First, Congratulations to all admitted students!!!It’s exactly one week since all students who applied to KTH received mails to notify them on their admission results. In this one week, many questions have followed through and the best theme to categorize all these questions is, “WHAT’S NEXT”
The first thing every admitted student should do is bookmark this page. Not just bookmark, regular updates would be made there. So, make sure you always check to keep yourself very updated 🙂
COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What exactly happens next?
If you have not received a mail from your selected programme, expect one in the coming week; providing additional information. In addition to this, I received an email from a second year Master’s student studying the same programme asking to schedule a time to answer any questions I might have. I would advise you make use of this opportunity as it really helped a lot. Some programmes might not have this kind of arrangement. However, some have student ambassadors on their programme’s webpage, you can contact them if you have any questions.
Pay attention to your mail during this period, I received a mail from the Embassy of Sweden to sign up for a pre-departure event. If you get this mail in your respective country, ensure you attend the event because detailed information based on your individual countries, concerning school fees, residence permit and the life in Sweden will be discussed. There were alumni from various Swedish Universities present and then, representatives from the Embassy and some university representatives. You also get to meet other admitted students!
If you have checked the page I mentioned earlier, notice there is a deadline for payment for fee-paying students. You would soon receive an invoice to this effect. You need to pay before you can apply for KTH accommodation. With tuition fees in mind, let me give an answer to a very common question this week, Are there any other opportunities for funding? Yes, in the second year, you can apply for KTH One-Year Scholarship.
KTH will keep sending you newsletters to keep you updated. The aim of this post is to summarise the answers to questions I have received this past week. If you have other specific questions that you would like a detailed post on, feel free to ask. In the coming weeks, I will keep you updated as you prepare to move to Sweden:)
Recently, I was talking to a friend and we agreed that one of the reasons we love KTH is the closeness to the “real world”; the opportunity of interacting with companies, the vast range of startups you can collaborate with and then, the events to feed your interests in certain innovative projects.
One of such events has to be the Hackathons. During these events, great ideas have been birthed for the host companies and most people who participate, have found it challenging enough to spike some innovative ideas in their minds.
As KTH students, we are lucky enough to have some of these hackathons hosted right in campus! One of such examples is…
SEEDING IMPACT GOES MAD IN UGANDA
In this hackathon, one is expected to unlock the key challenges to scale access to Clean Water and Sanitation in Uganda. In other words, you are creating a solution that will affect lives positively and also, contribute to acheiving one of the seventeen sustainable development goals!
More so, the winning team will go directly to the final qualification round to travel with MAD to Uganda this summer!
I love when these events hold during the weekend. This means no classes, so everyone can participate! However, I recently just found out about this and felt it would be important to share. To this end, if you do not have plans tomorrow, come take a chance on participating in a hackathon that acheives something greater!
When: 8th of April 11am – 7pm
Where: Valhallavägen 79, 5th floor, 114 28 Stockholm
I love this picture so much! Can you guess why? The tote bag! Talk about being a walking advertisement of the SDGs ;). The unconscious act of spreading the message of sustainable development aimed at ensuring that everyone understands that as individuals, organisations and the government we all have our roles to play is why I wear a smile in this picture:)
How did I get this bag?
From Women in Tech to Cybercom
Remember the Women in Tech Conference held in celebration of the International Women’s Day? One of the companies present that day, Cybercom, decided to host a meet-up at their office to introduce everyone to their innovation zone. I wish I could give you full details from the meet-up, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had less than thirty minutes at this event. However, it was thirty minutes well spent:)
So what made my short time at the meetup worth it? There were various booths concentrating on the various projects they are involved in as a company. However, guess the booth I spent all that time at? Sustainability booth!
In summary, Cybercom an IT consulting company, seeing that drastic actions have to be taken to ensure that the seventeen goals are acheived by 2030, have stepped up to ensure that other organisations are working towards these goals by providing digital sustainability services. In other words, they support companies by giving advisory services on how they can be sustainable in all stages of their businesses from ideation to service delivery. (Interesting right?)
Let’s take a sneak peak…
Everyone has a part to play in achieving the seventeen sustainable goals. What are you doing in your little world?
Let’s keep spreading the word about the sustainable development goals 🙂
For students who might be interested in all that Cybercom is involved in, let this picture juggle your mind…
Have you ever made a mistake that on all fronts can be termed stupid and then just laugh at yourself? Do you feel better after laughing? Just in case you do not laugh at yourself, I can assure you that instead of becoming angry and criticizing yourself of how well you could have done better, laugh instead and watch your mood change:)
Share the stories…
Let’s go back to my first week in Stockholm. I decided to go grocery shopping and then just asked my flatmate for options. Thanks to his direction and google maps, I got there with no problems at all (this was my first time using Stockholm’s public transportation system)
When I was done shopping, I realised I was clueless on how to get back to the apartment- with five bus stations about 2 minutes walk from each other, I had to figure out which one would “bus61” stop. I did walk to three! Finally, gave up and asked questions. When I finally found the right bus station to stand at, I laughed at myself for being “very blind”. Good thing is, I learnt how to read those papers posted at the bus stands in that short period 🙂
Another one of those days, I really cannot remember where I was coming back from and then in a hurry not to miss the train, guess who got into the wrong train? Oluchi Monwe! (X_X) The worse part of this journey is I really was believing that google map was wrong and I was right!
I was not in a hurry to anywhere in particular (just heading home) so I did not stand up till the train got to the final station! The truth is at some point in that long train ride, I knew I was already lost but I was laughing hard at myself knowing I still have not figured how I got in the mess in the first place. When the train finally stopped at the last station, I spoke to the driver and… I was supposed to get on train 14, I did get on train 14 but I was going in the opposite direction and the right train 14 was on the other side .(X_x)
So, all these happened with the firsts, but guess what happened to me some days back? Another interesting fix. So, I was going to some new place and trusting my confidant in such unknown areas (google maps), I knew I was supposed to get on bus 4. For some unknown reason, I did not check whether the maps meant bus 4 on the left side of the street or on the right side of the street. The next sensible thing I would have done was to read the papers and know my stop or just check google and pay attention to details of the bus stations. However, over confidence stole the show!
You know how this ends right? Wrong bus obviously! Now in this case, I should have been so pissed at myself because taking that one wrong bus made me thirty minutes late for a meeting! However, I could only do one thing- LAUGH AT MYSELF. I was happy that I figured out on time actually because I would have missed the meeting altogether. However, I ended up missing “fika”
So what is my point exactly…
Moving to a new place, expect to take some wrong turns on some streets, miss the right mode of transportation, and many others. Do not beat yourself just laugh it away and learn from the mistakes. In the meantime in your “lost but found journey”, enjoy the scenery; you never know what you might find 🙂