Andres Alonso Toledo Carrera
Ask Andres 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 hej! I’m Andrés Toledo, a Mexican student currently enrolled in the first year of the master's programme in Machine Learning. I obtained my bachelors degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Estado de México, located in the Valley of Mexico Metropolitan Area. The same day I was flying out from Mexico to Stockholm, I turned 29 years old and had to celebrate in a plane, so I consider my whole stay in Sweden as my birthday gift. I love music, sharks, having interesting conversations with other people, learning new stuff, and doing outdoor activities.
What made you choose KTH?
I held an engineering position in the automotive industry for 5 years, analysing and debugging data from powertrain control modules. The idea of doing a full-time master's programme had been in my head for some time, and with the incursion of AI in this and other industries, I decided that I wanted to be part of these future developments. When the time came to select a university, KTH was the one that stood out from the rest. Apart from being considered one of the best universities in engineering and technology, in the programme I can choose different courses depending on my interests, either specialising in a certain track or learning different implementation techniques.
Also, the opportunity of living abroad in a vibrant city such as Stockholm and getting to know the Swedish culture in its capital city were key aspects in my decision.
What do you like most about KTH?
Even before officially enrolling in the master's programme, KTH and its community was very supportive and reached out to help with any doubts or details needed for my arrival in Sweden. It was a pleasant surprise to note that this hasn’t changed at all during my stay – my classmates share the same teamwork culture, and professors do not hesitate in helping students with their academic endeavours and sharing their own experiences. This makes me feel more confident about my time in Sweden and in my studies.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
I’m amazed by how Stockholm merges the essence of a historical city with a high-energy, modern lifestyle. It’s such a diverse place and there’s something for everyone here, and the fact that you can walk or take public transport and get anywhere makes it even better. Also, I wasn’t expecting the local people to be so kind and helpful with foreigners, and I’ve already had several nice chats with local residents.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
I arrived in Stockholm on the last arrival day on a late flight, so after collecting my accommodation keys I had to move my bags to my new place. I met two other students who had just arrived and were going to the same place, so the three of us took the subway and a bus to get there. Since it was raining we helped each other with our bags and finding our way to our respective buildings and rooms. It all felt like a great adventure, which marked the beginning of a bigger adventure at KTH. The three of us remain close friends now, going out and cooking some evenings together.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
Although I am used to working in teams with projects and assignments, I’ve never worked in an environment as diverse as that at KTH, sharing similar objectives with my classmates but sometimes with different perspectives and methodologies. Furthermore, students here are encouraged to work at their own pace as long as deadlines are met, instead of spending mandatory time in classrooms. This allows one to have a better work-life balance.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for their master's studies?
My experience at KTH has been excellent, both academically and socially. Here you can further develop yourself professionally with great professors and facilities, but there are also tons of different activities that are promoted by the school that help with integration, ensuring that the time spent at KTH is of the highest quality. I have no doubt that anyone who enrols at KTH will be positively impacted by this experience.
Are you taking part in any student activities?
I have regular meetings with students from other programmes as part of a Buddy Group initiative, thus getting to know people with different backgrounds and objectives. I’ve also played in a volleyball tournament recently, and I’m currently planning on creating a musical project with some other students and with the help of my Student Union Chapter.