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Sara comes from Poland. Before coming to Sweden, she graduated with honours from her bachelor's programme in Architecture at Queen's University Belfast. Currently, she writes and illustrates for Osqledaren, a student magazine at KTH.

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Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?

For me, it was important that the school that I would attend had to be exceptional. One thing I was pleasantly surprised with about KTH was that it's truly more than just a great score on paper. It is a school full of life and ambition. I often find myself being inspired by my colleagues and fellow students, both in Architecture and beyond.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

The freedom and accessibility to try new things. The Architecture programme offers a wide variety of modules and classes you can pick from, and the teachers encourage you to follow your own intuition and interest within the assignments. No matter your field of study within Architecture and what intrigues you, you will definitely find a studio that matches that. 

How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?

The main difference I noticed is the experience of stress. The Swedish approach to learning and putting REST and mental health before education is much healthier than any of my previous academic environments. Here, at KTH Architecture School, I finally feel like I am someone more than just a student. The school encourages a 9-5 "work" system, where you make sure to get enough sleep and "normal" life outside of university to remain inspired and energized. 

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

It's so different from what I expected - in a good way. At first, I was feeling imposter syndrome, thinking I might feel out of place at such a renowned university. Now after completing my first year of Architecture Masters, I have to say those concerns were unnecessary. Everyone that attends the school has been admitted for a reason. All the students I have met so far have been incredibly talented and eager to learn! I have found the school to be inviting and encouraging in starting new endeavors. I can fully express myself through design, writing, and representation at KTH. As cheesy as it sounds, it has felt great to be appreciated for who I am by students and educators alike.

What would you like to say to students considering choosing KTH for master’s studies?

Trust your instincts. If KTH "feels" like the right choice, go with your gut, because it will likely be one of the best decisions in your academic career. Don't be intimidated by the impressive stats or cloud your mind with doubts. As soon as you attend those first few classes in the subject you love, you will realise you are in the right place.