Ask Ugne questions about KTH and read more about her decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and her plans for the future.
My name is Ugne, and I am 24 years old come from Lithuania. I am pursuing my second year at master's programme Molecular Techniques in Life Science. Before moving to Sweden, I studied Molecular Biology at Vilnius University. I like travelling and exploring new places around the world.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
During my bachelor's studies, I did my thesis in industry. I worked with enzymes identifying their different characteristics. At that time, I had gained some 'wet-lab' experience. However, after graduating, I wanted to gain deeper knowledge in programming and data analysis. I started looking for a programme that includes 'dry-lab' experience but at the same time has some part of 'wet-lab' too.
Molecular Techniques in Life Science looked like the best fit for me. The programme offered an amazing balance between data analysis and some experience in a lab. Also, a very important point choosing a programme for me was that there is no need for an advanced level of programming skills applying, which I did not have. From my point of view, this programme is the best fit for you if you are looking for a balance between 'wet-lab' and 'dry-lab', concentrating more on data analysis and programming starting from the very basics.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
It is a joint master's programme between Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and KTH. Being a part of three universities is a great experience and one of the best aspects of this programme. By each semester in a different university, you are taught by the leading experts in their fields. From my point of view the change every semester helps to discover something new every half a year: changing the environment, meeting new people and discovering new places. Some lectures are joint with students from other master's programmes. In this way, you also broaden your group of friends. Furthermore, when you study in three different universities, you have access to courses, lecturers, and research institutes in all of them.
Another important aspect of this programme is that despite the fact that programming is a big part of the master's programme, the 'wet-lab' part still remains in another half of the lectures. In this way, it helps students discover what lab experience they like the most and what they would like to do in the near future.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
The first thing that jumps to my mind is the international environment. In my bachelor, all people in the course were Lithuanians, and we did not have any international students in the programme. Meanwhile, at KTH, I met a lot of interesting and unique personalities from all over the world. At this programme you meet a wide variety of people with different nationalities and different backgrounds, which makes my studies unique and amazing at the same time.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Very diverse! There are plenty of activities on the KTH campus that are mostly organized by the student union. You can be a part of the organizing team or participate in the events and having a great time with your friends. These activities and various events helped me meet many interesting people who are studying not only in my scientific field but also people from other master's programmes at KTH.
Besides all events on campus, there are a variety of places where you can go in Stockholm. There are plenty of events happening in different parts of the city, and everyone with different interests can find an activity for them. It can be a movie on Saturday evening or perhaps a jazz performance in a nice bar in Södermalm (one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Stockholm). You can always discover new activities in Stockholm – they never run out!
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
Choosing a university, education and quality of studies are significantly important. However, it is not all about that only. When studying your master's studies, you are part of an international community, sharing your knowledge and experience with others and having a great time. I think KTH is the best place for that. I am very happy that I have chosen to start my master's degree. I am still broadening my viewpoint, gaining various experiences, and meeting many interesting and individually unique people that make time here even more unforgettable.