News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 18 May 2020 09:00:20 +0200 road to swedish fluency<p><b>​Who knew you could watch movies and television and call it learning?</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Swedishfluency_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Watching Netflix can be a great way to learn Swedish. Photo credit: </em><span style="font-family:-apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, &quot;san francisco&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, ubuntu, roboto, noto, &quot;segoe ui&quot;, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px"><em> </em></span><em>Mollie Sivaram/Unsplashed</em><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Studying a master’s program at Chalmers <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Do-you-need-to-know-swedish.aspx">requires absolutely no knowledge of Swedish​</a>, as all of the classes are taught in English. Sweden and Gothenburg are incredibly open to non-Swedish speakers because most people have at least a conversational level of English. So, why would I want to try to learn Swedish?</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>While it is totally possible to live here without speaking Swedish, learning the language gives you a better understanding of your surroundings. You can learn more about the culture and the people, and it can open up opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise seen, for example, you might read a flyer about joining a new organization or an event you’d be interested in. Not to mention, being able to speak with a Swede in their own language can give you a sense of accomplishment (especially since they are so annoyingly good at English).</div> <div><br /></div> <div> It would be great to just be able to comfortably hold a conversation with my Swedish friends and family in their language. I try to text my family only in Swedish, which is a good way to see how much I both do and don’t know so far. Another reason that I’d like to learn is because I would like to stay here after graduating and knowing the language should make everyday life and finding a job easier. <span style="background-color:initial">So what tools am I using to learn Swedish?</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>SFI - Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) </strong><br />This is a national free language course offered to people who have emigrated to Sweden from other countries. <span style="background-color:initial">My course ha</span><span style="background-color:initial">s people from many different countries in it, and we started out learning the very basics of Swedish with the alphabet, letter sounds, and so on. I have learned a lot of new vocabulary, learning both writing and speaking skills. I like this course because knowing that I have a class to attend helps me stick to practicing. My biggest struggle has been listening comprehension, so it’s great to be able to listen to the teachers speak. I plan to stay in the course all the way through to get as much out of it as I can. If you would like to join this course, you have to sign up early because there is a long wait time due to the number of people trying to join. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/RoadtoSwedish-Picture.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Duolingo - A popular language app and website </strong></div> <div>I really like Duolingo because it makes learning a language kind of like a game. The app starts out with basics but doesn’t spell out things like grammar rules and sentence structure, so instead, you learn just by completing more and more lessons. You can set the amount of points you want as your goal for each day, and it will send you a reminder to do your lessons. I started learning Swedish on it a few years ago, and sometimes I am very good about doing lessons every day, and other times I forget about it for a while. At one point, I had a daily streak of over 100 days of lessons! Even though it doesn’t exactly teach you the language rules, I think it can give you a very good understanding of how to use the language.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>TV and Movies</strong></div> <div>So far I have only watched a few Swedish language shows. There are not very many Swedish shows on Netflix, and many of them are dark crime dramas (there are so many of these shows that there is a genre of books and series called Nordic Noir). I have watched some of them, like a Swedish/French/English show called Midnattssol (Midnight Sun) about crimes in northern Sweden. I usually prefer comedy though, and I have been looking for Swedish shows similar to my favorites. I enjoy a British show called Taskmaster, where comedians compete to creatively complete tasks, and I recently discovered that there is a Swedish version called Bäst i Test! Since I know I will like the show, I am more excited to watch it in Swedish. As I watch, I use Swedish subtitles and translate words as necessary. I watch the show on SVT Play, which has a huge number of Swedish shows and movies in all genres, it’s a great source for finding something new to watch! <br /><br /></div> <div>Another good way to learn with TV and movies is by watching children’s movies! These movies are dubbed for kids, so you can find movies you already know, like Toy Story or the first Harry Potter film, and listen to the dialogue in Swedish (though I admit it is strange at first to hear familiar characters like Buzz Lightyear speak in a different voice).</div> <div> </div> <div>I’m still early on the road to becoming fluent in Swedish, but these tools are getting me there a little bit at a time! </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div></div>Mon, 18 May 2020 09:00:00 +0200 can kick your coffee habit, but will you?<p><b>​“Knock, knock!”“Who’s there?” “I’m a social interaction mechanism, a study aid and a surprisingly affordable beverage!”</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits-banner2.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:720px;height:326px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> ​​<span style="background-color:initial">I personally love coffee in all shapes and sizes – whether it’s a filter coffee, jumbo size or espresso, frothy and/or with chocolate sprinkles on top – I do not discriminate! Growing up, the ritual of drinking a morning coffee before you start your day was a ritual my parents lived by, even to this day.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><p>Many Australians claim to be coffee aficionados (or snobs – depending on who you ask). In Sydney and <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits%20-%20picture%201.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Coffee Cup" style="margin:5px" /><br />Melbourne, we tend to be spoilt for choice with suburban coffee shops dominating the green and gold landscape. It’s very common to have your favourite café, where the purchase of your first Aeropress is considered a rite of passage by many. Enjoying a flat white or long black is a treat open to all mainly because it is quite affordable at roughly 23SEK a cup.</p> <p> </p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Although I was always exposed to it, I only really began to drink it during my final year of high school when the pressure was on to get those grades for university. Once university began, I would catch up with my friends over cups of coffee. It is therefore safe to say that I grew up around coffee and that my love (or dependence) on it grew as time went on.</span><br /></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">During my bachelor’s degree I spent a semester abroad in Denmark. There, I came to quickly realize that purchasing coffee from a store was not a habit I could maintain as it was really expensive, and I was on a strict student budget! I learnt to fall in love with homebrewed filter coffee quite quickly. However, when I got back to Australia, I had a barista-made coffee relapse. Based on this experience and my silly preconception that all Nordic countries operated identically, I kicked my coffee habit two weeks before I left Australia to study at Chalmers. I found this super difficult as I was so accustomed to drinking it especially when I felt my energy levels drop. This is when I turned to coffee’s cousin, tea, for support. It was not an easy road and it did take some time to adjust but at least I was prepared this time round!</span><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/coffeehabits-picture%202.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Café SMAK at Chalmers University of Technology" style="margin:0px 5px" />Upon arriving in Gothenburg to study at Chalmers, I realised that the café culture was as pervasive as it was back home in Australia. It turns out that Sweden is in fact one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world. This should not have come as a surprise as I was somewhat aware of Sweden’s fika culture before I arrived. Fika is defined by sitting down with a coffee and a pastry of some delicious description where you’re able to take timeout to enjoy catching up with friends or colleagues or just about anyone. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly the point in time when fika culture became “cultural”. Nevertheless, Swedes have been enjoying their coffee on and off for the past 400 years despite historical bans on the addictive beverage. Today, I am able to confidently say that fika is a fabulous (legal) pastime and one that I have enjoyed heaps of times typically with a kanelbulle in hand!