News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologySat, 03 Dec 2022 23:33:12 +0100 as a home base for travel adventures<p><b>​If you’re looking to explore the world and travel during your time in school, it doesn’t get easier than being a student at Chalmers.</b></p>​​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Travel%20base%20Chalmers_Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Jamie posing for a picture in Copenhagan" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Before quitting my job and moving 4700 kilometers to Gothenburg, I worked in the corner of my Seattle apartment 50 kilometers </span><span style="background-color:initial">south of where I had spent my entire life. To visit another country from my home, you could drive an hour and a half to Canada, but British Columbia is just Washington with Tim Hortons. Otherwise, driving three hours east takes you to the farmlands of Washington and three hours south, to Portland, Oregon. Most people I know back home don’t have passports and instead travel to California or Florida. But being in my twenties and having a &quot;quarter-life-crisis&quot;, I wanted to see more of the world. After deciding to go back to school and settling upon Scandinavia (who doesn’t love the princess cake at IKEA?), I quickly realized how great Chalmers and Gothenburg would be as a home base for my adventures!</span><div><div><br /></div> <div><strong>Lots of opportunities</strong></div> <div>I’ve lived in Gothenburg for seven months now. During this time, I’ve been to more countries than I’ve been to in the rest of my life combined before coming to Chalmers. Within the first month, I decided to explore my new home country and took a train to Stockholm, Sweden for a weekend with some friends I met through Chalmers’ International Reception Committee (CIRC). After the first study period’s exams, some other friends and I went to Malmö, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>During the winter, CIRC hosts trips to Kiruna (Swedish Lapland) in the Arctic. While I was hesitant to go at first since it was during classes, it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life getting to snowmobile under the Northern Lights and go on a sled dog tour through arctic forests. (This experience alone has made putting my old life on hold worth it!) In that case, my courses were flexible, and I was able to work on my projects beforehand and while going to and from the airport. Just a couple weeks later, the winter break and following exam week provided ample time to fly back home to the US and also to fly to Croatia, bussing from there to beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia with my friend from Indonesia. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Most recently, during this past exam week, I was able to fly to Budapest with a friend from my program and spend almost an entire week admiring the gorgeous architecture and eating lángos. While the study periods themselves are shorter and more fast-paced than I’m used to, the breaks in-between have offered great opportunities to travel to places I’ve dreamed about visiting my whole life!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Travel%20base%20Chalmers_Picture_2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Jamie in Kiruna" style="margin:5px" />Simple logistics</strong></div> <div>While Chalmers offers plenty of opportunities to travel between study periods (given you don’t have exams too late in the week) and even during study periods, these opportunities wouldn’t mean much if it were difficult to travel. From my hometown, getting to the airport is a major event that requires weeks, if not months of planning. It’s over an hour-long drive with limited public transportation options and costs hundreds of dollars a week to park at. We usually need to find friends or family willing to make the drive to pick us up and drop us off.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the other hand, living next to Chalmers’ Johanneberg Campus, I can just walk to a bus station down the hill from my apartment and catch a 30–40-minute bus ride to the airport. There are two major options to get to the airport from here- you could either take the Flygbussarna airport coach, which goes directly to the airport (119 SEK/$12.58/ €11.45 at the time of writing), or use public transportation (Västtrafik) for about half the price, but with a transfer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Even more convenient than flying, in my humble opinion, is taking the train when you can. Fortunately, Gothenburg’s Central Station is only a half-hour walk from Chalmers’ Johanneberg Campus, and even less from Lindholmen! From the station, you can easily go to Stockholm, Malmö/Copenhagen (and from there to Germany), and Oslo. I even took a train once to head to Alebacken, a mini ski resort just over an hour outside of Gothenburg. (Pro tip: you can rent skis and tons of other outdoor gear for free from an equipment shop called Fritidsbanken, just a tram ride away from Chalmers!)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Travel%20base%20Chalmers-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Cost to travel adaptable to all budgets</strong></div> <div>Being a student, there may be a good chance that you’ll be looking to travel on a budget. During my adventures so far, some of my friends have wanted to eat at all the best restaurants for every meal, and some have wanted to make food at the hostel to save money. No matter what your budget is, though, there’s always an adventure within reach. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>One of the best travel tools I’ve discovered after coming here is Ryanair (not a paid promotional ad). Though we have budget airlines in the US, I’ve heard too many horror stories to venture on any of their flights. However, never having heard of Ryanair, I’ve been completely insulated from any horror stories (if they exist- I’m too afraid to look…) and decided to take the plunge. Ryanair often sells flights for 52 SEK (about $5.50!) each way. My roundtrip ticket to Croatia was 104 SEK/$12, and to Hungary was 308 SEK/$35. It costs at least twice as much to fly from one side of my home state to the other! What’s the catch, you may ask? Well… you’ll only be able to bring one backpack and they’ll try to sell you lottery tickets. But traveling this way has made me a much more efficient and flexible traveler! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Also new to me is the concept of not paying 1000 SEK (or roughly $100-$110/  €90-€</div> <div>100) a night for Airbnb’s or hotels (the main options where I’m from). I now pay 150 SEK - 250 SEK a night for a shared room with friends at a hostel. Depending on the destination country, Airbnb’s can also be as cheap as going to a hostel, and the more people you can (legally) fit into a room, the cheaper!  (Another pro tip: countries in Central/Eastern Europe such as Croatia and Hungary will give you more bang for your buck compared to the rest of Europe. They also have an endless amount of delicious food and pastries. Just make sure to pay attention to all travel advisories before you go.)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Take the plunge</strong></div> <div>If you’re looking for an adventure, especially if you’re from a country outside of Sweden, being a student at Chalmers will innately be a rich one. But if you’re at all interested in traveling beyond Gothenburg, Chalmers provides endless opportunities. Not only can you travel to Lapland with CIRC, but other organizations in Chalmers offer ski trips to places like France and Norway. And as mentioned earlier, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the school year, even with heavy workloads, to go for three, four, five day or even weeklong excursions to other countries around Europe. If you want to experience the ultimate travel adventure, Chalmers offers exchange programs to study abroad in Europe or even many countries around the world, such as Japan. So, if you’ve read this far, the main takeaway is don’t overlook Chalmers if you have any travel dreams whatsoever.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/jamie_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of author, Jamie" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> Jamie</div></div>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 study spots at Chalmers<p><b>​Wandering about the campus looking for a space to work on your group project? Need a quiet room to cram in your lessons during the exam season? Or are you looking for a nice spot to study at after the university officially lets students out? Read this blog to discover some cool spaces that might be your next best study environment.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Study%20spots%20Chalmers%20banner1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Group of students studying together" style="margin:5px 30px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Pursuing a master’s degree at Chalmers, in any field, comes with a truckload of assignments, deadlines, presentations and/or exams. I don’t know about you, but it usually takes me more than the scheduled class hours to prepare and ace the courses. So naturally, a good after-class study environment is absolutely essential for me. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I have explored, discovered, and tested many such spots in the campus over the course of one year since I joined Chalmers as a student. Here are some of my top picks, presented in no formal order, mostly focusing on the areas close to my department, the EDIT building, (which stands for Elektroteknik, Data-och informationsteknik) and houses the majority of electrical engineering, data science and information technology programs.</span></div> <div><div><strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20body%20silent%20study%20room.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:205px;height:248px" />1.Silent study room at EDIT: </strong>This room is located on the second floor of the EDIT building at Chalmers Johanneberg campus, across the floor to the café Linsen. It remains my favorite place to cram in during the exam season. <span style="background-color:initial">As the name suggests, its quiet, cozy, and has individual sections bracketed in with movable screens, affording you more privacy. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">It also does not require any prior booking which makes it a lifesaver during the busy times at the end of the study periods. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Many buildings, if not all at Chalmers, have a similar room or area which is great for students (read me and my fellow easily distracted friends) who study more efficiently in quiet environments.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Study%20spots%20Chalmers%20open%20study%20space%20with%20cafe.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="cafe study space at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:333px" />2.The group rooms at different buildings:</strong> The buildings on campus Johanneberg at Chalmers also have a ton of group rooms designed for student use. They are found on second through sixth floors, and offer more spacious places for students to study or work in. I am quite partial to the ones at EDIT, partly because I use them quite frequently and also owing to the general design, placement, and aesthetic of the rooms. They are also located close to cafe's on the campus which makes grabbing a quick bite so much easier.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>They need to be booked beforehand and are usually already filled during the exam season. These rooms can work as a silent study room or even a co-working/discussion space for you and your friends as they usually are designed to hold four to eight people comfortably. They can be booked using TimeEdit , which is scheduling tool that Chalmers uses for publishing class timings, deciding classrooms, and group room bookings.  You can easily navigate the website and access its features using a unique Chalmers ID that you get once you are registered at the university.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20study%20room%20windows,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Study spaces near the lecture halls" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:363px" />3.The open study spaces near the lecture halls, HA, HB and HC:</strong> Chalmers has a whole row of lecture halls between the parking lot and the academic buildings of EDIT and M departments. Here M stands for the Mekanik department building, which houses the majority of mechanical, material and mobility engineering programs ). These are the bigger lecture rooms on campus, usually booked for popular classes or guest lectures, and are inside their own buildings. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>All of them contain multiple study spaces, complete with co-working areas, a small kitchen with refrigerators and microwaves for grabbing a quick bite, and large windows overseeing the parking lot. These are also built like rooms and do not need to be booked, making them fill up quite quickly during exam season. Unlike the other study spaces though, these buildings are locked after the working hours due to security concerns, so it makes the access a bit limited.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Study%20spots%20Chalmers%20kemi.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Study spaces at Kemi building" style="margin:5px;width:304px;height:302px" />4.The study spaces in the Kemi building:</strong> Another great study environment at Chalmers can be found at the Kemi building, which houses the majority of the chemical engineering programs, at the Johanneberg campus. Entering from the Kemigården, you can easily access the open spaces on the first three floors of the buildings. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is also a café located inside, with loads of coffee, the Swedish wonder of fika  and lunch bowls, that makes it a perfect study spot. The fika mostly contains of light pasties and baked buns, or something small that serves as a great study snack. There are also a number of different seating options, ranging from regular tables to big couches with side screens that offer a lot of privacy for video calls and zoom sessions. The outer wall of the building is mostly transparent and offers a great view of the university campus and gardens, making it a great space during the rainy winters.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Study%20spots%20Chalmers%20Lindholmen%20library.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Lindholmen campus library" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:231px" />5.The library:</strong> The libraries on both campuses, Johanneberg and Lindholmen, offer great spaces for self-study, silent study, and even coworking environments. They contain open areas with easy access to tables, bookable rooms and reading sections with books that you can either peruse inside the building or sign out for a couple of days. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I prefer to visit the Lindholmen library during my day-offs, as its more richly designed and offers more options. It is also less crowded and situated on the other side of the city, which makes going there a little day trip of sorts.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Study%20spots%20Chalmers%20kryka.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="study space at kryka at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:156px;height:189px" />6.The student union building:</strong> There are loads of study spaces to be found inside the student union building at campus Johanneberg. One of the main plus points about them is that they are super accessible to all students at all times, even on the weekends. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The spaces include a massive seating area on the ground floor, that also serves as the Kårresturangen or the student canteen during lunch hours, a bunch of group rooms on the first and second floors, and the 'kryka' study space on the first floor of the building. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Everything aside from the group rooms, does not need a prior booking. This makes them super handy when you’re trying to find a free study space that fits all your group members during the end of the study periods. These rooms are also very close to the stores, pubs, restaurants, and the Chalmers tram station, which makes it an excellent weekend study spot.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Some of the pictures were gracioulsy provided by Anna-Lena Lundqvist.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of author and student ambassador, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> Smita</div> </div>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100’s.aspx Chalmers for a joint master’s<p><b>​Do you want to know why Chalmers was my first choice for studying my master’s abroad?</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">It all started when I was 12 years old, we watched a documentary at my high school about climate change and its effects during science class in my home country Colombia. The documentary explained the mechanism behind global warming and what were the expected effects on humans and nature. After that I knew what I wanted to be as an adult, I wanted to become an engineer and make the world a better place.</span><div>This is how I became passionate about environmental sciences and even before becoming a teenager I had a feeling about what I wanted to study when I grew up. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Choosing%20Chalmers-body%201.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:235px;height:309px" />It happened, I ended high school, and I did a bachelor’s in environmental engineering, after that and after working in the industry for two years I still felt I was not able to make the big changes I wanted. My work was mainly developing solutions for handling industrial waste and coordinating post-consumption programs. The second task was where I found my new interest.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The dream I had more than 10 years ago continued becoming reality when I started looking for a master’s degree abroad. After extensive research about the possibilities, I found the Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degrees. There was a catalog with more than 150 master’s offering total scholarships for students from all over the world. That’s how I found my dream master’s: International Masters in Circular Economy CIRCLE. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Since CIRCLE is a joint master’s where students spend part of the programme at one home university and part of it at a host university, the task now was selecting which University I wanted as the “home one” and which one for the “mandatory mobility”. My current master’s is offered by four institutions as a consortium (Chalmers, NTNU, TU-Delft &amp; Leiden University, and the University of Graz). As a good planner, I looked at the options one by one and spent hours looking at the curricular structure, courses, professors, campus, and student life to determine my options. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Choosing%20Chalmers-body%205.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Natalia with her classmates" style="margin:5px;width:370px;height:276px" />In the end, I had the answer: I put Chalmers as my first option for being my home university and Karl Franzens Universität (UniGraz) as the host university where I would spend the second year of my master’s. If you are wondering why I selected Chalmers first and why I believe it was the perfect one-half for my joint master, I will share with you three reasons why I am convinced Chalmers was the best option for me and maybe why it can be the best option for you too.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>1. The infrastructure and facilities at the University</strong></div> <div><strong> </strong><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">used these during my studies such as study rooms, the library, the student union building with a lot of services for students, and a diverse and attractive campus is designed to promote independence and develop soft skills even while pursuing technical studies. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. The interaction with the teachers </strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>The possibility to reach the professors and the freedom to ask any type of questions during lectures, seminars, or other academic activities with the professors or tutors, impulse the students to get involved in their areas of interest in an easy and open way. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Choosing%20Chalmers-body%208.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:230px;height:232px" />3. The international environment at Chalmers </strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>The atmosphere of students from all over the world living in the same city, far from home while studying something they are passionate about will surprise you. From study nights and weekend trips to celebrating Christmas together and going to summer school. These are just some of the experiences I had the chance to experience while studying at Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>To sum it all up, if I could go back in time and if I had to make a choice again where I wanted to start my master’s, I would put Chalmers as the first option once again without any doubt. </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/natalia_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="student ambassador natalia" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> Natalia<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div>Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 to know Onsala space observatory<p><b>​Curious about space and antennas? As a master’s student in this field you can visit a very cool facility just outside of Gothenburg.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Onsala%20rymdobservatorium_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Onsala space observatory picture" style="margin:15px 5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">As an electrical engineering student, with an avid interest in astronomy and space technology, I have always been fascinated by the Onsala space observatory. It is a massive establishment that is accessible by Chalmers and situated at 45 kilometers south of Gothenburg. It also serves as an international geodetic fundamental station. The master’s programmes at Chalmers university, under the Space, earth and environment department have the unique opportunity to collaborate and work at the facility.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I recently met up with a friend, who visited the space observatory during the course of her programme, MSc in Wireless, Photonics and Space Engineering at Chalmers.  She regaled me with her time and projects at the facility, sharing little known facts about the works done behind the scenes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The first time she was at the site, the weather was not being very cooperative, and they couldn’t perform their experiments and take reliable measurements. She added that the site is famous for high wind speeds all year round, which is reflected in the bent structure of fauna around the facility.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This high wind speed also poses a problem for the large telescopes and their antennas, that are mainly used to study the formation and deaths of distant stars. As a result, most of the equipment is well shielded and the 20-meter telescope is placed inside a huge radome, which is a structural, weatherproof enclosure that protects a radar system or antenna, <span style="background-color:initial">for its safety.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Onsala%20rymdobservatorium_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of a large antenna" style="margin:5px;height:453px;width:298px" /><div>She, along with her classmates, had the opportunity to do two different projects during the whole course of their master’s degree at Onsala. The first lab they were a part of, was largely based on the operation of small artificial intelligent flying objects, more commonly known as drones. The objective was to sketch the possible drone paths based on different heights and positions over an area and collect the data from their results.</div> <div>Their second project was to chart the satellite positioning around the planet. They worked to obtain the current positions with respect to certain fixed points and then cross referenced their findings with earlier records of measurements.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>As an international research facility there are some on-going projects that the students are not allowed to be part of and share their knowledge with the public. She was fortunate to be member of a small tour in and around the observatory, where they were able to spot different equipment and get a closer look at the telescopes, which mainly are used to study the birth and death of stars.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Everyone working in the observatory knows about the ongoing space programs and upcoming projects. 