A Lunch Lecture with Scania

Does one even need an introduction to Scania? A world-leading provider of transport solutions, Scania, a giant in its field, is a dream company for any engineering student. Today, Scania conducted a lunch lecture at the KTH main library. Also, Scania being one of the main sponsors of our Formula Student team, the lunch lecture was definitely something that I couldn’t miss. This particular lecture was a very unique one for the reason that, the two presenters from Scania are actually KTH alumni. Rightly named, “From KTH to Scania“, the seminar highlighted the transition from student life to a work life at Scania. The seminar also provided us with information brochures about various student programmes and Job opportunities at Scania.

The seminar began with Olivia Löwhagen, a Project Engineer in the group Advanced Industrial Engineering Transmission Assembly , and of course, a KTH alumus, sharing with us her journey from KTH to Scania. During her student period, she did her internship at Scania and also was part of the Global Trainee program at Scania. It was quite interesting when she spoke about how much fun she has at her work place, apart from her everyday work routine. Definitely, all work and no play makes it very boring, a healthy balance of fun and seriousness at work will make work life very enjoyable indeed.

Patrik Johannesson, who is a student relations manager at Scania, took us on a quick walk along with him through his journey to Scania. From studying mechanical engineering at KTH to becoming the process engineer, team leader, lean coordinator and now to a talent relations manager, he sure is having an amazing journey. It is also quite interesting to know how much flexibility Scania has given them to move horizontally across the company and the opportunity to experience different work groups within Scania.

Patrik also spoke about the various student programmes that are currently open for applications at Scania. He also mentioned about graduate programmes that students in the final year of studies can apply to. You can find all career related information at this link here. Also, you can email them regarding any queries at student@scania.com

Alexander Magnusson, a Formula Student team member, who has been part of the team for several years now, was also a presenter in the lecture. Alex has a long affiliation with Scania. He shared with us his experiences from his multiple summer jobs and also from being in the Scania Student Intro Programme. It was quite fascinating to me when he pointed out the fact that at Scania, he was working with similar tools as that we use in the Formula Student team. A leisure time student project as Formula Student can take one a long way. Not only that it is interesting and fun to build a race car, but its a huge learning experience and a great addition to one’s CV. Also, our industry sponsors are always our good contacts who can help us in the journey.

Few upcoming deadlines:

Summer Job at Södertälje4 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Summer Job at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Summer Job at Luleå: 4 Jan – 6 Mar 2018

Summer Technology Program at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Scania Engineer Program: 31 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Studying at KTH gives one an array of opportunities, not just to learn and grow but also to finally land in that dream job. I do have mentioned about career fairs like Armada before, that gives the students an opportunity to interact with people from the industry. Apart from career fairs, there are also various other events like these lunch lectures that are held throughout the year, where people from different companies come over to the campus and give us a talk about their company, about different opportunities for students. These events are such an amazing forum to interact with the industry people, a great insight into what the company does, and also a  forum to get all your questions answered. And yeah, as the name says, they also provide you free lunch. With students living on such crunched up budget, a free lunch and great knowledge during your lunch hour is something to surely sign up for.

So, don’t forget to attend the career seminars and lunch seminars, you get a wealth of information and a load of motivation from these. For more information, you can check out the ARC calendar here. Also, look into the Career support page of KTH and follow their calendar as well.

See ya!

~ Sindhu

Ewww Sushi to Yummm Sushi…

Hello Hello!

Yup, you read it right! This post is about my journey from hating Sushi to loving them. Haha! Yes, another food post! The next one won’t be food, I promise! Sweden has its cuisine from all across the world, so it’s quite hard to not taste different food all the time and they have seasonal dishes too. Well, Well, okay! I am a foodie, no denying that. 😉

Sushi is kinda one of the favorite food of most of the Swedes I guess, at least of those I have met so far. All my Swedish friends seem to love Sushi, except one though. He is an anti-Swedish 😛 (No offense, you! 😉 )

