Last weekends I met up with my fellow Chalmerists whom I know since day 1 at Chalmers. We were supposed to have a small hang out on a Saturday afternoon. However, while chit-chatting we discussed our life as a student at Chalmers and the conversation went interesting so I decided to document the conversation and interview one of them so as to share it with you.
Here's the summary of the interview with Ms. Meihui Tao from China,
Meihui Tao is a second year Master's student at Chalmers studying the degree program in Sound and vibration, currently she is doing her Master's thesis in collaboration with a construction firm called WSP and Chalmers. The topic of her Thesis is on 'high speed train induced ground vibration on soft soil.' In her honest opinion she added 'Well, I like my program very much, I think our program is very well designed program combined both theoretical education and practices. Every course is very well designed with half of them being the labs for practical experiences, that is quite different from the courses in China......but here I got to use a lot of machines,' she laughed (We would never know what she meant by that).
I asked her if she has a lot of international students in her program, she answered 'we are a small program, this year we have 22 students and 7 of them are international, I feel like we are very close like a small family.' I continued to ask her regarding the teaching environment, she replied with a big smile on her face saying, 'In our department, we have more Professors and teachers in total than students, and one really looks like Einstein and he teaches really good,' she chuckled. Like other fellow students including myself, she find the Professors really easy to approach and down to earth. At least this is how most International students feel about the Professors at Chalmers.
We then moved away from academic topics and discussed student life, Mei said she hangs out with international students especially from other European countries and get to learn their cultures. She also mention that Gothenburg is a very international city where one can get around without knowing any Swedish,
'The city library is awesome, you can even find Chinese books there. Everything is so friendly, as a new student my life here is very rich and exciting' she added.
Lastly, Mei left some words of wisdom and advise for the new students at Chalmers saying, 'If you are an engineering student, Chalmers is a very good choice because here, they have good connection with the industries and all my friends from different programs found positions that are very well related to what they want to do in the future for their careers.' More information regarding this interview will be uploaded on Chalmers YouTube channel, stay tuned.
Written by: Daphne Hingert