'They are really smart and very helpful’, she added, ‘each time we finished an experiment, they always offered us fika, consisting of warm coffee and an assortment of cookies. They were very patient while answering our questions and encouraged our interest’. Visiting the observatory was always a much-anticipated event for her class because of the brilliance of the facility. The students diligently piled in together in a huge bus from Chalmers which according to them, ‘felt like an awesome field trip, straight out of childhood dreams’. They were always offered a tour around the observatory and an opportunity to look at all their cool equipment and get acquainted with the recent developments.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Visiting Onsala remains on my bucket list, especially since the announcement of the Chalmers’ new visitor center aptly name, ‘portal to space’. This new center allows visitors, including the public, to get acquainted with the latest technology, get an opportunity to peek from the gigantic working telescopes at the distant corners of the universe, and enhance their understanding about space. You can find more about that <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/oso/news/Pages/New-visitor-center-Onsala-Space-Observatory.aspx" title="Link to Onsala visitor center" target="_blank">here</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Photo credits for this blog go to Anna-Lena Lundqvist​.</div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Smita's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Smita</a></div></div>Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 to find peace during your studies<p><b>​Perusing a master’s degree in any field is an all-consuming task. And it can easily get quite taxing when you move across countries and cultures to avail the best possible opportunities.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20banner%20image.jpg" alt="picture of a silent study room at the campus library" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px 15px;width:680px;height:634px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Choosing to pursue a master’s degree is an important decision, taken with much consideration and deliberation. We consider a lot of things, from our backgrounds and interests to finances and even the culture of the new place we find ourselves relocating to. It is exciting and unnerving at the same time. </span><span style="background-color:initial">But rarely a lot of thought goes into coping with the new environment, consisting of fast-paced and rigorous study periods, extremely taxing exam weeks and not to mention, the multiple laboratory sessions and projects both that take ages to complete and yet get over far too quick. </span><div><div><br /></div> <div>Jumping into the deep end of higher education, right after completing my bachelors, is a decision I stand by on most days. I believe that by not having a gap in my education, I was prepared for the quick and demanding pace of my master’s degree in Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility. Yet on some days. I am left feeling utterly exhausted. Over the past few months, I’ve tried some things that help me to ground myself in the moment and let it all go, for however short of a while that I can.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20body%20silent%20study%20room.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of silent study room at university" style="margin:5px;width:245px;height:296px" />1. Seeking solitude</strong></div> <div>A super helpful trick, and one that works wonders for me, is to find a place where you can co-exist in peace. I am a very social person by nature and being alone when I am especially worked up, does not work well for me. So, my solution has been to visit the silent study rooms or the libraries, both on campus, to take a break.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Almost every department and building at Chalmers has a silent reading room dedicated to all students. These facilities are available during the universities’ working hours and do not need to be booked in advance. They can be accessed through your student card and offer a great respite during especially draining days.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>2. Indulging in a brief relaxing activity</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20body-reading.jpg" alt="student reading on an ipad, in the common space" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:255px;height:340px" /></div> <div>I have a list of things, that I call my ‘happiness cheat-sheet’ ,that I refer to when life feels particularly draining. It comprises of a couple of activities; googling the funniest reddit thread of the day, taking the best picture possible of the nearest plant or the sky on a windy or rainy day, and going for a short walk on the sunny days; that helps me to relax and shift my focus onto less exhausting tasks. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It works in the following manner: I pick a task, do it for 10 minutes and based on how I am feeling then, I choose to revert to my work at hand or follow further down the list. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Having this little list also makes my problems feel less daunting. I feel more in control of myself and my ability to solve these issues, which in turn helps me clear my mind and focus better on finding a possible solution. It is clever way of handling only what you can at that moment which helps me instantly ground myself. </div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/peace%20during%20studies%20body-study%20room.jpg" alt="Student ambassado Sam, resting in a study room" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:225px;height:298px" />3. Chalmers offered counselling sessions</strong><br /></div> <div>If you are struggling for quite a while and are in doubt regarding the state of your emotional well-being, then approaching a student counsellor might be the best path for you. You can do that by booking a physical meeting, available on both campuses, or by opting for an online session.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>You can approach the counsellor with your questions or seek advice if you are going through a tough time. They are equipped to offer psychosocial counselling and conversational support and can also help you find the right help should you require it. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>To book an appointment, you simply need to send an e-mail to: You can also learn more about it <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to student counselling">here</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">4. Planning short trips</strong><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20body-travel.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="standing in a field with blooming wildflowers" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:319px" /></strong></div> <div>One of the best parts about studying in Gothenburg is the sheer number of options you have when it comes to travelling. With parks, lakes, trails and excellent transport facilities, Gothenburg is a very well-connected city. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>While the master’s programmes can be quite demanding and rigorously designed, the weekends are almost always given off to students. This opens up loads of possibilities for short getaways that are refreshing and recharging. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are flights to almost every major city in the continent and you can either venture solo or find a travel buddy quite easily on social media. It’s a great learning experience and helps take your mind off the things you cannot control in that moment.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Peace%20during%20studies%20body-oudoor.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="student ambassador Sam sitting in front of a lake, with ducklings surrounding her" style="margin:5px;width:265px;height:354px" /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>5. Experiencing the great outdoors</strong></div> <div>If you feel that a vacation is not quite on your cards yet, try exploring the campus instead. If you are an active person then campus Johanneberg, with its interesting terrain and multiple sports facilities, is a great place for you. Taking a short walk through the campus or lounging on one of the many picnic benches scattered across the university, is another great way to escape the heat for a little while.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The student union building has a sauna and an indoor pool, which you can access with your student card, this offers you the possibility of a slightly longer break session. Right behind the campus, you can also find tennis courts and running tracks that are great for taking your mind off strenuous stuff.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is very important to take care of our mental health. As the winter slowly descends upon us in Sweden, and the excitement for a new study year takes root into our lives, make sure to carve out some time to check on yourself, emotionally and mentally. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I hope this little list of things that you can do to help yourself, proves useful to you as you begin your master’s journey. Perhaps by following through, you will also find a semblance of peace, contentment, or whatever it is that you are seeking for at the moment.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="picture of the blog writer and student ambassador, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to unibuddy chat of author">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div>Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 tips to beat the loneliness when studying abroad<p><b>​Feeling homesick is totally normal when moving to a new city, but here are 7 tips to make you feel more at home while being away.</b></p><strong>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/01%20homesick-Banner.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="group of students on a street posing for the picture" style="margin:10px 5px" /><br /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>1. </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Create new routines:</strong> </span><span style="background-color:initial">By creating a new routine, you can slowly get into this new life and experience it fully like a local. Whether it is by having your coffee at your favourite coffee shop every morning, setting a new bedtime, or even studying Swedish every day at the same hour. For example, I started to do meal preparation every Sunday with a friend which set my meals for the week and gets me to discover new recipes. </span><div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/01%20homesick-Picture_1.png" alt="friends gathered around a table" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:262px" />2. Make new friends: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Loneliness will increase your chances of feeling homesick. Chalmers is a great university with a lot of student life, you will get a sense of that during your first days, so it is a great start to get new friends! You have a chance as a student to be in contact with a variety of cultures and ethnicity, make the most out of it! Be curious and open-minded and go on activities organized by the school where you can meet a ton of new people. Look at the activities from CIRC, your department or some evening activities from Chalmers like dance lessons. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Keep in touch with your old friends:</strong> <span style="background-color:initial">Chatting ith or calling up old friends and family will be comforting as the familiarity of these relationships will put you in a comfortable situation. You should give news to them on a regular basis as they want to know how you are doing and what you are up to in this new life. Social media is a great way to do this by posting Instagram stories for example to showcase the new culture and feel connected with them.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/01%20homesick-Picture_2.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="climbing wall at Chalmers climbing gym" style="margin:5px;width:190px;height:276px" />4. Stop comparing your new place to home: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers and Gothenburg will never be the same as your school back where you are from neither the city. Each city has its history, culture, and limitations. You might tend to only see the positive aspects of your hometown and only the negative here, but Chalmers offers tons of facilities, services, and ways to get you busy and offer you the best of a student life. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>5. Don’t forget your hobbies: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><span style="background-color:initial">Even with a new routine, keeping your past hobbies will help you settle more. Whether it is a book in your native language or a sport you used to practice back home, this can help you feel more at ease in a comfortable environment. For example, climbing is a big thing here, and with a climbing gym right on the campus, it is easily accessible and you can meet a ton of new people.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/01%20homesick-Picture_3.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of food" style="margin:5px;width:185px;height:269px" />6. Step out of your comfort zone:</strong> <span style="background-color:initial">Being in a new city is all about stepping out of your comfort zone, but there are ways of doing it that can feel safer. If you are into sports, paddle is a great activity that I did not know even existed before and it can be a great opportunity to try! If you are into languages, there are Språkcafét in the city where you can practice new languages and meet new people.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>7. Set new goals:</strong> <span style="background-color:initial">New city, new life! It is nice to wake up every morning and work toward tangible goals that you can achieve in this new place. It could be either academic or personal, it doesn’t matter! The trick is to keep your mind occupied and give a new meaning to what you are doing. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/naina_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="pic of author Naina " style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Naïna </span></div>Mon, 10 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200’t-right-for-you!.aspx!.aspxWhat to do when the elective course isn’t right for you!<p><b>​Here’s what to do if you feel like the elective courses you chose at Chalmers, aren’t working out for you anymore.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/banner%20wrong%20course%20(surface-V%20unspalsh).jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="student on a desk with laptop and notebooks, credits to surfave-V on unsplash" style="margin:10px 5px;width:690px;height:458px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers offers a wide variety of elective courses in your master’s programme. From theoretical papers to project-based assessment, every course is continuously updated to maintain the standards of a highly relevant and fundamental education. But choosing one out of many interesting options can be a hard task. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Course selection at Chalmers is carried out in two phases for each semester. Students are usually afforded one to two weeks of time to peruse the course lists and the individual programme requirements to make note of all of the different options along with mandatory registrations. They then use their accounts on the University Admissions website to select the different courses, registered within the master’s programme, of their choice and rank them according to their desirability  . If you want to know more about this process, you can find all the relevant details right <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to the official webpage about course selection at Chalmers">here</a>!  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/wrong%20course%20body%20(john-schnobrich-unsplash).jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Students around a laptop, credits to john schnobrich on unsplash" style="margin:5px 10px" />Last semester, when my friends and I, ranked our courses after intensive bouts of discussions and weighing the pros and cons of choosing certain topics, I noticed that some of them were not entirely satisfied with the offered choices at the university. They either wanted to learn more about a specific topic or recent research that wasn’t the main focus in the given course or were hoping to choose a different subject altogether that wasn’t offered at the master level to us. <span style="background-color:initial">After asking around for more information about their options, one of them chose to take a course in a different university and have his credits transferred while the others chose to stick to the offerings at Chalmers. They all had different experiences with their choices, and I found it to be quite the learning experience for all of us. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Here, I have tried to compile a few different options we discovered on what to do when you’re not entirely satisfied with your course.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>1. Credit transfers:</strong> Chalmers, like any other university following consistent grading pattern, recognizes the credits earned at different universities through their projects or courses. If you find a great course at a different university   , offered in the different universities in Sweden, you are free to choose it as long as it meets the study criteria of your master’s programme. You can also choose courses that are given in universities based in other countries, although that might be tad trickier to navigate on your own.</div> <div>One way to go about it would be to first approach the study counsellors and programme directors of your field of study. They can help you evaluate the offered courses, making sure that the earned credits would count towards your degree, and are also super helpful at resolving any doubts regarding the transfers of credit in general. Once you are confidant in your choices you can apply for the course and have the best learning experience worth your time.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2. Late applications:</strong> Perhaps the most straightforward option on this list, it’s by far also the most chosen one by students on campus. No matter whether you missed out on the earlier deadlines or simply decided to change your choices in the end, the late application period offers students a second chance at choosing the best course for them.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/wrong%20course%20body%20(jaeyoung-geoffrey-kang-unsplash).jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="vacant desk with study materials on it, credits to jaeyoung-geoffrey-kang-unsplash" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>One thing to keep in mind here would be the number of participants allowed in any course. This isn’t usually an issue with the more standard courses that are offered every year but electives, and sought-after courses in particular, fill up very fast. The courses available for late application are also displayed on the university admissions website and you can always filter them out by selecting those that are still open for applications.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>3. Declining your seat in the offered course:</strong> Sometimes life throws an unexpected curveball or just gets a little busy for it to be possible to devote all your time towards full-time studies. In that case, students at Chalmers have the option to decline the offered spot at any course for up to three weeks from the beginning of the aforementioned course. </div> <div>For fee paying students, this is an important deadline to note, as declining any time later still counts towards the full payment of the offered credits. </div> <div>So, if you suddenly find yourself unsure about the time you would be able to devote to studies or want to take a break from the full-time education, this the best option for you once you already have registered for the different courses.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>4. Taking the ball and rolling with it:</strong> Still unsure about what to do? Well, why not just stick with your choices till the end and see how that goes! If you’re anything like me, choosing your courses is a matter of great introspection and considerable deliberation. Chances are, that if a course lands on your list of prospective choices, it might be worth taking it if only to find out how it lives up to its descriptions and offered learning outcomes.</div> <div>You can always choose another course next time from the wide array of topics, or even follow something online on the side if you feel like you are missing knowledge on certain topics. You can also, almost always approach the professor with your suggestions and ask them to include a little snippet of it in their learning plans. They would also, from my personal experience, be very happy to guide you towards further reading material and projects that would suit your personal learning objectives.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers has an amazing array of courses which caters to the unique learning expectations of every student on its campus. You might need to approach a couple of professors and ask around a bit for more information but the whole idea of ‘seek and you shall find it’ is strongly applicable to the university. <span style="background-color:initial">I would also like to mention that this list was curated from my experiences and understanding of the university’s education system. While it may be highly applicable to the different requirements and elective course alternatives in my master’s program, you should always check the requirements of your masters’ programs to base your decisions. Reaching out to professors and study counsellors for guidance is the best course of action at all times. People here are genuinely interested and invested in seeing you learn and grow as a student. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>All the pictures used in this blog were taken from unsplash.</div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of the author, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" title="link to the unibuddy profile of the authr and student ambassador Smita" target="_blank">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div>Tue, 27 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Unconventional Approach to Robotics at Chalmers<p><b>​How I’m getting closer to becoming a robotics engineer both inside and outside the classroom &#129302;</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/kiwi%20robots%20banner.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="lab circuit board" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">When I quit my job as an embedded software engineer, I was picturing myself one day as a cooler engineer… a robotics engineer. At least, to me, working with robots would be one of the coolest jobs out there (along with running a pie bakery). What a robotics engineer is exactly isn’t well defined, as the field is pretty broad and takes people from many backgrounds - computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc. </span><div><br /></div> <div>So, when looking at master’s programmes, interested in gaining a more diverse background, I primarily searched for programmes with “robotics” in the name. Most of these courses were focused on control theory. But then, I landed on Chalmers’ complex adaptive systems programme, where I learned about the loosely defined and highly configurable robotics track. Reading through the courses, I ended up being the most excited about this programme and made it my first choice. And early in the school year, I was even able to find a project outside of classes that gave me even more hands-on experience: the Kiwi Project. Coming to Chalmers was a better decision than I ever could’ve imagined for helping me get closer to achieving my goals of being a robotics engineer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>A wide variety of classes</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In CAS (Complex adaptive systems), about half of the first year classes are compulsory, and then there are a few “compulsory electives” (i.e. students must choose from a list of approved electives). I’ll admit that it was the compulsory electives that attracted me to CAS, and that I didn’t even know what some of the compulsory classes were, like stochastic optimization or dynamical systems. But after taking them, I realized that all the classes I took this past year directly apply to robotics in one way or another. For example, some of the classes I took and how they relate:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>•Artificial neural networks and advanced machine learning: can be used for object detection, pattern learning, and endless other applications to help robots perform their tasks</div> <div><br /></div> <div>•Stochastic optimization: path planning (using a “genetic algorithm” to optimize a route, using ideas from genetic evolution)</div> <div><br /></div> <div>•Intelligent agents and statistical inference: designing chatbots (e.g., using Bayesian inference) and dialogue managers</div> <div><br /></div> <div>•Autonomous robots: path planning, sensor fusion, computer vision, battery charge scheduling (e.g., with autonomous lawn mower), etc. using Chalmers’ own Kiwi platform </div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are also lots of other classes that I would have liked to take, like humanoid robotics. However, I’ll be doing an exchange this semester, which is a whole new topic to cover! But in addition to classes, I also had the opportunity this past year to work with the Kiwi Project, which allowed me to apply more of my electrical engineering background to robotics, and therefore continue to grow as a more well-rounded engineer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The Kiwi Project</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>When I started at Chalmers, I was very eager to maximize my experience and learn as much as possible. So, I started emailing professors and the department head to probe around for opportunities. Soon after, I was connected to a professor working with autonomous vehicles and became a member of The Kiwi Project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Kiwi Project is a platform on which students and hobbyists from around the world can build their own mini autonomous cars from scratch and develop software to perform a multitude of tasks. Primarily, though, these little cars are raced autonomously around a track outlined by colored cones, with the goal of getting the fastest time possible without hitting other vehicles on the track.