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A gist of March events at Borås

I’m often asked what’s it like to be a student in Borås. Other than studies and assignments, there’s plenty going on. I often attend guest lectures, events and meet up with people from the industry.

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Meeting people from the Industry

Last month, we have H&M buyers and buying assistants meeting students to talk about the job as a buyer at a global fashion company. We also had Company Day where various companies and NGOs were here to present thesis projects and collaborations for the students. Companies present include IKEA, FOV Fabrics, SweRea, Silva Sweden and more.

It’s already mid March but there are still plenty of upcoming events for the month

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15 March: Lecture with Robin Cornelius, founder of the Swiss company Product DNA

Product DNA is a Swiss company specialized in the traceability of supply chains and the promotion of transparency in consumer goods. The lecture ‘Traceability, the new dimension in textile CSR policy’ will be about how to make the textile value chain more transparent in order to meet social and sustainable challenges in the textile industry.

19 March: Textil Kraft Grand Opening at Textile Museum, the Swedish School of Textiles 

The grand opening is a free event which begins with a ceremonious inauguration at 12:15. Textile Craft is about the textile industry through the ages,  along with development of machinery and its impact on the industry. The full program include Q&A’s on textile industry and performance by theatre group Skapet.

20 March: International Student Brunch

Easter is coming and it’s time for the International Easter student brunch. The concept is simple. Students bring a typical (Easter) dish from their home country and get to enjoy the buffet with food from all over the world!

21 March: Tips and tricks in how to perform well at a job interview

A career workshop with opportunity to get tips and feedback on your CVs at Career Services

Nov’15 – 24 March: HYBRIDERNAS POESI exhibtion, Textile Museum

This year’s recipient of the Nordic Award in Textiles is a visual artist Gunvor Nervold Antonsen from Norway. The exhibition displays works from the later years of her powerful style, where two- and three-dimensional objects in various materials and techniques come together in expressive installations.

28 March – 3 April: ESN Student trip to Russia and Helsinki

A mini getaway to Russia and Finland at student price! Travelling with big overnight ferries between the cities and transportation from Borås and to Borås, this popular trip has been fully booked.
Image credits: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se
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University of Borås – My First Choice and here’s why

After graduating with a MSc in Corporate Finance, I worked as a corporate analyst in Singapore for a year. Work was good but I often found myself wondering what it was like to work in the textile/fashion industry, something which I’d always been curious about and always wanted to do.

Then it struck me ‘I have to do this and go after what I want’.

It’s not easy to ‘follow my heart’, give up my career and steady income. Not to mention, the uncertainty of switching to an entire different industry which I barely knew, not knowing if it was even worthwhile. The more I thought about it, the more energized I felt. #YOLO, if not now, then when?

Why is it my first choice?

University of Borås offers textile management master program in English, exactly what I’m look for and even better, I don’t need prior background in textiles, fashion or design.

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With full scale textiles manufacturing equipment on site, along with one of the only five knitting machines in the world is located right here, University of Borås is more than just a university!

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University of Borås has a strong reputation with a front edge on several exciting research projects. When I learned the capability of smart textiles and how it can improve people’s everyday lives, I became even more intrigued. Further more, students at University of Borås are regulars at fashion week.

University of Borås is located in the city center and within walking distance to many cafes, Knalleland shopping center, secondhand shops and several supermarkets. Many fashion companies are based in Borås and around the region – Gina Tricot, H&M, Lindex, Ellos and many more – where many students have their internships.

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It’s an ARTSY town where many well-known graffiti artists have set foot. Don’t miss out the Nolimit Borås street art in this town!

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Here in Borås, my friends come from all over the world, it’s a truly diverse student town. What more can I ask for?

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Guide in Borås – To See, To Shop, To Eat and To Do!

Hello and welcome all new students to the University of Borås. Borås may not be too far off from buzzing Gothenburg but there are lots of activities going on both in the university and in town which are pretty exciting. Below are a few activities to kick-start.

To See 

No Limit Street Art – An outdoor art event uniting artists from around the world by turning public space into an outdoor exhibition. Started in 2014, it was also the first street art curated in Sweden. FREE guided tours every weekend from September 12th to October 25th or use this map to experience No Limit Street Art on your own.

