Archives: October 2014

Business Studies: Is it all evil?

Around three years ago, I entered a business school, with my head full of Adam Smith’s invisible hands, Friedman’s money helicopters and Ricardo’s comparative advantages. I expected something like “general principles of money making” from my first lecture in Entrepreneurship and Business Planning. Instead, the PowerPoint title said “Why shit rules and how to make the […]

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The Story of a Swedish Institute Scholar

I glanced at the alarm clock right next to my bed, and the luminous digits indicated that the time was 3 a.m. I sighed, not knowing what to do. I’ve been trying to fall asleep for hours already, but to no avail. I tried everything: I watched a 3-hour documentary on “the history of pottery” […]

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Mushroom Hunting

It is the mushroom hunting season right now which occurs around late summer and autumn. I never heard of mushroom picking till I came to Sweden. Mushroom picking is a common and popular activity among Swedes. A couple of my Swedish friends are really into mushroom picking and they invested in proper hiking outfits, picking tools such as the mushroom knife […]

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Swedish Energy Saving Culture

I have to confess, in Canada we leave the room and there’s no looking back. In Sweden, there is looking back – to check if all lights are turned off. This blew my mind when it first happened to me. Eric and I were walking out of the Formula Student working bay one day. All […]

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Lapland in Winter – Dreamland

  Lapland is a region far north of Sweden. For me, Lapland in winter is like Dream-land. It’s hard to describe, but whenever I’m there at that special cold time of the year, I feel like I’m living in a dream. Imagine yourself walking through a forest covered in snow, a few hundred kilometers to the north of […]

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Busy is the Buzzword!

Everyone is busy. Right now, I am involved in 2 serious projects, 2 ‘fun’ projects, have a small part time job, working on career development (internship applications, CV, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, overall career outlook and goals etc, I know boring hardcore career stuff, but hey, someone has to do it for me!), plus weekly parties […]

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