News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 27 Jan 2020 13:01:08 +0100 much does it cost to live in Gothenburg?<p><b>​Living expenses in Gothenburg may vary depending on your lifestyle. Here are some examples of Chalmers students’ expenses.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Living%20expenses.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>EMMA:</span></h3> <div>I’m not going to lie, I’m a tad stingy when it comes to daily living. I like to spend as little as possible on the necessities so I can put more money towards travelling, social experiences, and my interests such as studying Spanish (the “other” you see listed in the chart below). That being said, I also tend to be a tad lazy sometimes, so there are some days I will buy my lunch. However, in general, I cook one big meal a week to save money. I rarely take public transportation because Chalmers and the grocery store are within walking distance. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>I also love walking so often I’ll go by foot if I have something to do in the city centre! Currently, I don’t pay for a gym membership as I have a yoga mat and do exercises at home! (I do plan on purchasing one soon though!) </div> <div> </div> <div>I will say that although I list 8000 kronor as my monthly cost of living, I tend to spend a bit more because I travel to other countries in Europe almost every month. But for me, it is worth it! You can definitely live more cheaply than I, you just have to decide what’s important to you!</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">ALEKSANDRA:</h3> <div> </div> <div>When I first came to Sweden, I was living in Mölndal, which is a town near Gothenburg, and I was renting out a room from a Swedish family. Now I am living in student housing in Gothenburg.  <span style="background-color:initial">I am trying to sustain my budget by cooking lunches myself, but 1 or 2 times per month I eat out if I forget to cook. My other expenses are for my health,  a gym card for my yoga lessons and physiotherapy which I have to pay extra for. I like to travel so I go 3 times in a year home to Poland and I also travel a bit around Sweden</span><span style="background-color:initial">. I</span><span style="background-color:initial"> like to discover new places and going out with friends. For my studies in Architecture, I don’t have to buy many books, but I need materials for models and have to pay for printing my posters. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Emma_N.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><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 /><br /><br />Authors: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Emma and <span style="background-color:initial">Aleksandra </span>​</a></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100 ready for the english test<p><b>Whether you are planning to take the TOEFL, IELTS or some other English test, here is our best advice on how to prepare for it.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/English%20test%20banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></strong></span></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Our top advice<br /></span>1.<span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Solve</span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial"> as many of the previous exams as you can! Assess and improve.<br /></span>2.<span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Find other people who are preparing for the test and practice together with them!<br /></span>3.<span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Practice being able to solve the tasks in the amount of time that they give you. </span></h3> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Shilpa, India</h2> <div> </div> <div>All my education in school and bachelor’s had been in English. A letter from my university stating that they use ‘English’ language for education, would have been enough to meet the English requirements for admission in Sweden. However, to be on the safe side, I decided to take an English test anyway. As I was working at the time, I felt it was easier to schedule for <a href="" target="_blank">TOEFL</a> than <a href="">IELTS​</a> as it was only a one-day test compared to the later which has an additional interview session.  By the time I had decided which test to take, November was already gone, and I got the test dates for January. Yet, being from an English-speaking country, I was taking it easy with my preparations. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>This changed when I did an online sample test and found that timing is the key in these tests and that I really needed to prepare more seriously. I kickstarted my preparations by December. Since I had just one month left to the test date, I straight-forward started with solving earlier TOEFL exams. As I went through them, I realised my weak point was speaking with maximum impact within an allotted time. Official TOEFL iBT guidebooks &amp; CDs from ETS were very helpful in my preparation, especially their given suggestions on each of the areas – reading, speaking, listening and writing. Solving previous exams also helped me in scheduling my time during the actual test. So that is my advice - solve as many of the previous exams as you can assess and improve.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Dante, Mexico</h2> <div> </div> <div>I always had problems with the English subject (I still hate it). I have no problem if it is a math test, but please not an English one. My application to Chalmers started just when I started my degree thesis, December 2015. I realized that the university had an English requirement and decided to take the TOEFL iBT exam. Then I realized that it was too late, the dates were after 1st of February (do not forget that it is the last day to upload your documents). Even so, I wanted to do it to find out what my level of English was.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Unfortunately, I realized that I had to improve my writing and my speaking. I also felt that I couldn’t practice these skills by myself. I needed someone to help me improve. So, my solution was to look for a native teacher since I wanted to have the real experience of knowing that the other person wouldn't know Spanish when we didn't understand each other. I had to travel 3 hours at least 3 times per week (sometimes more) for over a year to improve my skills. After several months, I decided it was time to take the exam again to apply in 2017 to Chalmers. Just my luck, for the first time in the history of TOEFL (that's what they told us) the system failed, and they cancelled the exam, so they assigned us a new date in another place. That date came in September 2016 and just my luck again, my computer failed. When I was doing the reading everyone else was already talking. This time, I managed to improve what I needed, I raised my score, but my reading was much lower than the previous time I took the test for obvious reasons.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Get%20ready%20for%20English%20test_additional%20pic.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />So, I had to register again to do it in December 2016. There were almost no dates available and sometimes it’s hard to find them in the place where you live. I took the exam with people who had to travel for more than 10 hours to take the exam, so have that in mind. Sometimes you will have to travel far to take the test.  </div> <div> </div> <div>This last time (I will never do the test again), I saved money (and yes, the dollar was very high) I paid for the exam without telling anyone, just my English teacher because I told my family that I had passed it on my second attempt (if you're reading this mom, I'm sorry I lied to you). I decided that if this time I did not pass it, I would not try again because I had done everything possible. My third time was the best one, I got 91 points (I still can't believe it). </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>All in all, my recommendation is that you should look for ways to help you improve your weaknesses. Take the practice exams. Improve your time, because it is the key to this exam, to be able to solve the tasks in the time they give you. Practice the exam as many times as necessary. Even though it is not mathematics, the exam has a certain structure and the examiners evaluate specific things in each task. Check out YouTube exam videos, so you know what is expected of you in each part of the exam. Be sure that you obtain the required score, no less than that, not even a point. Believe me, I tried to explain my lower score to Chalmers, doesn't work. Fulfil the requirements, trust me, it's completely worth it.  And finally, good luck!</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Aleksandra, Poland</h2> <div> </div> <div>I started to think about applying to Chalmers two years before my graduation from my bachelor studies. I had enough time to plan things. While considering which English test I should take I asked my previous English teacher which recommended me IELTS Academic. She also told me it is good to go for courses which are focused specifically on this exam. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>I didn’t want to do this at the very last moment during my final year, so I started my course nearly one year before the Chalmers applications deadline. I joined a three months intensive course with six-hour lessons per week in a smaller group, where we were intensively practising English towards this exam. After finishing the course, I took a month to prepare myself and then I passed the test in July. What are my recommendations? Find other people who are preparing for the test and practice together with them! Also, the fee for the exam is quite high so it is also good to check your skills with a tutor before you go for the main exam. And remember that the certificate is only valid for two years from the moment of passing it. </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more about the tests here</h3> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />IELTS</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />TOEFL​</a></div></div>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0100 scholarship that changed my life<p><b>​Studying abroad is not something everyone can afford. This is a story of how I got the Sievert Larsson-scholarship from Chalmers.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/scholarship_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span></span><div><br /></div> <div><em>All of the Sivert Larsson scholarship students celebrating Lucia.<br /><br /></em></div> With higher education, you can get a better job and a chance at a better life, but it all comes with a cost. A cost that some of us can’t really afford. Studying abroad can be expensive, but </span><a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx">there are scholarships </a><span style="background-color:initial">that can help us pursue our dreams of studying abroad.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /></div> <div>The scholarship that I got that finally made my long dream of studying in Sweden come true.<a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/The-Sievert-Larsson-Scholarship.aspx"> The Sievert Larsson Scholarship ​</a>provides a chance for Thai students to pursue a master’s degree at Chalmers University of Technology and supports students who come from financially vulnerable homes and would not otherwise be able to study in Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>To apply for the scholarship, all you need to do is read <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/The-Sievert-Larsson-Scholarship.aspx">if you are eligible for the <span style="background-color:initial">scholarship</span></a><span style="background-color:initial">, obviously the first and foremost step. Then, you need to prepare a motivation letter, apply to Chalmers, and rank other scholarships on your scholarship ranks, so that if you miss the Sievert Larsson scholarship, you still have a chance to get other types of scholarships. It’s just that nice and simple &#128521;.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Around April 2018, I got an email stating that I got a full scholarship, I was ecstatic thinking of all the possibilities waiting for me.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/scholarship_sievert.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />When I first arrived in Sweden in September, I was invited to a fancy dinner and tea meeting with the scholarship donor. Meeting Mr Sievert (pictured on the right) was such an honour, I couldn’t thank him for the opportunity enough. I also met other scholarship students and admired their determination and passion. We were from different departments and it was really an eye-opener to hear about what they study and how they got to this point. We are all from different backgrounds, but we had one thing in common, which is the determination to study at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>With the financial issue gone, I was able to study hard and get to experience more of what life has to offer in Gothenburg, Sweden. And life has a lot to offer once you are in a different environment. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I learned both big and small things, from how to put on a blanket sheet (because in Thailand, a blanket is a blanket, there’s no sheet to it) to reflect on my own actions that could be harmful to the environment. I would not have seen how big the world really is, I learn to be a better person for the environment and feel confident about myself. I never thought that one day I would get to hike in a forest, forage for mushrooms and berries with new friends, <span style="background-color:initial">calling professors by their name like we were friends, and knowing Swedes could be warm and friendly once you warm them up (like hot chocolate ☕ )</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Grace_K.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:<a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"> Grace​​</a></div> ​​</div>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0100 things I have learned at Chalmers<p><b>​Apart from studies, I have learnt so much about the way of life at Chalmers. Here are my absolute top five.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5%20things%20I%20learnt%20from%20first%20year%20at%20Chalmers_banner%20pic.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​​I c<span style="background-color:initial">an’t believe that one year has passed since I came to Chalmers. I was being that nervous &amp; anxious girl worried about coping up with new country &amp; school last year. I was hoping for some sweet memories, but then my year has been full of roller-coaster experiences. Here is a glimpse of a few of them.