News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 19 May 2022 07:33:11 +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><div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/A%20day%20in%20the%20life-sam-lunch%20with%20friends.jpg" alt="lunch with friends" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px;width:680px;height:571px" /><br /></strong><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <span style="font-weight:700"><div><span style="font-weight:700"><br /></span></div></span><div><strong style="background-color:initial">​</strong></div> <span style="font-weight:700"><div><span style="font-weight:700"><br /></span></div> <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> <span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"></span><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 future is electric<p><b>​With a master’s degree from Chalmers University of Technology, maybe your next job will be at the forefront of the electrification field? </b></p><span style="background-color:initial">By 2025, Volvo Cars will establish a new battery manufacturing plant in Gothenburg that will create 3 000 new job opportunities and support Volvo’s strategy of only producing electric cars by 2030. The rapid progression in battery research and electrification of the transport sector in Sweden has brought forth collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and two other Swedish universities. The aim is to contribute with more research, more engineers and continuous competence development in battery technology and power electronics.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>”Chalmers has a key role to play here, in the form of newly graduated engineers from our strong selection of foundational education programmes, but also through our alumni and others at different stages of their professional lives, who are looking to sharpen their skills”, Chalmers president Stefan Bengtsson <a href="/en/news/Pages/New-battery-investment-demands-cutting-edge-skills.aspx" title="Link to article" target="_blank">has said in a previous statement. </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>A master’s programme related to this subject area is <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Electric-power-engineering.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to programme page">Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility​</a> at Chalmers. Here is a conversation between Chalmers students Smita and Celine who are currently students in the programme. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What was your initial reaction when you heard about this battery plant being built in Gothenburg? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I am excited about more opportunities and innovation in the city. I recently attended an event called “Elkraftdagen” at Chalmers where the representatives from both companies were present and they talked about the various job opportunities and the growing market for battery systems. It was very encouraging to learn about the upcoming industries and the roles we could play in them in the very near future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> It is good to know that they would have lots of thesis opportunities as such a big venture would require people from all domains and interests. An expected boom in the market also translates to multiple jobs and innovative technologies which as a master’s student in electrical engineering is always relieving to hear.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Why is it a place where you might be interested in working in the future? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I see myself working in the battery applications, control systems and system management and connections area. It is very close to my field of interest and study, and I think it would be a good career move considering the rise in electrical vehicles.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> I definitely see myself working in battery management, particularly in software development and control systems.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>How do you work with the subject of electrification and batteries in your programme at Chalmers?  </b></div> <div><b>Smita</b>: We have elective courses on battery system management and projects in the same area as well which helps us prepare for the industries and the real-life challenges faced in the plants. The control systems are also a huge part of our master’s programme which are super useful in batter management systems. There is the Chalmers Formula Student which has a whole unit dedicated to battery management systems and its integration with the electric vehicle which makes up for a very exciting, industry-related, learning experience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> We learn about the control systems, electrical drive systems and batteries in our programme. The software support is also an elective which makes it easy to combine the knowledge.</div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Why is it important for you to work in the area of electrification in the future? </b></div> <div><b>Smita:</b> I think we can all agree that the future of transport is fully electrical vehicles. There are already fully functioning electrical cars, planes and even ships that perform their functions with ease, sometimes more so than those running on conventional fuels. It provides us better control over the system in general, saving a lot of money with excellent drive efficiencies and is the need of the hour when the environment is concerned. The systems are recyclable, reducing their carbon footprints by a huge value, and are developed using materials that are commonly available and way less polluting than conventional fuels. Even without considering the climatic impact, these fuels are limited, and we have been facing a shortage for quite some time. Thus, changing the system and decreasing our dependence, will be very useful soon as we move towards a fully electrified, more dependable, and controlled technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Celine:</b> The fossil fuels are limited resources and thus long-term dependence on them was never a good idea. It’s also incredibly polluting and has long term impacts on the environment that we are struggling to deal with even today.</div> <br /></div>Mon, 09 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 exchange experience at Chalmers<p><b>​A rollercoaster: From arriving festivities, making friends, late nights at the architecture department, finding love, to saying goodbyes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Banner1.jpg" alt="Picture collage representing shopping bags, walks with friends, and a hiking trip" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:705px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I have always been one to feel an itch when staying in one place for too long. Whether it’s asking to leave my seat to sharpen a pencil 5 times during class in elementary school, or changing majors 3 times in college before settling on one. I have also absolutely loved traveling, meeting new people, listening to new stories, and engaging in mind and eye-opening experiences. This “urge” and a thirst for independence made me reduce everything I own to what fits in a check-in luggage and move to Italy from Lebanon  to pursue an architecture degree. After 3 absolutely wonderful years in Turin experimenting, finding myself, making new friends, offending Italians by asking for vegan food options, I could feel that itch again. And this time it took me to Gothenburg, and specifically to Chalmers. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Due to the pandemic, and thus logistic/bureaucratic difficulties, I had to start my master’s degree in Turin. However, after things calmed down a bit, I explored my options for exchange abroad and was psyched to find out that Sweden was on that list. I am a big fan of Scandinavian architecture, I love the cold weather, I value order, and adore cinnamon buns, I was sold on it. I sent an application to Chalmers on New Year’s Eve, and crossed my fingers. Fast forward 3 months later, I received my acceptance email and started preparing for what I now realize was a life changing 6 months rollercoaster.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I arrived in August to beautiful, chilly, and long summer days that I took as an opportunity to explore the city, do some shopping, and settle in my new home “The Guesthouse” - which was offered to me by Chalmers a couple of months prior to my arrival. I remember the first thing I noticed during the first few days was how well I could breathe. Strange, no? I later learned that Gothenburg is one of Europe’s greenest and most sustainable cities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Group of friends" style="margin:5px" />I received an email from Chalmers inviting me to enroll for a “phadder group”. Phadder groups are organized by the student association (CIRC) and they include students from different nationalities and specializations. CIRC then arranges month-long group activities that range from campus orientation to canoeing. Phadders also help you with logistics regarding picking up your student card - which is literally your best friend. I was assigned to group #2 or what I now know as “Ur friggin codependent group” on Signal. Another group was merged with ours for orientation as their phadder couldn’t make it, and we stayed in one big group from that first day until today. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the beginning of the semester one of my courses was completely online, and since I get restless at home, I decided to follow the classes at the Johanneberg campus. Chalmers has lots of classes, study rooms, halls, and different arrangements of spaces that any student can use and access using their card. My friends and I spent most of our days studying at a study space called “The Church” in the student union building. The SU building is fully equipped with everything that could facilitate your life, from well-lit rooms to a swimming pool. I particularly enjoyed the Student store which is a place where you can find Chalmers merchandise, courses books and stationery, but also very affordable to-go coffee and food with discounted rates, again when you pay with your student card. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Academically, I did not know what to expect from the teachers and the design studios. </div> <div>Through the courses I was able to ask questions and have direct and horizontal contact with experts in different fields who visited and gave lectures about different topics. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Architecture studios are generally known for being stressful labor-intensive experiences with lots of critiques, late working hours, group work, and the occasional pre and post review mental breakdown. I have to say that the studio I took was the most laid-back design studio I have ever encountered. Sure, the brief was complicated, yes, we did like 5 overnights, and okay project plans had to be redrawn 3 weeks prior to the final exam. HOWEVER, I admired the communication dynamic between teachers and students, the organization of the course and the meetings, the clear directions, the cooperative spirit, and most importantly the space to express your ideas without judgment or harsh criticism. <span style="background-color:initial">I learned that my Swedish colleagues were not graded for their projects in their bachelor education, it was a simple pass/fail evaluation. I reflected on my design choices as a student. How it felt at times like I was interning for my course professor, designing, and changing my design merely for one additional point on a scale from 18 to 30. How my projects would have looked different and consequently my personal style. I appreciated this freedom in experimenting and choosing, it makes you a more confident and daring designer.