</p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Other than the Swedes’ love for fika, I suppose one reason for coffee consumption being as high as it is can be placed down to the fact that it is quite affordable when compared to Sweden’s Nordic counterparts. If you look past the larger coffee chains, many smaller cafes allow you to get a refill or påtår where workplaces also tend to offer coffee in abundance. Bringing this back to Chalmers and during the long Winters which are riddled with assignments and exams, I have found myself consuming much more than I usually do. At 12SEK a piece for a cup of joe (or rather Bryggkaffe) on campus, I have not only been able to get through my exams, but I have also been able to enjoy the tradition of fika with my classmates!</span><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara​</a>​<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></p></div></div>Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200 Day in the Life of an Industrial Ecology Student<p><b>​Are you curious about what a day in my programme looks like?</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/DayInLife-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">Each day in <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/pages/industrial-ecology.aspx">industrial ecology​</a> is different, with new interesting topics, activities, and discussions. My day is filled with not only learning things I am enthusiastic about but also spending time with friends! Let me take you on a journey through my day! </span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><br /></span><span></span><div><strong>7:20 </strong></div> <div>I get up the third or fourth time after I’ve hit the snooze button. Whenever my friends talk about how early they have to get up to take the tram to school, I remember how lucky I am to live close to Chalmers. I get ready and make tea, probably lemon or blackcurrant.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>7:50 </strong></div> <div>I walk over to class, and I check TimeEdit – an app that shows my schedule and class location – I wouldn’t want to walk to the wrong building or show up late!<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>8:00</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/DayInLife-Timeline%20Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This semester, my morning class is Environmental Risk Assessment. We are currently learning about risk assessment of chemicals, identifying hazards, assessing the level of risk. There are often short exercises throughout the class, and today we work with our classmates to determine whether different situations can be classified as risky.</div> <div>It was very surprising to realize in the first week of my programme, that every class takes a break every 45 minutes. Having had multiple hours long courses in the past, it is nice when you hit the 45-minute mark and get to take a short break to talk to classmates or get a coffee. <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>10:00</strong></div> <div>It is my second Environmental Risk Assessment lecture of the day, starting with a new professor. This class is taught by three teachers, which has been common in some of my classes so far. Each teacher tends to lead the lectures which correspond to their own research, which is great because they tend to be excited to teach and can answer in-depth questions on the topic. The new lecture dives deeper into the Effect Assessment from the earlier presentation.  <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>11:45</strong></div> <div> It’s time for lunch! There are no classes and everyone on campus finds a place to eat around campus. I often try to pack my lunch, but today myself and some friends decide to go over to the student union to eat in the Kårrestaurang. I try the vegan option, which today is a vegan burger with potatoes and salsa. It was a good choice, I would try again! In industrial ecology, we have learned about the processes involved in growing the food we eat, including crops and animals for meat. Learning about this, and the fact that there are so many meat-free options at Chalmers and grocery stores has inspired me to eat almost exclusively vegetarian. Speaking of which, our previous ambassador Spencer wrote a blog about how Chalmers cafeteria helps students make better environmental choices:</div> <div>Often during lunch and breaks, my friends and I talk about the topics from recent lectures. I think it’s a testament to the level of interest and enthusiasm we have for our programme and what we are learning.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>13:15</strong></div> <div>After lunch, I walk to my next class, Environmental Management. It has been about environmental practices implemented by businesses and learning to analyze their strategies and systems. Today, class starts with a peer review session on reports we have written on previously assigned businesses. We switch reports with another student, asking questions about their findings, and determining ways to improve our own work.</div> <div>When I have questions for my teacher, I call her over by using her first name. Coming from the US, where we address professors as Dr. Insert Name Here, this was a bit strange a first. The system in Sweden has a much more horizontal structure than the United States. Compared to what I have experienced before, I feel that this system treats students more as equals. I have always felt respect from my teachers, and our courses have encouraged discussion and questioning of ideas in order to ensure understanding.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>15:00</strong></div> <div>For the second lecture of Environmental Management, a guest speaker, Victoria Lund Mattsson, comes to talk to us about her experience as a Business Development Engineer at Emerson in Sweden, and how sustainability plays a part in her job. She is actually a graduate of the industrial ecology programme, so I’m really interested in her perspective since graduating. Her presentation is really refreshing, speaking about both the environmental successes and areas in need of progress at her company. </div> <div>In Environmental Management, and many other courses, guest lecturers who have researched relevant topics or work in environmental roles in the industry have come in to speak with us. This is always interesting, as we can learn the practical applications and ask in-depth questions.  <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>17:00</strong></div> <div>After class, I take the tram to my Swedish for Immigrants course. It is run through the city of Gothenburg for free for people like me, who want to learn Swedish. I have been in the class for a couple months now, and I can tell that my skills have improved. I make a note to ask classmates about good TV shows in Swedish to watch to improve my hearing comprehension. We get a new packet with vocabulary on traveling, and practice reading with the people sitting next to us. </div> <div><br /><strong>20:30</strong></div> <div>As I head home, I make a note of the things on my to-do list, as I try to stay organised by writing things down in my planner. I check that my many alarms are set for the morning and get ready for the next day.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This was a typical day in my programme industrial ecology! Every day brings new interesting challenges and experiences, I hope you enjoyed the journey! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda</a></div></div>Mon, 04 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200 swedish sauna experience<p><b>​Here is why a sauna is so much more than just a hot room!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Saunablog_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><div><em>The sauna that’s on stilts in the harbour at Frihamnen, Gothenburg which was constructed largely from recycled materials.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Going to the sauna in Sweden especially in the colder Winter months has been a fun and enjoyable pastime. I remember my first experience stumbling into a sauna as a young child as I was trying to find my older cousin in a large swimming pool complex. It was hot, uncomfortable and strange. The next time I stepped into a sauna was many years later.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /><div>At my student dorm at Emilsborg, we are fortunate enough to have an indoor sauna and pool as part of the complex. Having quite a few friends from Chalmers that live at Emilsborg as well, it has been quite easy to round everyone up for evenings at the sauna!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Seeing as Swedish Winters are much colder than Australian ones, feeling that overwhelming sense of warmth and heat when it is so cold outside is a strange but welcomed sensation. The smell of the hot coals and fragrant cedar is really relaxing especially with a cold beverage in hand. What tops all of this is the fact that I can spend some time with my friends chatting about our day in a cosy setting! This cosy setting typically does not last too long for me as my tolerance for the extreme humidity is not the best. I do try to stick it out for as long as possible, however. When I do find it gets too hot, I jump into the pool and hang out in there until I’ve cooled down and am ready for round 2!