<br /><br /></span><div><strong>1. Be on time, always</strong></div> <div>The first thing that I noticed within the first week of classes was that everyone is so punctual here. If a lecture is scheduled at 8 am, it will start at 8 sharp. In past one year, I have never seen a professor late for a lecture. This has inspired me to respect time too.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>2. Only work from 8 to 5 on weekdays</strong></div> <div>I learnt from my Swedish classmates to work dedicatedly on weekdays and absolutely no work on weekends. I have felt that this helps a lot in balancing personal and professional life. All my weekends are now only for my ‘me time’ where I re-energize myself for the next week.<a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Fitnessing-my-way-through-student-life-stress.aspx"> Read here</a> to know more about how I refresh myself.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. No postponing too close to the deadline</strong></div> <div>I always say that we get so much practical knowledge by labs &amp; assignments at Chalmers. However, sometimes it also becomes challenging with managing all of them. I have learnt not to wait until the deadline for any work and now finish it as soon as possible. This has helped me a lot in managing my studies. In fact, I never do last day preparations for exams. Read more <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Why-fear-when-you-have-a-‘Second-Chance’.aspx">about taking exams at Chalmers </a>and how re-exams give you a second chance. <br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5%20things%20I%20learnt%20from%20first%20year%20at%20Chalmers_additional%20pic.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong style="background-color:initial"><br />4. Expand my social wings</strong><br /></div> <div>Networking is an important part of student life in Sweden and Chalmers provides <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-I-network-at-Chalmers.aspx">so many options</a> to do that. Looking back to this year, I have explored many extra-curricular activities from being a student ambassador to student committee activities. I even hosted companies in job fairs, worked as a teaching assistant for labs. Moreover, I love joining after-works and social activities. All this has enabled me to meet new people, connect with them and explore new career opportunities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Believe in myself</strong></div> <div>More than anything, my first year at Chalmers has helped me to re-build my lost confidence. I felt accepted for who I am, and it has stimulated new confidence in me. I am no longer that same worried girl I was last year. <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/My-programme-made-me-a-team-player.aspx">My programme​</a> has played an important role to build my self-confidence and make the person that I am today. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I have so many memories of this one year at Chalmers and would happily exchange anything to relive them again. But life must go on and I feel ready for it with an open heart. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Shilpa_G.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">Shilpa ​</a></div> ​​Mon, 06 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0100 different kind of christmas<p><b>​I wasn’t able to go back home for the holidays, but it ended up being the best Christmas anyway!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20Different%20Kind%20of%20Christmas_Banner.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I have been living in Sweden for almost one and a half years now. Much has happened in that time, but as the holidays approach, I am reminded of last Christmas. I can recall it well, partly because during that period, I <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Feeling-homesick.aspx">started to feel homesick</a>, but also because of how eagerly my friends invited me into their homes, making that homesickness disappear. </span><div><br /></div> <div>We were all discussing our plans for the holidays. “Are you going home to the US?” they asked me. When I told them I was staying in Gothenburg, one friend immediately suggested I join her in Poland. Another offered his place for New Year’s. I was reluctant to accept because I didn’t want to intrude, but they insisted and so I capitulated. I am so glad I did.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I spent a week in Warsaw with her family and a mutual friend who joined us. Her family couldn’t have been more inviting and she was exceptional. She showed us around the city, introduced us to her friends - and THE FOOD!! I have never eaten so much! Christmas seemed to span over a period of three days during which all we did was eat traditional Polish dishes! It was amazing. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>More than that, it was interesting to see how Christmas in Poland differed to what I was used to. They celebrate it on Christmas Eve whereas, in the US, it is on Christmas Day. But it didn’t matter. I was in awe. Before the main meal, there was a prayer done followed by each of us going around with a Christmas wafer (made of flour and water), wishing one another luck in our future endeavours as we broke a piece off each time. Then we dove into the various courses which consisted of everything imaginable: beetroot soup, pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms, herring, and salmon just to name a few! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Afterwards, we exchanged gifts. I was touched by how much thought everyone had put into them. It wasn’t about how expensive the presents were. It was truly about love, shown through the gesture of giving. No face was absent of a smile. Laughter filled the room when a particularly silly gift, like a package of pierogi presses (my friend loves pierogis so we bought her them!), was opened. Joy was palpable everywhere. It was heartfelt. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am forever grateful to my friend and her family for that experience because although I spent the holidays in a country I had never visited before, it is the best Christmas I can remember. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Emma_N.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Emma</a></div>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:00:00 +0100 way through Swedish weather and seasons<p><b>​Sweden is not about just cold-dark winters. There are 4 seasons in Sweden and here is my experience with them.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/My%20way%20through%20Swedish%20weather%20and%20seasons_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Today, I confide in you a secret – ‘one of the common morning rituals of all Swedes’ which unknowingly, I have also adapted from past one year. And that is – every morning before getting ready, we open our weather app on the phone and check for day’s weather. Why is this necessary? Because we want to be prepared for the day – clothing-wise, at least. We wear appropriate clothing and carry necessary tools (like umbrellas during rainy days or sunglasses during the summer).</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>And do remember, it can rain literally anytime of the day or year irrespective of the season, especially here in Gothenburg. This was a little awkward from me at first because back in India we have a defined rainy season followed by winter and summer. Coming to seasons in Sweden, we have four of them and trust me, each of them has its own charm.