News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 19 Oct 2021 00:57:26 +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 experience with the SI scholarship<p><b>​Being an SI scholar means more than just financial support. Student ambassadors Teanette and Nathaly, share their experience with the scholarship.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/SI_Banner_1.jpeg" alt="Picture of Nathaly and Teanette standing in front of Chalmers Entrance" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:313px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Re</span><span style="background-color:initial">ceiving the<a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to SI Scholarship"> SI scholarship​</a> was a life-changing experience. When the announcement of the scholarship recipients was released, neither of us realized the impact that the scholarship was going to have on our lives. It was only in the months leading up to our departure that the reality of moving to Sweden and studying at Chalmers really hit us. It was only through the help of SI that we could make this dream into a reality. An SI scholarship is more than just a scholarship – it is the gateway to a whole and multi-faceted student experience. </span><div><div><br /><div>As scholarship recipients in 2020/2021, our tuition fees are entirely paid. In addition to this, the Swedish Institute provides a generous monthly stipend to cover our living expenses, as well as a once-off travel lump-sum to allow us to travel to and from our home country. Receiving this financial support has been a liberating experience – not only do we have the freedom to pursue our dream education and careers, but we also have the means to travel, socialize, try new hobbies, and experience Swedish culture in all its fullness. At the end of the day, how far the stipend stretches is up to your budget, but with an SI scholarship, there will certainly be no need for financial worries. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Although this in itself is already fantastic, it is not the only way in which SI has supported us. In fact, their support started long before we received the first deposit. We were invited to an orientation meeting for admitted students before we came to Gothenburg. This gave us the opportunity to connect with other people who had started on the same journey and become important contacts once in Sweden. We were able to share our excitement with each other, ask questions, and gain insight into what our journey to Sweden would be like. Some of our best preparation and packing tips came from those orientation meetings, like the advice to bring along waterproof shoes, waterproof jacket, waterproof everything...  and to pack a good supply of your favorite spices from home! Also, LOTS AND LOTS of socks that are nice enough to wear at your friend’s house since everyone takes their shoes off indoors here! However, the most important thing we took away from those meetings was the friendships we built. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Thumbnail_1.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Nathaly and Teanette standing in front of Avancez Emblem" style="margin:5px;width:340px;height:340px" />By the time we arrived in Sweden, we already knew that there were friendly faces in this new country that we could count on. And the support didn’t end there! Usually, SI hosts a range of get-togethers and projects that all scholarship holders are encouraged to take part in. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, all of these events had to be moved online. But SI did not disappoint! They hosted several webinar series on leadership, stress management, life skills, and achieving success in Sweden. These were free to attend for all scholarship holders, and we could also host webinars on topics we were passionate about. Nathaly was interested in doing active participation around sustainability so she joined a team to do so. The sustainability team hosted a particularly interesting webinar on Women’s Day where women from various backgrounds and countries share their life experiences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On a more social note, there have been Zoom calls held to celebrate special occasions like Christmas or Halloween. Although we were disappointed to miss out on physical meetings with fellow scholarship holders, these online interactions have still given us a space to meet new people and the chance to build a professional network in Sweden.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Being an SI scholarship recipient is more than just financial support, It’s about building relationship, networks, and getting to make your mark. So if you are considering your own journey to Chalmers and Sweden, the SI scholarship portal should definitely be on your roadmap.</div> <div><br /></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="Picture of Teanette" style="margin:5px" /><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" /></div> <div><br /><br /><br />Authors: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette Unibuddy">Teanette </a>and <a href="" title="Link to Nathaly Unibuddy">Nathaly</a></div> <div><br /></div></div></div>Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0200 Life Hacks for Students at Chalmers<p><b>​Did you know you can get paid for trash in Sweden? Learn about this and other ways to save money as a student. </b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/LifeHacks-Banner.jpg" alt="Picture of different fruits in store " style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:313px" /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">When you first move to Sweden to study at Chalmers, many things are unfamiliar, so there’s a lot of opportunities you might not know you can take! Here are some life hacks for students to save money and make life a little easier.</span><div><br /><div><strong>1. Getting deals with your Chalmers Student Union card</strong></div> <div>There are many ways your student ID can benefit you. One of the easiest ways to get a benefit from your card is just by loading money onto it. You can do this with the help from a cashier at any cash register on campus. If you load money on the card (minimum 400 SEK), you can use it to buy food at any campus restaurant or anything in the store that is located in the Student Union. If you pay with your student union card, rather than a debit or credit card, you’ll be able to get discounts all over campus! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/LifeHacks-Picture.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of student card" style="margin:5px" />2. Mecenat and Student Discounts</strong></div> <div>Whenever you are shopping, remember to check for discounts! Your student union card has the name and logo for Mecenat. This is a student discount service with tons and tons of different discounts. Check out their website or app to discover where you can save, which includes, food, travel, clothes, software, and more! </div> <div>Whenever you are in a store or café, and you don’t know if they have a student discount, just ask! I’ve been to many places that don’t loudly advertise their discounts, so it’s worth checking, just remember to bring you student card with you.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Saving on Books</strong></div> <div>You might remember my recent blog about the <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Book-it-to-the-library.aspx" title="Link to Chalmers's Library">libraries at Chalmers</a>, but I want to let you know something  I didn’t mention there, which is the opportunity to rent textbooks. Once you create a library account, you can request any books in the library catalogue and get notified when they are ready to pick up. Then you have 14 days to use the books, and you can keep them for up to 90 days if no one else requests them. </div> <div>There may also be opportunities to buy used textbooks! In my programme, we have a shared document on Google Drive for selling and buying textbooks from students who don’t need them anymore. Ask students in the year ahead of you if you’re looking for a secondhand book! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Staying Organized</strong></div> <div>Things get busy quickly once the semester starts, so it’s necessary to keep track of due dates, articles, and tasks. One way of staying organized is by using <a href="" title="Link to Notion" target="_blank">Notion</a>, an organizational website and app. It’s free for personal use for students, and it is extremely customizable with things like task lists, calendars, and reading lists. I really like the way it makes things visible, rather than saving links for a project in a file on my computer bookmarks, I can add webpages in a visible way, so it is easier to remember why I saved them in the first place.