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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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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..)

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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!

Explore Gothenburg

This is Fårö, the most beautiful summer landscape in Sweden

Under the glistening sun, the blue sky and the calming sea breeze, I rode through the forests, the sandy beach and the vast meadows of Fårö on an Icelandic horse called Åsa.

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Anyone can do this!

Most of us are first-timers without any horse riding experience. There are experienced riders to guide and accompany us during our entire horse riding journey through the beautiful Swedish landscape.

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A surge of Adrenaline

When I first got up on Åsa, I panicked when I don’t know how to control her to move left or right. As we began riding, the horses obediently follow behind each other. Downhills, uphills, slow pace, fast pace … a combination of everything during the one hour of horse riding.

My pulse fluctuated dramatically. I went from eager to panic. From nervous to steady. From calm to exhilaration when Åsa began to trot on the beach.

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Fårö reminds me how great it is to be outdoors, to busk at nature and to slow down

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Journey through the nature, a ride to remember

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Fårö has the most beautiful summer landscape in Sweden!

Fårö, a small Baltic island which lies off the north of Gotland. Fårö translates to ‘Sheep Island’ in Swedish and there are certainly more sheep than human on this island. With a population of less than 600, there no banks, post offices, medical services or police. During summer, Fårö can expect 10,000 visitors a day! If you want to visit Fårö, remember to book your summer accommodation early.

Fårö is also where the legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman used to live and several of his films were filmed here. Here you can find Bergman Center, a museum that focuses on the life and artistic achievements of Ingmar Bergman.

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This is also where the horses live and roam freely

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#ThisFeeling is one of my most memorable experiences in Sweden

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Visual Tour of The Science and Maritime Museum in Malmö

Welcome to the Tekniska and Sjöfarts museum

Also known as the Science and Maritime museum, located on Malmöhusvägen in the middle of Malmö, this visit takes you  on a journey through Swedish history to an interactive future.

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One of my highlights creeping into an actual SUBMARINE U3 which was in operation during WWII

This was  the first submarine with a fully Swedish design and also the first with a completely welded pressure hull, a construction method developed at the Kockum Shipyard in Malmö (Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad AB).

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Operating the submarine’s periscope with a live view of Malmö

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Carl Linnaeus,  a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalised the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature, is also known by the epithet ‘father of modern taxonomy’.

Here you see a glimpse of different types of animals preservation and even dissection dating back to the 1700s. It provides a sense of  wonder and curiosity about nature at that time.

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Meet the world’s most famous scanian, Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was a Renaissance man born in Scania (then Denmark, now a part of Sweden), well known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. AT the ‘HIMMEL och JORD’ (heaven and earth) exhibit, the fun thing to do is to enter the ‘dark room’ and steer around the planetary system and navigating around the universe.

 

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Rewind back to the early 1900s and enter the ‘Vehicles of the Future’ exhibition.

This exhibit also highlights insights into how people have historically felt about the future, with a sustainable perspective and take your time to explore the different vehicles, aircraft and engines.

Highly recommended to try this – lifting a horse power. It’s tough, I couldn’t do it alone by myself.

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Do you know Skånska inventions? Toothpicks, pacemakers and nanotechnology are among the 32 inventions from Skåne at the SMART! exhibit

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At the second floor of the museum, you can try out various interactive and experimental games with your friends. Try out the ‘brain activity race’ with a friend. You and a friend are seated between a table, facing each other with a band around your head. This band has the capability to track the brain activity and triggers the ball (placed in the middle) to move towards either of you. The trick to winning is to RELAX and not think of anything!

I underestimated the time and had only had 2 hours+ at the museum which was really not sufficient. I didn’t manage to visit the Nordic region´s oldest surviving Renaissance castle which was right across the museum. Well, till next time.

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?

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.