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/How-to-be-Well-Prepared-for-Autumn-in-Gothenburg.aspx" target="_blank">Autumn (Höst)​</a></h3> <div>I started my studies during Autumn last year. What got me first about this season is the colour. Shades of yellow, green, orange, red and even blue; they all come to make the atmosphere really enticing. The best thing I like about Autumn is the mild cold and I enjoy it by having fika (a Swedish custom) with friends. Celebrations like October fest &amp; Halloween are also something to look forward to.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Winter-is-Coming.aspx" target="_blank">Winter (Vinter)</a></h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div>Before moving to Sweden, I was scared by others that the Swedish winter is dark, grey and depressing. Out of fear, I also attended a few seminars about ‘How to cope with Swedish winters’. To the contrary, I fell in love with winters the moment I experienced first snow. Having come from the relative hot region of India, snow was so ecstatic. By the end of November, Christmas lights start to come up and brightens the entire city.  Although we get less snow and more slush in Gothenburg, I still cherish the way snow sparkles under my feet on a dark night. I also learnt that cold is just about the right clothes and darkness is about mindset. The dark winters never hinder with my routine.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/My%20way%20through%20Swedish%20weather%20and%20seasons_additional.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Five-Popular-Things-Students-in-Gothenburg-Do-During-Spring-Time.aspx" target="_blank">Spring (Vår)</a></h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>After winter, spring is like a fresh breath welcomed by new leaves &amp; flowers and most importantly – Cherry blossoms! Oh yes, there are cherry blossoms in Gothenburg. We also get a long Easter break from school. I enjoyed these days by visiting the botanical garden and exploring the city.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Summer-is-a-state-of-mind.aspx" target="_blank">Summer (Sommar)</a></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div>To be honest, I am not a fan of summer as I have enough acquittance with the sun in India. But for Swedes, summer is not just a season, but it is a celebration. It’s also holiday time and I enjoyed it by visiting western archipelagos. I also get to attend the midsummer festival which is a traditional Swedish celebration.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Having lived through all 4 seasons in Sweden, I have treasured loving memories of them. I advise don’t let other’s thoughts worry you as each of the seasons have something to offer. Just accept the way they are and enjoy.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Shilpa_G.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Shilpa Gupta</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100 someone say free tuition?<p><b>​Applying as an EU Citizen gives me free tuition, but nothing comes absolutely free.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/EUStudent-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<div><span style="background-color:initial">If somehow, you have European citizenship – perhaps by birthright or ancestry – then you could apply to Chalmers as an EU student which allows you to study without paying tuition. Great! Are all your problems solved? Just show up in Sweden with your acceptance letter and that’s it? Not necessarily. Some things are easier, but with that comes new challenges.  Ones that aren’t always covered on the official websites.  At least not that I could see.</span><div>I will say my case is unique, a British citizen (pre-Brexit) that has never lived in Britain, only ever in Canada.  I have citizenship through my parents, making me a British citizen (with a passport) but not a British resident (with health coverage).  To be able to live in Sweden, I needed to show that I had health coverage from my country of residence.  Canada was not able to cover me, and I didn’t have British health coverage.  </div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/EUStudent-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><div>I had no idea what to do and struggled to find the exact information I needed because I felt that I fell into a grey area of EU citizenship. Luckily, when I posted my question in an <a href="" target="_blank">Expats in Gothenburg Facebook group</a>, I got a message from a South African woman who went through the same thing I did. The conclusion was that I had to pay for private health coverage. </div> <div>​I would urge you to look up all the important information as you start your moving process to Sweden as every case could be different. Best to sort out these details earlier rather than days before moving, which I may or may not have done.</div> <div>Housing, which is rather important for living, is not guaranteed for EU citizens and is up to the individual to organize.  <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/A-warm-welcome-to-Swedish-society.aspx" target="_blank">There are multiple ways to find this</a>. For me, I went through the second-hand contracts on <a href="" target="_blank">Boplats​</a>.  Others went with <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/A-Sustainable-Living-Concept-for-Students.aspx" target="_blank">different approaches</a>.  Again, you don’t want to find yourself without a place on short notice because you heard there is guaranteed housing for international students. Underline this, folks! <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers guarantees student housing only for fee-paying students​</a> – which means those who are applying as a non-EU/EEA student.</div> <div>Everyone has a unique story and background.  Most of the times you can find your answers quite easily. Other times it takes some research and reaching out. Use your network, and don’t be afraid to contact one of us - Chalmers International Student Ambassadors. We would be happy to share our experiences. We may not always have the exact answer you need, but can lead you in the right direction.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Spencer_M.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Spencer Mason</a></div></div> Banner picture by <a href="">@callmefred via unsplash​</a><br /><div>Passport picture by Spencer Mason</div>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100 the forest to the table<p><b>​I have only been mushroom picking in Sweden three times and I already feel like an expert.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/mushroom_banner.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">Mushroom picking is a great activity to enjoy in the autumn and it does not require a lot of experience or knowledge about the forest. I grew up in Mexico, where we have a diverse and rich variety in fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to mushrooms I grew up knowing only Champignons and Shitake mushrooms, bought in local markets or supermarkets.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>When I moved to Sweden a year ago, one of my best friends invited me to go mushroom picking. It was an incredible experience that I have decided to do every autumn from now on. It is not only a great opportunity to save some money on your grocery budget, but also a good chance to spend time outdoors with friends and a sustainable and organic way to eat. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/mushroom_banner2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he first and most important aspect to consider is the location. It is common that people do not want to share their “secret spot” where they pick large amounts of mushrooms every year. But Sweden is a large country where any place outside of the cities is a good place to find your mushrooms. In Sweden, there is something called “Allemansrätten” which translates to All-mans-right that basically allows you to wander around in the wilderness and not having many limitations to look for your mushrooms. Several factors are important to consider before going mushroom picking but the most important is that you do some research on the eatable species, since you do not want to end up poisoned. Bring a friend who has knowledge of which ones you can eat if you are going for the first time. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am sure there are dozens of eatable mushroom types in the Swedish forest but the only two that I collect are the &quot;kantarell&quot; (chanterelle) and the &quot;trattkantarell&quot; (funnel chanterelle) since they are the most common and easy to recognize. Other mushrooms can be tricky to spot and dangerous for your health.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is also important to dress appropriately and bring a raincoat and waterproof shoes since it can get wet, and lastly make sure to bring snacks and coffee since you will want to have a nice fika in the forest. </div> <div>Mushrooms like to grow in moisty and rough terrain, normally around trees and rocks and close to each other. When you pick a mushroom, you need to grab it as close to the ground as possible to get it in one piece. You can clean the excess dirt with a brush (there are special mushroom picking knives) and store them in a paper bag. When you get home, remove the dirt that is left and avoid rinsing them in water since you do not want them to absorb it. After that, they are ready to be eaten. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are many delicious dishes you can prepare with them, I like putting them on top of a pizza or making mushroom risotto. Cooking with your friends is a nice thing to do after mushroom picking, especially since the days are getting colder and darker and people spend more time inside. It is common as well not to use all mushrooms when cooking which leaves room for drying them.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Drying and pickling are two common food preserving methods that are rooted in the Scandinavian culture. If you want to dry your mushroom the easiest way - leave them in a well ventilated and dry room away from the sun. You probably want to spread them out and cover them with newspaper to absorb the humidity. After 4-6 days they will shrink considerably and darken their colour. Then you can store them in an airtight jar, and they will be ready for the next friends’ dinner.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Jose_Arturo_Mejia.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">uthor: </span><a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="background-color:initial">José </span><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">rturo Mejía Cárdenas</span>​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div></div></div>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0100 five first times at Chalmers<p><b>​Do you sometimes feel that you wish to try something, but you don’t dare to do it? Read about the five first things I did since I started my studies at Chalmers.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/My%205%20first%20times%20at%20Chalmers_picture01.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Stepping out of my comfort zone at a karaoke place in Gothenburg. </em><br /><br /><div><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>1. </strong></span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">Karaoke</span><div>I am the kind of person who does something well or doesn’t do it at all. I never dared to sing in public. Why? Because simply I can’t sing. However, when I had a chance to join a party in a karaoke place I said to myself: “It’s time to step out from my comfort zone. All in all, I like to sing!”. While being at the party I realised that my singing skills don’t matter as long as we had fun! In the end, it’s the good company that counts, isn’t it?​</div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">2. </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Canoeing​</b></span><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/My-5-first-times-at-Chalmers_pictureadd.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></strong></div> <div></div> <div>Living in a big city like Warsaw, I didn’t have many opportunities to have outdoor activities often. This changed when I came here. During my welcome month at Chalmers, I tried canoeing for the first time. Even if this trip didn’t finish well (because of a sudden downpour), I still remember it warmly and I tried it myself also this summer. It's a very popular form of activity and since there are a lot of lakes in Sweden, there are a lot of places to enjoy canoeing. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Sauna</strong></div> <div>You know this saying: “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”? As some may say, there is nothing more Swedish than going to the sauna. In the autumn, when it starts to be windy and cold, my Swedish friend asked me if I wanted to join her going to the sauna. I said: “well, let’s try”. And you know what? Now I can’t imagine winters without a sauna, which warms me up like nothing else in colder days. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Gym</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I have never been a sports lover and In the last few years, I was not doing sports due to an injury. It was hard to start it again after such a long break. When I came here I felt that it was time to start it up again. Together with my new friend we bought gym cards. I also went to a physiotherapist, who helped me with my injuries.  Looking from a one-year perspective, I feel healthier and also happier that I take care of my body.</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong>5. Going to the club</strong></div> <div>Yes. I, Aleksandra, at age 24, had never been to a dancing club before. Partly, because I am more into concerts, partly because I never had time. However part of the Swedish culture is going out with friends. So why not join? Together with a bunch of friends, I went to a dancing club. Wow, what a night! I have never danced for so long! </div> <div> </div> <div>For me, coming to Sweden was like having a fresh start in life. It was the first time I was on my own and I could do the stuff I never had the courage to try before. This freedom and my new friends gave me the courage and safety to step out of my comfort zone.</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 /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Aleksandra Pucołowska​​​</a></div></div>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100 you need to know Swedish before coming to Chalmers?<p><b>​It’s easy to learn the basics like food and road signs in swedish, but other things can be a bit more confusing.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/KnowSwedishBeforeChalmers-Banner.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">F</span><span style="background-color:initial">ive years ago, when I found the Sound and Vibration programme at Chalmers, I figured it would be a good idea to learn a bit of Swedish on Duolingo so I could be prepared for life in Sweden.  