Coldest day yet!

Hey guys,

Today would not be complete if I do not share my early morning experience with you! I woke up to an early start this morning as we are back to the phase of chasing deadlines 🙂 Trying to pick a jacket to wear, I looked at the weather app and I was astonished!

-14!! This year in Stockholm, the lowest I have experienced is -12 and with the memory of that day in mind, I felt staying at home might be the better choice. However, knowing that I have the right set of clothes and I won’t be outdoors for too long, I went out regardless!

Here comes the surprising part:

I was dressed the same way I would if it was -3 or some higher temperature but I did not feel any bit colder! In fact, -14 would not have been registered in my head as -14 if I did not check the weather app! In the excitement of my gradual adaptation to the Stockholm weather, I did not cover my hair. The African hair being a lot different and not adapted to the negatives, felt frozen after a 10-minute walk!

So, to all thinking, the Swedish weather is a huge issue. I have two things to say:

you can embrace it fully till your skin starts getting used to it

it’s all about the right clothes!

I am hoping I get to this stage one day:)

ISCN 2018!

Do you know that KTH would host the 12th Annual International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in June? Oh well, now you know:)

WHAT IS ISCN?

The International Sustainable Campus Network provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas and best practices for acheiving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and training.

The theme of ISCN 2018 is: Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose

There was a call for abstract which was due 15th January. Here is a list of possible topics that were available then:

  • Promoting education for sustainable development
  • Promoting research for sustainable development
  • The role of academia in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable meeting solutions: Including examples of how Higher Education Institutes reduce their own impacts using mediated reality and technology for travel-free meetings
  • Gender, Diversity and Representation: Higher Education Institutes and Sustainable Development
  • The role of investment in supporting Sustainable Development
  • Campus operations, Campus Facilities and Campus development
  • Campus as Living Lab – education, research and collaboration in campus projects
  • Projects on campus (e.g., building, apps, student engagement, etc.)
  • Challenge driven education for global sustainable development
  • Incentives for integrating Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutes- including major university excellence ranking and rating organizations.

Take a look at the programme planned  for the conference here

I am very excited that this is taking place at KTH this year as you know that I believe everyone should take conscious efforts towards a sustainable lifestyle in all that we do. Furthermore, I have exciting news for you, if you are a KTH student! You can volunteer for this event!!

You can volunteer as a technical support or a host. You can  find more details about this here

There are benefits to volunteering for this programme and they include:

  • Free conference registration with free access to the conference’s day sessions (worth 3300 SEK)
  • All coffee breaks and lunches are provided
  • A chance to meet and network with established members of an international network devouted to sustainability and student sustainability peers!
  • A certificate of participation signed by KTH Sustainability Office
  •  And a really cool KTH t-shirt!

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

No previous experience is required and there’s no preference for any discipline or background (Good news right?). All you need to do is to send:

  • Curriculum Vitae (In English)
  • Short motivation on why you want to be a student volunteer.

Send this to Erica-Dawn Egan (edegan@kth.se)

Important information: The deadline to send in your application is March 2nd.

So, if you are interested in sustainability and to make an impact, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Semla Day!

The first time I heard the word “Semla”  was my first lecture this year. Not long after that, it was everywhere! Curiosity got the better of me and then I found out about Fettisdagen. This led me to decide to stick to tradition and wait to have my first Semla on Shrove Tuesday.

WHAT IS SEMLA?

Semla is a cardamom-spiced bun which you can cut off the top and then fill it with almond paste and whipped cream. The cut-off top now serves as a lid which is dusted with powdered sugar. Sounds amazing right? Semla is very delicious that it is said that King Adolf Fredrik (a Swedish King) died because he had too many!

Semla was originally eaten only on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) as the last festive food before Lent. However, the tradition is not strict anymore as Semlor(plural of Semla) is sold everywhere weeks after Christmas till Fettisdagen. However, after today you’ll have to wait until next year:)

So, this was how I celebrated my Fettisdagen with other international students as we assembled our own traditional Semla. Thanks to the S-chapter!

 

 

Taking baby steps as a pilot..

“As a pilot? I thought you were studying to become an energy engineer! ” As a reader of my posts, this statement might have just crossed your mind. Once upon a time, the only thing I wanted to be was an aeronautical engineer but I also planned to take some courses that would enable me fly some aircrafts but that was a really loooong time ago.

So, when I heard that SAAB was coming to KTH and then, seeing this at the entre, I certainly knew I would be there!

KTH provides a perfect platform for students to meet companies and vice-versa. Sometimes, these come as lunch seminars. Since the beginning of this semester, there has been a lunch seminar with a company almost every day at KTH. Most of them organised by THS Future and then you have this kind once a month at KTH Entré.

I was late for this lunch seminar as I had a class that ended at 12 exactly. On getting there, a presentation was ongoing on a new technology solution for control towers by SAAB. Next, another presentation by a professor and a student in the Department of Aeronautical and vehicle engineering on an on-going project to improve the material and structures of the aircraft and also, harness energy form the wings of these aircrafts.

After the presentations, it was time to try driving JAS 39 Gripen flight Stimulator. I drove the stimulator and tried landing too!

My fantasy finally became a reality, thanks to KTH 🙂

 

 

Scholarship!

 As the application period is over, the next thing on everyone’s mind is funding this prestigious education if it comes through.

The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for various 150 countries for higher education in Sweden. To view the 450 available scholarships, click here

The Scholarship for the masters programme is now open! You can find out if you are eligible (a citizen from the selected 140 countries) here. On that page, select your country from the drop-down list to know what scholarship opportunities are available for you.

The largest group covered is the “Swedish Insitute Study Scholarship”  for developing countries. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Sweden has long-term cooperation with and for other OECD/DAC countries.

Most of the questions concerning scholarships have also come from this group. To this end, this post would be centred on this particular scholarship.

To me, the most important part of the scholarship is this:

you must have proven leadership experience and at least 3,000 hours of work experience. It is also important that you have a clear plan of how your studies in Sweden can contribute to the development in your home country.

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university
  • Living expenses of SEK 9,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 ( One-time payment. Not applicable to students already living in Sweden)
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders
    – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE?

Yes, you may meet the basic requirement of wanting to study a master’s programme and being a citizen of the listed countries but you might still not be eligible. You can find out here

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

If you have checked all this, and you are eligible, next see the required documents.

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Proof of work and leadership experience
  • A copy of your passport.

There are certain templates that you must adhere to, the instructions for these templates are given on this page.

The application period is from 2nd February to the 9th of February. So, if this what you have been waiting for, do not wait for the last day. Apply now!