-outbreak-of-Covid-19-has-changed-our-lives.aspx" target="_blank">During the last semester</a>, everything was very new, uncertain, and a bit worrying. Myself and friends mostly stayed home, leaving when we needed to go to the grocery store. That study period was quite draining. As many of us are now aware, it is very tiring just to sit in front of our computers in Zoom meetings all day. <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Our-Summer-break-of-2020.aspx" target="_blank">The summer offered great opportunities to spend time outside ​</a>and explore new areas of Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The last study period started at the end of August. It was mainly online for most people, with on-campus elements for some courses like labs. I had only one lecture on campus. It was in a large room where we could spread out, and it was SO nice to see classmates, many of which I hadn’t seen since March. The rest of the time, my courses were online. With the number of cases down in Sweden and campus being open, I got in the habit of meeting up with a small group of friends to work on courses together. Even when we weren’t taking the same classes, it was nice to sit with a couple of people to work on things and chat during breaks. I really think this was helpful mentally this study period. I felt that my courses, in general, ran more smoothly than in the spring. Everyone has had experience with online classes now, so both teachers and students have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/CoronaPart2-Additional-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />At the beginning of the study period in autumn, a group of students including myself organized some outdoor events for students in our programme. We knew that it would be a more difficult semester with being unable to see people in person, especially for first-year students. Setting up a few outdoor meetups was a great way for us to see our classmates and meet new ones. I think the first-year students really appreciated the opportunity to meet the people they had seen online but had not met. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>With the nice weather in the last study period, I think people were happy to meet up outside more, and I didn’t participate much in online after works like last spring. Now as it becomes colder and darker here in Gothenburg and Sweden, restrictions and recommendations may change. I will be interested to see how we transition our activities to stay connected. I was somehow once again taken by surprise by the early darkness this autumn, and I am trying to resist the urge to put up Christmas lights in early November in order to make staying home feel cosier. We’ll see how long I hold off!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda</a></div> </div> ​</div>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:00:00 +0100 I got the IPOET scholarship<p><b>When I decided to apply to Chalmers, I knew I needed some extra financial support. This is my experience applying for the scholarship I was awarded.</b></p><span lang="EN-US"><span></span><p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/IPOET_Juan.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><em>This is me with some of my new friends from Chalmers before the Corona outbreak happened.<br /><br /></em></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal">I started getting an idea of the available scholarships while chatting with international friends during my exchange programme at Chalmers. It was interesting because most of them had been awarded a scholarship or had some sort of support. Some of them were awarded a scholarship administered by Chalmers, others had support from a different institution, and in some cases both or even more. At that time, I was happy to know that, but I didn’t imagine that I would be applying for one that soon. If you are interested in reading more about my experience applying to Chalmers, you can find it in<a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-I-got-admitted-to-Chalmers.aspx"> one of my previous blogs.​</a></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal">As I mentioned in that blog, I learned a lot of lessons after failing on my first attempt applying. For my second try, I started preparing before the applications were even open. Not just for Chalmers, but I was exploring and comparing programmes in different universities and countries. As you can imagine, I ended up with a big list of interesting programmes and universities, so I started ranking them. My budget was my main concern, so I started creating different scenarios. I was already saving as much as possible from my previous salary in Mexico, working as a packaging engineer. Based on that I fixed an expected budget also considering selling most of my stuff like my bed, car, TV, speakers, etc.  If the tuition fee of a university exceeded it, then my next search was the available scholarship for me. Side note: All universities exceeded my budget. </p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal">I went through a <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/pages/scholarships.aspx">scholarship opportunities research</a>, checking the requirements, benefits, limitations, and deadlines of each of them and took notes. That helped me understand what I could expect and the way I would plan. This also helped me support my decision because Chalmers was still at the top of my ranking after all things considered. Based on that, I created personal deadlines for each document I was required to submit, those deadlines were a week before the actual deadline in case something went wrong. Thankfully, I managed to collect everything on time and without any stress. </p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal">This strategy helped me choosing to apply for the <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/iPOET.aspx">IPOET scholarship </a>because I met all the requirements, and it offered me a 75% reduction in tuition fee that I needed. It also helped me writing my <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-to-make-your-motivational-letter-shine.aspx">motivation letter</a>, inspiring me in the way I wrote my background, current situation, aspirations and expectations. <span style="background-color:initial">After reading information from many programmes of my interest and imagining different scenarios while considering the available opportunities, I could write a more personalized motivation letter. I started writing it while I had all the details fresh in my mind and that also helped me to have it ready way before my deadline. </span></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial">I might have already spoiled the surprise, but I was awarded the <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/iPOET.aspx">IPOET scholarship</a>. If you read <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-I-got-admitted-to-Chalmers.aspx">my previous blog</a>, you already know that I jumped out of my bed the morning I received the news. I knew all my effort was paid off and that meant that I could be able to study my master’s at Chalmers. I hope you can find some inspiration for your planning by reading about my experience. I wish you the best of luck!