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Review your Writing</strong></div> <div>As a student, we are constantly writing emails, papers, messages and more. It’s worth checking to make sure what’s being written makes sense and has as few mistakes as possible. It’s worth having someone read over a paper for feedback, but this isn’t always possible, so in everyday situations, it’s worth using a writing assistant like <a href=";utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=brand&amp;utm_content=459962723269&amp;utm_term=grammarly&amp;matchtype=e&amp;placement=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjw5eX7BRDQARIsAMhYLP-oIC0QPgRHz_JNu4b9R36lYQSQL1FCgk_VfP4ryATCuoxCMTjmoTsaAoypEALw_wcB&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" title="Link to Grammarly" target="_blank">Grammarly</a> to help you out. Grammarly can be added as an extension on many browsers and software like Microsoft Word, and the free version will check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar for any mistakes. Even as a native English speaker, I make mistakes all the time with my writing, so running a quick check before sending and submitting things is very helpful.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>6. Grocery Store Deals</strong></div> <div>“Är du medlem?” is a phrase I hear often when checking out at stores. It means “Are you a member?”. By becoming a member at grocery stores, you can get access to better discounts, use the self-scanning tools as you shop, get access to digital receipts, and even earn points when you shop for later rewards like food checks. Each store is different, so check out what the benefits are where you shop. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/LifeHacks-Picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of a recyclable can" style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial;margin:5px" /><strong>7. Make Money by Being Sustainable</strong></div> <div>Did you know that your trash is worth money? Specifically, your aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Check their labels for a symbol that says PANT with either 1 or 2 KR below it. This means you can take it to any grocery store with a machine for returning these containers. Once I get a bag or two filled with cans and bottles, I’ll take them over to my nearest grocery store to “panta”, which is the Swedish word for returning drinking containers back to the machine. The machine scans your cans and bottles and tallies up the amount in kronor, which you can then use to get a discount the next time you shop! One reason this system is so important is that aluminum does not degrade when it is recycled, so it can essentially be recycled forever. By returning cans, this material can be reused to make quality products, which saves a huge amount of new material and is more sustainable.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>8. Buying used stuff</strong></div> <div>Whenever you need some new clothes, decorations, kitchen items, etc. Check out the secondhand stores first! There are many of them all over Gothenburg, and they are a great way to save some money and live a bit more of an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Last year, I needed some snow pants and boots, but I didn’t want to have to buy brand new ones for the short time I expected to need them. I was able to find both secondhand, and they worked great! These places are also great if you want to get things like vases, picture frames, or even holiday decorations for making your home cozier. Take an afternoon and look around, you never know what treasures you’ll find.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>9. Stream Free Movies</strong></div> <div>Aside from books, you can get another benefit with your library card from the public library (Stadsbiblioteket Göteborg)., You can get access to a movie streaming website called <a href="" title="Link to Cineasterna" target="_blank">Cineasterna</a>. By logging in with your library card information, you can access all kinds of different films, including recent and older releases from many countries and genres. Check it out and find something new to watch!</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:150px" /><br /><br /><br />Author:</strong> Amanda</span></div></div>Mon, 06 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 5 summer highlights in Sweden<p><b>​This is how I spent my first neverending summer days in the northern country: Sweden &#128522;</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/banner%20summerex.jpeg" alt="Picture of Sena and her friend standing in front of paintings" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Moving to a new country and starting a new school was not as easy as I thought it would be due to Covid-19. The pandemic, which has existed for almost two years all over the world, has brought many rules and restrictions to our lives. While I was following the uncertainties around the world, I was wondering if I could visit my home country (Turkey) in the summer and where I could get vaccinated. I didn't want to take any risks because of the constantly changing rules of international flights and the emergence of various variants of the coronavirus. So, at the end of the second semester, I decided to spend the entire summer in Sweden. It was exciting to think and plan what I could do here. I was lucky that my close friends had also decided to stay in Gothenburg.</span><div><br /><div><strong>1. Thesis research</strong></div> <div>As the summer began, I thought about my first-year academic performance. During this year, I realized that I need to develop some of my skills and prepare for the thesis writing semester which will be the last semester of the master’s programme. I consulted one of my professors on how to benefit from the summer for my academic life and how I should do research for my thesis work. The first thing my professor told me was 'Sena, please enjoy the summer first. The summer season is very beautiful here.' Isn't that a great answer? &#128522; After he suggested a couple of places I could visit in the summer, he sent me some articles to read about our field. After reading them and doing extensive research, I had a few more meetings with my professor. Applied Mechanics is a multi-disciplinary programme, so you need to do a lot of research for the fields that are outside of your own. I hope that the fact that I already started this process will help me to spend the thesis period more efficiently.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Bike trips</strong></div> <div>After suggestions from my professor and some Swedish friends, I made a plan of places I could travel to in Gothenburg and Sweden. Except for Stockholm, I went to cities close to Gothenburg with my bike. I was able to see more places, I could take a break whenever I wanted and have a fika with wonderful views. Chalmers has a space observatory in Onsala and that was on my list to visit as well. After a 4-hour bike ride, I arrived in Onsala with my friend. We could not enter the Space Observatory due to security measures. In order to get in this center, where important scientific studies are carried out and various data are collected, it is necessary to come on visit days organized at certain times. Then we started to look for a place to swim nearby where we had our lunch and sunbathed by the sea with a wonderful view. &#128522; </div> <div>On my bike trips in and around Gothenburg and on the archipelagos, I hardly spent any money. I took my food and coffee with me and sometimes stayed in a tent. This student-friendly travel style is both safe here in Sweden and an option that works in the summer. Apart from this, I went to Stockholm with my student ambassador friends. Stockholm has a much larger and crowded city center compared to Gothenburg. We visited the most touristic places by using electric scooters. We also spent half of a day at the Vasa Museum. The Vasa ship, almost intact and dating from the 17th century, is on display in the museum. According to the official website, Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3.Exploring the art scene</strong></div> <div>Since the city of Gothenburg is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, it is possible to find various art events and exhibitions in the city related to life in Gothenburg during the last hundreds of years. I had the chance to see many art works and museums with my friends this summer. Many museums are free if you have a student card. I think one of the most economical ways to get to know Gothenburg and Swedish culture better is through visiting the museums and looking at different works of art. The paintings in the Gothenburg Museum of Art are grouped according to different time periods in Swedish history and enriched with many informative facts.