And now, over one year later…I still can’t even follow a simple sentence, but that is only because I haven’t put the time in. BUT HERE I AM! Living in Gothenburg, going about my daily life, struggle free.  The master’s is in English, the correspondence within the student union is bilingual, and it’s easy to learn the necessities like food and road signs.  Though sometimes when you want to read the instructions on a box of food, that can be confusing.  But then I just look for the numbers (I am an engineer, after all, I like numbers), i.e. the temperature and the time.</span><div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:14px"></span><div><span style="font-size:14px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/KnowSwedishBeforeChalmers-Picture.PNG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />However, my first few hours when I moved to Gothenburg from Calgary had me a little scared.  For months all my friends said how everyone knows English in Sweden, “It’ll be fine”.  So, I arrived in Gothenburg (bags not in hand because they were delayed in Amsterdam), found a taxi, and asked:</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">“Can you take me to Plantagegatan, please?”</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">“What?”</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"> “Plantagegatan”</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">“What?”</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">“This address” (as I hand my phone)</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">“Ohhhh, Plantagegatan”</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">Apparently, the first “g” is soft and not hard, and “a’s” are long.  My North American twang was an impedance.  This is a common experience I’ve had with Swedish.  You’ll think you’ve said the word correctly, then a Swede will be confused, you’ll say it again, then they’ll say “ohhhhh” then repeat the word the correct way. But that shouldn’t discourage because then you get to hear the correct way! And once you learn the few simple pronunciation rules you can start to pick it up much faster.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">Back to my first day, after figuring out I was saying the street name wrong, we got to my new apartment and I met the family I was living with. Their 16-year-old and his mormor (maternal grandmother), that showed me around seemed to struggle with English because they did not know what to say half the time.  Looking back, I think that’s because it was the summer and they hadn’t used English in a while, because now it is all fine and easy.  I haven’t needed Swedish at all, at home, at school, not even talking to the tellers at the bank.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px">Last bit of wisdom though, is that it definitely helps to know Swedish if you are looking for a job here.  My friends have been told by companies that it is always an asset because you’ll be working with Swedish clients that are more comfortable discussing important business in Swedish than in English.  At least for the smaller firms.  Bigger, more international companies are used to working in English as well.  An example of that would be Volvo, which has people from all over the world to do master’s theses.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Spencer_M.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Spencer Mason​</a></span></div></div></div></div> ​​Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0100 new international family<p><b>​It’s been a year since the new adventure of moving to Sweden. This is how I made friends that made me feel like I was at home.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/New%20home%20-%20new%20international%20family_picture02.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">n September it was my 25th birthday and for the first time since I was 18, I had a birthday party. I invited all my friends, who I met during my first year at Chalmers. While sending invitations I surprised myself that I have so many of them, that I know them so well. I feel I am happy. I feel I am there where I should be. But it was not like this at the very beginning.</span><div><div><div><br /></div> <div>Since I got an admission letter to Chalmers and Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability, I felt I couldn’t be happier. But the sooner it was to a moment of moving out, the happiness was getting lower. Imagine that you have lived for over 20 years in the same wooden house with a fireplace and a big garden. That you have to leave your mom and a cat which you have rescued and travel hundreds of kilometres away. No more morning coffee chat with mom, no cuddles with the cat, no often meetings with your best friends. Yes, it was heart-breaking for me. But both I and my mom knew that this is for the best, that I do it for my future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/New%20home%20-%20new%20international%20family_picture03.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Arrival time was hard for me. I came by myself to Sweden, and although there was a Swedish family which I lived with, I was missing home. But when I came to Chalmers, I realised I am not the only one. All of us had the same experience – moving out of their own home. We all felt the same feelings - anxiety, fear, doubt, exhilaration, excitement, happiness, exhaustion, relief and so on. That it was no different for me.</div> <div>Day by day, I started to know new people and began to take advantage of this chance for which I worked so hard to get. Through the welcome month at Chalmers, I joined many activities and started to know more Swedish culture. Together with other students we played Kubb (an outdoor Swedish game), went for hiking trips and tours around the city. Slowly, everybody was finding their soulmates. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>During one of the breaks between lectures, I started to chat with a girl next to me. It went fast for us to become good friends. Together we found places we both like such as a sauna at a gym or a cafeteria where we like to play board games. Since then, we meet every week at the university, we go out together and care about each other. Whenever I am missing home, I know I have her.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>And she is not the only person I can tell you about. There are many more people, who made my life happier here, who made me feel good. Who made me feel like at home. Nothing is ever going to replace my family, but you know what? I feel it doesn’t matter where you are, it does matter who you are there with. Although it’s just a year since I started at Chalmers I feel that this is my new place, because I managed to meet people with whom I feel like in a new family.</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 Pucołowska​​</a></div></div></div>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0100 Hierarchy During My Internship at Ericsson<p><b>​Let me tell you about my summer internship at Ericsson!