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Thank you, KTH

Done. Finito! As you can imply from the title, this will be the last post I’m sharing with you from this amazing space a.k.a. the international student blog. Two weeks ago I succeeded defending my thesis entitled Carbon pricing and the impacts on financial markets in front of my mom and friends; yes, my mom came all the way from México to watch me present my Master’s project [no pressure, right?].

Me defending my thesis.

The journey till this day has been a very pleasant ride which has taught me so many things. KTH is a leading technical university where you’ll find yourself immerse in a multicultural institution which will give you all the necessary means to become tomorrow’s brightest engineer, architect, scientist, you name it, the sky is the limit. I not only found here my best friend, but it was among its corridors where I grew up as a person committed to contribute positively to the World’s sustainability issues. Furthermore, Stockholm is a city full of magic. Its streets and their beauty displayed during the long summer days and snowy winter nights, will take the breath away from you at every possible moment; but, I’m sure you have read a lot about this in our blogs, haven’t you? 🙂 Nonetheless, you should enjoy your time as a student in this incredible university, as in a blink of an eye you’ll be in front of an audience presenting your 6-months long project as I just did.

Mom + friends after my thesis defense.

Now, walking down memory lane with you peeps, I would like to share with you my top 5 posts; as you remember, my entries in the blog had a special touch as I tried to talk most of times about general topics, while including environmental-related issues. I would have to say, that my top 5 posts are as follows,

5. Sustainability is a lifestyle. My very first post in this space. Wow! Looking back at it made me realize how my writing evolved, and also made me watch one of my favorite videos called “Nature is Calling”.

4. Fernando. Goes. Vegetarian? Unfortunately when KTH migrated from different platforms, the images got lost, but not the content. Despite the above, this post makes me realize that WE can reduce our environmental footprint that nothing is impossible.

3. Look at that Butt and The ballot bin. People and their smoking habits ft. Sweden and its creative waste management campaigns. Number 3 fav-post is a tie between 2 posts which remind me how plastic straws fall behind against the NUMBER 1 pollutant found in our oceans, cigarette butts.

2. The colors of Stockholm and the most recent one Stockholm Pride. Two posts with one year difference apart reminding us how openness and acceptance make Sweden a great place to live in!

1. *Drums rolling* Water Matters. One of the most incredible events I have experienced here in Stockholm, it was here, where I had the chance to listen to Johan Rockström (planetary boundaries) or Jan Eliasson talking about the challenges humanity faces in water-related topics like, water pollution, fresh water shortage, and so. I also had the chance to see Crown Princess Victoria 🙂

I swear I’m not crying haha. I hope you have enjoyed my posts and I also hope I have awaken in you a bit of curiosity about the environmental challenges we are facing, and those we will be facing in the near future. Now, no matter where we develop our professional life, is to us to fix this and contribute to a sustainable society. You may be wondering what are my next steps, and well, after finishing here at KTH I have been invited to join the international financial consultancy where I did my thesis; here, I have been working within responsible investing and ESG research analysis. I do believe investors (from a top-down approach) have a lot of power to drive society towards sustainable development.

Thank you for reading me, and thank you for the journey. Despite I won’t be here with you, new amazing bloggers will keep your feeds updated with the latest news from KTH, Stockholm, and Sweden <3

From Stockholm with love <3

What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?