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/additionakl-summerex.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Sena While Hiking" style="margin:5px" />4.Enjoying the nature</strong></div> <div>An indispensable part of Swedish culture is to live in harmony with nature and to take advantage of the opportunities nature offers to people. One of these opportunities is to collect various fruits and mushrooms. You can find many kinds of berries and mushrooms in natural parks without even having to leave Gothenburg. My friend Marija and I went to the Änggårdsbergen to pick blueberries. It is only 15 minutes from Chalmers by bike. In Uddevalla, where I went by bike again, I had the chance to collect lingonberries, which are indispensable for Swedish meatballs. In addition to these, if there is something unique to Sweden, it is to collect all kinds of mushrooms. Sometimes you have to spend hours on this and, unfortunately, you might still not find an edible mushroom. Since mushrooms can look very similar to each other, it is necessary to be very careful and get help from someone who knows. With the help of a Swedish friend who has years of experience in mushroom picking, I was able to collect about one kilo of Karl-Johan mushrooms after three hours of searching around Delsjön. After checking and making sure of many of its features, we ate some of it by frying and the rest for making a creamy sauce for the pasta.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Learning an instrument</strong></div> <div>Finally, one of the most fun things I've done this summer has been learning to play the piano. Luckily I have many friends at Chalmers who can play the piano. There are also music rooms and pianos in Chalmers that we can reserve and use. With my friend Marija's help, I can now play some beginner pieces on the piano! &#128522;</div> <div>Even though I experienced many things this summer, I am looking forward to have even more experiences, more places to travel to, and more views to watch with friends in Gothenburg and Sweden! </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Sena" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Sena's Unibuddy">Sena</a></div>Mon, 30 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Funka can help you<p><b>​Wondering if Chalmers is for you who have a functional variation such as vision impairment, autism, or other affections? Find out here how you can get help to reach your goals.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/funka-Banner,-Size-690px-x-340px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="How Funka can help you" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><br /><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><em>Funka is a support system that all universities in Sweden offer their students.</em> Photo by Philippe Bout/Unsplash</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A big portion of the population is living with an affliction that may impair their performance in school or work. You may be someone who has been living with a vision impairment, with a difficulty to focus, take notes, or to move easily, and you may be wondering whether going back to school to study a graduate degree in Sweden might be worth the hassle. Well, wonder no more. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/funka-Picture,%20Size%20350px%20x%20305px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>Funka is an academic support system that has students like you in mind. It offers specific services depending on the needs that come with your specific condition, and it aims to help you succeed in your studies. </div> <div>This programme hits home for me and probably for you as well; in the university back in Mexico where I studied my bachelor’s degree there was special support for students living with different abilities such as vision, mobility and hearing impairments, but none for neuropsychological variations. As a student with ADHD, I can’t help but wonder what my experience would have been like with the right type of support like the one that I’m offered here at Chalmers. <span style="background-color:initial">Because of this, I talked with Heidi Wåxberg, who works as the coordinator for students with disabilities at Chalmers.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><b>What can you tell us about Funka? </b></div> <div>It’s a support system that all universities in Sweden offer and it’s available to all students who have a personal number. The only downside for international master’s students is that they generally have to wait a few weeks to receive their personal numbers to apply for support. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What do you need to do to apply for study support?</b></div> <div>The entire application process is done through NAIS (the administration platform used by universities in Sweden that manages these cases). The link to the platform can be found in the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to student portal">Student Portal.​</a></div> <div>The students need a doctor certificate detailing the student’s functional variations, which they need to upload to the platform along with an explanation of what their particular needs are. These doctor certificates don’t need to be in Swedish; in fact, we prefer that they are written in English so that the student also understands what the certificate says. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to work with certificates written in any other language than Swedish or English; because they are confidential documents, we cannot ask other people to translate.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What can international master’s students do to overcome this wait if support cannot wait?</b></div> <div>The waiting time can be a big obstacle if the student is living with a condition such as blindness. Because of this and because the arrangements can be extensive, we urge them to contact us before they arrive to Chalmers so that their support can be managed early on. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What happens after a student applies for support?</b></div> <div>We contact them and after about three weeks, we have a meeting (that can be held through Zoom) and discuss the support options that are available to them and the types of support that are recommended for their individual case. As the students generally already know what kind of support they need, this meeting helps us determine the service they will get. After this, we reach a final decision and the recommended support options they will be getting are submitted to NAIS. This information is confidential, and the student isn’t required to show it to anyone.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What support options do you offer?</b></div> <div>We offer note-taking support, mentor support, extended time on exams, doing exams on the computer instead of physically, listening to the questions instead of having to read them, sit in smaller groups or private rooms during examinations. <span style="background-color:initial">After a decision is reached on NAIS, the support is automatic. For example, when a student is given extended examination times, they do not need to notify their examiner themselves as the examiners are automatically notified by the system beforehand. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><b>Is study support only available to people with functional variations?</b></div> <div>It’s not! There are some software resources that everyone with a Chalmers ID (CID) can download. The software options include text-to-speech programs, grammar and spelling control, reading aids, among others. Math tutoring, writing tutoring, and help with information search for a paper or dissertation writing and publishing, are also some of the support options offered to the general student population. I think it’s important that all students know that these resources are available to them and that they can make free use of them.