​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/hierarchy_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">It all started with ‘I want to try something more challenging and real’. I wanted to work in an IT company, and I learnt that the best way to get a work experience during your study is getting an internship during the summer. So, around November and December I polished my CV and my cover letter, so that it is eye catching and pray to god that it is. I started early because companies will start to recruit interns when January rolls in until March, so I got to work fast. </span><div><br /><div>Once January comes, I'm ready to fire my internship applications away, after applying it is time for the long wait. The recruitment process could take up to 3 months after the deadline, so I was sitting on pins and needles for a while. When March rolls in, finally, I got an email saying that they want to have an interview with me and guess what, it's from Ericsson! Ericsson is a big company and conveniently, their office in Gothenburg is beside my campus: Chalmers Campus Lindholmen. I said yes to the interview, obviously. I was super thrilled and nervous, but I passed the interview, good job me &#128522;. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Around April, I got an email saying I got the internship and then I signed my soul away~, just kidding! I signed the contract and I'm officially hired for the summer. Yippee!&#128513;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/hierarchy_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Working at Ericsson has been delightful. The company is big, but it feels warm because everyone is very helpful, and it feels like a one big family. People are really friendly here. The most important thing I notice here is that it's very casual and my manager is like a friend here. The hierarchy of the organization is clearly written, but it’s transparent and everyone is on the same level. I can ask my manager for help for anything and he is like a mentor and my friend. There is no pressure when I work, I can choose when to come to work and I was given the freedom on how I want to do my work. We had orientation day for interns at Ericsson on the first day, and boy was it enjoyable. They emphasized that working here as an intern should be productive and fun. </div> <div>Our manager created a team of 5 interns from different countries together to be responsible for a project. We were thankful for that because we got along so well. Although we are from different backgrounds, we fit together so well and work has been amazing everyday because we were together. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My expertise is developing software requirements, but I learned about backend and frontend development from my teammates. We helped one another and filled in each other’s gap. I have picked up lots of skills like playing board games, dungeons and dragons, cooking Swedish food, greeting my teammates in the morning in 7 different languages, ranging from Swedish, German, Russian, Macedonian, Arabic, French, to Italian. I usually play pool, shuffleboard after lunch with my team. We hang out together for after work and board games a lot too. Work is important, but team building, and connections are also equally important. Now I know why my friends are so happy even though they are doing both study and work, it's because they have a good working and study environment. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I would never have imagined that I would be getting so much in just 3 months. ‘You’d never know unless you try it for yourself’, this saying is very true. Ericsson has taught me more than what I expected and I am grateful for every moment there.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Grace_K.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Grace Kanhokthorn Leadkittiwong</a></div> <div><br /></div></div>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0100 homesick in a new country<p><b>​I didn’t expect to miss home, but I did. A lot. This is how I coped with it.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Feeling%20homesick_banner.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>A spontaneous trip to Prague with my friends was a success!</em><br />​​<br /><span style="background-color:initial">Gothenburg is amazing. Chalmers is amazing. But in all the amazingness, I have to be honest and say I did miss home. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I was genuinely surprised when I got homesick. Amongst the excitement of a new country, constantly meeting people, and the flow of social activities that Chalmers offers, it snuck up on me. But eventually those things fade to the background and you realize what is missing. <br /><br />For me, it happened around the holidays. Almost all of my friends were flying to their home country to spend Christmas and New Year’s with their family. A couple of them invited me to join them over the winter break in Poland and Germany. Of course, I said yes, and I had a wonderful time! But after a month of being back in Gothenburg, I got homesick again. There were other things going on in my life and I missed being surrounded by all that was familiar to me. I’m not trying to scare you. Everyone is different. You may not get homesick. But when you study for two years and your home isn’t as easy or affordable to visit, it might happen. This is normal. And it is okay. Life has its ups and downs and that doesn’t stop just because you’re living in a new country. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>How did I get through it? I took the opportunities I had to enjoy what I came to Sweden to enjoy. I continued to socialize. Sometimes it was difficult; sometimes my friends had to encourage me. We’d only known each other a few months, but they were a great support system. I video called my parents often who were also great. I went on a tour to Northern Sweden where I saw the Aurora Borealis and met some wonderful people. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I took a spontaneous trip to Prague with a group of friends during spring break. I put my energy into school and yes, I partied less. Distractions are good but I also realized it was important to allow myself to feel homesick. In time, my sadness dissipated. It helped that my parents were planning to visit me in the summer. It gave me something to look forward to. <br /><br />Overall though, there is no trick to getting over being homesick. It’s just one of those things that comes and then passes. But try not to let it keep you from going on adventures. I am so glad I took those trips. They were some of the most incredible experiences. And, looking back, what I remember isn’t being sad. I remember the amazing time I had.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Emma_N.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx">Emma Norden</a></div></div>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0200 Chalmers changed my attitude towards myself<p><b>​A new university, new city, new country, new me? Let me tell you a story about how I changed my perspective of myself.​</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Aleksandra_01.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​<br /><span style="background-color:initial">While applying for master studies at Chalmers I was in the last year of my bachelor studies. I felt that I am a bit burned-out because of the workload I had. Sometimes my day at university lasted even for 12 hours without any longer break for lunch. Moreover, there was no clear time in the schedule for self-studies. Plus, until the very end of the projects, I didn’t know what grade I will get. I felt that no matter how much effort I put I cannot be sure of the outcome.