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another beautiful thing that I witnessed is the healthy dynamic between the students themselves. Everyone shares their material, gives advice, offers help, listens and discusses openly. I absolutely loved working in an environment like that, and maybe this is why this design studio experience felt so different. <span style="background-color:initial">I had an academically rewarding overall experience where I felt nurtured but also trusted.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ExchExpZoe-Picture2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="plates of food" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">O</span><span style="background-color:initial">n top of wonderful groups of friends (whether through my phadder groups or the architecture department), good food, better education, comfortable home, and peaceful setting, I also managed to meet someone special and fall in love.  Dating apps are a big thing in Sweden! And besides mutual friends, this might be your only way to approach someone in a dating context. I had a few dates on campus actually! As you will see as a prospective student, or probably already know as a Chalmerist, both campuses are full of nice restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can meet friends and even a special someone for coffee or a meal.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Well of course my stay was not only classes and dates. Gothenburg and Chalmers both offered me a wide range of activities. I went on hikes on warmer days, stayed at cozy cabins in the snow, partied, went on lovely walks, spent hours in saunas, played, and traveled. My foodie experience as someone who prefers plant-based food was also a great one. Whether it’s the entire city or on the campuses, there were always vegan and vegetarian options.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the end of this semester, when it was time to leave, it wasn’t that same itch that made me want to go. This time it was because of bureaucracy and logistics. But to the friends I made, the experiences I had, and the place that warmed my heart and made me feel at home, I don’t say goodbye. I am sure I will visit again, like I already do every day in my thoughts. I am happy and grateful that I got the chance again to live, love, study, and find yet another piece of myself at Chalmers. And so, I say, Vi ses snart igen! See you soon again!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/zoe_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of student ambassador Zoe" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><strong>Author:</strong> <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Link to unibuddy profiles" target="_blank">Zoe</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> ​Tue, 03 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 favorite things about Chalmers<p><b>​Being a Chalmerist is a whole lifestyle! From engaging student union events to lunch lectures on every possible topic imaginable, Chalmers has a lot to offer. But it doesn't end there! </b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20friends%20in%20kryka,%20banner.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 5px;width:660px;height:601px" /><br />From a huge number of clubs catering to all the diverse interests and activities to cafes and pubs on the campus serving fika; the student life at Chalmers cannot be better. But at the end of the day, the Johanneberg campus itself  is a also beautiful and a good place to wind down and take a moment to breathe from the hustle of the graduate life. In this blog, I would like to highlight a couple places and things at Chalmers that make me both proud and relieved with my choice of university.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20kyrka,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="wooden model of Chalmers" style="margin:5px" />1. The kyrka at the student union building</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>The absolute best place in my opinion, although I may be biased with the amount of time I have spent there hanging out with my friends. With its tall ceilings, wooden flooring, and a warm color scheme, the kyrka is probably the most welcoming place in the campus. It is sort of a group room,with a column of study tables for anyone wishing to work on their assignments, a column of plush sofas for those who want to hang out with their friends and lastly a column of tall chairs, strategically placed near the windows for making the best out of the sunny afternoons. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">There are also three billiards tables, a music room that you have to prebook, and books and board games for those looking to wind down. The stairs leading to the Kyrka also holds a wall of pic</span><span style="background-color:initial">tures, describing all the major events in the history of Chalmers, a showcase of the awards, the university’s crest, and a small wooden model of the campus. Its little oddities make the whole environment</span><span style="background-color:initial"> cozier and friendlier to the new students.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">2. The Karaoke and the student pub and club in the student union building</strong><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Places%20I%20love,%20student%20pub,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="student pub at chalmers" style="margin:5px;width:260px;height:348px" /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>They are all a must visit place on the campus! The karaoke is a bit small, perfect for smaller groups of aspiring singers, and has a really good sound system. The room is also comparatively soundproof which makes the experience really immersive and ensure no one outside gest disturbed by the singing talents inside. <span style="background-color:initial">It is also right by the pub, J.A.Pripps, where you can almost everyone relaxing and having a little fika at the end of a long day.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>The club, Gasquen, on the other hand is an open area with a dedicated dancefloor, a drinks counter, and a seating space with plush couches and sofas for a quick respite. It is open on the weekends and accessible though the university’s student card which makes it a safe space. There are also rooms outside for breaks and safely stowing away the belongings.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">3.The majestic statues and symbols scattered around the campus</strong><br /></div> <div>The campus boasts of many statues and little oddities places in front of departments, most of which have a hidden explanation known by the people in the said departments. The statues of world leaders and pioneers of their field, while invoking a burning inspiration, are often surrounded by blooming gardens and benches which are also excellent sunny spots during the good weather days. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The departmental signs are a source of mystery to me, and I feel a strange gratification every time I figure one out! It makes me feel closer to the university, almost like getting to know a new friend better, and goes on to show how the little things and details hold the power to change the perspective.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20body%20dogs.jpg" alt="dogs on campus" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:293px;height:344px" />4.The concept of an open campus</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>Chalmers campus is not a walled in property. It has open roads and cycling lanes that anybody can use at all times. This often saves a lot of time when I am running between buildings to get to my next class and also makes the campus much livelier in my opinion. It’s not uncommon to spot an occasional runner making their way through the little hills and lawns of the campus.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>But the most memorable sightings for me, as an avid dog lover, are the different dogs walking excitedly beside their owners. It makes me happy to see a part of the city trickling into the academic world after a full day of classes and labs.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>5. The study rooms scattered across the campus</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>This list would be incomplete without mentioning the brilliantly designed study rooms at the campus. They are usually pre booked until the evening, more so during the exam periods, but can be accessed at all times. <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/places%20I%20love,%20study%20room%20windows,%20body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="study room window, overlooking the city" style="margin:5px;width:270px;height:363px" /><br /><br />There are several newly built areas specifically designed as dedicated study spots, but you can always find a few old rooms, tucked away in the corners and basements of the department buildings. These are often aimed as a shared study spot, which doesn’t need any booking and are also quite relaxed in terms of rules for food and/or drinks. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he best spots in my opinion are the ones lining the lecture halls, the HA, HB, and H</span><span style="background-color:initial">C areas on the east side of campus Johanneberg, as they overlook the city and have plenty of sunlight filtering through at point of the day. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">They also have a not-so-well-known basement area with more study rooms, computer labs, a student pub, and some kitchens for heating a premade meal or preparing a quick study snack.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hese are a couple of places at Chalmers that I’ve spent a lot of time frequenting to. I have a lot of memories attached to them, especially during my first semester at Chalmers when I was a newbie and looking forward to exploring it all. I find some of these places comforting in a very nostalgic way while some on my list are a breath of fresh air after a whole day of rigorous academics. If you haven’t been to any of these places, I really hope you do check them out. Perhaps you will also find a semblance of joy, peace, or excitement, whatever it is that you are seeking for at the moment.</span><br /></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="" style="margin:5px;width:130px;height:130px" /><br />Author: <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to unibuddy profile">Smita</a></strong></div></div>Tue, 26 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 I picked Chalmers for my master's<p><b>​Coming from America, there were many options to study design internationally. Here is why I chose to come to Chalmers and Gothenburg specifically.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Why%20Chalmers_banner1.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Open notebook with scribbles" style="margin:5px;width:705px;height:341px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I chose Chalmers for many reasons a convincing reason is that I wanted to be part of medium sized cities and larger cities also tend to have easier modes of international travel, so it was easier to pick the city life over other smaller college towns where other renowned design school exist. E.g., Umeå University, Lund, and Uppsala. Furthermore, I personally love to travel. I have travelled for as long as I can remember – through southeast Asia when I was five years old to cities in Germany during my early twenties. It has been my dream to not own a car, downsize my living space, and experience a different city life outside of America. Since this was so important to me, I wanted to live in a slightly smaller European city where life could be a bit slower without compromising the amenities of city living. Gothenburg checked off a lot of these boxes for me.