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An evening with the Nobel Laureates – Student’s Nobel NightCap!

Hej all!

I have been waiting to write this blog past couple of months and today is the day. It is quite a wide known fact that the Nobel prize is awarded in Stockholm every year on the 10th December which is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The award ceremony is held in the Stockholm Concert Hall and it is immediately followed by the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall. But that’s not it, there is also an after party that follows the Nobel Banquet – The Student’s Nobel NightCap. This party is organized by one of the four student unions of the four main universities in Stockholm every year. Everyone who attends the Nobel Banquet is invited to this after party in addition to few invited guests including the sponsors. This time the Student’s Nobel NightCap was organized by the Medicinska Föreningen at Karolinska institutet and guess what I had a chance to go!

This indeed a special kind of an event because it starts really late in the night and goes on till the morning! A night filled with complete awesomeness to celebrate the Nobel Laureates. The fascinating thing about the event is that every year it is designed to be based on a theme and the theme is secret every time!

So, I was extremely excited about the party because I haven’t attended a mega-interesting, super huge and super high profile party as this one ever! The dress code for the evening was White-tie. Do you wanna know how serious this event was? Here is a copy paste of the dress code description of the event.

Dress code

Dress code is white tie, the most formal attire. Guest can come either in white tie and tails (explained in detail below), evening gown (explained in detail below) formal military attire, or formal attire from any other culture.

White tie and tails

  • Black tailcoat with silk facings, sharply cut away at the front
  • Black trousers with two rows of braid down each leg
  • White stiff-fronted shirt with white stiff wing collar attached to the shirt with collar studs
  • White bowtie
  • White, low-cut waistcoat
  • Black dress socks and black formal shoes
  • Shirt studs and cufflinks should be silver or white. A white handkerchief is usually worn

Evening gown

  • Floor-length, formal evening dresses of any style or design
  • Evening bags should be small and elegant
  • Long gloves and shawls can be worn, but are optional

Yes! Now you get what am talking about! Here are some pictures from the event along with my experience…

 The theme of the event was kinda like the different areas of the Brain Tree. I don’t know if that’s what you call it. Every room had a different set-up aligned with the main theme, like “Creativity”,”Logic”,”Memory”,”Dreams”,”Subconscious”,Imagination”,”Pleasure”,”Illusions”, “Brain Freeze”, etc. It was well thought out and meticulously planned and executed event.

There were a ton of entertainment performances like music, dance and a lot more. Everything was very professional and I was totally mind-blown. Actually, I couldn’t believe it was my life, I was there and was indeed living it. It was too good to be real.

So, That’s how I was dressed for the event. An Indian gown. It is quite rare to see bright colored outfits here. People usually prefer darker shades in Sweden. But you do find bright reds and Blues. Now go back to the above picture, and see if you can spot me in the ball room. 😛

There were fun stuff to do like glowing face painting, yeah one could get their face painted like that.

This was a very interesting room, the Brain Freeze themed one. We were served special coffee that was brewed for 10 hours and was served in a glass made of ice. Yes, a glass carved out of ice! This place kinda felt like a frozen Narnia throne room. I am sure you would agree with that one. 

And, of course great musical performances, magic shows, ball dances; the fun element was just endless!

Evenings like these are just not about fun, food, and frolic. Not in Sweden! These are opportunities to network, make friends and build contacts. And, I am not missing out on those aspects, definitely! I met a lot of amazing people and made really good friends. It was very interesting to meet so many international folks and indeed very fascinating to hear the story of their journey to Sweden. The best part of such events is that you get to meet and make conversations with people in a very relaxed environment. And, such conversations are always incredible!

The Lovely Ladies!

SNNC made this night even more amazing by giving us a lot of intellectual experiences.  We had the opportunity to use this interactive 3-dimensional brain anatomy teaching tool. I hope I am describing it right, of course, medicine is not my domain, but it was definitely fascinating.

WOW! Interactive 3D Brain Anatomy!

Another super-interesting experience was tasting the raspberry flavored bacterium in a petri dish! Yes, it was one particular kind of bacteria that tastes like raspberry and it was served in a real petri dish! I tasted it. It was real. Legitimate. I am alive! I was initially very hesitant to try it, its definitely scary when someone offers you a bacterium to eat! Anyway, the event is by Karolinska, for Nobel prize winners, so it must be 100% safe. So, I went ahead and tried it. Man!  I was taken by complete surprise and was totally amazed! Oh dear heavens! It did taste like raspberry!

That is how it looked. This is no joke!