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Saunablog_photo2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I don’t find it weird being in such close quarters with others as everyone is minding their own business. Some saunas in Sweden require you to take your bathing suit off and in that case the sauna rooms are split into male and female quarters. For the most part though, including the saunas at Emilsborg, you keep your swimsuit on. Public saunas generally have swimsuit and hygiene guidelines as you enter so you know what to expect! I also found out the hard way that a lot of the older generation do not particularly like a lot of noise or chitchat whilst you’re in the sauna with them so please don’t make my same mistake! Depending on your love for the heat you can either stay on the bottom platform or go higher up with the sauna daredevils. I am not in the daredevil league yet but I’m climbing that ladder.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Although saunas do exist back home in Australia, it is not very common to visit them. Unlike Australia, many homes and summer houses in Sweden have saunas in them. A little fun fact: there’s actually a freestanding sauna that’s on stilts in the harbour at Frihamnen, Gothenburg which was constructed largely from recycled materials. FYI, it does wobble in the wind. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Despite sauna being Finnish by nature, sauna or in Swedish bastu, has been a part of the Swedish cultural landscape for some time and I have come to see why! I found that after my first time, I got hooked on the sensation. As you walk out of the sauna you feel that all your muscles have relaxed and that you’re on cloud 9; it’s the best feeling ever! I eventually found myself going on a weekly basis where I even started going on my own when my friends couldn’t make it. <span style="background-color:initial">Even though the social aspect is not there on these occasions, I am still able to relax whilst reflecting on my day which is also great. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Some people run to relax but I prefer to go to the sauna instead!</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara​</a></div> <div><br /></div> </div></div> <br />Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0200 programme changed my lifestyle<p><b>​Industrial Ecology opened my eyes to new ideas of sustainability, and even changed the way I live everyday life!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/PrgmChgLf-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">The first week of my programme, <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/pages/industrial-ecology.aspx">Industrial Ecology</a>, I was embarrassed that my lunch had meat in it. In class, we jumped right in by learning about how human use of land for agriculture, mainly to feed animals, has caused large losses in stored carbon in plants. I was impressed with the questions that my classmates asked, for example about the amount of carbon stored in oceans and land, or the use of forests in Sweden. They were well-informed and clearly had previous knowledge about these subjects. I had taken one class in my bachelor that was environmental engineering-related, but this was mostly focused on water treatment. I felt a bit intimidated by my lack of previous experience, but I soon learned that my classmates were from diverse backgrounds, and we would be able to teach each other and learn together.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>Since starting my programme, I have been exposed to many new ideas on sustainability that I wasn’t familiar with before. For example, I learned about saving cans and plastic bottles for <em>panta</em>, where you can get a discount for returning them to the grocery store. I also found out that it is possible to pay to offset the carbon emissions of taking a plane or bus ride in some cases. Coming from the US, sustainable development isn’t as strongly promoted as I have seen it done here in Sweden. I recycled, brought my own bags to ALDI, and didn’t eat a lot of meat, but this was generally the extent of my environmental contributions. I knew that I could do more, but it felt like a lot of work and I wasn’t sure where to start.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is a definition that has come up in every class I’ve taken so far, which is the Bruntland definition on sustainable development, “Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. This thread has been woven throughout my lectures because it relates to most of the topics and tools we’ve learned about. Many of the topics have to do with assessing how to make changes so that the impacts of a product or process are minimized.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Ideas like this have crept into my everyday thinking. I bring my own bags with me no matter what store I’m going to, and I haven’t gotten any new plastic bags for months. I eat almost entirely vegetarian, both because of what I’ve learned in class and because it is admittedly easier in Gothenburg than it was where I lived in the US. When I go shopping, whether it is for clothes or home things, my first stop is to the thrift stores, where I usually find something great. I also prefer products with little or no packaging, preventing me from having to throw it away. I know now that my classmates wouldn’t judge me for eating meat, and they also have a wide range of diets and lifestyles. Through our classes and conversations, I’ve realized it is much easier to make these changes than I thought. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is my intention to keep these habits up, whether I’m living in Gothenburg or anywhere else. I hope I can show others who feel like I did when I first started the programme, that everyone is learning and growing, and these lifestyle changes are much easier than it seems at first!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amandablogpp.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div> <div><br /></div></div>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200 the outbreak of Covid-19 has changed our lives<p><b>​Our student perspective on the current crisis and how we have embraced the uncertainties of this time.</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">​<span>Tamara, studying Entrepreneurship and business design</span></h3> <div>The outbreak of Covid-19 has changed the way we learn and participate in group work but also the way we interact with our friends outside the classroom. Going digital has been surprisingly seamless even though we were all a bit nervous about the transition of moving from lecture halls to the digital rooms of Zoom! Online lectures have mirrored the usual classroom format where we still have breaks every hour, an extended lunch break and breakout sessions for group discussions. The lecturer has control over putting everyone in groups and then bringing them back into the main session so as students we haven’t had to do a whole lot ! Another perk is that we can all sleep-in just that little bit longer as we don’t have to take into account travel time. Also, by sneakily switching my camera off I am able to learn and eat my breakfast simultaneously!</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Even though it has been seamless, I personally miss the face-to-face interaction with my classmates. Being able to actively engage with them and then go on coffee breaks together is an activity that I hope I will get to enjoy again in the near future. It has been quite common to have lunch or even breaks together over Zoom but it is not quite the same as the real thing - at least we’re trying though!</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The uncertainty of being away from home has been slightly stressful due to the different approaches’ countries have used to handle the outbreak. The “not knowing” feeling of which approach is best whilst also not knowing when this will all be over is difficult. I was meant to travel back home to Australia over the Easter break but because of quarantine measures, I decided to stay and ride out the situation here in Gothenburg. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>My approach to meeting friends has certainly changed and instead of meeting in public places, we spend more time at each other's apartments or speaking over messenger apps. As long as we’re not showing symptoms and following current guidelines from the Swedish government, we’ve decided that it is okay to see each other in the comfort of each other’s homes as complete social isolation would dampen the mood even more! </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Corona-Outside-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />We have also been going on walks outside but we are very aware that we have to greet each other from afar and keep our distance whilst walking as well. I haven’t been worried personally by the “social distancing” recommendations because I feel that as long as we adhere to them we should be okay! Keeping active has also changed; I’ve spent a lot more time walking around parks than going to the gym. Despite this change, I have actually enjoyed spending time outdoors in open spaces especially as the weather has been so lovely the past week. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>All in all, this is how the outbreak of the virus has affected the way I learn and my overall student life at Chalmers so far. However, it has not all been negative. I have learnt that my teachers, my school and my friends and I are resilient and that we are capable of coming up with creative solutions to problems when we’re faced with unforeseen uncertainties. I am still more than happy to be where I am and studying at Chalmers but I definitely do hope that things go back to normal soon! </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Amanda, studying Industrial ecology</h3> <div> </div> <div>My teachers have done a good job of transitioning everything to online. In both of my classes, we still have group projects, now working over Zoom to plan everything. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Immediately it was clear that I and my classmates would like to be able to find ways to interact even though we don’t have physical classes together. During our short breaks in class, my friends and I have video calls, and we have had virtual lunch together too. We have also found ways to have fun together by playing games as a group like Quiplash (a party game where the goal is basically to be the funniest) or fun quizzes where we can see and talk to each other while we play. It’s really nice to have the option to see everyone whilst we’re home, but I can’t wait until we can all meet up again!</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Being far from home at this time has been a bit strange. I follow the news both in Sweden and in the US to understand what I should be doing. Ohio, the state I’m from, has been very proactive about setting measures like closing businesses and setting a stay-at-home order. It seems like Sweden is moving toward stronger measures, urging people to stay home at Easter. I have been following the stronger recommendations, not going to businesses except for the grocery store for a few weeks now. I feel safe doing so, and I’m glad that my family has good information to follow too. One nice thing about everyone being home is that they are much more available to call, and I’ve been able to catch up with people. I do think the uncertainty of the situation is the worst aspect. My brother was supposed to visit at Easter, so I hope that it will be possible to see him this summer. My international friends and I definitely lean on each other to have a sense of community and normalcy.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Corona-Knitting-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I have found activities that I can do which are “coronavirus friendly”. I’ve picked up knitting and embroidery projects that I half-finished before and started baking more. Sure, sometimes I lay down and fall into a TikTok hole on my phone for a while, but I’m trying to limit this by having other things to do. It is great that we can go outside, get fresh air and meet up with some friends in a safe way, especially since the weather is becoming so nice in Gothenburg! I can easily walk to the grocery store, and I just try to leave a good amount of space between myself and others. I also tried getting groceries delivered, which was very easy and convenient for allowing people to stay home. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Of course, I do miss the activities I used to be able to do. I love going to the movies, but now some cinemas are showing movies online, you just have to pay for a ticket like normal and can continue to support small businesses. There is also a Netflix extension that lets you watch movies in sync with others, and my friends and I plan to try this out. Another activity I wish I could do is to go to afterworks with classmates from my program, which used to happen every few weeks. To work around this, we had the first one recently on Zoom, and it was great to see them again! The trick for activities now is finding ways to adapt. There are many things that can be done similarly through the internet (though we’ll see how it goes when I inevitably try to cut my own hair).</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>This is a strange time, but so far, I’ve seen that the people I know are more than willing to lend a helping hand, for example, by helping those of us unfamiliar with Swedish media find good sources for up-to-date news, find new creative ways to be around each other with an outdoor picnic or Zoom hangout, and be a voice of support! A lot has changed in a short time, but overall it is life as usual. I feel good to be where I am, and I hope we can come out of this soon, learning that we are capable of taking on the uncertainties of life!</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda &amp; Tamara​</a></div> <div> </div> ​Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0200 familiar holidays from around the world to Sweden<p><b>​This is how international students including myself found new ways to celebrate familiar holidays that are not celebrated in Sweden.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Holidays-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Swedes looove their holidays. Among the ones that many of us are familiar with, like Christmas or Valentine’s Day, there are many Swedish holidays like Midsummer, and the ones that focus on foods like Waffle Day or Semla Day. There are some holidays though, which aren’t celebrated widely in Sweden that I am used to celebrating in the US. Something that I didn’t consider before coming here was how or whether I could still celebrate them in Sweden.</span><div><br /><div>Halloween was the first major holiday that happened after moving to Gothenburg. It is one of my favorite holidays, and it was very strange to see absolutely no decorations for it anywhere. I didn’t have any Halloween movie nights with friends (Hocus Pocus anyone?), or even watch the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special, and I was a bit bummed out about the possibility of the holiday coming and going without doing anything. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Holidays-Picture1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Thankfully, friends from Chalmers and I decided not to let this happen! We got pumpkins from the grocery store and carved them into jack-o’-lanterns, and friends of mine decided to have a Halloween party. The best part of Halloween (in my opinion) is figuring out your costume. It can be whatever you want, some people go for scary things, others pop culture and everything in between. Some of my favorites from over the years have been Pippi Longstocking and the Statue of Liberty. My friends and I decided to go to the best place for finding costumes, a secondhand store. We had no set ideas coming into our search until we found a great vest that led us to decide to be the characters from Aladdin. Building on that, we found things to create costumes for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and even the Magic Carpet. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Were we the only ones dressed up at the party? Yes. But it didn’t matter, we had a great time!</div> <div>The second big holiday that I celebrated in Sweden was American Thanksgiving. Though the roots of this holiday are actually quite terrible, today it is a time to come together with friends and family and reflect on things you are thankful for. It is generally celebrated by getting together with extended family and eating a dinner of foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie, etc. A recent development of this holiday is the concept of Friendsgiving, which is basically a Thanksgiving dinner but with friends instead of family. An American friend and I decided that we wanted to hold our own Friendsgiving. We invited classmates to a potluck dinner, where we made some of the more traditional dishes and each person brought their own to share. We even projected the parade that is played every Thanksgiving morning in the US. It was so fun! </div> <div>Some of the other Chalmers International Student ambassadors have also celebrated holidays from home. <br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Holidays-Picture-c.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Jenny celebrated Chinese New Year while in Sweden. She said, “I celebrated by gathering with my best friends and having hotpots while watching Spring Festival Gala. Though it’s not possible to receive a physical red packet, my parents still send me through WeChat. We also send red packet to our friends for wishing them a happy new year.” </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Juan was able to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with other Mexicans in Gothenburg, “We had a party in one of the student housings here in Gothenburg where we did the famous &quot;<em>Grito de independencia</em>&quot;. <em>Miguel Hidalgo</em> started the independence movement ringing the bells of the church where he was the priest and doing the famous &quot;<em>Grito</em>&quot;. It's tradition to do the same in front of every Government building at 23:00 on September 15th each year. However, we did our own version during the party.” </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It has been great to find ways to celebrate familiar holidays here in Sweden. It makes one feel connected to home while in this new setting. It’s nice to share my own traditions with friends and to learn about theirs as well. After spending Christmas here, and Easter is coming this weekend, I’m looking forward to experiencing more holidays the Swedish way! </div> <div><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Amanda_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Amanda​</a></div> </div>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200 is flying shame and how it has changed my outlook<p><b>​Have you ever heard about the flying shame?