I was first introduced to Sushi by my friend, Nishita. She took me out for a Sushi dinner the first time I met her here in Sweden. She gave me a super hyped description of Sushi (Well, now I am in total agreeance with her). By the way, if you’re wondering what Sushi is all about, here is a little bit about Sushi before we get into the story…

Sushi is a Japanese specialty dish. It is basically vinegared sushi rice (sumeshi) rolled over a sheet a seaweed stuffed with avocados, raw or smoked fish, or any other seafood. The roll is then topped with a layer of Salmon or anything else depending on your choice. There are different types of Sushis and they are customized according to modern taste. The most interesting part of a Sushi meal is the Wasabi, the super strong extreme pungent taste of wasabi hits your head and leaks your nose and eyes almost immediately. One only needs a little dot of Wasabi with your Sushi. Sushi is usually dipped in Soy sauce while eating, kinda gives it a nice flavour, you can also not dip it. I like the pickled ginger, it clears the taste of the Sushi in your mouth. Makes it easy to taste the next Sushi basically.

So initially Sushi did seem interesting to me, but the moment I had a roll, the texture of the raw salmon or Lax as they call in Swedish, totally disgusted me. I hated the avocado in it. I hated everything about it. We ordered a platter of Sushi for me and I ended up wasting 80% of it! My friend loves Sushi, she wiped the plate clean! It was definitely quite an interesting experience for sure, especially to learn to use chopsticks. I cannot sound super negative basically 😛

My first Sushi with Nish

My Platter of Pure Disaster 😛

Something in me kinda wanted to try Sushi again. I read about it and I realized that the rawness of the fish is what is bothering me, so I decided to go with prawn or crab this time since they are always poached and not raw. Guess what? I so loved it this time! I couldn’t really believe but yes I loved it.

Prawn Sushi <3

I wiped my plate clean this time 😉

Sushi is not something one might like on the first try. It is something that you need to let grow on you. You might not even like it the second time but the third time you would love the freshness of the food. You would love all the flavors. You have to give it some time to captivate you, there is no love at first sight when it comes to Sushi 😛

So after this, I went again to have Sushi, and again, and again. With each time I kept improvising and started tasting the other Sushi types. I have definitely made great progress but the ultimate is Sashimi. I don’t think I will get there 😛 By the way, you also get vegetarian Sushi, so there is something for everyone.

 

Scrumptious Semlas will not make you fat!

Hey there!

It’s so nice to get back with another post about food. I am truly wondering if I am slowly turning into a food connoisseur. Might as well get me a part-time job to taste different food, who wouldn’t like that! Oh yeah, I don’t eat beef and pork by the way. Haha!

So today, am gonna write about my new found love- Semla! I spend 25 SEK on these almost every day now. These delicious little bundle of goodness is all you need in life! trust me! If you’re someone who likes flavored buns or almonds or cream or all of these, you are gonna be madly and deeply in love with Semla.

Traditionally, Semla is eaten on “Fettisdagen” which literally means the fat Tuesday, which is the last day before the Christian fasting period, Lent. Semla is basically a cardamom flavored wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with fresh whipped cream. In the beginning, Semla was just a boring bun but then a little more of almond and cream goodness was added to make things interesting and tasty.

I found this really nice article which is so much worth a read if you want to know more about Semla.

The semla – more than just a bun

Since I am a regular visitor at 7-Eleven and Semla is what I always buy these days, I asked the customer service person at 7-Eleven to show me how they make it. She so gladly agreed to teach me how. It is super simple and here are some pictures 🙂

The dough goes into the oven for the magic to happen

A little portion of the top is cut off and is filled with almond paste

Fresh cream topping on the little babies

Finally, the cut portion is placed back and is dusted with some fairy sugar dust

 So that’s how Semlas are made,  pretty simple yet so very delicious. There is also mini semla that cost much lesser and it is definitely worth a try. I usually have it at 7-Eleven, you can try there as well because it is freshly made in the store every day. Special thanks to Atosa Didari from 7-Eleven 😀

Do let me know in the comment section about your Semla experience. 🙂

See ya!

