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Martin

Ask Martin 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.

Hello everyone! My name is Martin, 24 years of age and born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, but with roots from Wenzhou, China. My educational background is very varied since I am currently pursuing a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering in the systems track. I have a bachelor's degree in Design and Product Realisation where both degrees are from KTH! I generally love experiencing new stuff. It could be music, food, drinks but most of all, cool tech gadgets. Unfortunately, this tends to be an expensive habit, but it is all worth it in the end.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

One of the best aspects of the programme is the amazingly talented people you meet in your studies. The programme gathers some of the most brilliant men and women from all around the world, and that is something you will feel when you work with your course mates here. Having these people around you gives you the opportunity to develop and improve yourself as a student and as a future employee, for example, by learning how other people work and how they all approach problems in their unique way.

Another aspect of the programme that I love is the helpful lecturers and course assistants that I have had. I have personally experienced that they have been available for questions and discussions whenever I needed them. In addition, they have been reasonable and listened to the feedback from the students, such as extending deadlines if it made sense.

Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme? 

I am a person that loves to optimise stuff in my life in general. It could be optimising my MATLAB code to run as efficiently as possible to optimising my trip to IKEA. Therefore, I was sold when I saw the systems track and all of the different types of optimisation courses they offered.

One more thing that attracted me was the freedom to choose the courses one wanted to take. There were not many requirements on what you had to take, and there were a bunch of credits you could fill with what you desired. For instance, as I said before, I love optimisation, so I have taken almost every optimisation course available and not many aerospace courses. On the other hand, a coursemate studying the same track took a bunch och space courses and control theory courses since that is what he loves. In other words, the systems track is super flexible, and it is great!

What are some of your favourite courses so far?

My favourite courses so far have been all of the applied courses, such as applied linear optimisation, applied nonlinear optimisation and applied systems engineering. These courses have been a joy because it has been insightful to apply the mathematics I have learned from my undergraduate to real-life applications. It has also been super fun and interesting to have utilised tools and software used in the industry to apply and solve practical engineering problems. I would say that I have learned to use more software in the past months than during my whole undergraduate. I think that these courses have provided me with an edge in the working industry.

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

I would describe it as convenient and dynamic. The campus has been a pleasure to be at since it just feels so convenient. For example, I am someone that really likes to vary my study environment. There are times where I like to be surrounded by other students and hear people in the background while I study, and there are times when I want quiet and peace. Whichever mood I have, I know that I can find a comfortable study place that suits it. But also all of the restaurants, cafés and microwave on campus has made life super convenient for me. You never have to go more than 5 minutes to get a meal or a fika.

Additionally, every year, my lifestyle at KTH has been different for me, which has been refreshing. For instance, when I just started, I was lost and was learning how everything worked here. Later I felt more comfortable and started to enjoy the nightlife on campus, now in my last year, I explored new places on campus where I could study and appreciate all the stuff campus offers.

All in all, my time at KTH has been great so far. I have had tons of fun and unforgettable experiences. However, the most important part is that I have met a lot of amazing and bright people and made friends here that I most likely will keep for life.