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Teamwork…

One of the things I heard about studying in Sweden before coming was that Swedish Universities have a way of ensuring the students are engaged in projects that ensure they work in groups a lot. Is this true? Absolutely!

From the first week of lectures at KTH, we had to start creating groups for various seminars, laboratories, presentation and project. I have a group for laboratory and we chose ourselves again for another course in which we have to prepare for various seminar presentations. In the first period, I had to work together for a course that was solely based on presentation and report writing but in groups of two or three. In this second period, I have had to spend so much time with a particular group for a project that would be complete December 5th. For everyone in the programme, this last group has been the most demanding.

In the past two weeks, waking up and setting out to work in one of these teams has been the order of the day. I had a seminar, presentation, project deadline and the Armada event. The most interesting about these groups is the diversity. None of us knew each other before starting out and then, we all come together and achieve our set goal and the beautiful thing, I look back at all the meetings and see moments of pure laughter and fun!

Personally, I have learnt a lot of things from my various groups; ranging from technical skills to the lifestyle and culture of various countries. Also, the most intriguing thing which these group tasks have indirectly done for everyone in my programme is to build an accommodating and caring character in each person. Presently, everyone lives to see the next person be and do better. This translates to students helping each other understand their assignments so that they beat the never-ending deadlines. You see other students taking out time out of their busy schedule to ensure the next person understands a topic. This extends beyond the classroom as you see people planning weekend activities or helping out with other daily-life activities.

Below, are pictures from the three teams I mentioned in this post:

Brace yourselves; winter is coming!

The title of this post was the exact set of words that came out of my lips when I stepped out of my apartment on Monday –  “Winter is coming!” So, before now, we have had two different occasions of snowfall but not enough for most cameras to capture except in videos.

This week it snowed from Monday to Wednesday at KTH. Personally, I prefer when it snows than when it does not so you would know I had a pleasant week with the weather in those days:) The pictures below would show you more than I can explain of the beauty that lies in November as we embrace November 🙂

Apartment view -Monday morning
Monday morning – picture from the “early risers”

Then, the best part of my day was the snowball fight in the night! It was short but we laughed so hard and enjoyed every second of it:)

Tuesday welcomed us with this beauty:

Tuesday morning – view from my apartment window

Albina and I could not help it but take pictures as we stepped out on Tuesday morning. I had no idea that it was still snowing in the first place (before Monday ended, some places were already back to normal); so you can imagine my shock stepping out and seeing everywhere painted white.

 

View from Nymble

Pictures of  Syster & Bror on Wednesday:

On Wednesday, the snow started melting as observed above.

Remember, winter is coming! This is just the tip of the iceberg. Brace yourselves and prepare to have fun:)

Who Said Free Food?

As part of the “Stories and Seeds film-forums” from KTH, the third session will be presenting next Wednesday (November 29th) the film called “Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel” (2010). This movie…

…follows the activities of an underground network of ill people, desperate to create alternative methods of self-care in a world where natural resources are disappearing.

Interesting, right? Admission is free and this movie will be hosted by professor Cecilia Åsberg, chair of Nature, Gender and Culture at Linköping University and former director of the Seed Box environmental humanities hub.

Spread the word, there will be free refreshments! Hope to see you there at KTH Library (18:00), Stockholmers!

Look at the event of fb here. Don’t forget to subscribe!

 

KTH Formula Student – Design Presentation ’17-18

The big day is here and its tomorrow!

A new year, many new faces in the team and of course a new car too!

After a few months of many brainstorming sessions and an elaborate design process, finally, we, The KTH Formula Student team, are ready with the design of our upcoming car eV14! And, we will be presenting the design of our car to the world, tomorrow. So come meet us and be mind blown!

When?

22 November 2017- 6 PM to 8 PM

Where?

Brinellvägen 28A, Undervisningshuset, våningsplan 2, KTH Campus

What to expect?

  • Learn about our car
  • You can also meet our car 🙂
  • Meet our partners
  • Meet our team
  • Meet our alumni
  • Enjoy some food!

Here is the link to our event page on facebook.

Making a new car every year is not an easy job to do and at the same time is the most fun thing a student can be involved in, definitely! We learn from our alumni, we learn from our mistakes and practical learning is the most valuable outcome of being a part of such an amazing student project. So, now that we have completed our design phase, it’s time to start our manufacturing process. It’s time to get our hands dirty to build the beast of a car that it will be, The eV14! The fastest, safest, most robust, rule-compliant and the smartest formula student car ever made!

Making the “Awesome Car” is our goal! And, no compromising on the awesome part. You’ll know when you see it 🙂

So, at the event, you can meet all of our subgroups within the team, like powertrain, electronics, machine design, vehicle dynamics and more. Talk to us, ask us questions and give us ideas. We learn from each other and we grow together!