</span><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Juan_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="p1" style="margin-bottom:8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:normal">Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Juan​</a></p></span>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 down the slopes with Chalmers alternative sports<p><b>​This is my story of skiing for the first time during a trip to Hemsedal, Norway with a student association at Chalmers.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Hemsedal-mountain_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Hemsedal Chalmers ski trip" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">It was a chilly afternoon in November 2019 when I received a message from a fellow Mexican friend. He asked</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> me if I wanted to join a ski trip that the <a href="" title="Chalmers alternative sports">Chalmers Alternative Sports (CAS) ​</a>was organizing. They are a student association at Chalmers for people that like to try new and different sports. I told him that I didn’t know how to ski but I was interested to learn so I agreed. I was very excited from the moment I went to pick up my rented ski gear. I already had a ski coat (without realizing) so I just had to buy the ski pants. Honestly, I was very nervous since I had never done something similar. My expectations were simple, have fun, learn how to ski, and survive. I watched several YouTube videos of skiing tutorials, asked all my friends for tips, and I felt I was ready for it. I was very wrong. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>The date arrived and the meeting point was next to the Chalmers’ library, and there I was running with all the equipment under the rain. We were sitting according to the rooms inside the bus so I met our roommates right away. I also met a group of Spanish people that were staying in the rooms around ours, very cool people. Then Luigi and Rafa, the two friends that had the idea of signing me up for this trip, arrived just in time. Finally, we started the journey to Hemsedal, Norway. We arrived at night but were super awake because a moose gave us a good scare when it decided to cross the road in front of us. Everyone was okay, including the moose. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Hemsedal-mountain_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Hemsedal Chalmers ski trip" style="margin:5px" />It was awesome to see snow in every direction and the big mountain in front of us. The room was lit, we got a sauna, a kitchen, a warm floor, and a fireplace. It was perfect for a good rest before the big day. The next morning I prepared by wearing my three layers of warm clothes and gearing up. As you can imagine, I clumsily approached my first stop which was the kids' slope. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only newbie, along with me there were some other Chalmerists from warmer countries. After I managed to not fall on that slope, I went up the mountain because there were some instructors up there. There were also cookies and warm beverages, courtesy of CAS.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> I remember I approached one of the instructors and asked him to teach me some of the basics. Maybe he wasn’t an instructor because he told me to just go down the green (easy) slope. Hesitant, I agreed and then proceeded to fall my way down the mountain. It was a good workout for those quads every time that I had to stand back up. Eventually, I reached the end of the slope where the after-ski is located. That’s an amazing place, we all enjoyed the evenings there listening to the live band, singing, and having fun. I met a lot of new people that day, especially during the sauna activity back in the accommodation. All the rooms that had their door open were participating and everyone was free to go to any of the saunas of those. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I spent the next day learning the basics… like braking and turning. I was also amazed by the ability that those kids had. They didn’t tell me anything but they were probably having some fun watching my learning progress. Imagine myself happy about finally going in the direction I wanted and then a kid skiing backwards overtaking me. Nevertheless, I was proud of skiing my way down after the after-ski that day. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The activity of that night was in the nightclub. That’s right, the ski resort had a nightclub just next to our accommodation. We were tired but that didn’t stop us. The next day I went back up the mountain to test my skills once more. I have to say that I managed to fall around only five times instead of the 200 on my first try. So that was a great success! I would totally recommend this experience, especially if you enjoy the snow. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Juan_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Connect with student ambassadors">Juan</a></div> </div></div>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:00:00 +0100 to make your motivational letter shine<p><b>​A motivational letter is the first impression of yourself when you apply to Chalmers, so put your best foot forward!​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Motivation-Banner.jpg" alt="Motivation letter to Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Make sure to prepare before you write your motivational letter to Chalmers. Photo credit: Unsplash</em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A letter of intent or motivation is an optional document to submit with your application to Chalmers. Though if you apply for a scholarship administrated by Chalmers it is required. No matter what, this letter is worth writing. It adds context to who you are as a human, what experiences you’ve had, and how you’ve arrived at this point in your life. <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Succesful-Motivation-Letter.aspx" target="_blank" title="Cover letter blog">There is a great blog​</a> written previously by Raihan about how to organize your letter and the information it should contain. Here are some more tips to make your letter shine.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><strong>1. Examine yourself</strong></div> <div>Before you write your letter, reflect on what has brought you here, to applying for a master’s programme at Chalmers. You may have been working to this point without really looking back at “why”. Think about the people who have influenced you, the experiences you’ve had and how they have contributed to where you are today. Then look to the future. Why do you want to be a part of this programme? Did you have any experiences in your undergraduate degree or while working that inspired you to join this field? How will the education get you to where you want to be? What makes you a good fit for joining this programme? Before you just start typing up a letter, make some notes of your thoughts so you can organize them for later.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Don’t overload with content</strong></div> <div>Your motivational letter is one-page maximum. This means that you probably won’t be able to highlight or explain every experience and goal you would like to. Determine which ones you think are the most important and focus on those. This way, you can describe them further and give some context to each one.