Sweden Beckons, Will You Heed Its Call?

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14 months ago, almost to the day, I found myself in a sad and sorry state- fresh out of school and completely disoriented.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t know what I wanted to do, or even how I wanted to do it, it was just that coming out of school into the real world had me reeling with vertigo as to what the next step was.

How life felt at the time.

I felt loathsome. I felt like this wasn’t how things were supposed to be and I decided I’d had enough of that icky, yucky feeling.

How was I going to get myself out of that pile of metaphorical goo?

Well, back in Engineering School, we had this one professor that was really hot stuff. He was a Ph.D. alumni of KTH who’d founded two labs and reached the position of associate professor- all of this by his late 20s.

I had the good fortune of being able to work on a project for six months with this amazing person.

Without any detraction whatsoever from the personal efforts of said professor, I decided: “I have to see the school that instills such work ethic and drive to succeed for myself.”

People often ask me, “Sweden?” raising both their voices and eyebrows inquisitively at the end.

“Yes.” I assure them.

Sweden.

  • Because, for me at least, the entirety of Europe was a delicacy that I’d yet to sample, and Sweden sounded like the perfect appetizer to that.
  • Because I’d heard (and later witnessed) so much about the amiability and hospitality of the Swedish people.
  • Because I’d grown weary of all the posturing and empty titles of corporate hierarchy back home and was enthralled by the flat organizational structure that Swedes so prefer.
  • Because  I wanted to leave a contribution to science that I would actually be credited for and Sweden is one of the strongest bastions of intellectual property in the world.
  • Because for a lifelong learner, Sweden needn’t be the destination, but rather an amazing chapter in the journey.

Yes, Sweden.

Your scintillating academic future in Sweden beckons- will you heed its call?

 

 

Mohamed

An American-Egyptian studying nanotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Mohamed finished his studies in Sweden in June 2015.
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