Btw, We have a big announcement to make at the event. A huge step in the history of KTH Formula Student. An embarkment that will lead to a great achievement! Know more about it at the event, let me not break the surprise now.

So wear your snow boots and walk to Brinellvägen tomorrow, see you all at the presentation.

Cheers!

~Sindhu 🙂

PS: Have you read my old post about the team? click now!

THS presents ARMADA…

Are you as excited as I am for the events coming up this week? You should be! Remember I mentioned in this post that upcoming details on Armada soon? Well, keep reading as Armada holds on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

WHAT IS ARMADA?

It is the largest Scandinavian career fair hosted by Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår (THS)  at KTH Royal Institute of Technology every year. This year, there are 171 companies in total and you can find the list of participating companies here. I love the way the list is split into categories. Hence, you have an idea of what companies fall in line with your reason for being at the fair. Also, clicking on each logo gives you a short description of the company alongside its precise location at the fair.

Downloading the app, “THS Armada” ensures you gain easy access to the above information. Also, it offers you an opportunity to find the top five companies that match your interests by taking a short quiz.

OPENING HOURS

21st of November: 10:00 – 16:00
22nd of November: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: Nymble and KTH Library

There are other events that would take place during the fair which include:

  • Internship pitch

Invited companies will present their internships, trainee programs and summer jobs.After the companies have presented their pitches, there will be a mingle where you get the opportunity to learn more about the companies and build relationships for the future. Participating companies for the Internship Pitch are Arup, BillerudKorsnäs, Capgemini, Essity, Qliro Group, Seavus, SKF, Swedbank, Teracom & Viaplay.

TIME: 9:00 -10:00
VENUE: K1, Teknikringen 56, floor 3
Registration is still open

  • Individual Meetings

This presents an opportunity to have one-on-one talks with companies you are interested in. However, registration for this event is closed. Those who would be attending would have the opportunity of having a 20-minute dialogue with participating companies individually.

There’s this cool thing about THS Armada.It is certified as an eco-labelled event. I had a post on sustainability, in which I said that everyone has a part to play and can take steps towards acheiving the global sustainable goals by 2030 and as an attendant on THS Armada’s event, you can contribute to a more sustainable environment by the following options:

  • Always chose vegetarian options – THS Armada only offers 100% vegetarian food at all events.
  • Walk, bicycle or chose the bus/metro instead of taking the car.
  • Chose tap water instead of bottled water.
  • Avoid standby on your technical devices (phone, computer, tablet..)
  • Sort your waste
  • Turn the light off when you leave a room
  • Only buy what you really need and take care of what you have.
  • Take good care of each other

(as listed on the Armada website)

Fernando. Goes. Vegetarian!?

Eating meat jeopardizes our own future destroying our ecosystems and releasing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) to the atmosphere [LOTS OF GHG]. As simple and straightforward as that. There’s not much to debate about this, because is simply true!

As a young Mexican man living the Swedish dream, I find myself in this constant dilemma about eating meat; first of all because is soooo expensive to buy it here, second, because it destroys (REALLY) our planet, and third, because here I find myself in this beautiful paradise of environmental friendly healthy food alternatives… and veggie Swiss roomies haha (I’ll explain this in a bit).

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) recently estimated that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global GHG emissions.

14 freaking point 5 per cent! That 1Kg of beef you ate last week, as stated in statistics of the Green Life Travel (2013) site, represented a consumption of,

It’s really hard to see these numbers when you come from a country where a lot of people (including me) tend to consume meat almost everyday. So what is Sweden actually doing to me? Well, here are some images of how Stockholm’s healthy and environmental friendly lifestyle is impacting on my daily cooking!

For example, this boiled rice with vegetables, olives, sweet-mexican-spicy sliced onion and some avocado aside.

Coconut-oil fried vegetables mixed with potatoes and beans.

Fresh salad with vegetables, nuts and vinaigrette dressing.

At the beginning, I really thought it was going to be hard to start changing my diet habits, but taking it step by step, I’m reducing the amount of meat I eat per week. When it comes about my roomies (long story short), I live with these 2 healthy Swiss guys that also study Sustainable Technology. They have proved to me that a free-meat diet, can also be really tasty. They are way more skilled than I when it comes to cook vegetarian though. Still, I feel the social and environmental pressure from them (haha) to step up with my green diet.  

Conclusion, no, I’m not demanding you to stop eating meat, but just to look at the facts, try alternatives that are healthier, reduce your consume, and spread the word! Even though you don’t feel like doing it, someone might be brave enough to try it!