</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/flyskam-banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">A few weeks before I departed Australia for Sweden to begin my studies at Chalmers there was a segment on the television about Swedish flying shame. At first, I didn’t quite understand what they meant by the concept. </span><div><br /></div> <div>I learned that <em>flygskam </em>or flight shame is this notion whereby Swedes are encouraged to take alternative modes of transport, particularly buses or trains, in order to curb and offset the carbon emissions as the result of traveling by air.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the time, <em>flygskam</em>, had felt quite irrelevant for me considering how large Australia is and how distant the continent is from other countries and places I liked to travel to. Arriving in Sweden and taking into account how close I was to other major cities, I looked into longer distance bus and train travel almost immediately as I was planning on visiting a close friend of mine in Copenhagen shortly after I settled into Gothenburg. The 4-hour bus to my friend was a great and affordable guilt-free alternative to taking a 45-minute flight. The Australian TV segment on Swedish flight shame had first enlightened me on the issue and although I did not feel it was super relevant to me at the time, it did, in fact, make me practice what was preached.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Flygskam </em>was actually a regular topic of discussion among my classmates during lecture breaks at Chalmers where although there was consensual support for the notion, some were critical as to whether or not it had actually made any kind of difference overall. Even if the numbers haven’t stacked up yet, the shame of making uninformed decisions and buying into unnecessary material items has actually permeated into other aspects and industries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/flygskam%20-%20picture1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/flyskam%20-%20picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Köpskam</em>, or the shame associated with shopping, has propelled my group of friends and the youth at large to reconsider their buying habits and shop sustainably through second-hand stores and flea markets when we feel like we need a party outfit or a kitchen appliance for example. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This movement has been visibly encouraged by venues and institutions across Gothenburg as there’s a second-hand popup in town every other week! The popularity of Chalmers’ <a href="" target="_blank">Re:Cycle</a> initiative is another prime example of this where students are able to buy rescued bikes that would have otherwise been thrown away. Wherever you go, you never know what you’re going to find - it could be a diamond in the rough or nowhere near a diamond at all - but you do know that it’s going to be affordable. Köpskam has definitely made me reconsider my buying habits as it has made me focus on what I really need as opposed to just what’s trendy right now. Although I may feel that I’m not making a difference on a larger scale, small things do add up and if enough people get on board then I am optimistic that old-school attitudes will adapt and the way businesses do business will follow suit. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Shame, however, is a loaded word. Although some may think that guilting others into these movements is overstepping some boundaries, I personally feel that it is necessary. Seeing as the environment is such an important and pressing issue, making others feel uncomfortable about it actually encourages them to do their own research and assists in propelling these notions to the wider international sphere (which is exactly what happened as <em>flygskam </em>reached me all the way in Australia!). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My exposure to the movement of flight shame here in Sweden will definitely be at the back of my mind when I go back home to visit. Although alternative modes of transport from Sweden to Australia will be difficult, my flights to other cities within Australia will be taken with coaches or trains where the one major difference will be planning slightly further ahead! I also hope my friends and family back home will like their mystery thrifted items (it’s the thought that counts anyway).</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Instead of Keeping Up with the Joneses, I’m Keeping Up with the Swedes and I feel that my carbon footprint is all the better for it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Tamara_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Tamara​</a></div> <div><br /></div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0200,-to-Japan,-and-around-the-world!.aspx,-to-Japan,-and-around-the-world!.aspxBecoming an international entrepreneur: From Mexico to Sweden, to Japan, and around the world!<p><b>From summer internship in Japan, to how my startup has been growing internationally.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Richjapanbanner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">During the spring semester, my classmates and I were given the chance to apply for summer internships all over the world: Silicon Valley, China, Japan among others. As I am studying <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Entrepreneurship-and-Business-Design.aspx" target="_blank">Entrepreneurship and Business Design</a> and been aspiring to grow my startup, <a href="" target="_blank">Lucero</a>, in an international setting, this was a great opportunity to challenge myself, learn from the best practices, and make new contacts. I heard about this internship in Fukuoka, Japan while talking with two students from the year above who told me about their good experiences and how different it was from Sweden, so I decided to go.</span><div><br /><div>I worked for <a href="" target="_blank">Saino</a>, a company located at <a href="" target="_blank">Fukuoka Growth Next (FGN)</a> that is embedded in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the city and manages several projects like <a href="" target="_blank">MYOJOWARAKU </a>- the biggest Tech Festival of the region and the Engineering Café. One of the best things I experienced is that I always felt surrounded by driven entrepreneurs, businesses and innovation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/richaddpic1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />In contrary to the general perception of Japan as this High-Tech Innovation giant, the startup scene in the country performs weakly when compared with other smaller economies. Japan has only 3 unicorns (privately held startups valued at over $1 billion), while Indonesia has 5, South Korea 10, and China has an outstanding number of 94.   How was that possible? During my short time there I got some hints of what was going on.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I will start by saying that Japan is such a fascinating place due to its contrasting character. Living there was a surrealistic experience, especially the feeling of “new vs traditional”. I witnessed futuristic technologies mixed with a rich and interesting culture. I also realized that there are many unwritten social rules. For instance, it is considered rude to take phone calls on the train for example, and the passengers are suggested to speak in low volume to not disturb the others.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Going back to the entrepreneurial culture, when talking with different entrepreneurs I noticed that there are several challenges they face every day. The corporate world is still a huge one where hierarchy is achieved through age, working in the same company for several years is important and respected. Many young people’s dream is being hired by one of the large corporations like Toyota, Sony, or Mitsubishi which makes it harder to quit everything and build an uncertain startup.</div> <div>But things are changing. The country (and the people!) is committed to grow through innovation and there's more support by the Japanese Government to different players, especially startups on the quest of finding new innovative solutions for their new challenges. Fukuoka is the perfect example of one of these initiatives. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I was fortunate to work and meet this talented community of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and people working in the government and private companies as part of my internship experience. I brought back a lot of new experiences, working in such an unfamiliar environment with a big language barrier tested my resilience, confidence and adaptability skills. This has been important for my self-growth as well as for my startup. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/richaddpic2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Besides, since my startup <a href="" target="_blank">Lucero </a>is aiming to make cutting-edge laser technology easy to use and available to anyone, the network that I built in Japan has helped us to gain more insights from the needs of potential customers in Asia-Pacific. I’m looking forward to going back soon. It has been an exciting journey, especially the fact that studying at Chalmers brought me and my friends (who now became my business partners) across the globe to experience the real world of being an international entrepreneur.