Borås Zoo – One of Sweden’s biggest and most modern zoos with a fusion of African savannah and Nordic wildlife, set in large and natural surroundings. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the zoo for FREE during the introduction week. Here are some of the photos I took at the zoo.

Textile Museum – Showcases different modern and innovative exhibitions. Located in The Swedish School of Textiles, it is open to public and FREE for students from University of Borås. Check out Lars Wallin’s Fashion Stories exhibition and other exhibitions at the museum.

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To Eat

Orangeriet – Cosy cafe/meeting place set in the heart of Borås with great ecological food and drinks. Not only that, there are also seminars open to the public. An upcoming FREE lecture by professor Bodil Jönsson ‘Om Tid’ will be held on 22nd September. Another nice cafe opposite Orangeriet is Viskan, famous for their cheesecake and weekend brunch.

EEST – Fancy a sushi buffet for lunch? For 100Kr, you get sushi + Chinese/Thai style buffet with drinks. Students get additional 5% discount with student card.

Jensen’s Bofhus – Pretty reasonable prices for lunch menu. Chicken fillet main course at 69Kr , ribs at 89Kr and steak from 119kr.

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To Shop

Knalleland – Shopping center with over 100 boutiques, cafes and restaurants. One of my favourite shops over there is Lagerhaus which sells pretty stationery and home decorative items.

Myrorna – There are several second hand shops in Borås and this is one of my favourite from vintage clothes, to DVDs and household items. Good prices and good for the environment.

The Wardrobe – Here at the Textile Fashion Center lies the clothes library where you borrow clothes instead of books. It’s also a place for local designers to showcase their items where you can also borrow them. Better still, you can also revamp your wardrobe by giving them a new life here.

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To Do 

Too much to DO! Student organization, ESN Borås, keeps you really pack with all the crazy fun activities. With the upcoming International Dinner on 20 Sep, Copenhagen trip on 10-11 Oct, Russian Trip in late Oct, ESN Sea Battle and Lappland Trip in Nov, there’s just so much going on. Tickets also sell fast, so act fast.

You can also check out the events in Borås here. Want an experience of Borås arty essence? Then don’t miss the upcoming Sculpture and Street Art Walking and City as Gallery FREE guided tours in mid September and October. For those who prefer action, the upcoming running/race Cycle of Borås event on 19 September might just be what you are looking for.

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Not to mention, there are so many ongoing sittning, that is, themed dinner parties, organized by different organizations that are not to be missed. Time flies quickly when you are having fun. Although packed with never ending assignments, my first year in Borås was also filled with many ‘outside classroom’ activities. The first year flew by and trust me, bidding farewells were not easy but I’m so thankful to meet so many wonderful people and made so many good friends from around the world. A good reason for travelling everywhere.

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Keep Calm and Write Thesis

Vacation’s over. I have now started working full-time since August. After my internship at IKEA had ended, I went for several interviews and was offered a position in communications from the same department which I did my internship. There are many companies within IKEA  and I work for IKEA of Sweden AB in Älmhult. It is the heart of IKEA’s product development. This is where designers, product developers and engineers work closely together to develop the range and supply the home furnishing offer all around the world.

I had also switched the two year master program to one year which means that right now, I’m working full-time on my master thesis. The good thing is I can work on my thesis from home. I’m also trying to make a connection between the research area and my work. At my workplace, there is a textiles department and potentially my ground of my thesis inspirations. The textile manager happens to be a former graduate from my school, The Swedish School of Textiles.

If you are thinking of writing your thesis in collaboration with a company, one way to get started is to contact the companies directly. A good opportunity to do so is during Career Days in the university. It is best to have the research topic and ideas ready when you approach the companies so that the companies’ representatives can put you in touch with the right person or department related to your research area. At University of Borås, we also have Company Day where companies present thesis topics and seek collaborations with students.

September is the time to shake off post summer-vacation procrastination. Note to self and those who are also writing the thesis: Don’t panic and Start Writing!

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