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3 non-academic reasons to choose Sweden

When people look for a bachelor’s, master or a PhD abroad , Sweden is not always the first option. Australia, France, Germany, England, Japan, US, Canada, Switzerland (a lot of people asked me if I was studying in Sweden or in Switzerland HAHAHA! – both are pronounced in a similar way in spanish), and many more are popular destinations for students. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that all those countries are great places for studying, and it depends a lot on what you like. But let me give you 3 non-academic reasons why Sweden is THE best country to study.

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#1 Innovation

Let’s start with one of the most important reasons. Did you knew that Stockholm is one of the cities with more startups per capita? Now, what the heck does this mean. Right now you might be listening to music in one of the most important and recent ones – Spotify! Or maybe you are listening to Edite’s amazing podcast (I definitely recommend you to listen to it) or playing Candy Crush, the list keeps going but you get the point right? Anyway, in Sweden there is a constant development in terms of technology, there is a lot going on and this is definitely the place to be if you are an entrepreneur, even if you think that starting a bushiness is hard, funding may be available via VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency.

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#2 Sustainable

Sweden is well known around the world for being an eco-friendly country, not just because how their waste-management abilities. But also because the educational system teaches people how it is possible to reduce the environmental footprint of humans. I remember an article about “Sweden buying garbage”, and my first thought was – why would someone buy trash? – but I kept reading anyway.

As a result of this sustainable culture and education, people recycle so well that they don’t have enough rubbish to incinerate to produce energy. In fact, 99% of Sweden’s waste is now recycled (for all of you people interested in sustainable and environmental topics, Sweden offers a lot of programmes related to sustainability) how cool is that! Sweden has become Europe’s biggest importer of trash from other countries.

Another thing that I notice is that people often tend to buy “local” products, and the main reason for this is: first, to support the local companies, and local producers, but also, to reduce the emissions. How come? Well, if you consume local products the transportation (trucks, airplanes, ships) for those products has a smaller impact since less fuel is burned to move the products around the world. Easy.

I could spend days talking about Sweden’s sustainable culture, there’s research going on that I don’t even understand, and definitely there is a lot of development going around here.

 

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#3 Employment

A lot of people ask me if I would like to stay in Sweden, and the answer is simple – YES! – Explaining why is the tricky part (or at least for me). Let me beging with the fact that NO ONE will give you a job out of nowhere, if there is one sentence that sums perfectly how I feel about life is this one: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. So far I can’t complain about the opportunities that I have created and my talent has allowed me to take – I feel like I’m giving a speech in an award ceremony or something like that, but let’s just get back to the point.

Sweden has a lot to offer, companies are looking for new talent everywhere, and the opportunities to mingle and talk with future employers are many. Job fairs, lunch-seminars, lunch-lectures, fika with companies, academic tours through the facilities, thesis projects within a company, internships, summer jobs, guest lecturers, and so on. Honestly I don’t know what to expect, and this is just my perspective of what I see and what I’ve heard, Gimmy perfectly sums up everything you need to know in your job hunt.

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Why I chose to study 9370 km away from my home country.

I’m writing this at 10 km of altitude, while listening to Arctic Monkeys in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean inside of an Boeing 747-8, and it is until now that I realize how far is Mexico from Sweden (this is kinda obvious, it’s geography not rocket science right? but still…).

A lot of people have asked before why I chose Sweden? Why I chose a place to study so far from my home country?

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So, let me explain to you guys why I chose Sweden.

Challenge accepted

Studying in Sweden represents a challenge, first of all because they speak another language, although everyone (literally everyone) in here speaks English I wanted to go to a place where I could experience something different, a different continent, a different culture, a different way of seeing things, a different everything.

Probably you have heard that great things are accomplished outside our comfort zone, and now I understand why.

Let’s put it like this, imagine your life is an experiment, if you do the exact same thing over and over again the results won’t change, if you control every single variable your outputs will be the same, this doesn’t mean that you should immediately start doing random stuff. But, I believe that everyone has some crazy idea; maybe trying a new sport, or learning something new. Einstein once said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

I agree.

Now picture this: new country, new city, new class mates, new educational system, new food… I could go for hours but you get the point. A lot of new inputs will result in a buttload (buttload is actually a unit of the imperial system) of new experiences.

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Fresh start, new possibilities

You will put into practice new skills that you didn’t even knew you had, you will dedicate 3 hours to do laundry just because you don’t have idea of what are you doing, you will have the opportunity to join a student society or committee, and so on.

The possibility of new experiences increase linearly in function of how much we change the input variables this means that life is a function of new experiences and new adventures (at least that’s how I see it). Just like Elke said in her post (you can chek it out here), going to Sweden is a new shot for just about anything.

I also agree.

