Guess what happened this week at Stockholm? Quite obvious from the topic right? It was the official arrival day on Sunday, 14th January. It was an honour to be part of the arrival team organised by Stockholm Academic Forum to welcome new students as a student guide at Terminal 5 at the Arlanda airport.
Going down memory lane, it was also an amazing day for me because about four months ago, I walked through the same terminal 5 on the second arrival day in August to begin this wonderful journey.
WHAT DOES THE ARRIVAL SERVICE ENTAIL?
On the official arrival day, thousands of students from around the world would arrive at Stockholm to start their studies in one of the 18 higher education institutions in Stockholm. If you’re one of these students, have your heart at rest as there will be a welcome team waiting for you at the arrival halls of both Terminals 2 and 5 of Arlanda Airport.
On Sunday, which was the same for August, the welcome team was there between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm and there were really hard to miss:).
You can see the welcome team were very excited:)
There was a free bus to take students to the city centre which is basically a 45-minute ride. The bus left every hour with two guides on each bus to answer any questions that students might have. Furthermore, goodie bags!! (I still use some of the items I got in mine in August:)) The items in the bags are listed below:
- A comprehensive map of Stockholm
- A Reflex
- Prepaid SIM Card
A Reflex is very important during winter nights. It gets really dark and it would be helpful for people to see you at night. Then, the prepaid SIM card comes with 1GB of data as well as access to messages and calls.
In the bus, you would also get some added tips. I remember it was in the bus, that I heard firsthand that you could easily refill the water bottles by simply turning any available sink to the right(cold water end).
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE ARRIVAL DAY SERVICE
For me, the arrival day service was my first billboard from Stockholm saying, “Welcome home”. The students were very helpful and willing to explain all questions. They helped in carrying my luggage too! Also, the organisation was impeccable. I remember I got there before the stipulated time for the first bus on the day I came and once it was 9:00 am the first bus was ready to leave with the first set of students. Thanks to the arrival service, my journey from the airport-to the bus-to KTH-to my accommodation was very relaxing.
With these, you can tell I was very happy to be able to give back and ensure other students felt as welcomed and at ease as I felt when I arrived in August.