~ Sindhu <3

PS : Yes, of course, they won’t make you fat, if you do some workout 😉

KTH Master’s Challenge Grand Winners

KTH Master’s Challenge 2018 has finally come to a conclusion with the announcement of the prize winners for the four programmes listed on the competition. Three finalists were chosen in each programme and the winner was announced at the grand award ceremony held at Bangalore, India on the 25th of January. The winners get a complete tuition fee waiver to study at KTH. Also, an opportunity to intern at Formulate IP. The winner of the Engineering Design programme also gets a Scania sponsored stipend to cover the living expenses, worth approximately 1.5 million INR, as well as an internship at Scania.

Oscar Quevedo Teruel, KTH

The programme began with a short presentation by  Jairam Vijayakumar Sujaya, an official from the KTH International Relations Office. He briefly introduced the finalists to Sweden, KTH and the education system in general. Following which, I presented my experiences in this amazing city as a KTH student. This was followed by a very informative and inspiring presentation by Oscar Quevedo Teruel, director of the Master Programme in Electrophysics at KTH.

Stefan Palskog, Scania

The President at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd, Stefan Palskog, a KTH alumnus, gave the finalists an exciting glimpse into the world of Scania. He spoke about KTH’s industry collaboration with Scania and about the industry in general. His presentation was truly motivating for me personally ’cause of the fact that Scania is a dream company for me, and for anybody who is into automotive. Neeraj Gupta, a KTH alumnus, the founder & CEO at Formulate IP, founder at Lawcubator, co-founder and angel investor at Excubator,  spoke to us about his journey through his KTH days to his vision to work as a professor at KTH. Neeraj is also the chairman of the KTH alumni chapter in India. It was very inspiring for me to meet him again this year and definitely mind-blowing to see his love for KTH. Following Neeraj, Arun Subramanian, a KTH alumnus who is also a consulting manager at Formulate IP shared with us his journey as a KTH student to a successful person in the Industry. It was indeed mega inspiring to listen to KTH alumnus being so very successful in their career and to know the difference KTH has made to them.

Neeraj Gupta, Formulate IP

Arun Subramanian, Formulate IP

Just like last year, the array of speeches by the invited guests and lunch prolonged the winner announcement moment making the finalists ever so nervous most of the time. It was, of course, a super emotional moment for the winners and the parents. I could exactly relive my moment from the last year’s ceremony, ever so special and ever so emotional indeed.

Well, now is the time to meet the winners,

  • Saransh Chhawchharia, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Electric Power Engineering programme
  • Satabdee Dash, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Engineering Design programme
  • Shipra Jain, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Information & Network Engineering programme
  • Sivanand Devarakonda, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for THRUST programme

The Winners – Shipra, Saransh, Satabdee, Sivanand

It was a great experience for me to be a part of the event and be able to witness the award ceremony yet again this year, except for the fact that I was a nervous participant last year, while this year I represented KTH students at the ceremony. It was very nostalgic for me to see the nervous participants awaiting the results, the ultimate nerve-wracking winner announcement moment, the emotional joy of the winners, everything brought back the memories of the previous year. It was indeed very special for me to relive my moment again through this year’s winner and thank you KTH for giving me this opportunity 🙂

Some girl power going ! 😀

Let’s get into Selfie mode!

The finalists with the guests. Congratulations!

Stay tuned to know more about our winners 😀

Wanna know more about other scholarships? Click here and  Scroll down in this blog

Expenses in Stockholm

Hey all!

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions from the prospective students about how much I spend every month. The expense is definitely an important thing to consider to plan your masters budget accordingly. Now that I have been living the student life for half a year already, I seem to have kinda figured out my spending pattern and also the general pattern of the people around me. So, here is how the money gets spent, I will write everything in SEK and I hope you will not find difficulty in converting them to your currency.

