“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 🙂
Recall I stated here to give the answer to my most frequently asked question:
I applied to KTH as I liked the structure and the mix of courses presented for my programme of interest. Altogether, I applied to schools in the United States, Canada and then, Europe. When the offer letters started rolling in, I had my hands full and had to weigh in the pros and cons of each school and their various locations. In the end, I chose KTH!
In this post, I would give my untainted, non-exaggerated reasons why I am certain I made the right choice. With no further ado, let’s get the ball rolling:
This is the first and foremost thing that as students we are in search for. I really love the quality and the approach to education at KTH. The education is really a “hands-on experience”. In my programme, there is such a strong tie with the industry. You would have some of your lectures taken by foremost people in the industry who have achieved milestones.The aim is that once you have completed the programme, you would be well equipped to fill in roles in organisations adequately or start up your business, whatever career path you choose.
All the projects are aimed at current technologies and solving current problems in very practical ways. I have been involved in projects and I still have more lined up in the coming semester. For me, this was really what I wanted. To know that the theory is well infused with the practical to ensure that you are constantly thinking outside the box.
You would have noticed in previous posts that I refer to various deadlines and then, examinations at different times. As an engineer, there would always be deadlines to meet for various projects, and in the industry, these deadlines have economic importance. KTH already puts you in that mind frame of constantly meeting deadlines (haha!). The examinations majorly test how practical you got with the course. They go past the theory and ensure that you start applying the knowledge in the particular field of interest of each course. The examinations are never for you to mug it all up in your memory but to test your understanding in very practical ways. Due to this,you will find that the professors are very approachable and if you need any clarity, you can always get help:)
After paying the tuition fee and not forgetting that Stockholm is an expensive city to live in. It is very normal to want to find opportunities to work after studying. So far, I have seen there are opportunities for this but I would say as a student, you have to present yourself for these opportunities. Most people get to work with companies for their master thesis and that’s already their gateway to these industries.
Also, from the career fair in November, it was a good way to know what the companies want themselves and also, get some good contacts:). Furthermore, lunch lectures are being hosted especially in January when most of these companies open their applications. This gives you a sense of what they want also and their plans. I have some friends that have taken up part-time jobs so as to cater for the living expenses. For these part-time jobs, I would say take a close look at your schedule as it is advisable to dedicate about 40 hours per week for studying.
QUALITY OF PEOPLE
There is this saying that what makes a community or a country is the quality of people. Before coming to Sweden, someone actually stated that Swedes are racists but I am here to correct that notion. The average Swede is just shy but once you break that ice, you might find the warmest of souls who are ever ready to help. I have some friends that are Swedes so, you can take my word on this one;)
Moving past Swedes, KTH presents you with a citizen from every country on the globe. Working on the Armada team coupled with my academic-related projects, I have had the opportunity to work with people from various countries and in turn, share experiences, culture and value systems. I can say truly I am getting the most of my international education.
THE BEAUTY OF STOCKHOLM
Photo credit: Jarturun Sukthong
I am someone who really loves the serenity that comes with the beauty of nature and Stockholm brings you so close to nature! If you have a love for art and photography, you would love Stockholm too! Yes, it is a cold country but I really love the stories that one can tell with the various seasons as there is true beauty in nature:)
Also, there are so many activities that you can do in Sweden plus if you love to travel, you would love it here too!
Stockholm is a safe city! Sweden runs a socialist economy that believes in healthy living standards for its people. This transcends to the security you feel walking down the streets even at very odd hours in the day. You would feel very safe in Sweden, I can assure you.
So, these are my first five reasons why I feel studying at KTH is definitely worth it:)
Ever wanted to have the opportunity to talk to your younger self because you know better now? For me, absolutely! Ever since I started writing on here, I have waited for the 15th January because at this same day a year ago, I almost did not apply to KTH.
Some hours from now, the opportunity to apply to KTH for the autumn, 2018 semester would be long gone. This day a year ago, I was already sure I was applying to 6 universities in other parts of the world as I had finished their application process or paid the fees in confirmation while waiting to send other documents. For KTH, I had already contacted my previous university to send my transcript and I wrote the TOEFL exam just a week ago. Though I had put all things in motion for a complete application, it was amazing how few hours to the deadline I was about to withdraw my application.