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/kiwi%20robots%20body.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Miniature robotic model in lab" style="margin:5px;width:390px;height:337px" />This past year, I worked on a team of students from different backgrounds (mechanical engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering), as well as Professor Ola and a Ph.D. student in his lab, Björnborg . The other student with an electrical engineering background, Mateo (from Ecuador), and I were tasked with simplifying the Kiwi’s electrical design. We decided to remove one of the two microcontrollers (Beaglebone) and re-route all of the signals from the peripherals to the other microcontroller (RaspberryPi, a more commonly known microcontroller). We also simplified the battery circuit, among other things.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The best part of being on this team, though, is that since I’m less experienced in circuit design than Mateo, I’ve become a better electrical engineer by working with him. I’ve since learned how things like Fusion design software works and how to DIY a motor encoder- things I never touched in embedded software engineering. I hope that these skills will also make me a stronger robotics engineer someday, maybe when having to communicate with hardware engineers about design plans.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the end of the school year, I also took Autonomous robots and got to see more of the software side of the Kiwi platform. Beyond the different facets of robot logic and tasks such as path planning and navigation, we also covered topics applicable even beyond robotics, such as Dockerization, microservices, and continuous integration and development. These are topics that were discussed even at my embedded software engineering job, so I was really excited to finally get the chance to learn about them in the classroom. Although I fell behind due to some technical difficulties and competing project coursework, I still feel like I got a lot out of the class. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Looking ahead with Kiwi, my thesis and beyond</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the time of writing this, I’m on the plane to do a semester abroad in Singapore, filling in some of the gaps in my education with classes like data science and algorithms, and feedback control systems. The Kiwi 2.0 is nearing completion (at least with the circuit board for the signal routing being ordered this week)! And with this first year behind me and the next one about to start next week I’m really excited to start researching topics and companies for my thesis, looking back on all that I learned this past year and imagining the kinds of projects I can do now. I’m even looking forward to finding a job, confident that all that I’ve learned is pushing me closer to being a real qualified candidate, rather than just an office kid dreaming about working with robots someday.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/jamie_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of student ambassador Jamie" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> Jamie</div>Mon, 19 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0200 installations at Chalmers: Part 1<p><b>​The Johanneberg campus of Chalmers university is a beautiful place with a ton of space catering to every student’s needs. But something cooler than being an all-inclusive campus, is the thought put behind every design, every installation, and every painted mural.</b></p>​​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Unique%20installations%20banner.jpg" alt="Art installation at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:743px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I have recently completed my first year of master’s studies at Chalmers university of technology. It has been a wonderful experience of learning, socializing, and exploring all the university has to offer. Given the size of the campuses, I am on a personal mission to get to know them as much I can in the two short years of my master’s studies that I’m spending here.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I have puzzled over, and admired, the vast collection of unique signs and installations strewn over the Johanneberg campus for quite some time. While few meanings and reasons continue to elude me, there are some student theories behind a few that I wanted to share in order to bring awareness and generate an air of interest in the university outside of study programs.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Unique%20installations%20body%20architecture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Art installation at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:365px;height:273px" />The installation outside the Civil engineering and architecture building</strong> (or commonly referred to as the V building)<strong>:</strong> It consists of three figures standing in a circle, holding hands, and looking happily above themselves. According to my friends at the department, these figures symbolize the three key bases of an ethical and sustainable design. They include the clients, the engineers and the designers, and the people already inhabiting the area to ensure a proper development plan.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The installation is made of copper and is placed right in front of the building, next to the parking lot. Cheers to fellow ambassador Natalia, photographed with the art, for showing me around and helping me understand the meaning of this cool establishment!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Unique%20installations%20body%20SU%20statue.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Art installation at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:264px" />The meditating state in the student union building:</strong> This art can be found right under the information screen at the student union building of the Johanneberg campus. It is also next to the student restaurant and pub, J.A. Pripps, and on the way to the common student spaces ahead, including the student restaurant. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is also made of copper and serves as a physical reminder that taking breaks and focusing on our mental health is very important for our general well-being. Students are reminded that university is more than attending day-long classes and laboratories, no matter how all-consuming it may seem at the beginning.</div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Unique%20installations%20body%20physics%20apple.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Art installation at Chalmers" style="margin:5px" />The famous apple placed at the entrance of the Physics building:</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> Perhaps the most famous fruit in the scientific community, this apple is placed at the doors of the physics department in the Johanneberg campus of Chalmers university. It is a source of pride and joy for our fellow physicists and if I’m being totally honest, one of the coolest things I have seen on the campus as well.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The apple reminds us of the infamous story of the formulation of the laws of gravitation but there is something deeper about it as well. The fruit is purposefully designed as a fraction of the whole, symbolizing that we truly know little of the state of our universe and the laws that govern it. Much like the installation. Our understanding is incomplete, and we must strive to learn more with each passing student in these halls!</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Unique%20installations%20body%20painted%20stairs.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Art installation at Chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:290px;height:389px" />Signs painted on the road, and stairs, to the student union building:</strong> The stairs in front of the student union building, followed by the road leading to the different departments and serving as an important queuing space for students at most university events, sparkle brightly on sunny days. Different departments at the university have different signs and symbols which are sacred for the students enrolled in them.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Most, if not all, of these signs can be found glistening on the steps the students take to reach a common space accessible by all, the student union building. Each of these signs has its own backstory and tradition. The most common being the supposed bad luck that you get cursed with if you knowingly step on your own departments sign! Other departments signs are free game though, and often become a jeering sport for students on more relaxed days. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>These are a couple of unique, student-life related things at Chalmers that I find absolutely endearing! The university holds a special place in my heart and these little, well-thought-out details, make it all the more interesting and personal to me. There are still many things that I have seen on the campus which make little sense to me at the moment. They include the giant snake-like structure outside the library, the old propellor placed in front of the mechanical building, the different statues of famous university graduates and not to mention the little installation of “Emil and Emilia”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I take great pleasure in knowing the backstory behind all these installations. It’s almost as if I am turning back the pages of the university’s student history, peeping into the architect’s minds, and getting to know those who came before me and left a profound mark on the campus. I will keep you all updated with my findings as I explore more of the campus and capture more random facts about its design and history.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Sam's unibuddy profile">Smita</a></div> </div> ​​Tue, 13 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0200 swedes at Chalmers<p><b>​It has been rumored that the Swedish social culture tends to be a bit more conservative when compared to other European nations such as Italy, Spain, or Greece. I was pleased and surprised to discover the affirmations and contradictions when interacting with Swedes with such a premature ideology.</b></p><strong>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/befriending%20swedes_banner.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Group of friends" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Unspoken rules and rituals</strong></span><div>As an American, I find myself walking down the street waving at complete strangers, making eye contact, and smiling at them as a sign of welcoming potential conversations out of thin air. One of the first things I noticed after arriving to the city of Gothenburg is that people do not do that. Based on my experience it isn’t a bad thing but also not a good thing either. I say this since I have had successes where people do smile back and say hello. Though this is dependent on the person’s age, social context, and also the environment. It was ok for me to smile at classmates I have never interacted with randomly in the hallway or at a school bus stop. However, this was almost not welcomed at a restaurant during dinner time or away from the academic setting per say. For example, I rarely talk or interact with any Swedish flat mates in my building… Even after a year of living in the same apartment. This is a hard one to explain but the eye contact and smiling is not that prevalent. I do get a lot more responses when I greet people verbally using “hej hej”, for example, when I hold a door open for someone.