Ask Felix 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.
Hi, my name is Felix, and I am 25 years old. I am from Konstanz in Germany, and I have been studying the master's programme Sports Technology since August 2020. Besides the distance lectures, the programme is taught on the main campus, at GIH and Flemingsberg. Before Sweden, I graduated from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences with a bachelor's degree in engineering. I like all kinds of games and am passionate about sports. I train for a triathlon, and occasionally I play basketball and try my luck on a skateboard. Right now, I am working as a summer intern at Nordic Forest Games, a small company with the mission to give people happiness and health through movement-based games.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
I wanted to study something that makes me happy and that I have a passion for. The combination of sports and technology was exactly what I was looking for. Also, from personal experience, I know how much fun it is to use, e.g., a sports watch and workout and health apps to track my activities, see progress and get motivated to work out more. The possibility to create and work with technologies like that sounds like a great career to me. In addition, I have a personal connection to Sweden and love the culture and nature here. So, all in all, choosing this programme was very easy for me, and I am more than happy that I was admitted at KTH.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
It is great how many different subjects we can choose. We learn about computer science, mechatronics, and sports science and you are very free in choosing the courses you like. That way, you are gaining many new skills and finding out what you are really interested in and want to focus on in your future career. Furthermore, most teachers embrace the learning by doing mentality. Although it can be challenging, I like this approach, and with the right resources, this is the most sustainable and rewarding way of learning new things.
What are some of your favourite courses so far?
The course "Mobile Sports Applications and Data Mining" was fun because you learn how to develop apps for mobile phones, which is an excellent and useful skill to have. In this course, we worked on multiple individual and group projects. We programmed a weather app, a small game and later learned how to make apps connecting to external sensors via Bluetooth. The latter is especially useful to create sports and health applications. Apart from the technology courses, I also liked the "Sports and Exercise Physiology" course taught at GIH. I enjoyed this course because I learned things that are not only useful for my professional career but also directly applicable in my own workouts. Usually, the theoretical work would have been complemented with hands-on lab sessions and performance tests at GIH. Due to the pandemic, those sessions were cancelled. I hope this will be possible again for the next generation of students, as it sounds like lots of fun!
How is student life in Stockholm?
When I started, KTH organised a lot of events for international students. I tried out innebandy (English: floorball) and participated in some game nights. It was lots of fun and a nice way to get to know new people. If you have the chance, you should sign up for as many of those events as possible. During the pandemic, student life is a bit different. However, especially in the summer, it is always possible to meet up outside and go for a hike or bike ride together or find a nice place to have a fika with friends. In the winter, it is nice to go cross country skiing or ice skating.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
So far, I have had a really good time at KTH. I am very happy with my choice to study Sports Technology here. The first semester was full of exciting group projects and lab work, while the second semester was more individual and remote work. I greatly improved my tech skills, learning both how a computer and how the human body functions, and met very nice and like-minded people.
What do you want to do after graduating?
After graduating, I want to apply my learned skills and develop new sports and health technology. Maybe even develop some movement-based games. I always want to continue to learn new things and have fun with what I am doing. I think KTH and the sports technology programme prepare me well for that and are pushing me in the right direction.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
I really like this place. Even with the pandemic going on, KTH made me feel welcome and part of the University. KTH is very organised, and the facilities and laboratories are well equipped. Many courses are taught in English, and lots of freedom makes it easy for international students to find interesting subjects. I can only recommend you study here. Everybody interested in sports and likes to boost their tech skills should consider the master's programme Sports Technology. It is lots of fun! Also, Sweden is a lovely place to live and offers many activities outside university life!