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The latest update, my startup which was born at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, has brought us even to San Francisco where we were given an Early Entrepreneur Travel Award and got to compete as semifinalists in the <a href="" target="_blank">SPIE Startup Challenge</a> at the biggest conference of Optics and Photonics in the world.</div> <div>As I am finishing writing this blog we are preparing our trip to Riga, where we will compete at the <a href="" target="_blank">Fifty Founders Battle Semifinals</a> in Techchill, one of the biggest tech events in the Baltics. <span style="background-color:initial">Wish us luck!</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Rich_Z.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Rich</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more:</div> <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Solving-real-life-business-cases-Sign-me-up!.aspx"><div><em>Rich's blog about his experience in solving real-life business cases during his studies</em></div></a><a href="" target="_blank"><div><span><em>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship</em></span></div></a><div><em><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Entrepreneurship-and-Business-Design.aspx" target="_blank">Master's Programme of Entrepreneurship and Business Design</a></em></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Chalmers Ventures</em></a></div>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 engineering meets healthcare in my summer job<p><b>​This summer I got the opportunity to work in the field that I love: Biomedical Engineering!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ivanasummerjob_banner2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial">With my second semester at Chalmers being in full swing, I was extremely motivated to find my first summer job in Sweden (or better said, my first summer job ever!). And, after months of applications, job fairs and countless cover letters written, I have found mine! I started to work as a software engineer at a company called Gynius Plus AB at Sahlgrenska Science Park and here is a bit about my experience of working there!</span><div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Ivanasummerjob.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><a href="" target="_blank">Sahlgrenska Science Park​</a> is helping established or new businesses in the life science industry, therefore they conduct collaboration between business, academia and healthcare. Gynius Plus is one of the companies located at the science park, and it is a company striving to improve women's health around the world with the focus on cervical cancer. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Being a <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx">Biomedical Engineering​</a> student, this was extremely exciting for me and for many reasons! First of all, this is still a new field so there are still not that many companies working in this area. Working in an environment that focuses on improving healthcare and bringing innovation in the medical field is exactly where I need to be to learn about current issues. Secondly, I got the position of a software engineer which meant that I was working with applications providing telemedicine services.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Furthermore, I was a part of an amazing team, making my summer even more enjoyable! Although I have to spend the whole summer working, my team makes it so much easier to handle. The whole company consists of around 10-15 people, while I was a part of the research team that consisted of 5 people. It was quite an international team, but our work environment was typical for a Swedish company. We had a good mixture of team-work and individual work. We had the freedom to follow our own initiative and ideas, freedom to find the best solution and to discuss and solve problems together. Fika time is one of my favourite Swedish traditions, as it is a nice time to get some energy, have a good discussion and learn what are your colleagues doing. Luckily, we had it daily!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Finally, I finished my summer with a great experience! I have worked a lot and learned so much! Plus, I met some great people and expanded my network. Additionally, this story did not end with the summer but continued with great new opportunities and a part-time job!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Ivana_P.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Ivana</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx"><div><em>Read more about Ivana's programme: Biomedical Engineering</em></div></a></div>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 part-time during my studies at Chalmers<p><b>​‘Can I work part-time during my studies?’ is a very common question I’ve received. There is no universal answer for this, but I will share my experience in this blog.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Part-time%20job_picture1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">W</span><span style="background-color:initial">hen I came to Sweden, I didn’t have a clear idea of how my schedule of studies will look like. Based on my experience during my last year of bachelor’s studies with a flexible schedule, I assumed that working part-time will be possible. With that picture in mind, I came here, and things turned out to be different. Despite its flexible schedule as well, students at Chalmers are expected to study or work on university project 40 hours a week, which equals to a full-time job. And although the schedules of the week are varied, we often have many scheduled activities such as workshops, lectures and tutoring that we don’t want to miss.  One more new thing for me was group projects, which didn’t allow me to find much time during the day for work as I wanted to be fair with my group mates. All of these made me rethink my plans regarding working part-time.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /></div> <div>The first semester I was not able to have any part-time job. I had many things on my shoulder during the first weeks abroad, including adapting to a new environment and my first experience with a group project at school. I also needed time to sort out my new life abroad to find out what I am capable of in terms of possible work. As I heard, finding a part-time job can be challenging especially for an international student. Knowing this, I prepared myself and applied for part-time jobs at the end of the first semester. And guess what? I got accepted as a Chalmers International Student Ambassador.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Part-time%20job_picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Here is my rough idea of how much time I spend on studies, part-time work, and my hobbies. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>As an International Student Ambassador, I had to commit up to 3h per week and I knew I am capable of it. Half a year later I joined another project named Chalmers Pluggstöd, where I together with other students work as a tutor for high-school students. This position adds 3h of work per week. Together it makes around 6h, but sometimes it can get to 8h/week. It seems not much to tackle, doesn’t it?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I knew that I am fine with working 8h a week in addition to my studies because if you ask my friends, they will tell you that they were always impressed by how organised I am. However, I realize that it requires more than just time management skills. So, the answer to the question ‘how much I can work’ to me lies in my life value: ‘balance in life’.  Going to a university that taught me that overworking is unhealthy, I didn’t want to lose this chance to make my life more balanced. I knew that studies are a priority and earning some money is a bonus, but life doesn’t end on this. To stay healthy, I need to go to the gym. This gives another 3-4h per week to the schedule.</div> <div> </div> <div>You know the saying: ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do’, right? I figured, to have higher chances of getting a job in Sweden and to develop myself, I should learn Swedish. It adds 7-8h/week in my schedule. Last but not least, sometimes there are small activities popping-up in my schedule once in a while, including fun stuff to do such as hanging out with friends! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>If you calculate it all together, working-part time during studies with the purpose of earning for a living or even for tuition fee doesn’t look that feasible. But for some extra money to go to the movies or eat at a nice restaurant? Maybe, yes!  There will be people who will tell you that working part-time for a living is possible, and it possibly is. But the question is – for what price? </div> <div><br /></div> <div>To end this blog, I just wanted to underline that if you come to Sweden for studying, it is important to keep in mind that studies should be your priority and working part-time can be just a nice addition to it.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Alexandra_P.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Aleksandra</a><br /></div> ​</div>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0100 experience with the Avancez scholarship<p><b>​Two student ambassadors share their experience with the Avancez s​​​cholarship that they both received to study at Chalmers.</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"></h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/avancez_header.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:750px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><br /></h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">​<br /><br /><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Haining from China (Interaction Design and Technologies)<br /></h3> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:left">The entire scholarship application process was not an easy task for me. I first went through <span style="background-color:initial">t</span><span style="background-color:initial">he web to understand the different types of scholarships that I can apply for. Then I </span><span style="background-color:initial">searched a lot of scholarship holders’ stories to know more about their experiences. After </span><span style="background-color:initial">t</span><span style="background-color:initial">hat, I came to the most challenging part — completing the motivation letter.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left">I first searched for a lot of guidelines online about <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Succesful-Motivation-Letter.aspx">how to write a motivation letter </a>for <span style="background-color:initial">ap</span><span style="background-color:initial">plication for a Master’s Programme. I tried to write my letter, and then I sent my first draft </span><span style="background-color:initial">t</span><span style="background-color:initial">o some of my friends to ask them to help me reviewing my text. They provided feedback </span><span style="background-color:initial">both on content and grammar. I felt that they helped me a lot because I found it difficult when I</span><span style="background-color:initial"> tr</span><span style="background-color:initial">y to explain my motivation to a person I am familiar with but didn't know much about my f</span><span style="background-color:initial">uture plan. This helped me to know which material in my motivation letter was more</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left"> </div> <div style="text-align:left"><div>important and what was missing. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">During this process, I kept asking myself what my motivation was for applying. It can be said </span><span style="background-color:initial">that the process of completing the motivation letter was not only for a</span><span style="background-color:initial">pplying for scholarships </span><span style="background-color:initial">b</span><span style="background-color:initial">ut also for making yourself more dete</span><span style="background-color:initial">rmined to study abroad. Moreover, the process also </span><span style="background-color:initial">helped me to understand myself better.</span></div></div> <div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br />Ivana from </span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Serbia (Biomedical Engineering) </span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/avancez_ivana.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Since</span><span style="background-color:initial"> I finished my bachelor studies in Biomedical Engineering, I wanted to continue my </span><span style="background-color:initial">studies in the field at the university where this still quite new programme is already </span><span style="background-color:initial">esta</span><span style="background-color:initial">blished, providing internationally competitive education and where I can learn about </span><span style="background-color:initial">advanced topics in the field. For that and many more reasons than I can fit in this blog, </span><span style="background-color:initial">s</span><span style="background-color:initial">tudying <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Biomedical-engineering.aspx">Biomedical Engineering master programme at Chalmers</a> was a perfect way to </span><span style="background-color:initial">c</span><span style="background-color:initial">ontinue my education. Afte</span><span style="background-color:initial">r pre</span><span style="background-color:initial">paring every document for my Master’s Programme </span><span style="background-color:initial">application, as Haining, I had to do my best to prepare an application for the Avancez</span></div></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>scholarship.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Considering the tuition fee for students outside of the European Union, <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx">having a scholarship </a>was <span style="background-color:initial">a</span><span style="background-color:initial"> crucial part for me. Being aware of the difference between the tuition fee in my home </span><span style="background-color:initial">country and northern European countries I knew that I wouldn't be able to come to </span><span style="background-color:initial">study in </span><span style="background-color:initial">Sweden without it. Therefore, I was more than happy that opportunities like this scholarship </span><span style="background-color:initial">a</span><span style="background-color:initial">re available for fee-paying students at Chalmers.</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>I remember being admitted at Chalmers and despite how excited I felt about it, the <span style="background-color:initial">moment </span><span style="background-color:initial">I was waiting for was the news about receiving the <a href="">Avancez scholarship.</a> This </span><span style="background-color:initial">s</span><span style="background-color:initial">cholarship is one of the scholarships funded by Chalmers for the first-year master students, it is </span><span style="background-color:initial">v</span><span style="background-color:initial">ery similar to the <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/iPOET.aspx">IPOET scholarship​</a>. It covers 75% of the tuition fees and the opportunity to </span><span style="background-color:initial">raise to 85% during the second year. This was a big deal, and it gave even better motivation </span><span style="background-color:initial">t</span><span style="background-color:initial">o do my best during my studies. Now, I am only a few months away from finishing my</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>master studies I couldn't be more thankful for the time I have spent at Chalmers. The source of <span style="background-color:initial">funding is often a barrier for a lot of students and hopefully one of the scholarship </span><span style="background-color:initial">opportunities at Chalmers or in Sweden can help you as the Avancez scholarship has helped us!</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Haining_L.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Ivana_P.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Haining and Ivana​</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Avancez scholarship here​​</a></div>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0100 my summer job led to a part time job<p><b>​Boosting my confidence, growing my network and being mentored by the best. This is how I landed a summer job at one of Sweden’s automotive companies- CEVT, and how it is paving the way to my future career.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/marvin-meyer-SYTO3xs06fU-unsplash.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">One of the best experiences you can have during your master’s study at Chalmers University is doing a summer job or an internship. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Being an international student, the concept of “summer Job” was relatively new, at least to me. During CHARM 2019 career fair, I got the chance to know about various organizations and the different fields they work in. I began to shortlist companies whose area of work matched my interests and skills. I quote the proverb “Rome was not built in a day”, neither was my resume! A completely uninteresting task! Trust me, no amount of work would make it seem complete! My friend proofread it and suggested improvements that took me about a month to get done, (sigh!). An impressive resume and cover letter go a long way! I started the application process by making personal cover letters for every company I applied to. </span><div><br /></div> <div>At first, I received some rejections but managed to proceed to the next round of selection at CEVT. CEVT is a subsidiary company of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group that focuses on future technologies and innovation primarily related to automobiles and I was working in the software department. I really wanted to get the position because I was interested in their projects and the emphasis they put on research and development. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I had to take a personality test and a test to assess my problem-solving skills. After I passed the assessment, I had another round of interview where I met the HR, we talked about my past experiences and the organization structure, she went on to explain the role. I waited for a week and I received an email saying I was going to start my internship in a month’s time. This made me feel elated and I was very excited to start my first job in Sweden!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Priyankateam.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />I was introduced to my extremely diverse team; they were from nine different countries! Alphabetically, Brazil, China, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, me from India, Siberia, Sweden, and Vietnam. The knowledge that I have gained from my eight mentors is vast! I got eight different answers for one question, one cleverer than the other. Not to mention the different food they would bring to the lunch table and at fika! <span style="background-color:initial">But what I gained more was confidence, learning how to communicate and network. Sweden has a flat hierarchy, if I had any questions regarding ANYTHING, I could go to anyone and they would give me a solution or direct me in the right path. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>After my summer job period, I was offered a part-time position at CEVT. This gave me complete flexibility of time as I was still a student at Chalmers. I was able to balance my courses at Chalmers and work as well. I synchronized my office and school calendar and I used to update the absence calendar at CEVT every week according to my schedule at Chalmers so that my teammates will know about my absence well beforehand. I never missed a single lecture or a lab session.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I had the opportunity to explore every area of my interest and make presentations of my projects. The work culture in Sweden, based on my experience is very nourishing, polishing our strengths and strengthening our weaknesses. This internship honed my skills and made me better personally and professionally! Now I am training myself and adding additional skills so that I can be fully employed here in the future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Priyanka_Tejaswini.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Priyanka​</a></div> <div>Banner picture by<span style="font-family:-apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, &quot;san francisco&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, ubuntu, roboto, noto, &quot;segoe ui&quot;, arial, sans-serif;white-space:nowrap"> </span>Marvin Meyer<span> on Unsplash</span></div> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Robot Can Play Football and Do Sit-ups!<p><b>​​Can you imagine combining what you study with your favourite hobby?</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Danteblog-robot.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">My dream would be to be able to work on something that involves both my study career and my greatest passion in life that is football. Although my study program is a bit distant from what I love most, here in Chalmers, I have had the opportunity to combine both. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>First, I took the course of intelligent agents where we had to develop an application based on human-machine interaction. This application had to include image processing, speech synthesis, voice recognition, and internet search to create an assistant that will help you in a specific task. Similar ideas to Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, but, for this case, it should be built for a specific task and not as extensive as those assistants. I did not hesitate twice, and I proposed to my professor an assistant to help you with the statistics of your favorite football team. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The main idea of the project was that you could start a conversation with the agent as if you were talking with a person. Therefore, I proposed different data that the agent could handle so that you could have a normal conversation with him (I named it Fabio, which makes it a He :)). Some of the data that Fabio can provide you with are: the next match, position in the league, difference of points with some other team of the same league, classification to Champions league, the result of the previous match, among other functions. The agent can look into three different leagues: Bundesliga, La Liga, and Premier League.  I had to decide between only some of the most important leagues since, at the time the agent does an internet search, it would be more complicated if it tries to search all the leagues in the world.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Danteblog-robot1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The second chance I had was in the humanoid robotics course, where I created a project in which a Bioloid robot could perform a task designed by us. I convinced my team to design a penalty shooter (cool right? :)). We had to take into account several limitations due to the time we had to develop the programming of the movements. So, we decided to have no goalkeeper and a fixed position for the ball and the goal. After that, we had to teach the robot to stand up, which is already quite challenging on its own, and finally, do the kick by directing the ball either towards the centre, left or right. What it means that the challenge is not only to stand up but to accommodate the body to give direction to the ball. The method we implemented was to design the movements in a 3D simulator to have a model to follow. Thereafter, using deep learning, a neural network was designed to teach the robot from scratch the movements that should be made to make the kick.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>All in all, the experience I had during my studies at Chalmers has been quite rewarding for me because it has allowed me to combine my passion for football and my knowledge, which I hope will be the same in my future work :)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Dante_V.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Dante</a></div>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100 types of flatmates you will meet<p><b>​Are you wondering what the people are like in a typical student housing in Gothenburg? Let me share five types of flatmates which I met during my stay in a student dorm.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Types%20of%20flatmates_picture2-v3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />​<br /><div><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>1. </strong></span><strong style="background-color:initial">The ghost</strong></div> <div><span></span><div>You know that you have a flatmate, but you haven’t ever seen him/her. Even though they moved in a few months back, they still have empty shelves in the kitchen and their part of the fridge is taken by ice and cold air. After a few months, you are not sure if you know what they look like. However, you are very thankful for such a flatmate as he/she never gives you any problems and you get peace and quiet for your studies. </div> <div><strong>2. The cook</strong></div> <div>Usually, it is an Indian flatmate, who is trying to recreate a feeling of home in his dorm. Every day you will meet him on the phone with his mom, who tells him about the secrets of her homemade cuisine. When you come back from classes you usually feel a smell of food in the corridor which makes you instantly hungry. If you are lucky enough to live a few months with him, he will master his biryani to such a level that you can’t imagine your life without it anymore.</div> <div><strong>3. The enthusiast</strong></div> <div>Do you know the kind of people who are always positive? Yes, this is one of those people. This flatmate will be always willing to talk to you, spend time with you and share stories from the day. Although it is amazing to have such a friendly flatmate, your time together passes fast and you always spend time chatting with them in the kitchen instead of studying.</div> <div><strong>4. The surprised guy/girl</strong></div> <div>Many students who move into a dorm house are meeting a new culture for the first time. This makes them curious and surprised about EVERYTHING. Do you combine pineapple with chicken in one dish? Wahoo, that’s amazing, how do you do this? You can drink water from the tap? Wow, that’s great! There is a common laundry room? How nice! It is funny to see how this person is discovering a brand new world, but thanks to him you will start to reflect on many small, nice things that you usually take for granted.</div> <div><strong>5. The clean freak</strong></div> <div>Sharing a kitchen, bathroom, and other spaces is a new experience for the clean freak. They try to keep the flat clean to the level as it was in their own house. They take responsibility for making a cleaning schedule, having all the cleaning utensils and reminding others about cleaning. But don’t be afraid, as long as you respect the house rules they are useful for keeping your flat tidy and they help you to remember stuff that you sometimes forget while being busy with other things.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>And you know what, I am one of these flatmates! Curious as to which one? Send me your guess! </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Alexandra_P.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Aleksandra​​</a><span></span></div></div></div>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100