Making the Best of Your Sektion

At KTH, everyone belongs to a Sektion, that is, to a student chapter. It is the student organization responsible for putting in place everything related to student life regarding parties, trips, job fairs, events to a specific school within the University. No one is required to engage with their chapter, but I highly recommend new students to do so.

I know it is harder for Internationals to join in. Lots of people are in the 5-year program and interact with the Chapter since day 1, all of them speak Swedish, and it might be hard to blend in. However, it is a fantastic way to meet people, have fun, and unwind during the most stressful times. Because as we all learned from The Shining:

And today I will show you a little of the Mediasektioner. Check it out!

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Osquarsgalan: My First KTH Gasque

Back in Brazil, I attended a small private school with the reputation of being “really serious.” They would never enforce student organizations or activities, so there was no academic life beyond the classroom. Things there seems to be changing, luckily, but this is not what I want to talk about.

The fact is that, previously to KTH, I had no experience with chapters and “student life.” But here things are different, and often you can find me at my chapter bar (the META), or playing with the sports association. For me, this has been a way to integrate and meet new people, as well as an excellent way to relax with classmates.

This past Saturday, I did a new thing, though: I attended to my first Gasque.

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What to Do When You Got Accepted to KTH

Ladies and Gentleman, the results are in: KTH have already sent the answer all the applicants. All the time spent gathering documents and recommendation letters, translating papers, and finding your way through the Swedish Application system came to that single email that lies in your inbox, hopefully, with a WELCOME in fat bold letters.

Anyway, the result came out in a Friday, so you already had time to celebrate and spread the world. Now it is time to get down to business and see what you should do next. Let’s do this?

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The Swedish CSN

There is no doubt that one of the major obstacles to study in Sweden is the funding. No only paying the University itself, already a quite a quite substantial amount, but also the cost of living, which starts with a really complex housing market.

Well, I have written about funding and scholarships before. But today I will talk about a different thing: the Centrala Studiestödsnämnden and how it can (maybe) help you out.

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Easter in Gothenburg

Depending on where you come from, living in Sweden means it is way easier for you to travel around. Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris. All of these great cities are 2 hours away by plane. But one thing that I would always recommend when living in Stockholm is to travel within Sweden. Go to those places you hardly would on a trip, that won’t be an alternative when considering vacationing in Europe.

That is one of the reasons I decided to go to Gothenburg and spend Easter there.

What I found was an amazingly charming city, with a feeling of a tiny, tiny town. Of course, being a holiday played a huge part in it, but streets were empty and silent as I would never expect. As a consequence, it was an extended weekend of long walks, eating and drinking well. Pretty relaxing, and definitely without that “tourist urge” of seeing everything in the least amount of time possible.

My plan now is to go back during the summer. I have the feeling that during long summer days the parks are full of people, and then I can also check out Liseberg, the city’s amusement park.

Anyway, here are some pics I took of the stuff I did there. I highly recommend going! Just one quick thing: everyone told me Gothenburg is windy and rainy, I think I got lucky because the days were beautiful.

Cool thing about Easter in Sweden, girls will dress as witches and give candies/chocolates to random strangers on the street.

Also, the city was decorated with feathers, which is really particular to Sweden.

Universum

Universum is a fantastic science museum, with lots and lots activities for kids. I loved how they approach biology and even built their own rainforest. I would say that, if you like science, it is a must. 

A common thing in Sweden’s museums is their focus on kids activities. Here you can see a kids quiz, asking about animals. And then a chemistry lab, where kids (and adults) could have some easy chemistry lessons and experiments. A great way to engage little ones.

Feskekörka

Feskekörka can be translated as a fish church, and it is the city’s fish market. I have to say I expected it to be larger, but in the end, the whole thing is just one corridor. Anyway, it was nice to sit there and eat some fresh salmon.

World Culture Museum

I wrote about the Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm, and the Världskulturmuseet is its West Coast counterpart. The museum focuses on different cultures and had a bunch of exhibitions this weekend. The main one was about feathers and how different societies used it throughout history.

Then there was another one called Crossroads, and it talked about how different cultures exchanged goods and shared experiences. It began talking about current refugees and these lifevests were really striking.

And of course, there was a special section for kids, with different activities and interactions. 

Botanical Garden

I also went to the botanical garden, but I have to say it wasn’t the best time of the year. As you might imagine, the flora is really season dependent, so lots of the garden areas were still closed (it is expected to be fully open in may). Anyhow, the greenhouse was pretty nice, as walking in nature to the sound of owls.

Göteborgs Konstmuseum

The art museum was a nice visit as well. It offered an interesting mix of artists, with a special focus on Scandinavian. I realized there how little I know about Nordic art and there is still a lot to learn. They also display some big shots, as Picasso, Rembrandt, Munch, Monet, and others. The collection also encompasses different time periods, so you would start with the 17th century and end up in liberal contemporary art. Totally worth the visit.

The Parrilla

Where I come from, we eat a lot of barbecues. And I found an amazing argentinian restaurant there, it totally feel like home. Remember when I stated there in the begining it was a weekend of eating well? This is what I meant.

The City

As I said before, the city was quite charming. It just feel good to walk around, and maybe these pictures will give you a little of that feeling.

Make Sure to Visit!

Gothenburg is totally worth the visit. It is a really cool city, with a nice vibe. If you can, make sure to drop by and enjoy it. If you are lucky, your days will be as sunny as mine were!

/tomas