Ask Calin questions about KTH and read more about his decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and his plans for the future.
Hej! I am Calin Capitanu, a twenty-year-old student at the bachelor's programme in Information and Communication Technology. I come from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where I have just finished my high school. I fill my free time with things such as playing the guitar or hanging out with friends and even learning new stuff (not necessary related to my studies). Traveling is also one of my other passions, but it is hard to maintain that.
What made you choose KTH/Stockholm/Sweden and your programme?
It all started with my clear intention of studying abroad. It all went systematically from here. I decided I am not going to leave Europe, I wanted to choose from the countries that I visited beforehand, and then I concluded that Sweden is one of the most balanced countries for my needs. So far, it indeed is! My interest in computer sciences started in 2009 (at a quite young age of only 10) and starting in 2011 I already knew that I would apply for an informatics-related high school and for a more specific computer science degree later at university. KTH was the most obvious choice because it is prestigious and well known for its quality, ranking as one of the best engineering universities in Europe.
What do you like most about KTH?
I am going to state this clearly from the beginning – I get the help I need. Being less dramatic, this is basically what summarises my experience here; I never feel lost or behind. KTH is such a friendly environment, starting from the students and all the teachers. The teaching here is incredible, including a lot of practical stuff (labs, projects, seminars) and great explanations given from the teachers. It is also really nice to see how students study together and how they help each other. The well-equipped campus is also really helpful. KTH basically creates one of the best environments for you to study, but from here on, it is your responsibility to do so.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Stockholm is one of the most welcoming cities I have ever been to. And moving here was a piece of cake. There are a lot of activities around, and I usually attend a lot of those put on by KTH’s Student Union, but there are plenty of other things around. The diversity is incredible, and the people are really helpful and friendly. I was kind of surprised (in a positive way, obviously) by the number of people speaking English here. Overall, Stockholm and Sweden are a really good place to live.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
There have been a lot of student activities that I have enjoyed here. The one that surprised me the most was the well-organised reception. I was definitely not expecting to be welcomed in such a way, but I am not going to give away a lot of details as it should be an experience for every new student.
There has also been this event called Sjöslaget (translated to Naval War), which I enjoyed a lot. It is basically a trip to Finland with a lot students on a boat. You can imagine this is a really fun experience where you can meet a lot of new people and make new friends.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for bachelor’s studies?
I guess that if you have come this far into reading this, you most probably are interested in applying to KTH. I can only encourage you to go on and do it, and there is nothing that could go wrong. It is an amazing experience that in my opinion everyone should have.
Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?
My dream actually would be to not get a job. I know, it sounds funny, but it isn’t. I so much hope I can get my own business going as soon as I finish university.
What dreams do you have for the future?
This goes well with the question before. My dream is to inspire, to help, and to create something for people. For the moment I have no clue what that would be, but I hope I will find out during my time here at KTH.