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Awesome! And going back to the disability support, how many Chalmers students are benefitting today from the program? </b></div> <div>In Chalmers there are about 500 students right now, and about 25 or 30 are international students. There are even some Ph.D. students who benefit from this service. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Do you have any success stories that you’d like to share?</b></div> <div>I have so many! But one that stands out to me is a student whom I met about five years ago. During the first meeting we had, this student wasn’t able to even look me in the eye once. Their recommended support ended up being note-taking support and extended time in examinations, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether it would be enough to help them. It ended up being a complete success! Within one year, the student was participating in social events with their student mentor. They have since finished their degree and have a nice job in a great company. We don’t think about this, but many of the apps, for example, that we use every day (Spotify, Google, etc.) are being developed by talented people who have these different abilities and neuropsychological variations, so we should help more and more of these students to have a successful experience so they can reach their full potential.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>For clarity, what sort of neuropsychological variations are supported in Funka?</b></div> <div>There is a very wide arrange of conditions that are supported in the system: some of them have rheumatism, hearing and vision impairments, or neuropsychological disorders such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, and other conditions within the autistic spectrum, among other affections. This system is not only offered at Chalmers: it’s supported nationwide.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>How does the mentorship programme work?</b></div> <div>Mentors are Chalmers students who help these students with different abilities with homework tutoring, organization, among other things. As a teacher myself, this is one of my favorite parts of working with Funka, because I get to interact and train these students to become great mentors. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Who can become a mentor?</b></div> <div>Everyone can apply to be a mentor, even students who receive support from Funka. Actually, the student I talked about before, the success story, became a mentor afterwards. I think it’s good to have these experiences regardless of who you are.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Personal reflection</strong></div> <div>I believe that this service has great potential for students like you and me who have different needs in order to navigate graduate school. In fact, after hearing just how great it is, I signed up for it myself in time for my master thesis. It’s very easy to apply: I got a certificate from my doctor, introduced my information and the “aspects” I think I need support with (like sticking to a schedule, working with deadlines, or planning my activities). After a few weeks I had a meeting with Heidi where we discussed what type of support can help me the best. I’m happy I did it, because now I only get to stress out about all the right things and set those extra-worries aside.</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" /><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Author: </b><a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/students/5fcf4e54ffd52f015226e403" title="Chat with Abril">Abril​​</a></div></div></div>Mon, 23 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0200’t-miss-welcome-week-at-Chalmers.aspx reasons why you can’t miss welcome week at Chalmers<p><b>​Are you excited to move to Gothenburg? Chalmers has your back with a fantastic first week full of activities. </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/banner1-5reasons.png" alt="Picture of a group of new studets during welcome week" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Photo:</strong> This is how the welcome week looked like before the pandemic in 2019. Everyone ready to welcome you in the first days of your master’s journey!</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">You got accepted to Chalmers for studying the programme of your dreams, congrats!! I'm sure you are as excited as I was when the day of moving to Gothenburg was approaching in the autumn of 2020. Last few weeks in my hometown, Ecuador, I spent some of my time <a href="" title="Link to Wearechalmers Youtube Channel" target="_blank">watching videos</a> about life in Gothenburg. I also remember reading <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/default.aspx" title="Link to Chalmers Blogs" target="_blank">some blogs</a> to have an idea of what to expect. Mainly, I wanted to find out more about the campus, the student rooms, the area where I'll be living, and the list can go on. Then an email arrived about being part of a <a href="" title="Link to Circ website" target="_blank">phadder group</a>. I read about it on the website and immediately registered. There's a committee at Chalmers, called<a href="" title="Link to Circ Website" target="_blank"> CIRC (Chalmers International Reception Committee)</a>, that plans activities for new students. So, you register and are placed in a group of new students to get a phadder that will accompany you through the first weeks of your arrival.</span><div><br /><div>When I came to Gothenburg to start my master's in <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx" title="Link to Biomedical Engineering Program Page" target="_blank">Biomedical engineering</a>, I was still working remotely back in Ecuador. Since I had 7 hours of time difference, I was free in the mornings and busy during afternoons/evenings. I tried to make it to all the activities, but it was challenging due to my busy schedule. I mostly took part of the activities performed during the day and came back home to work during late afternoons and nights. After spending almost a year in this beautiful city, Gothenburg, here are five reasons why I think you shouldn't miss these activities, as I did.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>1. Social interaction</strong></div> <div>You're new here! You probably don't know other people in the city. Human beings are social whether you consider yourself introverts or extroverts; we need at least some social interaction to stay sane. Give yourself the chance to click with your phadder group by participating in all the activities you can. CIRC takes the current pandemic into consideration  and have put a lot of effort into making the activities safe for everyone. Most activities were outdoors last year, and the ones that required being indoors were in smaller groups to guarantee social distance. I remember my phadder group got together to hang out after the planned activities. I couldn't establish a fellowship bond with my group since I didn't join them. I'm a very social person, so it was sad to miss their meetings. But it wasn't hard to meet new people once I finished my job since I am an outgoing person. You wouldn't want to be alone in a new city, so join the events from the start. You'll have fun! Your phadders could be international students or local Swedish people. Either way, they have been here at least six months more than you, so listen to them and don't be afraid to ask for advice. My phadders helped me a lot during my first weeks. They were always super kind and ready to answer my questions.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Get to know the place</strong></div> <div>Most of the activities involved walking around in Gothenburg. The first day was all about getting to know Johanneberg and Lindholmen, Chalmers' campuses. We walked a lot and enjoyed the good weather we still had. Later, I remember going to a huge park called Slottsskogen and playing some outdoor games with my phadder group. We played a game called kubb, that I didn't know existed, and I loved it. The next day we had a &quot;race&quot; to discover the city. I don't want to give away any spoilers. I can only tell you that I had such a fantastic time, plus, our phadder group won that race!