An ending, a new beginning, unknown country and unfamiliar culture. An air of excitement and a storm of anxiety. A 17 m^2 home and a country with a population of the city I lived in. Hej hej, tack and ursäkta; new languages and new faces. The campus filled with high dreams and ambitions, and soft smiles and amazing friends. Well, a year in Stockholm is an experience that I would cherish for a long time.
It started three years ago when I wanted to move to a country that had the best work-life balance and high-quality educational infrastructure. Scandinavia was on the top of the list. After being rejected the first time because of mix up with my documents, I was finally admitted to KTH in the spring of 2019.
My first impression of KTH was that it is a safe space for students to experiment with their academic journey. It offered various opportunities, many of which through the Master programs and lots more through the various campus activities such as KTH Innovation, research laboratories, networking with industries. I felt it to be a place which nurtures great professionals and a place to build great relationships.
The everyday classes did challenge my understanding of basic theories allowing me to experientially relearn everything. The group projects provided with a diverse perspective that allowed my thinking to broaden across the horizons. And the examinations was practical based instead of endless memorisation of theories which greatly reduced the stress on students.
Stockholm has a lot of untouched nature inside and around the city. It provided me with solace to assimilate the overwhelming interaction on campus. And the city is filled with friendly people. It feels relatively safe to be travelling even at 2 am on a Wednesday night.
Being in Sweden allows one to travel to the EU countries. My first encounter with northern lights was during a cruise trip to Helsinki. The german alps left me in awe of its mountains. Walking the king’s trial in Northern Sweden and climbing Kebnikaise (the highest mountain in Sweden: 2100 mts) are just some amazing things I got to do.
I can easily say that this one year is one of the most creative phases of me in recent times, a year filled with academic and personal growth. And I am excited to see what another year has in store for me. 🙂