You might ask why? The reason is the same reason some other students have contacted me in the past few days or even today, to be exact:)
However, instead of answering this question in elaborate details (I would do this in another post:)), I would give you the simple advise that pulled me through, “WHY NOT TAKE THE CHANCE?”
KTH is a school that you get quality education! In the past four months of my arriving here, I have grown and not just in the academics but in the quality of people. Also, Stockholm is a place booming with opportuties that is why you see many startups sprotuing out of this place. Both my technical and soft skills have been developed and sometimes, I ask myself : “if this is just four months what would the rest of the master’s programme be?”
Knowing what I know now, I would say if you are caught up like me and you are reading this right now, do not hold yourself back. Finish your application! It has been worth it for me. It should be worth it for you especially if you have a drive to be committed and pursue excellence in all that you do.
This weekend has to be very busy for most students at KTH as we prepare for examinations before Christmas. Due to this, I have spent the major part of this week studying. So, today is not any different as I woke up this morning to meet up with other students from my programme and what a reading marathon did we have!
In my opinion, one of the advantages of reading with groups is motivation. You might think, “but the examinations are enough motivation”; there is a twist in this: when reading with people, there is a tendency to focus and read longer. For example, when reading in the library, there’s this sense of “we are many trying to achieve similar goals in this space” This gets better when the group of people you are with are trying to achieve the same goal. In this case, the same examination.The icing on the cake is that you can easily ask for help if you get stuck. Remember my post on asking questions?
One thing I love about my method of preparation today is the amalgamation of different study techniques. So, we all started reading individually with no one interception from anyone. Then, after the lunch break, we decided to work together for a bit and solve questions. (Good way to exchange knowledge and share ideas). After doing this for a while, we all went back to reading separately but this time, with the mindset that we are all free to answer questions from anyone who needs help. Then, we continued at this tempo till we called it a day!
You would not be wrong if you conclude that this is the same routine for tomorrow. We would study hard and get ready to smile when the results are out with the saying “WE DID IT”
To everyone preparing for exams, this post is a reassurance that there are other students studying as hard as you right now. With this, I wish everyone, GOODLUCK!
Some pictures from today;)
Getting ready to solve questions together
Can you guess what we are calculating?
Different people; different style of writing. Can you guess mine?
All work and no play makes Jack a … ( Do not joke with break times when studying for a very long time; greatest energy booster of all time!)
So, the application round for master’s programmes at KTH for the year, 2018 is opened! This post is the beginning of many series to come so if you’re interested in applying to KTH, tag along;)
KTH offers over 60 masters programme organised into nine subject areas:
Architecture and Civil Engineering
Energy and Sustainable Development
Engineering Physics and Mathematics
Industrial Management and Innovation
Information and Communication Technology
Life Science Technology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
To me, this translates that you have a vast range of programmes to pick from which helps you to be very specific in what you actually want to do. Very cool right? So, STEP 1: FIND YOUR PREFERRED PROGRAMME
STEP 2: PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
So, various programmes at KTH have different admission requirements and, so it’s good to find out the ones that apply to your preferred programme. This is easily found at the section for each programme at the KTH website.
Since the KTH application period spans over a long time-frame, if you’re an applicant, you would probably be between stages 1 and 2 right now. I would say this is the time to spend preparing and making sure you gather and prepare all required documents for your programme.
Applications for all programmes at KTH are done online. Most programmes are applied for through University Admissions in Sweden. Not to worry, your preferred programme would have a direct link that directs you to the site, once you click on “Apply Now” 😉
The deadline is January 15th. However, applications for some joint programmes are made through other portals and their application periods vary. The simple step is to follow the instruction given on the KTH website for the programmes that fall into this category.
Since, this stage is about getting all documents ready, the universityadmissions.se has a step-to-step instructional guide for Master’s applicants. Visit the link below: