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The Summer of 2020

Never in my wildest of dreams did I expect a summer like a summer 20″. The plans I made in February flipped, wobbled and turned around like a ride on the roller coaster. Although being a student at KTH and the lockdown policies of Sweden did make the season an eventful one and one that’s worth remembering. It was a balanced journey of personal and professional growth. So here is the list of fun activities I was doing in the past few months.

  • KTH Innovation: Since I am part of the KTH innovation preincubation program, the case I am working on got reasonable funding that enabled us to proceed with coming up with a proof of concept by manufacturing and testing it in real industrial conditions. It is a great learning experience for me as a student and individual to lead my own company towards a bigger vision.
  • EIT Climate KIC Journey: This is a 4-week residential program where participants travel across cities in Europe with a focus on climate action, system transformation and innovation. However, this year it was a digital journey facilitated on zoom (yet equally interesting). I had an amazing opportunity of meeting people who are working on sustainability and was also exposed to solving climate emergency with a team of highly talented participants. The main take away was the great relationships developed during the journey and of course a dramatic change in perspective in the field of sustainability.
Great fun filled learning with EIT Climate KIC Journey
  • Trekking the Kungsladen trail and climbing the highest mountain in Sweden: This was a journey that would stay in my memories for years to come. The proud fact is that after walking for 125 km in 8 days with a 24kg rucksack, I was on the peak of Sweden on 18th August 2020, which was exactly the day I landed in Sweden a year ago. It was an ode to everything that’s happened in the past 365 days and much more to come.
The mountains that felt like home

Although the summer of 2020 was nothing as expected, it was much more that I could imagine. And being at KTH, there is always an opportunity passing by which can contribute to our growth. With the classes starting, it would be back to the academic mode with fun activities with class peers along with tons of assignments, readings and examinations. Wishing everyone the best, here’s to a new semester at KTH!

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

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