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Motivation-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />3. Do your research</strong></div> <div>You are applying to a certain programme (or maybe multiple) at Chalmers, so it’s important to know more about it. Look at the required and elective courses at the programme page. If the programme has tracks of courses focused on different industry topics, you can see which ones you find most interesting. Look at the programme director and the teachers associated with the different courses. When it comes to research, you can look at what has been and is being done by professors associated with the programme and see what you may be interested in studying further. You can use this information to support your goals in the letter.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Don’t repeat your CV</strong></div> <div>Your CV contains a lot of information about your previous roles. Your letter of motivation is a chance to expand on those. You can use your letter to give background and context to your academic and professional experiences. Write about how, for example, a project led you to explore topics relating to the programme you are applying for, or maybe you’ve been studying these topics for a long time, and this programme will allow you to reach new goals. When giving examples of what led you to this field, show rather than tell about the things you want to highlight in order to paint a picture of yourself.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Have someone read your letter first</strong></div> <div>A motivational letter is supposed to highlight your experiences, skills, and goals, but it also gives a first impression. Having someone you know, a family member or friend, read over your letter before you send it in is a good way to determine if your own voice, along with your intentions and dreams shine through. It is also good to have someone check your spelling and grammar. It is important to sound professional and positive in your letter, and your word choice should be easy to read and flow smoothly. Overall, present your true self, and your authenticity will shine through.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" title="Connect with student ambassadors">Amanda​​</a></div></div></div> ​​Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0200 experience with the SI-scholarship<p><b>​Here is a story about what brought me from Indonesia to Chalmers as an SI-scholar.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SI_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">A friend once said that &quot;if our retirement age is 65 years, then we still have 30-35 years to work more or less, but if we feel have had enough and no longer feel challenged then how are we going to keep on working the remaining 30-35 years?&quot;</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I still remember these words from two years ago, and in fact, these words brought me to Sweden. I have worked in one of the biggest real estate companies in Indonesia and held a middle management position. But I felt something lacking and that I had more to give than my current contribution. And after much deliberation, I realized I had to refill my glass full so that I could keep giving from my abundance to places where I worked or the community that I served.  That was when I realized it's time to go back to the university and fulfil a long-forgotten goal to pursue my master’s degree.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Going to Europe has been a dream for a long time, the experience from travelling to several countries made me fall in love with this continent. Not just because of its beautiful sceneries or inspiring history, but since this is the place of many world-changing inventions. Innovation was the keyword that eventually led me to Chalmers and Sweden. At Chalmers, there is a <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Management-and-Economics-of-Innovation.aspx">master’s programme that specializes in innovation management.</a> Innovation is currently becoming the centre of studies across the industries as an opportunity to create a better solution for our society. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After I decided on my programme and university, then my next research was about financing my studies. My search for scholarships led me to <a href="" target="_blank">SISGP (The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals).</a> It is a scholarship that covers the entire study tuition fee and includes a monthly allowance. The Swedish Government created this scholarship for global professionals with strong experiences and leadership background to pursue a master’s degree in Sweden and I believed I met the requirements.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>And finally, after going through a long process for campus applications and scholarships, April 26, 2019, I was declared as one of the SISGP awardees for 2019-2021. I was happy and felt overwhelmed with the good news, as it is confirming my attendance to Chalmers. When remembering the journey, I made a year ago, it was not easy to leave my comfort zone with family, friends and even a career that I have built on for many years. However, being an SI scholarship holder is a rare opportunity that only happens once in a lifetime and on the other hand, I got all the support I needed from friends and family to pursue my dream. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SI_picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This scholarship does not just enable me to pursue my studies at one of the best universities in Sweden. I am also granted to become part of the Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL), it is a network of bright and talented fellow SI awardees from all across the world.  Some fellow SI awardees have become my new family in Sweden, although we are limited to gathering or meeting offline, we continuously communicate online through social media platforms. From encouraging one and another during this pandemic time until sharing our home cook recipes, from exchanging student's life experiences until discussion of how to give back to our society such as hosting some online events promoting student’s life. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Time flies so fast, and now I have been living in Sweden for almost a year. However, there is still a lot to be learned, and I am excited about the opportunities that are waiting ahead. As the saying goes &quot;the best is yet to come&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For those of you who have doubts about whether continuing your education is a wise decision or not, then perhaps my blog can inspire you. I believe that investing in yourself is a profitable long-term investment. <br /> </div> <div><em>&quot;If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.