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Hey there!

My name is Valerie, and throughout the year I will be sharing with you my experience as a student in Stockholm, thoughts on the Swedish way of living and reflections on my studies at KTH, along with my fellow digital ambassadors Claire and Declan.

Originally I’m from the southwest of Russia; I grew up near the Volga river, and despite common stereotypes about Russians, I’m not into cold at all, as it gets really hot there actually, up to 40°C during summer. However, for the last 6 years, I’ve been living in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, which is famous for its fantastic architecture, world-known museums like Hermitage, drawbridges, and ever-cool and gloomy weather. The city became home to me and is one of my favourite places on earth. I got my bachelor’s in Public Relations there, and this year I joined KTH to study Media Management. I’m also one of the SI scholars and will surely tell you more about this as well.

An absolute must-have for any newcomer at KTH — a picture in front of the main campus

Before moving here a couple of weeks ago, I’ve actually been to Stockholm only once. Still, it was enough for me to absolutely love the city! When I was walking down the streets of Gamla Stan and exploring the world’s longest art gallery (talking about the subway, of course) for the very first time, I was astonished by the beauty of difference that the city embraces, and then I just knew this was the place to be. It’s been a journey that took me a couple of years, but I’m happy I made it here.

As you might have already guessed by my major, I’m passionate about media, communications, marketing and everything related to that. However, I have many hobbies and love trying new things, for instance, writing scripts for screenplays, doing stand up comedy, and occasionally singing in karaoke. I may not be good at any of that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep trying, right? 🙂

I’m also crazy about travelling and getting to know new cultures. During my bachelors, I did an exchange semester in the U.S. and made friends from all over the world — I’m always up for meeting new people, so feel free to be one of them!

Stay tuned!

Valerie