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Be open-minded</strong></div> <div>Having uprooted and looking to form new friendships and relationships here in Sweden, I found myself wanting to be open to all types of interactions. Especially the ones where the cultural differences are the highest. I believe I was lucky to be given the bubble of interactions in a school or academic setting where all students have an understanding to interact with each other for various purposes like group assignments, projects, and helping each other in study groups. This has helped me socialize greatly. In addition, be open to disagreement and differences - this means waiting to express strong likes and dislikes until one has gotten very comfortable with the social circle or the individual. Such contrasts are a lot easier to handle in an academic setting versus real life get-togethers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">Do not be afraid to be your silly self</strong><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/befriending%20swedes_body.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Group of friends" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px" /></strong></div> <div>I certainly found it to be the easiest to connect with my Swedish counterparts with silly (American) humor since that tends to break the tension in almost all situations. I try to not take myself too seriously and my classmates appreciate that as well. This has helped me make fast friends, and more importantly, get invited to hangouts at their homes (which is a big step)! I was warned to not be offended when I did not get invites to hangouts within a few weeks of starting school so I lowered my expectations just so my classmates can beat them &#128516; Since then, I have been invited to several cookouts, wine and cheese nights, movie hangouts, and AW “after work” activities where a huge number of classmates grab a drink or two and socialize. I must say that the drinking culture is more prominent in Sweden but it is entirely possible to meet Swedes who choose not to drink or prefer the alcohol-free drinks and they still hang out with others.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Find the ones that look for international connections</strong></div> <div>Since I am not a local, and Chalmers having several international students, I discovered the Swedes who joined internationally diverse social circles already pass through a myriad of filters. In other words, the Swedes who are willing to connect with non-Swedish individuals at international hangouts are probably more willing to connect with anyone from different cultural and geographic background. This means they are willing to look part the differences and rather find connections through the similarities. Though this sounds very simple, it was hard to find such individuals when I first arrived. I am happy to say that there is an exponential effect to it - the more such international friendly Swede one meets, the similar individuals one can find and surround themselves with.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Find clubs or join teams</strong></div> <div>Sports teams are always a great way to non-verbally connect with anyone quickly! I find it very helpful to be able to play team sports and feel a sense of connection almost immediately. I personally play squash and some badminton. Since the groundwork for playing the game is already established, showing up and playing a good game with good sportsmanship has helped me start conversations almost effortlessly. This could also turn into a “let’s go grab a bite or something to eat later?” moment based on the interaction(s). I must mention that I was even able to connect with a much older couple at a lake when I went lake dipping with some friends all throughout winter last year. Some locals disagree that the frozen lake swim is or is not culturally Swedish or Nordic, but I find it refreshing especially after being able to talk to someone I did not expect to connect with. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This blog is strictly based on my experiences and due to my unique background alone. It is entirely possible to have interactions that are vastly different than what I have shared with you so far. It is worth always approaching all interactions with an open heart and mind while expecting the best of people. Irrespective of their nationality or cultural background. ​</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sunny_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Image of content creator sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author</strong>: Sunny</div>Tue, 06 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0200 much I spend as a Chalmers student<p><b>​Are you on your way to Chalmers soon and don’t know how to do your budget? Here is what to expect!</b></p><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</b><div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><b></b><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Accommodation</b></span><div>The rent is taking the most part of the expenditure during a month, and it varies depending on the size, the neighbourhood, type of housing, etc. One of the cheapest and safest options is to have a contract with SGS or Chalmers studentbostäder, two housing companies related to Chalmers, which provide a decent and quite cheap apartment. With them, you can apply for an apartment varying from 3000 – 5000 sek/month. If you do not have the possibility to have a contract with those two agencies, you can also look through Airbnb to find a room or within Facebook groups like “Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets/ Bostad Göteborg Gothenburg Goteborg” or “Accommodation For Students In Gothenburg!” in Gothenburg but be careful of the scams!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Groceries and food</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture_3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A good way to reduce the expenses on groceries is to buy food at local markets that offer lower prices for the same quality compared to a big grocery shop. One quite close to Chalmers is situated at Kapellplatsen where they offer fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. Otherwise, Willy’s and Lidl are great options with a variety of products that are cheaper than Coop and ICA for example. These expenses should be around 1000 sek per month. However, if you prefer buying fresh lunches, you can do so in the different cafes at the campus areas. At the main building at Campus Johanneberg, you can buy a takeaway lunch for 50 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Transportation</b></div> <div>The bus and the tram tickets are the same price, and you can get a single ticket for 35sek or a 90-day period ticket for 1645 sek by using your student ID. Electric scooters are all over the city and easy to use, you only need to download the app of the company’s scooter and off you go! The price varies depending on the company and you can also buy a pass if you plan on using them regularly. Same thing goes for a bicycle, Next Bike offers different stations throughout the city where you can easily rent them through the app for a single use or an annual membership fee of 225 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Dining out</b></div> <div>If you are a foodie like me, you will want to try the numerous restaurants Gothenburg has to offer. I have to say, it can easily get expensive, but you can find good places for around 200-250 sek for a full meal! You can find Thaï, Palestinien, Italian, Czech and much more diverse food in the city. It’s a pure delight! And tip of the day, look out for discounts with your Mecenat card (student card), you can get a discount on everything from clothes, housing furniture, to books.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Leisure</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />As for “fun expenses”, I put this into the nights out in town with the girls, including the little weekend trips we do across the country and the new clothes I enjoy buying occasionally. This category of expenses can vary a lot depending on the month, but I try to keep it maximum 1000 sek/month. A good advice when it comes to clothes and furniture, is to go to second hand shops. There are a lot of them in Gothenburg, in the neighbourhood Haga like Myrorna where you can find clothes, shoes, dishes, frames, cutlery, etc. One of their biggest stores is located at Järntorget in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Monthly expenses</b></div> <div>Regular expenses are easier to budget for. I am talking about stuff like a mobile service, gym, etc. For mobile services, companies often offer discounts for the first three months if you decide to sign up for a plan with them. For example, Hallon, Fello, Telenor and Telia offer competitive prices that can go around 100sek/month. However, if you get a welcoming bag from CIRC, lucky you, you will already receive a SIM card from Lycamobile that you can recharge whenever you want. For the gym, I recommend Fysiken which is held by Gothenburg’s student union, and they offer a wide range of training and services such as climbing, paddle, power circuit, personal training, physiotherapy, etc. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>My personal expenses: </b></div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"></span></div> <div><b>Accommodation:</b> 3 500 – 5 000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Groceries and food:</b> 1 000 - 1 500  sek/month</div> <div><b>Transportation:</b> 225sek/month or 550sek/month (1 645sek for 3 months)</div> <div><b>Dining out: </b>400 – 600 sek/month</div> <div><b>Leisure</b>: 400 – 2000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Other monthly expenses:</b> 500 – 800 sek/month</div> <div><b>TOTAL:</b> 6 025 – 10 450 sek/month</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/naina_studentblog.jpg" alt="Naina" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Author: </b><span style="background-color:initial">N</span><span style="background-color:initial">aïna </span></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 first midsummer experience<p><b>This is how I celebrated Midsommar for the first time during my studies at Chalmers. </b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_banner.jpg" alt="Midsummer celebrations Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>​<br /></div> <i>Sena spent her first midsummer in a cottage in the swedish countryside. </i><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">s the summer approached, I noticed the Swedes I knew were busy preparing for Midsommar. Everyone I spoke to was talking about finishing up things before Midsommar, and they had started making their celebration plans weeks in advance. Many people go to the countryside to celebrate this weekend. I celebrated my first Midsommar in nature away from the city with my friends.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I booked a cottage with five of my friends from both Sweden and other countries in Mellerud, which is a city two hours by train from Gothenburg. We prepared our own food and participated in various activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddling. We set off on Friday morning to go to Mellerud by train. After we did our grocery shopping in Mellerud, our Swedish friend's parents took us to our cottage by car. Because the cottage is located next to Sweden's biggest lake Vänern it is a little bit far from the center of Mellerud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The cottage we stayed in was a house that we found online. It could fit six people and it belonged only to us this weekend. This cottage had bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a veranda with a lake view. After placing our belongings, we swam in the lake and enjoyed the sun. Honestly, I didn't expect the temperature to be this good. In the afternoon, we returned to our cottage to prepare our Midsommar wreath and meal. For the wreath, we used 7 different flowers! &#128522; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="midsummer meal" style="margin:5px" />Traditionally, a Midsommar meal consists of boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives, and grilled salmon. While we ate our meal, we were singing traditional Midsommar songs. I noticed a detail in one of the Midsommar songs that surprised me that this song was a song that children sang and danced to in my country: ‘Små Grodorna!’ (The little frog). After doing some research, I learned that the origin of this song is in French, but it has Swedish and Turkish versions. In Midsommar, the Swedes dance around the pole and do frog moves to this song, but we skipped this part because we were tired.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the second day, we were canoeing, pedaling, and swimming the whole day. I tried canoeing for the first time in my life and we went to all the islands close to us. While my friends were cooking spaghetti for dinner, I prepared ‘Menemen’, a Turkish dish which is one of the favourite summer meals in my country. It is prepared with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onion, red and green peppers, and eggs. Afterward, we ate the first strawberries of summer with cream which is another Swedish Midsommar tradition. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After cleaning the cottage on our last morning there, my friend Bahare and I set out to walk to the Mellerud train station. During our 1.5-day of hiking, we stayed in a tent and passed through the Swedish farms and summer houses.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After studying hard for two semesters and complying with the regulations and rules for a social life during the pandemic, it was so refreshing to start the summer vacation with Midsommar celebrations. Hopefully, we will celebrate as a bigger crowd the next time! &#128522;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Chat with our students">Sena​</a></div> </div></div>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0200 guide to financing your master's<p><b>Scholarships, part-time jobs, and having a sturdy budget are a few things that can make the whole master's process seem a little less daunting.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/money%20matters-banner.jpg" alt="picture of a graduate student stressing over finances and assignments" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;height:480px;width:700px" /><div><br /><div><br /></div> <div><i>Photo: Unsplash</i><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">So, you have decided to pursue a master’s degree at Chalmers. Congratulations on finally taking the bold move and welcome to an unforgettable phase of your life! While this experience will be undoubtedly enriching, it will also be a massive learning opportunity in managing your studies, finances, and lifestyle. Here are a couple of ways for earning as a student that can make the whole financial part of this journey more bearable on both the mind and pocket.</span><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><div><div>Scholarships</div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:14px;font-weight:300">Chalmers offers several scholarships, both for the first-time master's students as well as for the ones who are a bit further ahead in their studies. While securing a spot comes with global competition, it is one of the best options a student has to lighten the load on their pockets. </span></div></div></h3> <span></span><div>The <strong><a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/Volvo-Group-Scholarship.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to VOLVO scholarship">VOLVO scholarship</a></strong> for example, also provides ample internship, thesis, and even job opportunities for the selected students. The <strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to SI scholarship">Swedish Institute scholarship</a></strong>, offered by the Swedish Institute,  on the other hand, conducts monthly trips and tours to different cities and companies, under their leadership development program which all the selected students are a part of. One of their recent trips included a fully funded weekend in Stockholm with a tour of the city and the infamous Stockholm City Hall, the very same place where the Nobel prize ceremony is held every year! <br /><br /></div> <div>There are many different options, categorized by the countries and status of applicants, and you can find the <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx">full list here​</a>. All in all, financial help at Chalmers is always available to those in need. <a href="/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/scholarships.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to scholarships">Seek</a> and you shall find it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Internships</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The summer holiday season is almost upon us. Many students choose this period to build work experience and start earning prof</span><span style="background-color:initial">essionally. Oftentimes, they find a great opportunity which then leads to becoming the first major base in their career. It is not uncommon for students to even pause their studies in the light of securing a great opportunity and starting their professional life early on.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The student career festival, called CHARM, at Chalmers is another great initiative by the university and the student union to help the students find their best fit in the professional world. Held annually, this fest is simply the easiest way to know, contact, and secure offers from different companies that visit the campus. You can read more about the career fair in this <strong><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/CHARM-career-fair-at-Chalmers-University.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to blog on CHARM">blog</a></strong>. <span style="background-color:initial">A summer internship is a great way of building conta</span><span style="background-color:initial">cts and accumulating funds while the full-time studies are on a break. While you probably won’t be able to earn enough to financially sustain your whole master's, especially if you’re a fee-paying student, you will definitely benefit from the experience and perhaps would be able to greatly lessen the load.</span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/money%20matters-body.jpg" alt="picture of a tip jar, credits to unsplash" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="width:330px;height:229px" /></div></h3> <div><div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Part-time jobs</span></h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Another great way of lightly lining the pockets is by partaking in the part-time job market. While it is slightly strenuous, as the master's studies are generally designed to be full-time opportunities with extra hours devoted to projects and revision, there are a lot of students who are involved in some sort of similar activity. Companies like Foodora and UberEats provide many flexible options for students to earn on the side, while food chains like Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and Mcdonald's are also open to hiring at a minimal wage. Some students also prefer to work in restaurants and cafés, especially when they come from a similar culture and speak the language.</span></p></div></div> <div>Another popular option for part-time work is tutoring, either in the evenings or the weekends. At Chalmers, you can always sign up at <strong><a href="/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-pluggstod-is-seeking-new-supervisors.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to pluggstod, Chalmers study help">Pluggstöd</a></strong>. It is a tutoring program that is carried out in collaboration with schools, sports associations, and aid organizations which also aims to bridge the gap between international and national students. This is a great way of meeting people and gaining teaching experience. You will also find that private tutoring definitely provides more financial support, while the language barrier would be promisingly eliminated when joining through the university’s channels.</div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Recreating, repurposing, and reselling</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div>Are you a creative soul? If yes, then you might find a way to turn that hobby into a lucrative side business. The ever-growing online social world has helped many students across the globe to convert their creative juices into money-making opportunities and you can easily join their ranks. I recently got to know (now a) good friend, who creates handmade tufted rugs on the weekends which fetch him a good amount of dough that he spends to maintain his lifestyle. Depending on how good you are at what you do, by crafting and even recreating popular products, you can fund your lifestyle and perhaps even your education to a degree. <span style="background-color:initial">Another novel way of earning as a creative student is by repurposing old items and upgrading their value. This requires a lot of creativity, time, effort, and not to mention some initial investment but the end results are usually very rewarding. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Lastly, a lot of second-hand</span><span style="background-color:initial"> shops in Sweden have a system set for accepting old trinkets and clothes. Judging by the quality of the objects, you can </span><span style="background-color:initial">fetch a decent amount from the stuff you no longer wish to use.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>These were a few small and simple ways you can earn some extra cash on the side. While it is important to remember that most of them would not be enough to fully finance you for the duration of the master's programme, these ways will definitely help you lessen the load in the long run. Perhaps, you can even use the extra cash to travel, partake in different activities or indulge yourself from time to time. Hope this helps you in some way to find your financial footing as a student in Sweden!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="pic of author and unibuddy, Sam" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Sam's unibuddy profile">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div> ​</div></div>Wed, 08 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 career fair at Chalmers University<p><b>​CHARM career fair at Chalmers is a big deal where many companies gather hoping to recruit some of the best talent Chalmers has to offer. Check out this blog to see how CHARM can help both current and future students!</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Charm%20banner.jpg" alt="banner spelling CHARM with balloons tied to it" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">CHARM, short for Chalmers Studentkårs Arbetsmarknadsdagar, is a two-day career fair event that is held at Chalmers campus Johanneberg. It is typically held once a year in February but due to the recent pandemic precautions, the fair for 2022 was postponed to early April instead. This was great since the CHARM committee understood the disadvantages of an online fair like the one in 2021, during the heart of the pandemic. Some of the difficulties included the inability to replicate the pure interaction of speaking with recruiters in the natural way people interact, interactions being less dynamic and spontaneous, students could not easily interact with other students, and so on. Needless to say, I was impressed how the committee adapted to the companies’ needs as well as the needs of the students and vice versa.</span><div><br /></div> <div>During the fair this year, not only did I attend the fair but also participated as a corporate host. As part of my responsibilities, I was assigned to help one or two companies (based on my request and work experience) to settle in a few weeks before the fair began. It was my responsibility as a corporate host to remind the companies I was assigned to liaise about their upcoming steps to get them setup for the fair. The idea is to make things as seamless as possible so there are no hiccups or surprises during booth setup or during the fair itself. I was assigned engineering companies due to my past work experience, so it felt a bit more natural for me to get the attending company recruiters feel at ease from the start. As part of the process, I was asked to initially confirm the attendance of the company representatives via email or phone. There were several questions asked regarding booth equipment setup, logistics, GraduateLand virtual booth setup (where companies can interact with student online after creating a job profile), CHARM banquet dinner details after the fair, and many more. It felt a little overwhelming at times, but it was more work leading up to the event than during. This is likely because I had to research the answers to the questions I received with the help of others since I am relatively new here at Chalmers. I was pleased to hear that my company representatives were satisfied with my communication and my help getting their booth ready for the action-packed fair days. It was a good learning curve to the process, but I hope to put everything I have learned to good use next year! Being a host helped me utilize more networking opportunities with other student corporate hosts as well as the corporate recruiters themselves. In my opinion, recruiters spotted me more noticeably in a crowd of students which helped me start more conversations. I highly recommend volunteering for the corporate or other host positions i.e., if your schedule permits and you are looking to leave an impression on recruiters.