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Sweden's position in sustainable systems development took Alejandra to KTH

Alejandra from Mexico City is studying the joint master's programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT). She thinks that programmes wide set of opportunities for second year specialization at one of eight different partner universities is one of the greatest aspects of the programme.

What made you decide to start studying at KTH?

Whilst searching for master’s opportunities through Europe related to the energy sector, I found that Sweden is one of the leaders in sustainable systems development. KTH ranked as the best engineering school in Sweden when I was applying and there was no question that I wanted to study at the best university in the country.

How did you decide which programme to choose?

One of the key points for my decision was the option to have mobility during my studies. SELECT offered many options through its consortium formed of other top European universities. Additionally this master's offers a double-award degree which is very attractive for my professional boost.

What do you see as the greatest aspects of your programme?

As mentioned before I think SELECT offers a wide set of opportunities for second year specialization in eight different partner universities. The diverse fields of specialization bring together engineers with various technical backgrounds in the first year, creating an interesting mix of cultures and experiences. This increases the exchange of knowledge and ideas and gives greater value to the international experience.

How do studies here at KTH differ in comparison to your previous experience?

There is a different method of education here at KTH, I have found to be an independent self-taught approach. In my particular case this was confusing at the beginning, as the last three years I had been dedicated to a full time job. This new set-up required me to first adapt to the student life again and on top of this, create new study habits. Now I find this system to be very adaptable which let me organize my time in any way I want.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

I love the green fresh feeling of finding woods and lakes in the middle of the city. Coming from a huge city as Mexico City, I find Stockholm small in size; however, I can still experience the multicultural atmosphere and am surely able to find many activities throughout all year. All without that crowded city feeling.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised you?

The sun seems to be lost for many months… But when spring gets closer and we start to enjoy some sunlight, you can definitely see the change of mood in the people. Despite the weather conditions, I was surprised at the many options of indoor activities that you can find throughout the city.

Do you have a place in the city that you enjoy spending time at?

I enjoy walking through Södermalm streets, where you can find cozy coffee shops to have a fika. Plus of course take a walk in any park or forest when I need some time off studies.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH?

Normally I have around two lectures per day; there is no fix schedule or the courses, so this can vary from time to time. When I have time between classes I prefer to spend the time working on assignments and projects in school facilities. By the end of the day I hang out with my building roommates while cooking and eating dinner, which surprisingly takes up more time than imagined!

Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?

If you are in Stockholm I strongly recommend participating in the Nobel Week Dialogue, is a completely free event that gathers top researchers of the world and you have the opportunity to attend their conferences.