</div> <div>Of course, I missed a lot of the other activities, so it took me almost a year to go to the Gothenburg’s archipelago. Those islands are magical, and you can see the perfect landscape as well. It is truly beautiful to go into the water or chill beside a bonfire with your friends. Remember that the weather is still good when you arrive; it will only get colder and darker every day. Don't miss the chance to enjoy it while it's still warm and sunny outside. Chalmers also has access to a place called CS-Sauna for students. Going to the sauna is a popular activity here in Sweden that you don’t want to miss, check <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/My-swedish-sauna-experience.aspx" title="Link to Sauna Experience Blog">this blog​</a> to know why! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Additional-5reasons.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Sena on her phadder trip" style="margin:5px" />3. Get to know other cultures</strong></div> <div>Days passed by, and we got to know each other a little more. There were people from France, Belgium, India, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and me, from Ecuador. We discussed our interests and backgrounds, and it was so much fun to discover new cultures! It was my first time so far from home, so everything was new for me. I believe studying abroad is more than just going to classes in a different city and language. Studying abroad is also about learning more about cultures different from yours. I'm sure you all have some stereotypes, so this is the chance to leave them behind and open your mind to the world! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Explore Swedish traditions </strong></div> <div>As I mentioned before, your phadders might not be Swedish, but that's not an issue. People who have already lived here for almost a year have experienced Swedish traditions and can tell you all about them. For example, one of the first big &quot;celebrations&quot; I remember was the Kanelbullens dag, a day dedicated to cinnamon rolls! You would love to have friends and celebrate this day by eating a huge kanelbulle and a warm coffee. This brings me to a daily-basis Swedish experience -Fika! And I can sit and write about more of these traditions I've experienced, but I'll  leave some of the work for your phadders. Ask them, discover, and enjoy the Swedish experience!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Find your new family away from home</strong></div> <div>I previously wrote a blog about <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx?unibuddy=buddies/5fa532ccac6e5303f48e5b5b&amp;ub_medium=product&amp;ub_source=Embedded%20University%20Buddy%20Cards%20-%20Staff&amp;ub_campaign=&amp;ub_content=" title="Link to Having a Family Away From Home Blog" target="_blank">having a family away from home</a>. I feel so lucky that after arriving in Gothenburg, and despite missing some initial activities, I was able to find a group of people where I belong. We spent Christmas together and New Year’s Eve as well. We go on trips from time to time, and we are here for each other. As they finish their exchange or their programmes, some of those friends already went back to their home countries. But I'm so glad to still be in touch with them and we are already planning when we'll see each other again! You might also spend your holidays away from home, so make sure that you have good company when the time comes.</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: <a href="" title="Link to Nathaly's Unibuddy" target="_blank">Nathaly</a></span></div></div>Mon, 16 Aug 2021 10:00:00 +0200 it important to speak Swedish and how can you learn it?<p><b>​If you’re coming to Sweden and you don’t speak Swedish, you must be wondering how much you will need it and if you will be able to learn over the course of your master’s at Chalmers. </b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Svenska-Banner.png" alt="Picture SFI Class" style="margin:5px" /><br /><strong>Photo:</strong> SFI class.<br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">After the school year is over, the summer holidays are finally here! Apart from enjoying the much-needed break from academics, I got a summer job as a waitress at my favourite Mexican restaurant in Gothenburg. There's only one possible issue: I don't speak Swedish! Like you, not being able to communicate in my day-to-day life was one of my biggest worries as well. </span><div><br /><div>As Spencer mentioned in his blog, some people are not as comfortable speaking English in Sweden. So how do I manage to be a waitress in a place where most customers use a language I don't speak? Well, I'm not sure myself, but it has worked out so far! So, let me walk you through some pointers that have helped me so far, and that can also be useful to you if you're planning on getting to know the language.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Feel comfortable with how Swedish sounds</strong></div> <div>This can be the best advice I can give you because I think it has helped me (sort of) understand what the clients are trying to communicate to me. Although resources like Duolingo are handy, you cannot really practice the prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation in a language) that makes Swedish unique. Now that I've been here for almost a year, I've started venturing into the language with my Swedish friends and partner. It's still common that my intonation is all over the place, so I end up saying something else entirely. Coming from Mexico, intonation in Spanish is often modified based on the context of the conversation, so I was not used to having to mind the way I stressed what I said to control the meaning of my words. So, to train my ear in Swedish prosody, I try to listen in when my friends talk to each other in Swedish, and I also like to listen to podcasts (see an example below!) and songs in Swedish. After a while, you inevitably pick up some words and phrases to include in your own vocabulary. Sometimes I repeat what the speaker says to practice the pronunciation and to get a hold of how the words sound and feel in my mouth.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Svenska-Picture.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Abril talking to her friend in Swedish" style="margin:5px" />Get some cool (?) Swedish friends!</strong></div> <div>Most Swedish people I've met love their language, and they enjoy sharing it with people that don't speak it. Through my friends, I've learned some key phrases and slang language, including Swedish music (which is very good!) that I would have never come across by myself. My partner has also helped me so much to practice conversations. I'm entirely sure that by now, he's tired of having super basic conversations with a speaker (me) that couldn't be slower if she tried. Still, it has been so much fun for me, and his help has been tremendous.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Fake it till you make it!</strong></div> <div>You will never truly know how much you can handle the language until you use it with someone who speaks it! So even though I basically have no skills, I try to use what I know as much as possible, even if it is to say &quot;Jag talar inte Svenska, ursäkta!&quot; (I don't speak Swedish, sorry!). In case I'm not sure of what they're trying to say, I repeat it back in English, which they're in most cases able to understand too.  With this point, I've been able to hold short conversations in English from my side and in Swedish from theirs, which has been particularly useful in a restaurant setting. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Make it official!</strong></div> <div>There are many ways to try to actively learn Swedish. The most popular is <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to the SFI Website">SFI (Swedish for immigrants)</a>, which is administered by the Swedish government and offers free courses to immigrants. Make sure to register for it as soon as you have a Swedish Personal Identity Number because the queues are usually long!</div> <div>Chalmers also offers a free introductory course for international fee-paying students, so make sure to check in before you come here.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another valuable (and free) resource is <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Learningswedish website">​</a>, offered by the Swedish Institute. It is given online, and the advantage is that you can practice during your own time. The modules are very well structured, and it includes quizzes with which you can find out how you're doing and what you need to practice more.