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Secondly, my ranking during my application process was Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Malmö due to the renowned universities Chalmers, KTH, and Malmö University, respectively. This was because of some preliminary research that led me to like Gothenburg more than the other schools I could choose from. During my university search, it is safe to say that I had some happy accidents that made my choice to make Chalmers my number 1 pick. Coincidentally, before the pandemic I lived with a roommate in my home city (Atlanta, Georgia) who had finished her masters at Gothenburg University and had a lot of good things to say about the city. She mentioned the advantages of being in a European city without a language barrier, the diverse group of international friends she surrounded herself with, and the networking opportunities she was able to utilize to pursue internships during her two-year master’s program. The attributes she mentioned sounded quite university agnostic since I was also quite pleased to hear that she was able to find many social circles between the universities that overlapped. This meant that Gothenburg, in general, had a large network of young professionals I could lean on not only in an academic setting but also after I graduate while I make new friends in a new country studying various disciplines.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Why%20chalmers%20body%202.JPG" alt="Picture of an open notebook" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:365px;height:316px" /><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hirdly, Chalmers has some of the strongest academic research connections in the EU. Though I applied to the Interaction design program, I was not completely s</span><span style="background-color:initial">ure about what industry I would want to work with for my academic research projects, internships, or the master’s thesis. Research students and professors have developed strong ties with universities in Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, and many more. This was apparent from the backgrounds of the professors from my program before I even started my master’s application process. This was another strong sign for me to consider Chalmers over the others. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers is also known for its <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Industrial-Design-Engineering.aspx" title="Link to master's program" target="_blank">Industrial design engineering master’s program​</a> which vastly aligns with my bachelor’s degree. I wanted to keep my options open in case I decided to choose a more technical engineering-heavy course load that would allow me to blend my design courses with engineering projects. At Chalmers, and in Sweden, the course structure is very fluid compared to what I am used to. I discovered that my program allows for almost half of its courses as electives where students can cherry-pick their expertise and pursue a deeper understanding of other subjects and disciplines while still pursuing a design degree. Another reason for why I picked Chalmers and Sweden for my master’s. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fourthly, picking a school out of many options can be a gamble. There was a certain sense of uncertainty I had to learn to embrace. Fortunately, I have made drastic choices in the past such as switching cities several hundred kilometers away because of a job, lived alone and independently for extended periods of time, and backpacked through Europe on a few occasions. All these adventures have taught me to embrace discomfort – the kind where it helped me grow and introspect about who I am as an individual. So, for me, picking a master’s program in another country was yet another moment of discomfort I looked forward to. Granted, to pick the correct ranking, I did my due diligence by joining Facebook expat (or expatriate) groups, explored the student housing options, understood the likelihood of scholarship procurement, discovered the best neighborhoods via, compared cost of living for cities via, gauged social interaction potential via the Meetup app, etc. I know what you are thinking – yes, I am a planner, and yes, I did this for every city I applied to! As a fee-paying student, I was adamant to cover all my bases to receive the “best bang for the buck”. My goal was to mitigate the risk of choosing the wrong city or university as much as possible. In the end, I am now grateful I did my research.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Lastly, a lot of what I have mentioned so far is what I like to call safety net planning. The true reason for why I picked graduate school is because I love design (and still love engineering). In the end - ask yourself what it is that you are looking for overall. Sometimes, like my case, the decisions are holistic and not just about the university. There are several factors that play a role so ask the questions that could help you understand your choices better. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>P.S. I applied for a master’s because I have been journaling about it for four years before I decided to make a portfolio and apply! Yes, that is a long time. The pandemic made it easy to find the time and self-reflect. Maybe you can also find the best tool for you that will help you understand your decision path? Just food for thought. Either way, I hope you enjoy the process along the way as much as I did &#128578; </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="Picture of unibuddy Sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Sunny's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Sunny</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div>Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200“The world of mobility is so complex and interesting”<p><b>​Alessio Violin from the Polytechnic University of Turin has been an exchange student at Mobility engineering for a year. During that time, he got to be part of an interesting research project. </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">The <a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/How-e-scooters-can-safely-operate-in-a-city-.aspx" title="Link to information about the project" target="_blank">research project in question</a> handled the topic of how e-scooters can safely operate in the city and was a way for the researchers to contribute to improving traffic safety. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/alessio-studentphoto.jpg" alt="Alessio Violin" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:288px" />What was your role in this project? </b></div> <div>– I started being part of that project as a thesis student, the initial goal of the project was to better understand the level of safety of these new e-mobility vehicles and assess this through three main parameters: stability, maneuverability, and comfort.</div> <div>Unfortunately, covid didn’t allow it, so due to the impossibility of performing tests with people, the goal changed to creating a data collection and data analysis procedure, which could be used as a standard for future studies. The thesis ended up in a scientific paper.</div> <div> </div> <div><b>How did it feel to be a part of this?</b></div> <div>– It has been challenging but at the same extremely interesting and exciting. Not a lot of studies were performed on this subject before and being part of this extremely growing trend of mobility from the beginning was really nice.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What was the most interesting thing that you learned?</b></div> <div>– I learned quite a lot from this but what I think was the most important lesson is how complex and interesting the world of mobility is. So many different vehicles placed in the same environment must interact safely, and these studies are the first big step to reach this goal. </div> <div> </div> <div><b>How will you put what you learned at Chalmers into practice?</b></div> <div>– I’ve already started working at Volvo cars with road load data analysis, but what I learned at Chalmers, except for the technical competencies, is the way to face a project. I come from Italy where the university is very theory-oriented. Here I had the chance to put into practice what I studied thanks to different projects and assignments which gave me an introduction to the “work environment” before I started working at a company.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Mobility-Engineering.aspx" target="_blank" title="Master's mobility Chalmers"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the master's in Mobility engineering at Chalmers​</a></div>Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 change tips for students<p><b>​Transitioning from an engineering field after work experience, I have realized the traditional engineering workplace is not for me. In an effort to change this, I have decided to pursue a master’s degree in Interaction design. My pivot was not easy so here are some tips you can consider during your transition.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/career_change_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture from unsplash, open book with scribbles" style="margin:0px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Though I am currently pursuing a degree in design, the path has been one of discovery and self-reflection. It has been my pleasure to have explored multiple fields in the past several years. It is interesting to have thought I would have become a surgeon at one point in my life studying pre-medicine the first couple of years of my bachelors. During my academic career, I have explored the fields of biology, biomedical engineering, architecture, and industrial design before deciding to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree. I have been a person of many hats and hope to keep it that way for as long as I stay curious and adventurous while seeking knowledge.</span><div><br /></div> <div>All that being said, I want to share some tips and tricks on how I have navigated a new field of interest and how I make myself comfortable during my explorative phase: –</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Be honest with yourself!</strong></div> <div>Be as honest with yourself as you possibly can be. It’ is about you and your passions when you pivot to new industries. This is quite important so try being as brutally honest as you can. Your genuine interest in a field will truly guide you with lesser effort. There will always be traces of self-doubt but honesty can bolster you and give you a place to stand when the environment around you is uncertain, new, and intimidating. The more honest you are with yourself in the beginning of your transitional journey, the sooner you will adapt to your new interests and find the innate curiosity to numb the importer syndrome that can sometimes halt your progress.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You are not alone.</strong></div> <div>Trust me when I say this – you are not alone in this. One thing I have learned early on about myself is that it is rare to have problems that are original and unique to me. There have been others who have faced the same issues as me and it’s all about seeking these people out. They have figured it out and so can you. Find these people through community meetups, online platforms (e.g., LinkedIn), talk to professors at your campus, other campuses, and so on. The amazing thing about these people is that they know the struggle and can relate to your journey. It can be to seek out advice or to share a storystory, so they are always willing to give your valuable insight. I have been fortunate enough to even schedule video calls halfway across the globe despite practically being strangers… and that is a beautiful thing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Embrace failure.