</span><div> </div> <div>Before my arrival in Sweden, I thought that the university with such a good reputation might be even harder than that. I was mentally preparing myself for hard work over weekends and for taking work home. Even if I had an English certificate, I felt I may not succeed in writing assignments since I have never written them in English previously.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Aleksandra_02.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:355px" />I couldn’t be more wrong! On the first day, we didn’t start with courses, but with introductory lectures during which Chalmers representatives shared with us basic information, but also tips for our new adventure. As soon as I got my schedule I knew that studying at Chalmers will be different than my previous experience. All activities were scheduled between 8:30 and 17:00, also there was a 1,5 hour lunch break. Imagine how surprised I was to see that! After some time I realised how this break was important to have time for eating in peace and spending time with classmates.</div> <div> </div> <div>When I got sick I was scared to leave so many lectures and seminars. Yet, I didn’t know that here tutors are not only demanding, but also caring about students. When I wanted to join classes while being still sick, my tutors told me to go home and get better. What is more, they helped me to catch up with all the knowledge. By that, I realised how it is important to care about myself, not to try to do more than I can.</div> <div> </div> <div>During long nights I started to be more and more homesick. Counting days till meeting with my family I was feeling anxious. I felt I needed to talk to someone about my feelings. Then I reminded myself about this lecture on the first day, the tips they gave to us. I went to the place which Chalmers recommended me – Akademihälsan – where I could speak with an English-speaking psychologist. After a few meetings, I learned about my feelings and how to deal with them.</div> <div> </div> <div>Taking a look back, I see a big change between how I see myself now and then. From these experiences I realized how work-life balanced system helps me to balance my life. I learned that I should care not only about learning outcomes but also about my physical and mental health, in a balanced way.</div> <div> </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" target="_blank">Aleksandra Pucolowska</a></div> <div><br /></div> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200‘Second-Chance’.aspx fear when you have a ‘Second Chance’<p><b>​As a student, failing at exams can be scary. In this blog, Shilpa and Dante tell you about a ‘second chance’ that allowed them to learn from their mistakes and strive for success.</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Why%20fear%20when%20you%20have%20a%20second%20chance_banner%20pic.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Shilpa’s exam experience</span></h3> <div>Like any typical student, ‘exams’ bring out the anxious version of me. It was no different when I started my studies at Chalmers. In fact, being in a new university and study environment with no idea of how students’ performance is being evaluated; had added to my anxiousness. That’s when I came to know about the flexible exam system of Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>I was so relieved to know that a student can re-sit in an exam for as many attempts he/she requires. So even if I fail or scored low grades, I still have a ‘second chance’ to pass my course. This has done wonders in not only my performance but also in the way I handle exam pressures. It no longer gives me jitters that I need to convert months of study and hard work into performing well within the few hours of my exam. So, instead of fretting over incoming exams, I can concentrate better on studies. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Initially, I was shocked to know that some courses have 4-5 hours long exam because in my home country India exams are normally for 2-3 hours. Now, these hours don’t bother me. I think the main reason for lengthy exams here is to give all students sufficient time to express their knowledge. We all are different, coming from different background and having different capabilities, so I feel the long exam hours are justified to give all students a fair chance.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>However, in my country India also, a student is allowed to give re-exam. But, the biggest difference I find is in the way ‘failure’ is being handled. In India, I felt scared of failing in exam because of the criticism I have to face from society and the inferiority complex it brings along. After coming here, it was so relieving when I realised that failure is so well accepted. Failure is nothing to shy away from or feel ashamed about and this has given a boost to my self-confidence. I have also understood that ‘failing’ is no longer the end of everything and I need not be afraid of it. Rather, it just shows that I am required to put extra effort in that area. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Re-sit exams are also a boon for students who have passed the course but want to improve their grades. A friend of mine was able to even re-schedule her exam because she was sick. My friend and I both felt that this flexibility really helped us, especially during difficult times.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Dante’s second chance</h3> <div> </div> <div>In Mexico, the evaluation system is different, since there is nothing like a second chance, in many universities, there is not even a re-exam, or if it exists, it is impossible to pass it, even some professors are proud of the years that no student has been able to pass their re-exams. So the only option for the students is to repeat the course with another professor or attempt to take it again with the same one. As for the failure, flunking an exam does not cause us any shame, especially when it comes to engineering or physics, we are very used to adversities and overcome them, no matter how long it takes or how hard it is. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>About my experience here, when I realized that I was going to fail my courses, I was terrified of having to pay again. I was used to the system in Mexico, where if you fail, you have to pay the course again. Thus, I was depressed and very stressed to think about it. However, talking with my classmates, they told me to relax, because stressing out was not going to help me pass my courses, so they explained to me that the purpose of being here is to enjoy the learning. Therefore, we have the opportunity to take the exams or the course again or even send the assignments again. Although the best part was to realize that I do not have to pay again, I just had to talk with my professors, explain to them that I was adapting and they will understand. Amazingly, the only thing I have to worry about in Chalmers is learning.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </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" /> <sub><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Shilpa_G.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></sub><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Shilpa Gupta &amp; Dante Landa Vega​</a></div> <div>Banner picture by: ​Akshaya V Ramachandran</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <a href="/en/education/student-life/stuamb/Pages/Oh-no-yes-Here-comes-exam.aspx" target="_blank"><div><em><strong>Read more about students' experience with exams at Chalmers</strong></em></div></a>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200