While I was spending my time enjoying the evening with great food and drinks, I was perpetually waiting to get a glimpse of the Nobel prize winners. It was a long wait until the Nobel Laureates arrived. But, good things don’t happen easily and it was so much worth the wait because we finally got the opportunity to meet the Nobel prize winners. And, something more amazing happened- Kip Stephen Thorne was so happy to take a picture with us! I’m not even kidding! He is one of the winners of the Nobel prize for physics, 2017. He was awarded the Nobel for his decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.

It was such a privilege to be able to meet these amazing people who have contributed so much to their fields.  Each and every cell in my body was filled with inspiration. In fact, I could feel the chills in my bones and blood during our conversations. This is definitely the opportunity of my lifetime. I’m so very glad for everything that’s happening since the day I moved to Sweden to study at KTH.  Blessings come in different forms, the opportunity to study at KTH is definitely the form of my blessing.

The Best Picture Ever! – with The Nobel Laureate Kip S. Thorne

This evening and my conversations with such amazing people made me realize one thing that the great scientists don’t do their research to win a Nobel Prize,  or fame, or money or anything materialistic. They do it because they love what they do and they want to bring a breakthrough in what they do. It is their quest for excellence in their field. It is their groundbreaking journey to uncover the mysteries or to solve the conundrums for the benefit of their field and humankind. When one puts their heart and soul in what they love, success, recognition, and appreciation just follow.

It was a lovely evening with lots of food, fun, and learning. Definitely, one of the best memories KTH and Stockholm has given me. So, If you’re gonna be in Stockholm on december 10th, try to get a ticket to attend the event. It’s mind-blowing!

See ya!

Oh My Dear Exams!

Hej! Hej!

It’s that time of the year again! It feels like the new year celebrations were just over yesterday and its like 3 months already and the exam week is here! Time simply flies. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with Mega, my neighbor in the corridor. Both of us felt that times were so happy and slow paced when we were kids. One year felt like proper ONE YEAR, unlike now! Is it because of the fact that am growing older? more responsibilities? or, just the grad life? or, is the world changing? are everyone’s life so fast paced that you feel like time flies and its so much about finishing you tasks, deadlines, paying your monthly rent, doing those daily chores and is it just about successfully completing every day than actually living every day? I mean what is it… I would really love to hear your perspective.

Anyway, let’s get to the topic! Exams! Exams are just so annoying, don’t you think? But, if it had not been for these exams, I wonder if I would do all this serious studying ever!

This time, my exams are a big joke I guess. I mean, seriously! I have two exams on the same day! I have taken two courses during this period apart from TaMoS, Modulation of Power Electronics Converters and hybrid and Embedded Control Systems. First of all, I have greatly underestimated these two courses. They are difficult as heck! Secondly, my India trip messed with this entire period since I happened to miss the first few early lectures and I fell sick in India, which means I missed a couple of more lectures when I returned. Thanks to the extreme pristine living conditions in Sweden that my body got used to! So, when I started attending the lectures, I felt so out of place since I lacked the continuity from the earlier lectures. So, to sum it up, I am in a huge puddle of a mess right now.  🙁

And, yeah of course both the exams on the same day! What were my teachers thinking?

So, this is how am gonna tackle. If I give both my exams, I am pretty sure I would flunk in both of them. So, I am thinking of preparing for one and clearing that. At least, it looks feasible to me than giving two exams on the same day. I can actually simply give the other exam a try by not preparing much for it. But, to ruin it all, the other exam is in the morning and the one I want to give is in the evening. So, I really don’t wanna depress myself by a bad exam and spoil the one I want to clear. Anyway, I think I might change my mind. Or maybe not. Well, I am on two thoughts right now. Do you have any suggestions for me?

I came across these funny memes when I was looking for the above memes. I hope they will cheer you up a bit during these tougher times 😛

Least I have some Idea! 😛

I can’t get enough of Game of Thrones!

No! Don’t do this after your exams! Haha!

I know right! I know! I heard the same line today, I bet he was laughing in his head!

And Finally! Wish you the best for the upcoming Exams!

Love,

~Sindhu 🙂

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 😀

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Are You Considering KTH For Your Masters Degree?

If you are someone who is thinking about applying to KTH and haven’t yet applied then this post is for you and you need to immediately apply because the deadline is on January 15th, which is in two days from now.

Well, I have exactly been in this situation last year, wondering if I must apply to a particular university, wondering whether I stand a chance, wondering if I must invest in paying the application fee, wondering if this was indeed the place I wanted to study in. You know all those questions that bombard your head, yes I have been there and gone through it. Today, I thought I would share with you my experiences studying at KTH in Stockholm, basically, trying to convince you to apply. And trust me am very genuine here and I will not be exaggerating anything a bit!