</div> <div>Duolingo is also very beneficial, and it helps you start to understand sentence structures and other language rules. Additionally, as I mentioned before, podcasts like <a href="" title="Link to Simple Swedish Podcast" target="_blank">“Simple Swedish Podcast”</a> or <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Radio Sweden">“Radio Sweden på lätt Svenska” (Radio Sweden in easy Swedish)</a> can help you train your ear and understanding of spoken Swedish. We have built a <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Spotify">collaborative playlist</a> where you can listen to some podcast episodes and add some of your own!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Our ambassador Spencer has already written a blog about this, where he included a conversation example that is all too familiar! Make sure to <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Do-you-need-to-know-swedish.aspx" title="Link to Chalmers blog">check it out here</a> because it's hilarious. As you can see, in a job like mine, a basic understanding of some words and phrases is helpful but not required. Although not all, a lot of higher-level jobs, however, need people that speak it to some extent. So, if you're planning on working and staying here after graduation, I hope these pointers will guide you and help you introduce yourself to the language. If you speak a second (or more) language(s), you know that the learning process never stops. Learning languages is hard and it can take time! So, although Swedish can be a bit hard depending on your mother tongue, it's worth it to give it a try and see how far you can go! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Follow our <a href="" title="Link to Wearechalmers Youtube Channel" target="_blank">youtube! </a></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong><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:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Abril's Unibuddy">Abril​</a></span></div></div>Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:00:00 +0200 Chalmers contributes to society<p><b>​If you’ve ever wondered what you will do with your degree after completing your master's programme,  then this blog is for you.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/banner-contributes.png" alt="Nathaly writing something on the blackboard" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">I just finished my first year in the <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx" title="Link to Biomedical Engineering Program">Biomedical Engineering master’s programme at Chalmers</a>. After this amazing year full of experiences, I've noticed some things. Chalmers is not only preparing technical professionals but also people that are involved with society.</span><div>How does Chalmers do that?</div> <div>There are a lot of ways Chalmers contributes to society, but I'm going to tell you about my two close experiences about it. The first one was with one of my courses, <a href=";parsergrp=3" title="Link to Health Informatics">Health Informatics</a>. The second one was with my part-time job at <a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/Grundskolan/Sidor/laxhjalpsstart.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2BaQl3p7iHqfRyCe8c4zAWk1dx1lOceUQHwC9IQKXrcXrY_vB8a23HdS0" title="Link to Pluggstöd">Pluggstöd</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Health Informatics:</strong></div> <div>The thing that I liked the most about this course was the project we needed to develop. Most of the projects had an impact on society in some way - Health informatics in developing countries, eHealth in rural areas, digital solutions for mental health, digital health for diabetics, AI in healthcare, and the list goes on. While working on my project - Health informatics in developing countries, I met nice people from several countries. We were a group of five students from Sweden, the US, India, and Ecuador. We researched eHealth in several developing countries to find out what they have in common. We learnt from those cases and analyzed the reasons behind the success and failures. We delivered a document with those findings and some recommendations to help developing countries overcome the usual challenges that occur when implementing an eHealth project. We noticed that people don’t have enough digital skills in developing countries, nor sufficient infrastructure to digitalize their health services. If you come from a developing country like me, you would probably relate and agree with what I just described. For me, it was important to think, along with my classmates, about possible solutions for helping these countries. We all agreed that education is essential not only for improving the health system but also for having a better society overall. So, the way I see it, you could contribute enormously if you invest your time wisely by helping others. Educating people to develop or improving digital skills is contributing to building a better society and that’s exactly what I am passionate about!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/additional%20picture-contributes.png" alt="Picture of blackboard with some text on it" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />By the end of the course, all the groups did an oral presentation. By listening to their presentations, I realized that this course made us consider other people's needs. For example, I didn’t know Sweden has rural areas, where access to health is more challenging. I’m sure that my classmates also found out how Health Institutions work in developing countries. I also realized diabetic people have a hard time already with the disease, and they need digital solutions to help them overcome it. This course was not only preparing us professionally in the Biomedical Engineering field but was also making us aware of what's out there to find a way to help. I believe that the lecturers from this course wanted us to get involved with real-life problems. We have had a  first introduction and now   it’s up to us to involve a little bit more to start contributing to society.  Yeah, maybe we didn't develop a medical device or software. But, who knows? Perhaps one of us saw the need, did the research, met the right people, and  is ready to move it to a higher level. The takeaway message is that Chalmers will guide you to consider different perspectives no matter what programme you choose.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Pluggstöd:</strong></div> <div>In a previous blog, Teanette, Mohsén and I described our<a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Pursuing-a-part-time-job-while-studying-at-Chalmers.aspx" title="Link to part-time job blog"> part-time jobs while studying at Chalmers</a>. Mine was Pluggstöd, an organization lead by Chalmers that offers math and science tutoring for middle-school kids in Gothenburg. By the end of the school year, we shared experiences, and I learned more about this organization. Turns out that Chalmers has a designated budget for helping students from these schools. This means that Chalmers is the one paying us, tutors, not the schools. After knowing that, I was curious, so I asked “why?”. And turns out that a way of contributing to society is aiding the school education and increasing the interest and motivation for subjects like math and science. I have always believed that kids are the future. Very cliché, I know. But, I've seen how every generation changes the way things work. So, if we aim for a better future, we must strive for better people. That's precisely how Chalmers contributes to society. By funding Pluggstöd, we had the opportunity to meet these kids and help them with their homework. Some of the tutors agreed that some students were grateful and learned more than just math or science. By the end of the year, they were inspired by us and wanted to study at Chalmers someday.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I hope you also feel inspired after reading this blog. I know not all people have the same interests. But if you really care about making an impact after completing your studies, Chalmers is the right place for you.</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: <a href="" title="Link to Nathaly's Unibuddy">Nathaly​</a></span></div>Mon, 05 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0200 digital ambassador experience<p><b>This is how it feels to be a Chalmers digital ambassador.