&quot;</em> - Benjamin Franklin</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Verawaty_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Verawaty</a></div></div> ​Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0200 ultimate swedish breakfast test<p><b>How do Swedish and American breakfasts compare? This is what I found out when I put them to the test. ​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlog-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>The typical Swedish breakfast is a bit different from the American one. </em><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial">Recently, I was making Swedish pancakes, and it led me to think about the differences between foods I find commonly in the United States and Sweden, particularly breakfast foods. I don’t know what everyone else experiences when they move to a new country as a student, but aside from missing friends and family, food from my home country has been something I’ve really missed. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Familiar foods are comforting, and thankfully it’s pretty easy to recreate recipes (and it’s even easier after I ask my parents how they make different dishes).</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><div>I love breakfast. In my opinion, it’s the best meal. I also love going out to a restaurant for breakfast or brunch with friends in the US, which in my experience isn’t very common here in Sweden. I am used to having so many options to choose from. Something savoury or sweet, eggs, fruit, pastries, you name it! Swedish breakfast, however, is usually quite different than an American one. It also has options, though in general, a Swedish breakfast tends to be less sweet, and incorporates more use of pieces of bread and cheeses.  I set out to make some of my favourite breakfast foods along with a Swedish counterpart and reflect on them.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Cereal</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogCheerios-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Starting with the simplest one, there’s cereal. There are so many kinds of cereals both in the US and in Sweden. You have sweet ones and healthy ones, so you can take your pick, but what is the Swedish equivalent? I decided that muesli was the closest thing to traditional American cereal. I am aware that 1. There are probably actual Swedish cereals, and 2. Muesli isn’t from Sweden, but in my experience, it seems to be more popular in general than regular cereal. Is this true? I have no idea, I need to ask more people about their breakfast habits. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For this category, I went with Cheerios for the American option. I was genuinely excited to find them in the stores here in Sweden. You could argue that they are bland, and you would be right, but Cheerios also hit the spot at any time of day. They are great for breakfast, but they are also fantastic as a snack in the evening, you really can’t go wrong. For the “Swedish” option, I went with muesli with strawberries in it, and honestly is was great. There’s so much variety possible here, anyone should be able to scratch their cereal itch at a Swedish grocery store.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Breakfast Sandwiches</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogBagel-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />From what I’ve seen, breakfast sandwiches are extremely popular both in Sweden and the US, and they can have a lot of variety when it comes to toppings, bread, etc. For the American breakfast sandwich, I went with a bagel sandwich, one savoury with egg and one sweet with cream cheese. Bagels are something I often crave, but they are not the easiest thing to find here in Sweden, so I’ve learned to make my own. This lets me make them all the best flavour, the Everything bagel, which is a mix of dried onion, garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and salt. These were fantastic and brought me back to a time when I ate these for a few months straight in my undergrad. </div> <div>There is a true Swedish equivalent for the breakfast sandwich, and that is the open-faced sandwich. These can have a number of different toppings and bread, like cheese, deli meats, tomato, and cucumber. The one I made was great with some lemon pepper on top, I do eat these sometimes for breakfast. They are light but filling, I get why the Swedes like them so much. I even tried crispbread with Kalles Kaviar, a kind of cod roe caviar with distinctive packaging. This one was…okay. It wasn’t bad, but it tasted like the ocean. I learned later that I should have eaten it with boiled eggs, so I’ll have to try this one again.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Potato-based breakfast</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogHashBrowns-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />If breakfast is the best meal, then potatoes are the best part of a breakfast. They are something that you’d make when you have time to have a fancier breakfast, and my favourite way to have potatoes at breakfast is in the form of hash browns. These are made by grating potatoes like cheese, and frying them with spices, and they are crispy and amazing. I didn’t even realize how much I missed them until I made them for this blog. This isn’t something you’d eat alone, so I made a fried egg and toast to go with it. This is a pretty classic American breakfast, and automatically a favourite.</div> <div>For the Swedish counterpart, I decided to go with pytt i panna, which is not really a breakfast food, but it was the closest meal I could think of to hash browns. Pytt i panna, is chopped up potatoes, onions, and meat (or vegetarian alternative), and it’s served with fried eggs and pickled beets. Overall, these are pretty similar meals and are both a fantastic use of their best ingredient, the potato.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Pancakes</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/FoodBlogSWEPancakesAlternative-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I already knew what I thought of both of these dishes before I made them, but I made them anyway for science. I have never been a huge fan of American pancakes. They aren’t bad, but given the choice, I’d pick a savoury breakfast. They have a somewhat cake-like texture and are kind of a heavy meal. These pancakes are usually served with butter and maple syrup, which is exactly what I did. These were good, but like I said, not my first choice.<br /><br /></div> <div>On the other hand, I love Swedish pancakes. They are light and almost crepe-like, and the traditional toppings include butter, fruit jam, and whipped cream. They do hold quite a bit of nostalgia for me, as I grew up eating them often on weekends, and while I know that has influenced my love for them, I still think they are the superior pancake. They are like eating a dream, and this is the only category where I will declare a true winner, which is the Swedish pancake. <br /><br /></div> <div>One great way of connecting to ourselves and others is through food. I’ve gotten to share my own food and try a bunch of my friend’s traditional foods over the last year, which has been so nice. It was great having a reason to make all these breakfast meals that I’ve missed, to explore the differences and similarities between them, and to try some new things. This was definitely my most delicious blog so far! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Amanda​</a></div> </div></div></div>Fri, 02 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0200 quick guide to Chalmers libraries<p><b>​The campus libraries at Chalmers are so much more than just a place to check out books.