Last year around this time, or perhaps earlier, I was super involved in trying to list out the universities I should be applying to. Once I decided to do my master’s abroad, I had a list of countries, USA, Germany, Sweden etc and a list of universities in these countries. It took me a lot of time to research about each country and each university, trying to analyze their pros and cons to prioritize the ones I should be applying to. I applied to about 7 Universities I believe and I did get a couple of admits in few others but I chose to go to KTH for the obvious scholarship reason. Now I can tell you that I am so very glad to have made that decision. Even if it wasn’t for the scholarship, KTH is the best choice one could make. One of the major factors we all start by looking at are the rankings. But, there is so much more to your master’s degree abroad than the rankings,  and I will tell you why…

1. QUALITY OF EDUCATION

This is perhaps the first criteria one must consider. The education here is of top-notch quality! Very practical, very much industry oriented and up to date as per current industry requirements. KTH teaches you engineering and the skills, that you will need, to work in a company or start your own business or whatever that is. You will learn the art of the subject and not just pages of the textbook. If you have read my previous blogs, then you might already know that many courses here don’t even have an exam and you can even carry your textbook or a summary sheet to your exam if you have one. They don’t test your ability to mug things up. They teach you to do it and test you through your projects and assignments.

The courses at KTH so close knit with the industry. Some courses are designed in collaboration with the companies, that you might find half of your lectures be given by people from the industries. Sometimes, you get to visit the company to see your theory in action. All that simply ignites your interest in the subject. The professors at KTH are often so involved in creating a conducive learning environment for you, they are very considerate so much that they can even extend a deadline if you have a valid reason. They want you to become a quality engineer and they will give their full support in the process. I truly feel that KTH loves me and that sense of belonging and a sense of being cared, that warm feeling like home, is not something you will get everywhere.

2. A TRUE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

I think one of my major reason behind my decision to study abroad is to gain the international experience. Every country has the best grad school that one can study in, but some of us want to explore beyond. True education is certainly knowing about things that are beyond the books, it is about exploring the world, places, people, culture and eventually, in the process you will find your true self. It is a way of self-exploration I would say.

KTH in that way will give the true international experience. Unlike my friends who live in other countries where 40% of the class are Indians, 40 % being Chinese with the rest being the natives and often they end up hanging out with their own tribe, kinda ending up losing a significant point behind the abroad studies. There is a very healthy mix of people here at KTH. Name a country in the world and I bet you would find a student from that country in every class at KTH. Since the Europeans are so fond of exchange programs, one can spot a lot of Europeans at KTH, a handful of Indians, few from the USA, China, Australia, Africa, a handful from the south-east Asian countries. The point is, the mix is very healthy. You will end up making a lot of International friends just like I have now.

Especially if you happen to be a part of any student project team, like the KTH Formula Student team that I am in, then there is no one that can stop you from your international experience. It is quite interesting to know people, their culture and value systems. It is a very mind-blowing and eye-opening experience when you get over your stereotypes and begin to feel that togetherness. it is sometimes funny to pick up accents and more fun when you have this one friend in the gang who switches between accents when a storm like french girl walks by. ROFL!

3. A SAFE, RELAXED AND SERENE COUNTRY

Sweden is a cold country indeed but the people here are super warm and welcoming. It is true that Swedes are very difficult to gel with because of their shy nature, but once you have successfully broken the ice you would have made a friend for your life. I have some amazing Swedish friends here. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found your true love of your life here. That would be interesting! 😀

Sweden is a country that focuses on its people. It is a social welfare model here that believes in a healthy and happy living standard. Sweden has strict rules against firearms and weapons. I have walked from the garage to my apartment at 3 AM when it was dark as a dungeon and it was super safe! You will feel very safe in Sweden!

There is so much nature around. The forests, pristine lakes, beaches, the lovely winter snow and shimmery summer sun,  Sweden is undeniably one of the most beautiful countries one can be in. Every season is a work of art by nature and will make you feel like you’re living in heaven. Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, running! OMG! There is so much to do in Sweden!

4. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

So, now we’are talking. Let me be fair and Honest. Stockholm is a costly city and it is quite expensive to study here if you don’t have a scholarship. So it is very natural that we want to stay here a bit longer to gain some work experience and finish off that heck of a student loan that each of us has. The good news is, it’s very easy!  Of course with a bit of an effort.

Sweden has abundant job opportunities. There are start-ups sprouting everywhere and they want to hire talented people. If you are talented then it is not at all difficult to find your dream job in Sweden. No, Swedish language is not mandatory to know, but it helps. Why not learn a new language when you’re going to stay in this country for that many years? Finding a job in Sweden is all about networking. If you’re someone who can initiate a conversation at those job fairs and expos. Then,  fear not you’ll have a Job before you even start your Thesis.  Also, as a KTH student you will always have that edge over others. You don’t need to have A grades on all your paper to find a job btw. Companies will be willing to hire you even if you have few papers remaining and will also let you take a week or two off at work to give your exams. They are super chilled out and relaxed. Btw, there aren’t any strict VISA procedures to stay here, it’s quite easy if you’re a genuine student staying here for a valid reason. Also, no queue or lottery-like mess too 😉 It is pretty straightforward.