​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Blog-Banner-Unibuddy.jpg" alt="Picture of all 2021 ambassadors together" style="margin:5px" /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I remember that after being accepted at Chalmers, I was curious about how my new life was gonna be. I watched almost every webinar, and I connected to nearly every live on <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Wearechalmers Instagram page">@we.are.chalmers Instagram</a>. I also checked all the Chalmers platforms and looked for advice from current students in Unibuddy. I was excited, and I'm sure you, an accepted student, are too! I texted a Unibuddy called Jason; he was a <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx" title="Link to Biomedical Engineering page">Biomedical Engineering</a> Master's student, just like me. So, I asked him how the programme was, how much study load would I be having, the main research fields in Biomedical, and of course, the weather. I got some really good advice from him and felt that I would have liked to do the same thing for others. At that moment, it hit me; I was sure that I wanted to become a digital ambassador.</span><div><br /><div>When I arrived at Gothenburg and started my master's student's life, I enjoyed the city vibes during the first few weeks. There's a committee at Chalmers that welcomes new students and prepare activities for them: going around the city, going to the woods, going to the sauna, and so on. I was waiting to see how one can become an ambassador, so I checked regularly @we.are.chalmers IG to be informed. When the call for ambassadors opened, I received an email about it. I didn't hesitate and prepared my application to become a content creator and a Unibuddy. Luckily, after an interview, Chalmers decided I could perform as an ambassador; I was thrilled! </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">W</span><span style="background-color:initial">riting blogs, eventually participating in a YouTube video, handling the @we.are.chalmers IG account, and being a Unibuddy are my main tasks as a digital ambassador.</span></div> <div>Why is it so cool?</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/blog-additional2-unibuddy.PNG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of a few messages on Unibuddy application" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Being an ambassador allows you to share your thoughts and experiences while helping students from all over the world. But so far, what has been really amazing for me, is being a Unibuddy. It is a platform where you can chat with current students at Chalmers. There are Unibuddies from different programmes, so if you are wondering where should I find a Unibuddy, you can click <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Link to Unibuddy's page">here</a>. I got questions from people from all over the world, including India, Iran, Sweden, the US, Honduras, Spain, Ecuador, and the list goes on… I get the usual questions about my experiences with accommodation, student life, scholarships, and the application process. But what I have liked the most so far has been how grateful and friendly they can be. Once I answered their questions, if they felt co<span style="background-color:initial">nfident enough, they started sharing how excited they are about coming to Chalmers, for example.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>I have had three amazing experiences where those people started trusting me and sharing how their processes in applying to Chalmers were going. It was amazing to see that even though we only communicate through the platform, and all we know is our first names, they showed a little bit of their personalities while chatting.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The other nice thing about being a digital ambassador is that you are part of a team of other ambassadors. Imagine you just got to this new city and are finding a way to make new friends. All of a sudden, you get accepted to be a digital ambassador along with other people. You hang around with them so much that you are no longer part-time working. You are also getting together just for fun! I wouldn't have met these amazing people if I didn't apply to be a digital ambassador. You start by working together but build up a friendship at the same time. I remember Sena, Teanette, Marija, Abril, and I started watching a series together. It was a cool thing to do! We got together for Christmas and now casually go hiking or just have a fika together. And, of course, we all know we are there for each other. The phone is always on alert mode if something was to happen to any of us, or if we need advice from each other. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Being a Chalmers digital student ambassador not only gives you a responsibility, but it will also probably give you some new friends. The way I see it, being an ambassador is about retrieving all the good things you received from another ambassador. It's having fun by living as a student and letting prospective students have an idea of what to expect when they arrive. I'm sure you are as curious as I was when I was accepted; maybe you are also checking all the platforms. I have been in your shoes as an admitted student, and you'll be in mine later as a first-year student. So, why not apply for being the next digital ambassador and help the next you?</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;width:150px;height:150px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="" title="Link to Nathaly's Unibuddy">Nathaly</a>​</span></div></div>Mon, 28 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0200 Chalmers has changed our outlook<p><b>​Feeling anxious or stressed is something you don't have to deal with alone. </b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Banner_Outlook-01.jpg" alt="Picture of Marija and Nathaly Meditating outdoor" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">Mental health is an important topic nowadays, especially since the pandemic was declared. Many of us felt anxious, given the uncertainty we were living in then and may still be living now. The whole process of being admitted to a master's programme at Chalmers, moving to Sweden, and start our studies during a pandemic has been quite an exciting journey.</span><div><br /><div><strong>Marija:</strong></div> <div>Social anxiety is something I have been dealing with my whole life. I have been dealing with it in the context of the educational environment too.  It is something that is an individual problem, and everyone experiences it differently. For me, it comes in the form of very persistent overthinking. Even now, while I am writing this, I am questioning everything that I do: Is the grammar correct? Are the sentences too long? Am I including all the perspectives? Will prospective students find this interesting? Do I have enough time to think about all these things and what is time, in fact? Obviously, I get carried away sometimes and become paralyzed in my thoughts. Nevertheless, the environment can greatly affect your thinking and perspective on life and social conduct and taking a step towards changing it can be scary. Starting my studies at Chalmers was like learning a new language, besides Swedish, and this time with the questions that help your thinking and do not harm it. Coming from an educational environment where the goal was to achieve a certain grade or final product; to an environment where the education itself is the focus has been eye-opening. All of the expectations that people had from me in terms of performance are gone and the only expectation left is to be interested in learning. Communication with the professors and teachers' assistants has become a more pleasant activity for me since there is no pressure put on you to answer a specific question, but rather answering the questions together in an engaging discourse. This kind of a change has made me more aware of which things in life I give importance to and more excited about exploring the world of science.