</strong></div> <div>During the phase where you are new to the field you are exploring, of course you are not the best version of you. You are still learning, and you will make mistakes. Get comfortable with being wrong and learning from your mistakes. There is so much you can learn from repetition so being wrong is not a bad thing. Get comfortable with making mistakes early on in your transition and be open to criticism and feedback. This can only help you grow and become a better professional later on. This attitude will also keep you coming back for more and allows you to explore your creativity. This does not just apply to design alone but also to any field that has a steep learning curve. I am still working on this myself but it is a muscle that needs to be used often. As a perfectionist, I find it hard to attempt new projects but I have gotten noticeably better about taking risks and making mistakes for more fruitful outcomes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Do more than what is required.</strong></div> <div>When you are new to a field after your transition, you find yourself being a sponge. After you have been honest with yourself and know where your knowledge gaps are, let your curiosity drive you to explore your field. If you are in an academic setting such as myself, you can lean on the people around you and take advantage of the seemingly never ending well of knowledge. Your professors are easiest who can nurture you in this setting. They can provide you with more than you know what to do with. Last year before coming to Chalmers, I was able to grab coffee with a professor from my old university and talk to him about my transition. With his help, I was able to enroll in virtual conferences (a huge advantage during the pandemic), learn more about the future prospects in Interaction Design while nurturing the inner designer-me who is still learning. Keep in mind that most conferences during the pandemic have been recorded and you can find them online; dedicate some time to watch these at your own pace. Also, if you are currently in school such as myself, do the alternative assignments even if they are not required and ask for feedback. For example, if the final project has multiple prompts, pick your primary for the grade submission then pick your secondary for a personal project to receive feedback from peers and professors. This approach works great for me to accelerate my learning and I hope it does the same for you.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Have fun!</strong></div> <div>It is quite common that adults play less as they grow up. Societally speaking, we become less playful and conform to the “more mature” adult lifestyle where we think we do not have enough time to play and merely have fun. I should clarify that play in this context is work that does not directly correlate to productivity. Not everything you work on must have a proportional return such as a grade, monetary value (e.g., freelance work), etc. Try to work on projects because it can be fun and you want to experiment by thinking outside the box. Don no’t take the work that you do too seriously. Your transition could sometimes put you in a state of “do or die” or a perfectionist mentality with everything you work on has to be a polished execution of an idea. This was the case for me at least. This state of mind can be beneficial sometimes but also can be detrimental, takes away the enjoyable essence of working on projects that can make you happy for the sake of bringing them to fruition. I had to learn that not everything has to be a portfolio piece, nor does it need to have future value. Understanding this gave me more creative freedom to try new perspectives of design while capturing the joy of learning through experimentation and exploration. Understand what this mentality can do for you and how it can benefit you so you can make your work after your transition more sustainable, long lasting, and mainly gratifying.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Other blogs written by people that inspired me -</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Rahul Iyer, <a href="" target="_blank" title="link to blog written by rahul iyer">Consulting to Project Management</a></div> <div>Haseeb Qureshi, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to anther blog by H Qureshi">Poker player to Software Engineer</a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Geunbae Lee, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to another blog written by Geunbae Lee">Psychology to Human Computer Interaction</a></span><br /></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="Picture of student ambassador Sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Sunny's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Sunny</a></div> ​Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 guide to being a sustainable student: Part 2<p><b>​As a student, each one of us has the responsibility of utilizing our education to figure out new ways of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendlier. The clock is constantly ticking and it’s now up to us, to redefine the future of our environment for the better. </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Chalmers campus" style="margin:5px 25px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">As</span><span style="background-color:initial"> the discussions on climate change, carbon footprints and plastic waste get more relevant and turn into serious issues with every passing day, it is very important to try to become more eco-friendly. </span><br /></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>In a previous blog post, linked <a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/A-guide-to-being-a-sustainable-student-Part-1.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to part 1 of this blog thread">here</a>, I shared some simple tips that help me watch my carbon footprint and create an environmentally friendly lifestyle. It led to some really interesting discussions among my friends as we all tried to come up with more ways to bring about a good change. <span style="background-color:initial">There were a lot of good ideas floating around and I have rounded up another bunch of some of the most effective ones that also require minimal effort from your end.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_clothes_recycle_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />1. <span style="background-color:initial">Thrifting for a change. Most of the clothes are thrown away in the first year of their making due to fast</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">fashion or poor quality. This makes the entire fashion industry the second largest global pollutant in terms of emissions and wastage of precious resources like water and generated energy.</span></div> <span></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">Choosing to thrift shop is a big step everyone can take to mitigate this effect. It not only helps to stay sustainably fashionable but also offers the chance of re-discovering the old trends and maybe finding some rare, pricey gems amidst the old garments. There are various colorful stores, strewn across the town which make the whole experience fun and engaging. Most of them also allow the customers to drop off the things they have outgrown or simply no longer need, which further reduces the waste.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Other things like furniture and kitchen or home goods and products are also available at most stores or online marketplaces. These offer a large selection of used items that can be easily upcycled. They are often good to use as is and in most cases, can be perfected with some small repairs.</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>2. <span style="background-color:initial">Minding the electronics (including the mails!). Do you know how much energy is required to keep you updated and connected to the global network at all times? How about the power you waste by keeping your devices constantly plugged in? </span><span style="background-color:initial">According to one study in 2018, 37% of carbon emissions came from the overall electricity production in the United States of America. In yet another study, it was found that if every person in France deleted 50 emails, it would be equivalent of switching off all the lights on the Eiffel tower for 42 years!</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">These numbers are huge and something you can help bring down. A simple act of clearing your junk folder every once a while, can help greatly reduce the energy consumption in the long run. By unplugging all the electronics not in use, you can not only reduce the emissions but also save some dough on that electricity bill.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_vegan_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="A vegan food platter" style="margin:5px" />3. Going vegan! Or at least, adopting more vegan friendly dishes in your meals. Now, hear me out for this might cause a divided reaction. I get that changing your diet seems like an aggressive approach and not to mention, a time-consuming endeavor. And a big-mac or a juicy pizza sounds like the best meal at the end of a hectic day! Believe me, we have all been there.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>But transitioning to a more vegan diet has proven to have significant benefits in terms of controlling the carbon emissions, combating the climate change, and even maintaining your student budget. As someone who is currently making this transition, I was pleasantly surprised with the available vegan options at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>From the morning coffee to the fulfilling lunch, Chalmers has a lot to offer on the vegan menu. Almost all the student cafes, restaurants and pubs on campus have an alternative available at any given time. So, the next time you order a ‘kott’ or a ‘fisk’ meal, try going vegan for a change. Some of the dishes may even surprise you!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>4. Campaign and raise awareness. The UN has recently released a bunch of articles expressing serious concerns over the rising CO2 levels and the global temperatures. We have already crossed the safe, and even uncertainty, environmental boundaries for the biosphere integrity and the biochemical flows. Few of them have not yet been identified or quantified enough to even begin the measurements. The further we stray from the safety limit of the environmental boundaries, the harder and trickier our path of return becomes.</div> <div>At this point, I’m sure that you are somewhat aware of the impact your personal lifestyle has on the environment. Imagine multiplying it with the population of the globe! Now, think about what we can achieve if we all pitched in little ways to help control it.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The clock is constantly ticking and it’s now up to us, to redefine the future of our environment for the better. As a student, each one of us has a responsibility of utilizing our education to figure out new ways of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendlier. I hope this piece was helpful to you in some ways and ​you are prepared to join the movement to combat the different challenges that surely lie ahead.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>All picture credits go to Unsplash and Chalmers image bank.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/sam_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture of unibuddy and author, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><strong>Author: </strong><a href="">Smita</a></div></div>Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200 the bias as a woman in STEM<p><b>Let’s take a moment to remember a deeply inspiring, influential woman in science who challenged the stereotypes and built a bigger table to seat all of us today, proudly #BreakingTheBias.