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Charm%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="picture of the fair, people going up a staircase in the student union building" style="margin:5px;width:341px;height:419px" />As a student of design (studying Interaction Design Master’s) my opportunities felt quite limited – there were significantly less number of companies invested in my discipline compared to Engineering or IT. I knew this going into the fair, but I do not say this to deter anyone from going to the fair. CHARM is a great way to truly understand the extent to which one’s corresponding industry is evolving and the kind of opportunities available in the near future. For me, the learning moments were that almost every larger company is currently going through a design evolution and that there would be many exciting design roles available to me by the time I graduate a year from now. This was valuable information that I will be carrying forward, especially when I am in search of a corporation partnered master thesis project within the next six months. I hope to keep my connections strong so I can work with an innovative and exciting industry partner, where in many cases could turn into full-time hiring opportunities after graduation. Conversely, I was happy to find many reputed design agencies that are established in and around Gothenburg. These companies did confirm that they like graduates from my design program, so I feel more confident when it is time for job applications around graduation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Before attending the fair and after the CHARM booklet is released, I highly recommend going through the roster of attending companies and doing some research about them. Learn about their recent achievements, their future goals, their strengths, their weaknesses (if any), and who is attending. Before the fair, I was able to identify fifteen to twenty companies that caught my eye out of several hundred in attendance. I was able to do some initial research about them so I could have quick conversation points in case the recruiters were interested in why I chose to talk to them. I can safely say that this does leave a more lasting impression and helps ease the conversation after the recruiters realize your genuine interest in their companies. For me, it was beneficial to know that a potential company’s design team was relatively new, and that I could be a good asset to help them develop it if they chose to hire me. I was happy to have left with some business cards after being knowledgeable and prepared before approaching their respective company booth(s).</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Being a first-year master’s student along with the shift in fair timeline from February to April, it seemed too late for me to find any internship opportunities for the summer. I was surprised to see that a few companies did open their internship applications specifically for CHARM. This is a good sign since it shows companies have the students’ best interests at heart when considering the late deadline for internships this year. I knew there were several companies whose internship deadlines closed at the end of 2021 and early 2022 but this is a very few companies. There were a lot more full-time hiring openings and master thesis for second year students - understandably so. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Overall, this year’s fair was a fun and enlightening experience. I was fortunate to have attended it in-person and to have learned about the complex background pieces in motion up until, during, and after the event. After stepping back, it is mind-blowing to realize that it is a completely student-organized event. Shout out to all the students who were part of the CHARM career fair organization this year. Your hard work shows, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you! I am looking forward to it next year.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sunny_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="pic of student ambassador sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to sunny's unibuddy profile">Sunny</a></div>Wed, 25 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Day in the Life of Smita<p><b>​Here is a little peek of a typical Tuesday in my life as a master’s student at Chalmers!</b></p><span style="font-weight:700"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-starting%20the%20day.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Sitting by a pond" style="margin:5px;height:283px;width:210px" /></span><div></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><strong style="background-color:initial">07:00 am: Starting the day with a good step : </strong><span style="background-color:initial">I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t do well with rigid routine that leave little room for </span><span style="background-color:initial">spontaneity. Therefore, I like to start my days with a different routine every morning to get the creative brain juices flowing.</span></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> A typical Tuesday for me usually consists of a morning walk followed by a picnic breakfast of fresh fruits and greens. I like to sit by a lake or along the river and take a moment to breathe and watch the birds, bees and the busy city life around me. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This is a strict “me-time” where I love to read, draw or doodle or whatever I have on my mind at that moment.</span><div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><strong>09:30 am: Preparing for the labs:</strong> The next task on my agenda is to briefly go through my lecture notes and gloss over the work that’s been done in the project courses that I am currently taking. Chalmers has a study system of dividing each semester into two study periods where students are expected to have an intense learning experience of two subjects at a time. This is something that works well for me as I can explore the different sub-topics to my hearts’ content, diving deep in the theory while also not being completely overwhelmed with a load of unrelated, new information.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-park%20reads.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:165px;height:338px" />12:00 noon: Commute to the campus and a quick lunch: </strong>Since I live at a student housing near the campus Johanneberg,  SGS Olofsjohd, I usually walk to the university around noon. It takes around 15 minutes from my place, and I prefer to listen to a random podcast or blast some music to fill the silence. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My top picks are random scientific facts about animal or the universe, urban horror legends, and old folklore. These are usually something I can stream on the internet from open resources and are short enough to finish on my walks. An eclectic mix old party songs in any new language is another messily curated list that never fails to pick me up &#128521;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I also prefer to have lunch with my classmates at the student union building, or the EDIT building (which houses my department and labs),  depending on the menu of the day, at Chalmers and discuss our expected progress for the upcoming practical sessions. It gives me a moment to catch up with them, ensure everybody is on the same page and share our plans for the day(s) ahead.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20life-sam-lab%20project.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="working on a lab project" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:336px" /></strong></div> <div><strong>01:15 pm: Laboratory session and group work:</strong>  The time after lunch is spent on a grueling group project that we are expected to complete in this study period. Courses at Chalmers often include a lot of group work which goes a long way to integrate international students and offer insights on the different ways of working in Sweden. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>My current project is under the power electronic course where the main objective is to improve the efficiency of a flyback converter. Every group is given an intentionally ‘broken’ circuit board and is then expected to fix it by using all the modifications we have learnt in the lectures. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is an engaging and innovative way of teaching us how to practically apply what we already know, while also learning as we go from the different practical scenarios that pop up along the way!</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="font-weight:700"> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-preparing%20for%20lab.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="working on the reports, gorup of students with laptops" style="margin:5px" /></span><div><strong>05:00 pm: Wrap up and fika: </strong>My days at Chalmers usually end on a similar note, a brief recap of the work done during the day followed by an evening fika at the student pub in the union building. I hang out with my other friends from different departments for a while, meet few of their friends who often tag along, and discuss anything exciting or random that happened to us during the day over a chocolate pastry! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Since most of us live in the same student housing, we sometimes make impromptu dinner plans or go out on the exceptionally sunny evenings. As a student hailing from a tropical country, catching the sun is my preferred activity at any point of the day!</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-supper.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="watching movies on ipad" style="margin:5px" />08:30 pm: Supper and Binge:  </strong>Dinner affairs are usually small on weekdays, and I like to have a hearty salad with a side of something sweet. Most of the times I pick something small from the supermarket salad bar, a quick and healthy option on the days when I’m too tired to be bothered about cooking or doing the dishes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I tend to eat in my room and watch reruns of classic comedy series; be it friends, the big bang theory or Brooklynn 99.  Animation from disney or studio ghibli are also my go to on a particualrily draining day when I need something calm and beautiful. I also use this time to talk to my friends and family back home and get all my missed mails and new letters in order. It helps me wind down and keep a track of all the new developments.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Further, this is also the time I spend working on reports, drafts and presentations that are coming up in the next few weeks. I prefer to study new topics in an open environment with a bunch of focused people. The quiet nights on the other hand, are reserved for practice and revision sessions of previous topics that I feel the need to catch up on.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-hanging%20out%20with%20friends.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="group of friends playing in a park" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:204px" />10:30 pm: Drawing the curtains: </strong>All my days end with a mental health check, where I dump everything on my mind into my trusty ol’ journal. It’s something that I started doing during the pandemic to keep a track of my ever-evolving train of thoughts and basically record whatever I was going through during that period. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Lastly, since my Wednesdays start super early with 08:00 am lectures, I go through my schedule for the next day and pack some essentials in my book bag. With all that being done, its finally time to call it a day!</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Pic of unibuddy Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div></div></div> ​​Tue, 17 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200