There are a couple of part-time jobs as well. As a Research assistant or teaching assistant at KTH, or as a food delivery person, or a customer assistant at Saravanaa Bhavan, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. All these jobs will pay you quite well actually. I know a lot of people who cover their total living expense and also travel around Europe by only using their part-time job salary. Also, traveling around Europe is so easy and less expensive. Therefore, A degree at KTH is an investment and not an expenditure. It will open the windows to a new and better world. So, don’t over think. You have got it in you to handle this 🙂

The above are the four big buckets I can think of to categorize my experience here at KTH. If I have missed something, do let me know in the comment section and we can discuss a bit about it for sure 🙂

Here are few more reasons why you should apply to KTH

Want to know how to apply? Click here! 

Some of the programmes might have an extended deadline to submit your documents. Please check that. So do apply within the two days now if you haven’t yet. I assure you that you will appreciate yourself for this decision you make today. 🙂

Good luck! Cheers!

Hoping to see you all at KTH this autumn! 🙂

Peace,

Sindhu 🙂 <3

Winter Break Fun! – Ice Skating Experience!

Hey all Fellows!

Wish you all an amazing, fun-filled, ultra-productive and mega healthy 2018! This winter break has been so much fun with a lot of nice activities that I have been doing.

When the winter is here one thing every person residing in Sweden must try is the Ice Skating. Frozen ice skating rinks are there all around the city and one can rent the ice skates at an hourly price for the must to do fun sport. Today, am gonna share my ice skating experience with you all. 🙂

The most famous ice skating rink in the city, I think, is the one at Kungsträdgården, primarily for the reason that it has the fence. I will tell you why this is so so very important. When I stepped in the rink the first time, I was only falling. Yes! I did nothing except slipping down, over and over and OVER! Please don’t expect anything else. It is wise to mentally prepare yourself to fall. Perhaps layer up so that you have a bit of a cushion when you kiss the ice every now and then! And, the fence is the only hope. Your only lifesaver that you can hold on to, tight. Yet, you might still fall! Cause I did! ROFL.

I was perhaps the ultimate comedy of the rink that day. I had some random people helping me out and yet I was very determined to go head over heels, in the literal sense! 😆 Do you know how kids hold their parent’s hand on either side and go for a swing? I had people holding me exactly the same way and I swung too, hit the ice right away and laid flat! It was an eternal love I had for ice that day! OH MAN!😂

Now imagine ice and a terrified face!

My first time was an utter failure and I learned that ice skating wasn’t an easy thing to do. But I had so much fun and much more body aches the following days! 😛 So, when I got home, the grad school student in me asked me to watch some Youtube videos. Strangely and Gladly they helped me! I saw some tutorials and when I went the second time (Oh yes, I dared to do that! 😉 ) I started off by practicing the techniques mentioned in the videos and voila! I did manage to pull it off! 😀 I started with penguin walks and then made good progress.

TIP : Tighten your ice skates! It can be super difficult and your almost frozen fingers might hurt so badly while you try to tighten your skates’ lace in the rink. But, you must do it. If the skates are not tight enough on your feet then you’d fall!

Don’t you dare underestimate ice skating by seeing the little Swedish kids skating like a pro. These kids have been doing this for a while. The skill is probably in their blood…well. The key is to practice and to love the activity, which is the case with any new skill if you want to acquire. Trust me, Ice skating is so much fun!

After, managing to skate a bit, although I did fall down twice in my second time I decided to buy my own ice skates. It costs 70 SEK to rent the skates, and I managed to find a good deal for a pair of new ice skates at the Decathlon store for 250 SEK. And, this one is so much comfortable and easy to put on than the rented ones. So, if you think you might like ice skating then buying a new pair of skates is not a bad investment. Also, you can get good deals at Blocket for the second-hand ones. And, Most of the rinks are free if you have your own ice skates, which is awesome!

I had so much fun and am gonna go ice skating at least thrice a week till they close the rinks at the end of the winter. Apart from ice skating, skiing is something am eyeing next. I will write about it if I happen to try; which I think I would, mostly. If you haven’t tried ice skating yet, just go find a rink near you and yes, don’t forget to make sure it has the fence, it saves the life. 😀

 

Take care and happy skating!

Sindhu

PS : It helps if you have some experience roller skating! 😉