ACCOMMODATION:

Rent is definitely the biggest expense you would incur every month. But, the magnitude of the word “BIG” really depends on your preferences. For example, a studio room on campus costs about 6800 SEK, which is being the highest, while a  shared corridor room a bit away from the campus at Farsta, costs about 2500 SEK, being the least.  I love at Lappis, which is just about 15 mins away from campus and it costs me about 4300 SEK. I have a corridor room with a shared kitchen. So, you can basically select an accommodation that would fit you well with respect to cost, distance etc.

I personally prefer staying near the campus because life becomes a bit easy. You needn’t have to consider the bus and metro schedules while staying late at school cause you can simply walk back home. Staying late at school is something you will find yourself often times in 😀

Also, usually, electricity and Internet prices are included in the rent. There is a 24/7 supply of hot water in the tap. The tap water is potable and make sure you drink it cold. It is super fresh that way 🙂 And, every room comes with a space heater. You might have to invest on an extra one during the winter and they are not expensive. Click the link here to check out the various KTH accommodations, their locations, size, and prices.

FOOD:

Food is the next big expense that will eat your pockets. But this again depends on the person that you are. If you opt cooking at home all the time then your monthly food expense wouldn’t go over 1000SEK. I am indeed including the chips, biscuits, and chocolates you’d buy as part of your weekly grocery. Below are some pictures during my grocery shopping.

It is kinda an art to even choose your grocery store here. For the reason that there is no standard price of stuff at every store. Lidl is my usual shopping place, Willy’s can be a good store as well. But, there are other stores like Coop and ICA, well they are a bit on the expensive side, might not be a good option for people on a student budget 🙂

And, if you’re someone like me who loves a “Pick-a-Deli” box at 7-eleven, it will cost you about 70-100 SEK every time, which is super expensive for a meal. So, if you eat out a lot then you will end up spending too much. I can give you an approximation of my common eat-out prices.

Pick-a-Deli – 80 SEK

Coffee + Cinnamon Bun – 15 SEK (Student price)

Croissant – 15-25 SEK ( depends on the shop as well)

Subway – 35-75 SEK

A meal at campus – 68 SEK

Semla – 25 SEK

One nice thing to remember will be to ask for student discount where ever you go. You never know! I have got crazy discounts at really really unexpected places. This will help you save a lot. Another good thing to remember, for the good of your mind is to stop converting. Never convert SEK to INR or other currency when you buy your food. It puts a lot of pressure. Always know your budget in SEK and make sure you stay within the limit in SEK. Conversion eats your brain! I am sure my friends here would agree on that one.

TRAVEL:

Travelling inside Stockholm is super easy and every place is extremely well-connected by the public transport. A 550 SEK SL card, which is the public transport monthly pass, will give you access to the busses, ferries, metros, light rails, trams, and rails that are operated by SL, which is the company that operates public transport in Stockholm. You might wanna check out their website here. Oh yes, there are student prices at SL a well, which is 550 for a one month pass. You can also buy individual tickets or weekly passes.

Apart from this, if you live close by, you can also choose to walk or bike. Swedes love biking even when it is snowing. So, totally up to you to choose.

The above are the big things I spend my money on. Yes of course, when you’re in Stockholm, its inevitable to avoid shopping. Especially, when you have brands like H&M, Vero Moda in every corner. But that is definitely not something you will do always and it depends on your lifestyle as well.

So, to sum it up, My monthly expenses are below

Accommodation – 4300 SEk

Travel – 550 SEK

Food- 1000 SEK

Junk food – 800 SEK

Phone bills – 145 SEK

Clothes and other shopping – 800 SEK

Total – 7500 approx (which is my budget for a month)

I do try to avoid junk food every now and then and keep shopping to a minimum.So, I am of course not that bad, so to say. 🙂 But it takes some time for you to settle down. Don’t be concerned when your expenses skyrocket in the initial months. You need to make a few one-time investments in the beginning. And, expenses on washing liquid, bathroom and cleaning stuff don’t occur every month. You will figure out all of these when you come here. As you can see, I am a spender. You can live in Stockholm with just half the budget as mine depending on what choices you make. Anyway, you have the picture now 🙂

The final golden thumb rule is : Always have a budget and stick to it. Let me know if you want me to write about anything more. 😀