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Library-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">There are many great places to study on campus at Chalmers, one of my favourites is the library. If you’re anything like me, it can be difficult to study at home, where there are many distractions (looking at you, Netflix). The library is a great spot to get things done. <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers has three libraries</a>, two on the Johanneberg campus, the Main Library and the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library, and one on the Lindholmen campus, the Chalmers Learning Common in Kuggen. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>At the Chalmers libraries, you can get a library card for free to be able to check out books if you want. One service that I’ve used many times is the <a href="" target="_blank">computers connected to printers</a>. I like to do it at the Main Library because it is convenient, and students get a print quota each semester that is used to print, though you can do this in almost any building on campus. For myself, working at the library is a great choice because it stays pretty quiet, where other locations can sometimes become loud, and there are also usually many other people around working, which I find to be a very good motivator. When studying in the Main Library, I enjoy that the space is quite open and full of natural light, and you can pick where you sit based on your preferences. There are group rooms that can be booked for work, there’s a space for silent working, and the rest of the library is full of tables and desks in a generally quiet space where groups and individuals can work. I like being able to spread out my books and things at a table so that I’m able to see everything at the same time.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fellow student ambassador Tamara sometimes studies at the Architecture and Engineering Library. She said, “It is a great place to study as it is spacious yet not too big! It is located on the ground floor of the SB building where the large wraparound windows let the sunshine through with the added bonus of being able to people watch whenever a break from the books is needed. There are group tables, comfy armchairs, and a quiet study room where individual booths have their own power outlets and desk lamps. There’s also a printing and scanning room where there’s always a library staff member close by to give you a hand if you get stuck. A café called SMAK is only a short walk away in the same building, so if hunger pangs strike then it’s good to know there are options. No eating of food is allowed in the library, however!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Library-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />If you go to Kuggen on the Lindholmen campus, it will be easy to spot, as it is a striking, colourful building. My friend Jóhanna, who is completing the Industrial Ecology program like myself, explained of the library, “you could choose from tables that were intended for groups or just for a single person, also from more cosy chairs as well”. There’s even a quiet area for focused studying, and if you get cold while working as Jóhanna did, you could borrow a blanket while you were there. Lindholmen campus is worth a visit, even if just to see the modern campus next to the water and how beautiful Kuggen is in person!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Aside from using the actual buildings, something that has been very helpful especially while the libraries have been closed due to Covid-19, is that you can find online academic journal articles. From the Chalmers libraries website, <a href="" target="_blank">you can search for and access e-books or articles​</a> on any topic while away from the campus wi-fi. Doing projects and writing papers from home currently, this has been a lifesaver! <span style="background-color:initial">If you’re looking for a quiet, study-oriented place to work, check out the campus libraries! </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda</a></div></div>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Master&#39;s in Entrepreneurship<p><b>​​A trip through memory lane; looking back at my first year at Chalmers!</b></p><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/E-skolanlokaler_VerasGrand_180918_01.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Entreprepreurship at Chalmers" style="margin:10px 5px;width:690px;height:462px" /></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">​W</span><span style="background-color:initial">hen I applied through UniversityAdmissions back in early 2019, I knew that I had wanted to come to Chalmers but the only thing I could base this decision on was what my programme offered: a two-year M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Business Design following the Corporate Entrepreneurship Track. I knew that I didn’t want to move halfway across the world for only a one year master’s programme and I also understood the benefits of getting work placement as part of my education as this is what had occurred during my Bachelor’s in Australia. This was made all the more important as I was moving to a new country and barely knew anyone, so any foot in the door was a good foot.</span><br /></p> <p>Fast-forward six months and I’m in Gothenburg, Sweden. I arrive three weeks before school is scheduled to begin and even though it seemed like a long enough time, I still couldn’t help but feel the pressure of organising everything. By everything I mean my ID card to kitchen appliances to getting a start on my summer readings. The first week of September rolls around and I’m once again at my first day of school. Nerves are running high and when we go to introduce ourselves around the classroom I nearly say, “Hi, I’m Sydney from Tamara” (#facepalm), but I got there in the end just so you know.</p> <p>Some people knew each other from their Bachelor’s or from around Chalmers but like me, there were quite a few people that did not know anyone either. After the initial introduction, we were straight into groupwork <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Masters%20blog_small%20image.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />where we had to reflect on and discuss our summer readings. Some days later, we were placed in other groups based on our differing educational backgrounds and these groups were then our groups for the whole semester in a project called The Business Creation Lab (BCL). Here, we had to come up with strategies to commercialise a patented technology. There were many long days (and some long nights) but it was one hell of a great learning curve!</p> <p></p> <p>During the BCL, I took some Swedish lessons at Folkuniversitet on Saturdays however I found it a little difficult to learn a language in a typical classroom setting so I decided to take a different approach! I was going to use my love for reality TV to propel my Swedish instead (not something that is necessarily recommended but I still take pride in my choice hehe).