Major milestones: Year 1 of Master’s

Dear all,

Hope you had a good summer!

Today I am starting a new academic year… hopefully for the last time.

I will review my first year at Chalmers and share some aspirations for the second year…

August

  • Arrive in Göteborg towards the end of August.
  • Spend some time setting up the room, visiting IKEA
  • Explore the city and make friends (mostly with exchange students, because they are very outgoing and similar minded)

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September

  • School starts: getting to know Chalmers… its educational system, school facilities… and of course, Pub Crawling
  • Swedish course at Folkuniversitetet starts: 2,5hr class, once per week, runs until sometime in February.
  • Midterm exams!?!?! What! Need to get used to the short academic terms in Sweden.

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October

  • Some serious studying takes place… Final exams at the end of month
  • My housemates and I attempt to brew our own beers, as the alcohol price in Sweden is $$$… turns out to be the biggest waste of money… ever.
  • Joins the Chalmers Formula Student team… and thus bringing the end to my free time.

We built a race car in a year. Ambitious, exhausting, but cool.

November

  • Start to feel sad due to lack of sun. (This year I will exercise more… and do more things to make me happier)
  • Second semester begins… (This year: DO NOT procrastinate)

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December

  • Master’s study is more stressful than I thought. Feeling down…I went home for Christmas

January

  • Returned to Sweden
  • Exams
  • New semester begins

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February – March

  • Flew by too fast. I should have applied to summer jobs then! Ask your professors for open positions too!

April – May

  • Days getting longer…start complaining about too much sunlight…

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June

  • Exams
  • “Summer holidays”

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July

  • Mostly worked on Formula Student project… basically lived in the machine shop
  • Travelled to Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany competitions

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August

  • Finally free! Life is good again!

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Forecast & what to expect now…

September – December

  • Work on my Swedish language skills
  • Secure a thesis topic around November
  • Working part-time at the Chalmers combustion department
  • New semester begins

January – June

  • Thesis work
  • Finding work in Sweden after my degree, and live happily ever after.

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löv,

gimmygöteborg

Gimmy

Chinese-Canadian Automotive Engineering graduate from TU Chalmers. Contact me if you have questions or just want to grab a beer at gimmygoteborg (at) gmail!
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