IMG_5333A lot of people asked me before, “aren’t you afraid of going to a place so far from your home, to a place where you don’t know anyone, to a place where you don’t even speak the language, to a place where during winter you only see the sun a couple of hours, where in some parts of the country the temperature is so cold that your eyelashes freeze?” and the answer is simple: of course I was afraid, but that was the idea, and I can tell you that after just 3 months of living in Sweden this was the best idea I’ve had so far. And just by the simple fact that in the last 3 months I’ve lived a lot of new experiences, and this is just the beginning…

To be continued…

Study Abroad: Kenya to Sweden

“Could study abroad be the answer to all your woes?”

Are you feeling down? Weary?

Someone just stole your lunch from your communal work fridge?

Or did you just graduate from that Bachelor’s degree and don’t know what to do next?

Then this post is for you!!!

My name is Anita Mureithi and I come from Nairobi, Kenya. The country where the sun never stops shining. You spend at least 6 hours in traffic where you can buy everything from fresh crisps, the daily newspaper to car wipers or meet the occasional lion that strayed from the National Park (okay this only happened once..ok..maybe twice..)

Life in the 254

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So imagine the shock when this Kenyan girl arrived at Landvetter airport after a layover in sunny Turkey to rain pounding my face and hearing that it’s still summer. After the rain came two weeks of ‘relative‘ warmth. But now autumn has slowly started to creep in and all the stories from previous Kenyan students mentally preparing me for the cold seem like a hazy dream.

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Taken in warmer times

Apart from adjusting to the weather, in my 60 days in Sweden I have made great new friends from all over the world. Eaten more meatballs than humanly possible. Went shopping for groceries in a language that I don’t understand (this is harder than you can imagine). Danced until my feet hurt. Walked in Delsjön forest and swam in Skagerrak (next to the North Sea) , all while studying what I love on a full scholarship.

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So what are you waiting for? This could be your study in Sweden story!

Applications are now open for International students for first admission round Spring 2017 on www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start . Be sure to check out www.studyinsweden.se/scholarships/ for scholarship information.

There’s no degree that’s too out there. They even have a course that focuses on Japanese comic culture at Malmö University. Yup! Comics! With a choice of over 35 Universities. I am sure you’ll find your perfect fit!

Keep checking in for more of my time here in Sweden including, my first Christmas, snowfall, Swedish class and my long term love hate relationship with Google Translate.

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From Sweden with Love!

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The Aftermath of Leaving Sweden

I just returned from a 3 week trip back to Singapore and had quite a bit of adjustment to make.  I didn’t realize how much I have adapted to Sweden. More specifically, living close to nature and absolutely loving it.

With that, there’s a price to pay when I leave Sweden for the densely populated Singapore.

#1 People and Noise EVERYWHERE

Singapore ranks #3 in terms of highest population density in the world compare to Sweden of #196. There are people, noise and crowd everywhere, the exact opposite to Älmhult, the town where I live in.

I lost my voice for 2 weeks! The need to constantly speak so much LOUDER to overcome the noise from everywhere is something I’m not used to anymore.

Restaurants are always PACKED, it is nothing strange to queue up over an hour just to get a seat in an ordinary restaurant. Singaporeans are used to queuing for food because we are a foodie nation and enjoy dining out. When I was out in any restaurant or cafe, I couldn’t even hear my phone ringing even though it was set to the loudest volume, imagine how loud I had to speak when dining out or fika with my friends!

I nearly regained my voice after 10 days but after a trip to the Universal Studio, I lost my voice again but totally worth it.

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#2 Eyes become more sensitive to light

I became more sensitive to sunlight probably due to long dark winter here. This trip back, I went for a 6 hours kayaking trip and could barely keep my eyes fully open. I used to sail often and never encountered that before. It didn’t hurt but I had to try really hard to ‘force open’ my eyes.

My eyes also became more easily irritated. Living in a concrete jungle and reliance on air-conditioning means no fresh air. I felt trapped, along with dust, pollution and humidity. My eyes felt very itchy all the time during the entire 3 week trip back home.

On the ‘bright’ side, this irritation stopped immediately when I returned to Sweden!

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#3 Bad, bad sleep

In Sweden, there is no need for air-conditioning at home. In fact, I always feel LAGOM at my apartment in Sweden. Lagom in Swedish means ‘just right’, not too cold or too warm. As such, I really get used to sleeping very soundly everyday.

In Singapore, air-conditioning is a necessity. Without aircon, I would be SWEATING buckets in my sleep due to the high humidity and heat. With aircon, it can get very COLD because rooms and apartments in Singapore are very small, the aircon is constantly blowing directly at me no matter where I stand. The solution is to repeatedly on-and-off the aircon. I had to wake up several times at night just to adjust the temperature, never lagom!

In fact, a good night sleep is something I’d gotten so used to in Sweden and I really missed that when I’m away!

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There are a few other minor adjustments to made. For instance, I don’t need to sort the recycling back home. In Sweden, I always have a few chocolate bar lying around in my bag but this obviously won’t work in Singapore.

Everything melts so quickly, including my lip balm!

Apart from these adjustments, I had an amazing trip back to my sunny Singapore.