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBanner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash; women holding hands" style="margin:0px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Every year, the world comes around to celebrate the international women’s day in March, where a huge wholesome community celebrate the successes and breakthroughs of women around the globe. Even when that particular day is over and done with, this also brings about a round of freshly motivated discussions and renewed efforts for the upliftment of countless women dwelling in unfortunate and underprivileged backgrounds. </span><span style="background-color:initial">It is disheartening to observe brilliant women struggle with a system that doesn’t allow them to fully and freely be who and what they aspire to. Women can be subject to a plethora of judgement and lingering bias. This is especially prevalent in the fields of science and technology, a traditionally ‘masculine’ field. The number of women actively participating in the research and development of up-and-coming technological marvel is incredibly small when compared to the number of men involved in similar fields.</span><div><div><br /></div> <div>Through this blog, I would like to shine a light on one of the highly qualified, and sadly less talked about, woman pioneer of STEM fields who refused to let the biasness break her resolve. I credit her for having the courage to walk alone upon an uncharted path in an alien ‘male’ world, making the same less thorny and more accepting to the following generations of women. The woman, whom I deeply admire and idolise is the celebrated Indian businesswoman   , educator, author and philanthropist, Dr Sudha Murty who is also the chairperson of the Infosys foundation . She is a well-known global figure, with a long list of achievements and accolades stringing behind her name, staunchly refusing to give into the stereotypes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBody2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash; woman speaking in a conference" style="margin:0px 5px" />As a young woman, born in the 1950s India, Dr Murty’s options for education and a decent job were limited. She had to compromise her daily routine, adopt a special uniform as the only female graduate engineering student at her university, and was not allowed to enter the public (read ‘male’) recreational spaces in fear of distracting the ‘true’ scientists. Despite all these stifling restrictions, achieved highest marks  in all her classes and receive two gold medals for her academic achievements from the Indian state government and the Indian Institute of Engineers. She then applied for a job at the one of the biggest technological industries in India and had the gall to send a postcard to the then chairman, honorable J.R.D. Tata, complaining about the sexist nature of a job advertisement at TELCO which marked the post as “male only”. She was offered a special interview, and promptly the job in the light of her academic achievements and became the first employed woman engineer of India, all while firmly nurturing her love for performing arts and classical literature, a decidedly ‘feminine’ field in the eyes of academic society. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Growing up, I have observed the different ways a female researcher, scientist, doctor, or technician is portrayed in our society. According to my own observations, there seems to be an underlying assumption that a woman cannot be both feminine and expected to do the best in technical or research-oriented fields.    This has been bashed time and again, perhaps most notably by the Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr credited for forming the basis of today’s wireless communication systems. The actresses Lisa Kudrow and Mayim Bialik are two other famous personalities who challenge the notion of a STEM being a notoriously masculine field by being successful actors with an active research background in biology and neuroscience.   Dr. Murty herself never identified with the typical image of a female scientist or a billionaire businesswoman. Unfailingly polite and humble, she stands tall in her field by simply having the courage to challenge biasness. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/WomensdayBody1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash; woman holding a pink folder" style="margin:0px 5px" />We still have a long way to go when it comes to eliminating bias at workplaces. As a graduate student in STEM, I observe it every day. From a lack of representation, the uneven distribution of grants, to the unfair citing statistics for women researchers’ papers, it is quite apparent that we need a lot of work done.  But these hurdles make me more determined to succeed. I remember the women before me, changing the world steadily with their efforts. I see the fruits of their labor shaping our future and I want nothing more than being another contributor. I believe that we, the women, are strong and courageous and striving to become independent. I believe that we are kind and humble and have the potential to bring about phenomenal changes in our world. And every time I read an article about the achievements of women in STEM, my resolve gets stronger.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Take the time to look around yourself, celebrate the differences and embrace your choices. It took hundreds of women learning to crawl before us to enable our generation to walk freely on this path. And I am positive that every single step we take today, enables the future generations to run through and break the ridiculous notions of gender stereotypes. </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 the unibuddy profile of the author, Smita">Smita</a><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div></div> ​Mon, 21 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Day in the Life of Naïna<p><b>​From morning till dawn, we all have our routines and work to do, but what does it look like for a master’s student studying Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability at Chalmers? Come with me in my daily routine!</b></p><strong>​​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Lunch with friends, enjoying the sun" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Morning view from Naina's window" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" /><br />06:00 Waking up with the flow</strong></span><div>I’m an early bird! So, I usually wake up at 6:00 in the morning to start the day with some time to myself and on a positive note. Before anything else, I like to do a 30-minute yoga session that just wakes up my whole body and prepares it for the day, releasing all the aches and pain I accumulated during the night since I am not 20 anymore! It has really become a routine I do every morning with some meditation. People often ask me how I do this, but honestly, the benefits are so good after only a 10-minute session that I just can’t miss a day.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture_2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Home workout kit" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:218px" /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">07:00 Workout</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I prefer working out in the morning as it is the time of the day where I have the most energy and it also allows me more time in the evening for other activities. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I like to do home workout with my dumbbells and my mat where I can easily follow Caroline Girvan, a trainer, who already created a program of 10 weeks targeting every muscles. Since I started the program, I only missed 3 classes because of Covid, but I am back on track, and I can really see the changes which is really motivating! Even in an 18 sqm apartment, it is possible to do home workout that is efficient and rewarding.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Morning walk to the university" style="margin:5px" />09:00 Going to Chalmers</strong><br /></div> <div>I live at a 10 minutes’ walk from Chalmers Johanneberg campus, and I love to walk in the morning to get some fresh air and clear my mind. It’s what I call my “peaceful walk’. I like to listen to a Swedish podcast called “Coffee Break Swedish” that already has 37 episodes and some more content on their website if you prefer to see the words. We learn how the Swedish language works through a student Mark who talks with Hanna a native speaker. We also learn some cultural aspect of the Swedish culture that can be useful when already living in the country. It’s easy to follow and it’s a great way to immerse myself in the culture since my Swedish classes are finished. </div> <div><strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture4.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Lunch with friend" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" />12:00 Lunch Time</strong></div> <div>Since a month ago, I started to do meal prep with a friend on Sundays. It’s a great way to learn new recipes and have fun while cooking with company. It provides me all the lunches for the week that I can easily bring to school and heat up in one of the multiple microwaves. It’s homemade and it ends up being a very delicious cheap meal. The lunch time is an hour and a half which gives us plenty of time to eat, have a tea, and relax before starting back the work. During lunch time, I always get to meet multiple persons as people come and go with new friends, the social life is really active at Chalmers!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture5.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />13:15 Back to work</strong></div> <div>Time to go back to work. Depending on the days, we either have lectures or individual worktime to work on our project. This semester, I chose a studio named Social-Ecological Urbanism which is a subject I never tackled before, and I saw this as a great opportunity to learn something new and discover more about urbanism which is a very wide subject. We are working on a masterplan (plan of the city on a large scale comprising the whole city) of Gothenburg and I think it’s also very interesting for an international student like me to get to know the city so well by analyzing its components. This is the first step of our project, after that we will each work individually on a specific area. To complement the studio, throughout the semester we have lectures from professors across the country and we had an intensive 3-days of formation on QGIS to help use this new software for most of us. Architecture is a wide field and I believe it’s important during our studies to try different areas of architecture, it’s the time to try and do errors!</div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">17:00 It’s a wrap </strong><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">After a nice day of work, I can finally call this a wrap and go home or go to the city. The shops here clo</span><span style="background-color:initial">se quite late on the weekdays, as late as eight in the evening so it gives me plenty of time to do errands that I haven’t had the time to do on the weekend.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture6.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Climbing as a fun evening activity" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" />19:00 Climbing</strong><br /></div> <div>Finally finishing my day with my favorite activity, climbing!! I used to climb at Klatterlabbet, the facility at Chalmers which is very convenient because it’s so close, but recently I changed to Backa boulder which offers only bouldering and no ropes. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The good thing about Gothenburg, is that there are so many climbing gyms across the city. In fact, I rarely go to the same, I like to change it up and explore different routes and try new centers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></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">23:00 Time to say goodbye</strong><br /></div> <div>With all the activities I plan during the week, I barely have the time to sit down and relax. </div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/aDayNaina-Picture_7.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Candles burning in a dark room" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" /><div>That’s the reason why I like to open a book before going to bed, these days I am reading a book in French “Tout est Ori”. The story takes place in a specific region in Canada, Quebec and it makes me remember what it’s like back home. It has the expressions of where I come from, and it makes me feel at home for a few pages. <br /><br /></div> <div>I would say I’m as busy as I was back in Canada, but the main difference is that I finally choose my activities and I enjoy life. I used to work a lot in Canada, but it was always focused on the schoolwork. Sweden has a very good balance between work life and personal time which is one of the great advantages I got by studying at Chalmers. It finally taught me how to have a balance life where school is not the only thing on my mind all the time. </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="Picture of student ambassador, Naïna" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Naïna</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div>Mon, 07 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100 after graduating from Chalmers<p><b>Are you wondering what a degree from Chalmers can lead to? There are different paths to take once you have your degree and you can always count on Chalmers to provide you with help and guidance.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Brainstorming%20team.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="People brainstorming around a table" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Photo from Unsplash: Jason Goodman</em>​</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">We often get asked about what jobs students will get <a href="/en/education/after-your-studies/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="Chalmers website: After your studies">when they are done studying</a>. A very relevant question! Why study if you cannot get the job you want when you are done, right? In this blog post we will cover the most common questions and present the different actions you can take to get your dream job when you have your degree. Let’s go! </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Finding a job</h2> <div>Sure, we could talk about how Chalmers University of Technology is ranked as number 81 in the world when it comes to employability (QS Rankings 2020) and brag about how the majority (90 %, according to our alumni survey from 2018) of Chalmers’ students have a relevant job within six months after graduation. Of course, that is something we are very proud of, but it is even more important to focus on what you can do to belong to that majority. At Chalmers, you will have several opportunities to meet employers on campus. We host career fairs, like <a href="" target="_blank" title="CHARM career fair">CHARM</a>, and other events just to make sure our students will get the right connections which will lead the way to internships, project collaborations and job opportunities. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Connections are everything and will open many doors for your future. If you think about it, the opportunities are everywhere here at Chalmers. Our professors are researchers and are working actively in their field, and we collaborate with several companies around the world. Make sure you attend guest lectures (sometimes you will get free fika!), talk to your professors, attend events and connect with people in the industry on social media and you will be well on your way to getting that dream job. </div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Starting your own company</h2> <div>If you are more of an entrepreneur – there is a place for you here too! Chalmers loves entrepreneurial thinking and new ideas. Did you know that we have an “E-Village” where researchers, students, companies and start-ups can work on ideas together?  We also have an Innovation Office where several Swedish universities work together to bring new innovations to the society. In addition, we also have Science Parks where Chalmers works together with the City of Gothenburg and different businesses on research and projects.</div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Need some more inspiration? How about these Chalmers alumni?</h3> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ikea</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Isabella Palmgren, Mimbly (and one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Europe, <br />        according to <a href="" target="_blank" title="Forbes, 30 under 30">Forbes​</a>)</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo Group</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ludwig Strigeus &amp; Martin Lorentzon, co-founders &amp; owners of Spotify</div> <div><br /></div> <div>We hope you have found this blog post inspiring and that you will come to Chalmers prepared to go after your dream job! The sky is the limit!* <br /><br /></div> <div>*<em>Feel free to insert other cheesy, inspirational quote.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>/<a href="" target="_blank" title="Unibuddy chat with staff">The International Student Recruitment Team​</a></div> <div><br /></div> ​Mon, 21 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 guide to being a sustainable student: Part 1<p><b>As the discussions on climate change, carbon footprints and plastic waste get more relevant and turn into serious issues with every passing day, it is very important for all of us to try to become more eco-friendly. </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_part1_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Plastic waste" style="margin:5px;width:700px;height:318px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">I am firm believer that the S in Chalmers, and Sweden, stands for sustainability. It is loudly talked about, practiced in little but meaningful ways, and widely referred to in the daily conversations. Students are encouraged to pick the more sustainable option and generally lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.</span><div><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Now, this can be a little daunting at first, especially when the whole system se</span><span style="background-color:initial">ems to push you towards sustainability and into adapting new methods and alternatives to become more…well sustainable, especially </span><span style="background-color:initial">when you haven’t thought about it as deeply before. But fear not, for there are many small, simple ways in which you can contribute to the ecosystem without causing any major disruptions to your lifestyle. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>So without further ado, here are the few tips and tricks I have picked up during the last 6 months in Sweden that help me watch my carbon footprint and create an environmentally friendly lifestyle!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_reward_body.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="recycling bottles to get coupons as a reward" style="margin:5px" />1.</strong> Recycle, recycle, recycle. Sweden is big on recycling everything that they can possibly reuse in some form. Bottles are the most common thing that you can recycle at almost all convenience store, and even earn little rewards which further encourage this habit.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Aside from that, most of the waste is further sorted into different categories and a recycle bin is commonly observed on the campus at any open seating area. We have made a short video , showing the importance of recycling and a fun way you can do it to earn rewards. Be sure to check it out when it releases, to learn more about it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>2.</strong> Watching the water use. We are all guilty of taking a little extra time under a hot shower on a particularly cold or exhausting day. Now, this is a perfectly acceptable way of de-stressing yourself but at the same time, being more conscious of your water usage will pay off big time in the near future. Running the faucet, a little longer than needed during our daily morning/night routine is something we can easily cut back.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Studies conducted by different agencies across the globe, strongly suggest that the global demand for water might exceed the supply by as much as 40% in the coming decade. There is still time to prevent that, and it starts with all of us taking small steps together.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_food_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="food waste on a table, credit goes to Simon Peel on Unsplash" style="margin:5px" />3.</strong> Limiting the food waste. The global inequalities are probably the sharpest observed in this area. A staggering percentage of the global population does not have access to two full meals a day! Add in the environmental impacts of the wide scale agriculture and it quickly becomes obvious why wasting the food is a really bad idea.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers has a restaurant, called the waste restaurant, that endeavors to minimize this wastage. They cook their meals with ingredients that are on the verge of going bad or typically being thrown away from the stores. Being conscious about the ingredients and where they are sourced from, along with taking care to not waste anything on your plate is another small step you as a student can take to become more eco-friendly.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_waste_body.png" alt="Sorting the daily waste" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />4.</strong> Reducing the daily waste. We regularly consume a lot of things that are fit for one time use only. This can be your morning coffee which comes in a cup with a lid, that you dump as soon as you’re done inhaling the bean juice, or the surgical mask that you wear in crowded areas or on a public transport. It can be the plastic lunch boxes you get at the student canteens, a set of plastic or wooden cutlery, or even the tissue papers that we don’t think twice about before grabbing. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Simply switching to a reusable mug for all drinks and a personal set of cutlery reduces the listed waste by 50%. Add in a personal lunchbox and a handkerchief, and this goes to nearly 0. Making a habit of carrying the personal items is also a hygienic way to keep safe during the pandemic! It is undoubtedly the simplest thing yet one of the most effective things you can do for the environment.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Sustainable_cycles_body%202.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Cycles parked in Chalmers" style="margin:5px" />5. </strong>Opting for a more environmental commute. Another great thing about Sweden is the availability and efficiency of its public transport. There are numerous trams and buses, often overlapping routes and stops to make seamless public transportation a reality for its residents. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>​​Choosing a public transport over a personal vehicle reduces both the carbon emissions, and the stress to park it at the correct spot. Win, win! A smaller way of further reducing the carbon footprint would be to use digital tickets instead of printouts. The Västtrafik app, used in Gothenburg and surrounding areas, works very well and is quite easy to navigate.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are also a great number of bike lanes, which run parallel to the main roads, that you can use to break a sweat as you travel to your destination. Cycling is another popular option I have observed here as aside from being a great form of exercise, it also allows for more natural time and a chance to bask in the elusive Swedish sun!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At this point, I’m sure that you are somewhat aware of the impact your personal lifestyle has on the environment. Imagine multiplying it with the population of the globe! Now, think about what we can achieve if we all pitched in little ways to help control it.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>As a student, each one of us has a responsibility of utilizing our education to figure out new ways of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendlier. I hope this piece was helpful to you in some ways and you are prepared to join the movement to combat the different challenges that surely lie ahead. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>All picture credits go to <a href="" target="_blank">Unsplash</a> and my friends :)</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 unibuddy and author, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Smita</a></div></div> ​</div>Mon, 14 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Day in the Life: Sunny<p><b>​I take you with me on my day as a Interaction Design Masters Student. From morning sunrise walks to a spontaneous shopping session in the evening, I talk about the things I do in a day as a student studying at Chalmers as well as navigating Gothenburg, Sweden.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Day%20in%20life%20sunny-banner-lindholmen%20campus.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="view of the Lindholmen campus" style="margin:5px" /><strong style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/view%20from%20the%20window.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="view from the window" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></strong><div><strong style="background-color:initial">7:45 Morning Sun</strong><div><div>I try to catch the sunrise (most days and based on weather) right outside my apartment. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I live at Lindholmen, overlooking the river on top of a hill so there are lots of unobstructed views of the city so when the sun shines in the morning, the color of the buildings across the water really pop. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>One of the best views I have seen here in the city in close proximity to my apartment.</div> <div><br /></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"><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/tea%20mug.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="a mug of tea" style="margin:5px" /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">8:15 Getting the Tea</strong><br /></div> <div>After a short walk, I make fresh tea and listen to NPR (national public radio) news for updates back home and also global news briefings. It takes around 30 minutes per session, so it is an easy way to stay updated on some of the more important issues. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I try to make breakfast around this time while the news are running in the background as well. This is usually based on how I am feeling since granola cereal is also a good quick alternative. I quickly freshen up to get my day started – pack my chargers, pick out clothes for the day, and pack lunch if I have prepped it the night before. I didn’t last night :P</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/lab%20projects.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>9:15 School Stuff</strong> </div> <div>Electronics Lab starts a bit later this semester. My classes usually start at 9:15 but I am lucky this study period with lab starting at 10:15 for some dates. Today is one of them :) </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am currently taking a mechatronics class with my teammates called Tangible Interaction where we get to work with Arduino controller boards, actuators, and basic electronics like load sensors, etc. It is a great way to prototype creative ideas in Interaction Design, what I am currently studying at Chalmers. </div> <div>It is a daylong lab so we have deliverables that are scheduled with approximated time slots for each deliverable. We had four for today!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/vegan%20lunch.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="lunch box with vegan food" style="margin:5px" /><br />12:00 Lunch a.k.a my sustenance</strong></div> <div>Lunch with a view near Lindholmen after I pick up a very affordable 50 SEK (about 5 euros) vegan lunch from an express café on campus right next to the Kuggen Library building where my lab is. I usually eat with friends and classmates. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This is probably my favorite part of the day since I love getting to know people and as an international student, I am always surrounded by new people. Especially when there are new classes every study period.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/campus%20on%20river%20bank.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="view of the campus from the river bank" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />12:30 More Sun!</strong> </div> <div>Getting a healthy dose of vitamin D is very helpful I have realized. Besides, who does not enjoy some good sun in the winter? </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Since the lunch break is usually quite a lot of time for a faster eater, I take a quick stroll around the Lindholmen campus after lunch. It was a bit windy but it is completely worth it since the sun sets so early now (around 15:30). It is also a great ice breaker getting to know my Swedish classmates and their various backgrounds.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/river%20bank.jpeg" alt="view of the city center from the river bank" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>15:15 Done with School Stuff</strong></div> <div>Lab sometimes ends early if my teammates and I finish the deliverables faster than expected. Today was one of those super-efficient days so we left early. I went to get some Asian groceries from Saigon House near Nordstan, a bustling stop in the Göteborg city centre. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I take the bus to get to the other side of the water and wanted to walk more to get to the grocery store to keep my step count high. On the way, I had to cross the river to get to the huge shopping center that has everything. I love water and bridges so this was an easy win-win for me. I also needed another duvet cover so decided to purchase one. I have been putting it off for too long and I was too lazy to go to Ikea since it is a lot longer of a commute compared to the city centre. H&amp;M Home and many others are located here in case you need something at reasonable prices. I bought a great pair of jeans here a few weeks ago as well.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/ramen%20dinners.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="dinner bowl full of ramen" style="margin:5px" />17:15 Winding Down</strong></div> <div>Made some spicy ramen for dinner with bok choy, carrots, eggs, and mushrooms. I love to cook so I try to make food and “zone out” whenever possible. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>It helps me slow down and wind down from the high energy days especially after electronics labs or other schoolwork with deadlines. My dish took about 35 minutes to make, and I find it comforting during the Swedish winters.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">21:00 Catching up with an Old Friend(s)</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div>I called a friend from back home and late-night calls are best times due to the time difference of 6 hours.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> I usually try to get at least an hour of conversation with anyone I call back in the US to really catch up on our lives and to not rush the conversation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>22:00 End of day </strong></div> <div>I shower and listen to an audiobook after in bed. Apparently, I am incapable of not drifting off to sleep when reading an actual book so I chose to listen instead. Currently listening to a book on time management and how it is never enough to have “more time” to get everything done from a checklist. It has been a good point of reflection and relief to be able to destress and not think about my never-ending to do lists. It is a work in progress.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Sometimes, I journal when I feel the urge to get something out. Especially when I feel it is worth putting down on paper. I have been journaling a lot about my experiences in Sweden and travel in EU, for example. I love writing and practicing my penmanship, so the act of journaling helps me greatly in many ways. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I have been trying to sleep before midnight whenever possible. Especially this new year to beat my average of 6.5 hours per night the past year (2021). The goal is 7 hours minimum this year so off to bed I go!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Until next time :)</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="student ambassador sunny" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Author:</strong> <a href="" title="Link to Sunny's unibuddy profile" target="_blank">Santosh ‘Sunny’</a></div></div> ​</div>Thu, 10 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 takeaways from the first semester of my masters<p><b>​Pursuing a master’s degree abroad comes with a whole new set of challenges. Here are the five key things I learned during my first semester at Chalmers.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5_takeaway_master_exam_banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Exam hall filled with students" style="margin:5px 0px" /><br /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">As a newcomer to postgraduate education and the beautiful country of Sweden, my first semester was a roller coaster of experiences. It was filled with a lot of “oops, I didn’t know that”, “is this the right way to do this?” and an occasional “wow, I am really glad to be here!”. It’s been close to six months now since I made my big move, half the world away from the tropical lands of India, and it has been a period of self-reflection, introspection, and some hard lessons. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>So here are the top five things, in no standard order, I wish I knew before starting my masters in Sustainable electrical power engineering and electromobility at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>1. Time flies<br /></b>A full semester seems like a very long time but when divided into two study periods, it becomes much shorter than you may realize. The labs and assignments fall between the rough 9-week duration, along with multiple student activities that may pique your interest. <span style="background-color:initial">So, taking the time to be an active participant and staying on top of your course load is very important. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This seems like an obvious thing for a student to practice but coming from a different education and grading system, I found it a bit difficult to settle into the life of a Swedish master’s student. </span><span style="background-color:initial">One really important thing I learned was to start as early as I could and then stick to a schedule that worked for me. I am still learning as I go but having some consistency in my daily routine helps me a lot to stay in </span><span style="background-color:initial">touch with everything that I’m involved in.<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5_takeaway_master-EDIT_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="random displayed items in the EDIT building " style="margin:5px" /><b>2. </b></span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Attend those morning classes in person</b><br />In the current hybrid mode of education skipping an 8 am class, especially when it’s still dark outside, is quite tempting. However, this is a very slippery slope as one class becomes two and slowly, a week worth of information slips by. Of course, online education and digital recordings are good tools for students who cannot attend the lessons due to their health or other personal issues, it also doesn’t work for everyone. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>This was a hard lesson to learn for me. <span style="background-color:initial">I quickly found that attending the morning lectures was what helped me stay on track with the assignments. It kept me motivated throughout the day by making me feel as if I had a head start on the course. Interacting with the professors, tutors, and students by attending the classes physically was another huge benefit. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Plus between the student union activities and the</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">hidden gems in</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">all the</span><span style="background-color:initial"> different </span><span style="background-color:initial">department buildings, Chalmers keept me on my toes.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>3. Focus equally on tutorials, lectures, and labs</b><br />In my previous experiences, the lectures were the most important part of the course. The tutorials and labs could be understood on my own as long as I followed the classes and was updated with the theory being discussed. However, education at Chalmers focuses heavily on the applications and problems related to the course topics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/5_takeaway_master_lab%20picture_body2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Group of students in a lab, completing their projects" style="margin:5px" />This makes it important to not only know the problem well but also to solve it in the most efficient manner. And this is where the tutorials come in handy. They prepare you to tackle the various kinds of problems related to the theory and practice the different methods to solve them. The home assignments and extra discussions further help to broaden the understanding of the subject.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The lab sessions,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> on the other hand, provide an excellent opportunity to ask questions that are more related to the practical applications. They give a brief overview of the errors you may encounter in the real world, something that is not generally discussed in theory. Being alert during the labs and actively participating in the problem-solving helped me to deepen my understanding of the course and co-relate the topics covered across multiple courses.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>4. Don’t panic</b><br />If there’s one thing I absolutely needed to hear during my first study period, it was this phrase. I am still relatively new to the way the courses are executed and graded at Chalmers. This made me very nervous during my first examination period. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>One thing I quickly realized was that despite the ‘newness’ of the topics, I was familiar with a lot of things that were covered. They all obeyed the same basic laws I had previously studied and were simply presented in a different way calling for a deeper understanding. <span style="background-color:initial">It’s alright to not know the course very well in the beginning but as the lessons follow, taking the time to understand the concept is all that is needed to fill in the gaps. All big ideas germinate from small seeds, the base definitions and theory that you have studied previously. So, remember that you know more than what you think.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>5. Integrate yourself within the community and explore all opportunities</b><br />I have always been fascinated with traveling and experiencing life in different parts of the world. Doing my master's in Chalmers was a big step in realizing my dreams, academic and personal. I remember the feeling of being a starry-eyed newbie in this international university, I still look like one somedays, as I tour its grounds. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The student life at Chalmers is simply incomparable in my opinion. There is something for everybody here no matter how varied your interests might be. And if you are willing to reach out, you will find help and good company at every corner. The first semester is usually the one requiring the least amount of planning and thus, it is the perfect time to experiment with your interests. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>My biggest takeaway from this semester is to take the time to explore the activities I normally would skip. Attending all the student events that sound interesting helped me find a circle of like-minded people, most of who then became my really good friends. So, be an active student, and explore as much as you can. It helped me find my footing in a foreign land and will surely help you with yours too.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>These were my five takeaways from the first semester. I have compiled them with a decent amount of self-reflection, criticism, and hopes of serving as a motivational guide for the rainy days ahead! Most of these points aren’t something new that you need to hear but simple repetitions that I hope resonate within you as you embark upon a similar journey.</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 the student ambassador, Smita" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></strong><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">Author</strong><strong style="background-color:initial">:</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to unibuddy profile">Smita</a></div> </div>Mon, 31 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0100​Why I chose Complex adaptive systems to study robotics<p><b>Complex adaptive systems is a major and master's programme I had never heard of, so why did I quit my job to study it? &#129300;</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">In my email to my company, PHYTEC,  announcing my departure, I explained that I will be leaving to pursue my dream to become... a “robot master”! In high school and college, I had been part of robotics clubs and internships. I was even fortunate enough to work on some robotic demos at my job, too. However, I ended up studying the embedded systems flavour of electrical engineering as an undergrad, which translated to mostly debugging single board computers as my day-to-day work. Working from home for a year during the pandemic, I realized that I wanted to shift into a career that aligned more with my interests. And thus, I decided to learn more about how robots learn and make decisions! (For context, PHYTEC is essentially a small, yet global engineering firm that builds custom single board computers and IoT hardware and is a great place to work at! I just wanted to build more robots.)</span><div> </div> <div>Chalmers has several programmes pertinent to robotics, including a couple of very similar programmes related to artificial intelligence. Examples include <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Systems-control-and-mechatronics.aspx">Systems, control and mechatronics</a>, <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Data-Science.aspx">Data science and AI</a> and, my programme, <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Complex-Adaptive-Systems.aspx">Complex adaptive systems​</a>. So why did I choose a programme that I have never heard of before? To be honest, one of the main reasons is because the prerequisites were more general than those for the other programmes. I had never taken a controls, data structures, or algorithms class, so to even apply to these other programmes, I would have had to take them at my home university and postpone applications for another year. Complex adaptive systems is well suited for most STEM students wanting to make a pivot into studying complex data science topics, such as AI, as the prerequisites are just math (with some specifics) and basic programming.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/cas_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />An added benefit of my programme is that there is a lot of freedom in how you can design your studies. After taking the first few compulsory courses, you can design your course plan to follow your interests and career goals to a fairly high degree. Students in this programme have backgrounds ranging from physics to all kinds of engineering. Similarly, students can study Complex adaptive systems for anything from modelling in physics to bioinformatics, machine learning, and of course, robotics! Even within these self-designated tracks, you can tailor your schedule to what exactly you want within that field you would like to specialize in.[VS3]  For example, a student studying robotics could focus particularly on image classification and take classes such as Spatial statistics and Image analysis or Image processing, alongside the normal robotics courses.</div> <div> </div> <div>This variety within the programme isn’t just great for being able to customize your classes to your interests. It allows you the opportunity to explore other topics, as well! Even within one of the compulsory courses, Stochastic optimization algorithms, you’re exposed to how biology can be used as an inspiration for optimization techniques, such as copying the strategy ants use to find the shortest path. We also cover all of the applications these techniques can be used for, which include everything from stock market predictions (still not to be used in real-life… :P) to training robots to walk! And when selecting your courses, you are encouraged to choose classes that sound interesting to you. By being exposed to a wider scope of topics and applications, you have even more ways to tune your resume when it comes time to interview with companies.</div> <div> </div> <div>When it comes to studying robotics, there are countless paths. Some universities even offer entirely robotics master’s programmes. However, I put Complex adaptive systems at Chalmers at the top of my list because of the wide variety of courses that will give me a unique perspective in my future career. My dream is to work on autonomous robots whose mission is to travel to faraway worlds and help expand our knowledge of our universe. This field of robotics is very broad and can look like anything from working on rovers collecting soil samples for signs of life to designing drones to fly in an extremely thin atmosphere. Especially after reading the course descriptions for Intelligent agents, Humanoid robotics, and Autonomous robots, I knew this programme at Chalmers was the one for me. Now that I’m here, I couldn’t be happier!</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/jamie_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">Author</b><span style="background-color:initial">: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Jamie</span><br /></div>Tue, 25 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0100