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Nathaly:</strong></div> <div>Everyone faces problems in their own way. In my case, I try to get ahead of the problem to figure out how I will handle it. Anxiety can show up in a lot of different ways, I would say. For me, anxiety is exactly what I described, getting ahead of the situation. Perhaps it could be a good thing, and that's the way I see it. I used to overthink about how to use my time wisely before coming to Chalmers. The time I take in overthinking is valuable as well, and I was wasting it. Once I got here, my perspective around the workload changed completely. I stopped being a workaholic, or at least I try to. I divide my time into classes, a part-time job that makes me happy (<a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/Pursuing-a-part-time-job-while-studying-at-Chalmers.aspx" title="Link to part-time job blog">you can read more about it in a previous blog</a>), have a social life, and of course, time for myself. And let me tell you, it feels great! I was told that it would be okay to feel down during the winter in Sweden due to the darkness. I also spent a lot of time getting ahead of it. Little did I know that it wasn't going to be so bad. So far, I haven't felt the need to approach a specialist to be mentally healthy, even though I know it's important. Back in Ecuador, my home country, mental health is not taken very seriously within my social group. Chalmers has shown me that it is as important as checking your blood pressure or glucose levels. I know for a fact that the day I feel like talking to a professional about how I'm feeling, I will have full access to do so and that I don't have to be ashamed of it.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">We, as Chalmerists, know that every person is different. Some people get triggered by studies. Some others find it social situations challenging. Maybe others get too stressed about the future. Whatever the reason is, Chalmers has your back. There is a website called <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to"></a> meant to help every Chalmerist in a study-related problem. So if you feel you are under a lot of pressure, you’re overwhelmed, or just don’t feel mentally good, you can log into it and ask for help. There is another important service Chalmers offers, <a href="" title="Link to Funka">Funka</a>. This is made for students with disabilities. Meaning that, Chalmers actually has a place for each of you.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Marija_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of Marija" style="margin:5px" /><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: <a href="" title="Link to Marija's Unibuddy">Marija </a>and <a href="" title="Link to Nathaly's Unibuddy">Nathaly</a></span></div></div>Mon, 31 May 2021 09:00:00 +0200 for international students in Gothenburg<p><b>​Being ill in a foreign country can be scary and overwhelming. Luckily in Sweden, affordable healthcare is accessible even to international students.   </b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Health_Banner.png" alt="Picture of Teanette desk with medical drugs on it" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:313px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">In March 2021, I received a positive test result for Covid19. I was lucky – my symptoms were not severe, I could continue my studies and part-time work from home, and I had my fiancé to look after me . After two weeks of isolation (and with lots of chicken soup and vitamin C) I was back on track and fully recovered. However, my experience made me realize that, no matter how careful you are, nothing can completely eliminate the risk of becoming ill. Here is what I learned about seeking healthcare in Gothenburg, Sweden. </span><div><br /><div><strong>1. Get your Swedish personal number </strong></div> <div>If you’ve started preparing for your stay in Sweden, you’re probably sick of hearing about personal numbers. But it cannot be emphasized enough: if you are eligible for a personal number, get it as soon as possible!!! It entitles you to the same health benefits as Swedish citizens, and makes the whole healthcare process a lot simpler. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Find a Healthcare center</strong></div> <div>There are a couple of different ways to get in contact with a doctor in Sweden. The easiest for me was to go to <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to 1177"></a>, where you can create an account, find healthcare centers close to you, book appointments, and <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to 1177">find relevant health recommendations</a>. You can also contact 1177 by phone to get medical advice from a nurse, and (for those who aren’t yet comfortable in Swedish) there is even an option to get information in English. </div> <div>Alternatively, you can call your registered healthcare center directly. If you have a permanent address in Gothenburg and a personal number, you will automatically be registered to the health center closest to you. You can change your registered healthcare center on Note, this does not limit you to only visiting that healthcare center! </div> <div>If contacting 1177 seems too intimidating to you (let’s be real here, nobody actually enjoys phoning the doctor’s office), you can phone the friendly Chalmers Feelgood healthcare center first, or visit their website at Their goal is to help students find the appropriate medical care for their situation. They specialize in study-related illnesses and can support students through physical appointments or web-based visits. If your illness does not fall in the scope of what Feelgood can assist you with, they will provide relevant advice and refer you to different care provider. </div> <div>In case of emergencies or urgent healthcare, you can phone 112 which is the common emergency phone number in Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Fees</strong></div> <div>Although I could take a covid test for free because I had symptoms, there is usually a small fee when you seek Swedish healthcare. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable professional healthcare was in Gothenburg for those who have a Swedish person number. Although patient fees may vary, a standard doctor’s visit can cost between 150-250 SEK. I’ve heard from a friend that students without a person number can expect to pay anything from 400-1400 SEK for a doctor’s visit, although this depends very much on the reason for the appointment and the consultation itself. For students without a personal number, getting a good health insurance to ensure affordable healthcare is very important!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Personal Experience with Healthcare in Gothenburg</strong></div> <div>I contacted the health center at Gibraltargatan, which is less than 200 meters from Chalmers library. They were able to help me quickly and efficiently in English, and I was able to go for a Covid test (and receive the result) in less than 48 hours after I first suspected I was ill. For free! On my account I received the relevant information I needed to take care of my Covid infection. After two weeks, I was contacted to confirm whether I was fully recovered. The most unpleasant part of the experience was having to use the Covid self-test kit – I never again want to come close to a cotton swab...</div> <div><br /></div> <div>My fellow student ambassador, Sena, also visited this health center for a physiotherapy appointment, although she had to book it a week in advance. How soon you get an appointment varies on the severity of your symptoms as well as the individual health center. In her opinion, it was one of the best medical appointments she has ever been to, because the physiotherapist took a holistic approach to health. Not only was her physical injury considered, but also her habits around the injury, her feelings towards the injury and her mental approach towards healing. Hearing about this made me happy, and confirmed what I had heard about Sweden’s high-standard medical service. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Lastly, it is important to note that dental care in Sweden plays by different rules than other medical services. Up until the year that you turn 23, students can receive free dental care in Gothenburg. I managed to get a free appointment just before my cutoff age, and found the service to be helpful and professional. However, for those of you that are older, going to the dentists requires a hefty fee. Best get that smile checked out in your home country to be safe!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Remember:</strong> prevention is better than cure! My Swedish friends love advising multivitamins, healthy diets, exercise and taking fikas in the sun as the best medicine against illness. That being said, medical advice and care is easily accessible if you need it. Let’s all do the most to take care of ourselves!</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 /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Author: <a href="" title="Link to Teanette's Unibuddy">Teanette​</a></span></div></div>Mon, 24 May 2021 10:00:00 +0200