Still in the feels of your recent notification? If I were you, my answer would be yes! In my last post, I mentioned that I would inform you what exactly I did next after receiving the congratulatory message.
I remember after receiving my acceptance email, a few days later a student from KTH wrote to me asking if I would love them to call me to answer any questions I might have. I had a ton of questions but I must admit that I found it a bit weird that a student from the school took the initiative to send an email to solve this problem. This weirdness could be attributed to the fact that I had other offers from different universities and I didn’t receive such mail from any of them.
I was one of the students who gave it some deep thoughts before replying the Call-Up week mail. If you are reading this right now and you still have not scheduled to talk to the student who reached out to you, I ask, “what are you waiting for?”
I know there was a webinar on Monday and most questions have been answered but if you have a few questions that you felt were not addressed, this is one of the opportunities in which you have someone dedicated to answering your questions from their personal perspective as a student.
I know in certain places around the world, KTH will actually visit so that you can ask questions related to the transitioning process to Sweden. You can see the dates and countries here. KTH did not come to Nigeria. However, I was contacted by the Embassy of Sweden for a similar pre-depature event . I believe this might be the case for other international students whose residence countries are not on the list given above.
This was very useful also as I received practical information regarding the residence permit process and exact timelines to work with, to ensure that I receive my residence permit before the scheduled arrival days. Also, alumni from different Swedish universities were present and shared useful tips which helped them as new students in a new environment.
In other words, I spent the first three weeks after the notification results, asking questions and finding out what next steps were needed and in what order. If you think about it, this is the phase every admitted student should be in as the application for accommodation and every other needed step doesn’t actually start till May. Therefore, you have enough time to soak it all in now:)
So, you have heard it first hand…First thing I did was take advantage of the call-up week and next was to attend the pre-departure event in my country.
If you have a specific topic you would like me to address next in these series of posts of helping you transition through my experience, let me know in the comment section 🙂
P.S: For European students, I would say the accommodation search starts now.The advice is always, “the sooner, the better 🙂