</p> <p>Fast-forward again and it’s just after New Year’s and school ramps up once more. I hear that the second semester isn’t as demanding so I begin my search for either an internship or part-time work. During this time, I also sign up to be a part of ICM Advice and LS Advice which are two student-led committees that provide intellectual property advice to individuals and businesses. I eventually also get an internship at a Gothenburg-based start-up called Mycorena. I suppose I saw the importance quite early on of pushing myself to take every opportunity that came my way as I wanted to engage and meet as many people as I could! Also, I find that when I’m out of my comfort zone the experiences are so much more valuable, so I figured (and I still do!) that nearly everything doing is worthwhile.</p> <p>It’s just after Summer 2020 and I’ve just finished the first day of my third semester. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past year and how much my life is different, but I have absolutely no complaints. Chalmers has been a great university, Gothenburg - a great town, but the people and the friends I’ve made have been even better!</p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara</a>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 in Gothenburg is a &quot;wheelie&quot; great experience<p><b>Going by bike in Gothenburg has given me a whole new perspective on the city.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/BikinginGBG-Banner.jpg" alt="Biking in Gothenburg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">One of the first things I noticed when coming to Gothenburg was the bike lanes. There were SO many! And they have so much space! Coming from Youngstown, Ohio, a small city in the United States, bike lanes are not at all common. If you want to take a bike ride, most people only do it on designated bike trails inside parks and forests. If you want to actually ride to a destination, you have to do it on the roads, which I (and I’m sure the people driving in cars around me) hated to do. In general, in the US, people who commute by bike are seen as hippie “tree huggers”, so I was excited to see how different the culture surrounding biking is in Gothenburg and Sweden in general. All over the city, there are bike lanes, places to lock a bicycle up, and even to put air in your tires. </span><div><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/BikinginGBG-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I didn’t have the opportunity to actually ride a bike in Gothenburg until this year when the <a href="" target="_blank">Styr &amp; Ställ </a>bikes were put into place for the summer. These bikes are available to rent throughout the city, you just need to download an app to pay for the ride, which is charged by the amount of time you have the bike rented. It just needs to be returned to another station, and which are located all over town. The process was very simple, and I rented a bike from right in front of the Chalmers campus, next to the Chalmersplatsen tram stop. I was able to use the phone holder on the handlebars to map my way over to Slottsskogen. It was so easy! I used the bike lanes the entire way there. Being new to biking in a busy city, it was a bit nerve-wracking at first to be among the cars and more experienced bikers. I was probably going annoyingly slow, but I just let them pass by with no problem, and it wasn’t hard to get used to the cars. Not to mention, it was so much faster than normal! I’ve walked all over Gothenburg now, and I really recommend it, but going by bike is a gamechanger. I was able to take a new path and experience the city a new way. You can even take a bike on the ferry to the islands surrounding Gothenburg!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are many ways that students get bikes in Gothenburg. If you don’t need one often, the rental bikes are a great way to go, and they are quite cheap. Most students look to buy used bikes, which are often found on Facebook Marketplace and Blocket, or if you know of students leaving the city after finishing their programme, they may want to sell theirs. Usually, the student group Chalmers Students for Sustainability <a href="" target="_blank">has a bike sale​</a> every year where they collect used bikes, sell them for very cheap, and allow students to fix them up at their Re:cycle event. Unfortunately, this couldn’t happen this year due to Covid-19, but hopefully, it will be possible again soon! I was able to buy a used one from someone I know, and I’m now learning how to get around the city via bike lane. I liked the phone holder from the rental bikes so much, that I even added one to my own bike!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I think being able to go by bike in Gothenburg gives a new perspective to the city. I was very used to taking the trams and busses all through winter, seeing the same buildings all the time. Now with a bike, I’ve been able to see areas I was unfamiliar with while getting better at city cycling. I love the public transport in the city, but I like that I can reduce my carbon footprint a little bit and freely travel, often arriving even faster than if I took the bus! In a place like Gothenburg, which is sustainably-minded and built to be incorporated with biking, I think it is definitely worth trying out this mode of transportation!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div> </div>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0200 and eat candy!<p><b>​Walls of candy may be something that dreams are made of but in Sweden it’s an amazingly delicious reality.</b></p><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Walls%20of%20Candy.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Walls of pick and mix candy in Sweden" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:462px" /></p> <p><em>Walls of pick and mix candy in Sweden.</em></p> <p>Candy, you either love it or you LOVE it. There are only two possibilities much like yin and yang, 0 and 1, day and night (a stretch I know) where one generally depends on the outcome of the other. It can therefore be said that Sweden’s fitness culture and the Swedes’ love of sugar is a strange albeit great pairing.</p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Bike%20lane.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:219px" />Going to the gym, running clubs and games of paddle tennis are quite common activities in Sweden that are enjoyed, dare I say, by a majority of the population. In saying that, Chalmers also encourages health and ​​​wellbeing where their sports hall for various team sports can be used where this is also a swimming pool and sauna in the Johanneberg campus. Chalmers students can also get discounts on memberships and fees at various gyms namely Fysiken.</p> <p>All this watching and hearing of working out got me on board as well! The one thing that I still did not quite understand, however, was how every single supermarket and even standalone stores could dedicate so much space to candy. I was confused (and to be fair, I still am slightly) as to how large the demand is for that sugar fix here in Sweden. Being a business student, I think back to the principles of supply and demand and thus surely I figure there must be a large enough <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Wall%20candy%201x1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:251px" /><br />demand for all these businesses to dedicate walls and I mean WALLS to sweet lollies, chocolates and nuts especially considering how much time is spent on working out!