Waleed Hasan

​I am Waleed Hasan, from Lahore, Pakistan. The city of Lahore is famous for its culture, cuisine, history and hospitality. I am 22 and currently pursuing my Masters degree at Chalmers in Structural Engineering and Building Technology. I did my Bachelors in Civil Engineering, from Islamabad, Pakistan in June 2013 and kind-of took the first flight to Sweden after that (only two months break from studies!).

I have a keen interest in activities that improve social contact, especially since now that I am abroad I want to explore diverse lifestyles, languages and cultures by meeting people from various backgrounds. I absolutely love food; it always brings out a big beaming smile on my face. For me good food is a source of joy, a reason for family and friends to be together and the silver-lining of every event. No matter how fancy your party is, it all goes down the drain if the food is not good enough. I am very fond of outdoor activities like hiking, jogging and am very passionate about cricket. I follow cricket very closely and really enjoy playing it. I enjoy reading about personal experiences of other people especially short narrations about certain events in their lives. I believe they are very educating, in fact a much better way of learning than a lecture in a classroom! I am not a movie-geek but do love watching movies, especially those that portray characters larger than life; they help put your mind off from all the monotonous daily routines and those contradicting thoughts in your head about what to do with your life!

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A wonderful experience at Chalmers

Being at Chalmers has been a wonderful experience so far; there has been a lot of emphasis on practical implementation of knowledge, which is admirable. Learning through personal experience is a more rich and effective method of getting to know your profession and how you feel about it. Practical experience ignites your thought process and makes you think about the pros and cons of being in a particular line of work and whether or not you made the right choice. Chalmers provides that window to interact with companies of international stature, and to explore what lies beyond the classroom. Therefore, I hope to create more opportunities for myself in the future; to work and to harness my skills as an engineer.

Challenges and Surprises

Every possibility to evolve comes with its set of challenges. I came here knowing that language could be a possible barrier. It remains an uphill task for me but, hopefully I will make some progress with my Swedish language skills. It was a pleasant surprise to see that teachers at Chalmers were easily approachable and very humble in their interaction with students; although very well qualified, none of them are egoistic and are open to discussions, which is very refreshing to see. The people are friendly, and the system - well structured; health care, education, traffic and other organs of society function in perfect harmony.

Travel, learn, work, express..

I hope to enhance my international exposure by working in Europe preferably in Scandinavia. Breaking in to the market is difficult of course and requires a lot of research and understanding about the scope of work, but I will give it my best shot. Travelling around Europe, of course, is on my to-do list; will try to visit as many places as I can afford both financially and in terms of time.

I enjoy expressing my ideas and thoughts in words and whenever I write, I try to be honest, simple and precise. Readers of my blog can expect to know more about life at Chalmers, I hope, from new and refreshing perspective. I hope to maintain my originality, and provide an opinion in light of my background, previous education and experiences.

My Bio:

  • MSc in Structural Engineering and Building Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2013 – present)
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan (2009 - 2013)
  • My email address: waleed@student.chalmers.se

Text: Waleed Hassan
Edited by: Abhilash Ram
Photo: Private

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Master's Programme in Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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