</p> <p>Maybe a part of my initial shock has something to do with the fact that in Australia it is highly uncommon to be able get pick and mix candy off of walls! In fact, growing up I recall there only being one store that offered this, and it was very close to my primary school. All of the schoolkids, myself included obviously, would go crazy on the gummy bears and snakes. Thinking about it some more, I think a large part of my awe surrounding Sweden’s walls of candy is this nostalgia aspect. Even though the options feel like they’re endless here, I still always find myself going back to the good old gummy bears.</p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara</a>​​​​​</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0200 to make friends in new cities<p><b>​I have moved cities more than four times since I was a kid. Every time it&#39;s been a nervous feeling trying to get along with total strangers, but I have made lifelong friends along the way.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendship_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Friendship" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Friend, Amigo, Ami, Vänn, Machan, Sadeek, Sathi, 朋友, Doost, Freund, Kanca, Arkadaş. There are many different ways to say “friend” all around the world, but they all share the same meaning. </em><br /><br />I used to play football on the streets and moving to the side of the road every time a car was about to pass with some of my earliest friends. I lived in my hometown, Moroleon, till I was 12 years old,  at that time I moved to Irapuato because of my studies. My life changed completely at that point. I was moving to my Aunt’s house along with two other cousins that were also studying there. I remember my first day of class, arriving at a school that looked like a palace compared to my previous elementary school. Being in a new classroom surrounded by total strangers. I got to say that those strangers turned into awesome friends. Fast forward three years and I am saying goodbye to them, once again I moved cities because of my studies. This time it was different, I was about to live inside the campus all by myself. The 15-year-old me didn’t want to leave the life that I had to build from scratch in Irapuato but at the same time, I was starting to feel this excitement of meeting new people and new places. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendsship_add1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A lot of changes came along, starting with me losing about 30 kilograms in the first semester. Yeah… I was the spoiled child of my aunty and she knew I loved food. But she wasn’t there to cook for me anymore, so I resorted to sticking to my food budget. This new lifestyle allowed me to start doing sports that I couldn’t imagine doing before. So, I now had three types of friends: Friends with whom I shared residence, friends with whom I played sports, and friends from school. I shared interests with each of them at that moment, sometimes more than one, and sometimes I was basically living in their homes. After finishing high school, you might guess what happened, I moved cities once again for the same reason as before. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I was moving to Guadalajara, one of the most populated cities in Mexico. This time I moved into a big house close to the university with 5 other housemates. Those guys became essentially my brothers. During my university, I also made very special friendships but this time they were not just in Mexico. I had the opportunity to be an exchange student for one year at Chalmers. Remember the feeling I got the first time I moved cities? Oh boy … this time I got it times 100. Especially because I wasn’t used to speaking in English and was really nervous about making some silly mistakes. I often made silly mistakes (I still make them sometimes, to be honest) but that was exactly what helped me to improve. In addition, I must say that the Chalmers International Reception Committee (CIRC)  was a life saviour for me. I found it amazing that I right away met a group of people from many different countries and cultures, just like me, arriving in a new country starting from scratch. It wasn’t just that, they organized activities that allowed me to meet even more people with whom I shared some great memories. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Friendship_add2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Studying here in Sweden also allowed me to travel around in my free time and you guessed it right, I got to meet even more new people and explore new places. I have some amazing memories from that exchange programme, but it also had to came to an end. <span style="background-color:initial">One of the best feelings when coming back to Mexico was to see my family and friends again and that I got to share all the new memories I brought back from Sweden and Europe. Did something change between them and me? Yes and no. We were the same people, but we now had a ton of new experiences from that year we had spent apart. It was awesome to hear their stories and share mine. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>As I mentioned in my previous blog, I finished university and worked for a while in Mexico. Then I made it back to Chalmers, this time to study my masters. Once again, it was great to see friends that I made in my exchange that still were there. And as I did before, I got to share all the new experiences from our time apart with them. CIRC did their job again and I made new friends, but this time I could help them around with the knowledge I had gained during my exchange. This motivated me to join CIRC later and help all the new students that are coming to Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am really looking forward to continuing to do this. If you are a new student coming this Autumn, I will do my best so you can have the best possible experience as well. I am also looking forward to seeing friends from Mexico and other parts of the world in person again. Who knows what new crazy stories we will share then? Who knows how many new friends I will make? That is an excitement that keeps growing for me. Hope this blog makes you as excited as I am and who knows maybe we become friends in the future!</div> <div><br /></div></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Juan_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:<a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"> Juan​</a></div> ​Sun, 23 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Summer break of 2020<p><b>​What we did this summer in light of what we couldn’t due to Covid-19.</b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SummerBreakBlog-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><br /><br /><br /></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Amanda's summer break</span><br /></h2> <div>I stayed in the Gothenburg area for much of the summer, taking a bit of a “staycation” or “hemester” (hem=home + semester=vacation in Swedish). I had a trip back to the US planned at the beginning of summer, but flight cancellations and uncertain travel restrictions led me to decide to remain in Sweden. Homesickness has of course been something I’ve experienced over this first year in Gothenburg, but the idea that I wouldn’t be able to go back to the United States because of Covid restrictions was especially disappointing. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one going through this, and myself and friends created great summer experiences together around the city!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SmmerBrkBlogBiking-Additional%20Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One of the best purchases I’ve made here was a bike. It has completely changed the way I travel through the city and lets me avoid public transportation during the pandemic. Friends and I have met up for bike rides to different areas of Gothenburg like the giant park Slottsskogen and ferry station at Saltholmen for scenic views. One trip we took was just over to Hisingen, to a nature area called Svarte Mosse. I met up with one friend at Stenpiren, where we took the free ferry across the river to Lindholmen to meet up with other friends. We took a mostly relaxed, sometimes terribly uphill, ride over to the nature area, where we had a great picnic and relaxed outside. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>One thing about Gothenburg that I think is amazing is just how much greenspace there is within the city and just outside it! I was able to hike in one of these nearby areas at Kåsjön, a lake with walking paths nearby. When trekking around Käsjön we had the nice surprise of finding a never-ending supply of wild blueberries to eat along the way and saw many people collecting the berries to take home.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SmmerBrkBlogMarstrand-Additional%20Picture.jpg" alt="Marstrand" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />One of my favorite experiences this summer has been being able to go to the nearby islands around Gothenburg. There are a number to choose from, and all offer a relaxing experience with a beautiful view. Recently, I went to the island of Marstrand, which is about an hour and a half outside of Gothenburg by bus. We started the day by walking around the historic Carlsten Fortress, built originally in the 1600s to protect the citizens from enemy attacks. We then took our time walking around the island, taking in the beautiful, colorful seaside buildings before finding a spot to chill and have lunch on the rocks near the water. One of the most exciting parts was getting to go into the ocean! I realized that I had not been able to swim at all this summer up to that point, so I was determined to get in the water. It was absolutely freezing, and I got out about one minute later, but I’m glad for the opportunity! </div> <div>​<br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The nicest thing about this summer has been the amount of time I’ve been able to spend outdoors, getting fresh air and sun. I’ve been able to appreciate where I’m at and have plenty of new experiences in and around Gothenburg. I’m looking forward to the next month before courses start again, and being able to see classmates again soon, at least virtually!​</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Tamara's summer​ break</span></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I have spent my Summer working in part and travelling around Sweden. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Continuing on from my internship at Gothenburg-based food tech start-up Mycorena that I started earlier this year, I took the opportunity to utilize the free time I had in June to get hands-on experience full-time at the company. I did this because I wanted to build upon the knowledge I already had accumulated at the company whilst putting what I learnt in my studies at the Entrepreneurship School at Chalmers and also my past experiences into practice This was great as I really got to know my colleagues whilst expanding my own knowledge about the company’s operations and where my skill set could potentially add value. My experience at the startup has actually now led to a part-time job which I am super happy about! I will continue working with business development but with a sales and marketing focus. </span><div><div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Additional%20Pic_Summer%20break%20blogpost.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Other than working, I’ve taken the opportunity to explore parts of Sweden that I had not seen in the past. I was originally toying with the idea of going back to Australia for a few weeks to visit family and friends, but I realized quite early on that it would be a lot simpler to stay in Sweden considering the current circumstances. I not only stayed in Sweden but also got to experience the classic Swedish Summer! In July I visited Skövde, Västerås and Stockholm which was great as I was able to not only visit my friends’ hometowns but also take the opportunity to rewind and reset especially as we spent quite a bit of time in the countryside!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>When I was in Skövde (1.5 hours by train from Gothenburg), it was slightly overcast and rainy, so we spent some time in the sauna where we visited quite a few secondhand stores and boy was that fruitful. Considering Skövde and the surrounding areas are smaller in comparison to Gothenburg, there are therefore less people vying for those secondhand deals! I found some paintings, vases, shoes and a jewellery bowl for a quarter of the price that it would’ve cost me in Gothenburg!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The trip to Västerås was slightly longer by train where it took around 4 hours from Gothenburg. Västerås is located on the other side of Sweden and although 4 hours to get to the other side of the country may seem long for some but for me, it was the opposite considering that it takes 5 hours by plane from Sydney to Perth! The weather that weekend was sunny and so we spent quite a bit of time outdoors namely by Sweden’s third-largest lake, Lake Mälaren. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Seeing as Västerås is only about an hour away by bus from Stockholm, I took the opportunity to revisit the capital city before heading back home. Stockholm is grand and beautiful and there is so much to do and see. The old town (Gamla Stan) is a must-see and the areas of Sofia and Södermalm are buzzing with shops and cafes. To be honest, though, by the end of my day there I really wanted to go back to chilled out Gothenburg! I’ve become so used to not having that many people around that I actually got slightly overwhelmed in Stockholm which is a strange sensation seeing as I’ve spent my whole life in good old Sydney. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>All in all, these short getaways have allowed me to reset my batteries for my second year at Chalmers where I’ll be working at another company in addition to Mycorena AB whilst writing my thesis! This forms part of the Corporate Entrepreneurship Track in the MSc. in Entrepreneurship and Business Design where I will spend close to a year working on an internal entrepreneurship project. It has been a great Summer so far and the plan for August is to just take it easy and enjoy my spare time with my friends!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"> Tamara and Amanda​</a></div></div></div> ​Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0200