Sweden's way of dealing with sustainability changed Farhana's perspective of thinking
Farhana comes from Rangpur in Bangladesh where she studied at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She studied the master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at KTH between 2014 and 2016.
Why did you apply to KTH?
When I started working after completing my Bachelor's degree in architecture, environmental and social issues in planning and design drew my interest. In searching for the way to move forward, this programme at KTH seemed very interesting and very much aligned with my interest. Studying in Sweden was also a factor as it is one of the leading countries promoting sustainability in different aspects.
What is your best tip for a new master's student?
Don't confine yourself only to the academic deadline, explore the streets, hang out with friends, enjoy the culture and environment and bring this experience into your studies.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
The way Sweden and Stockholm deal with sustainability and gender equality changed my perspective of thinking a lot. Experiencing the longest day time (during summer) and shortest day time (during winter) were also new to me.
Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised you?
I was surprised by how people enjoy nature both in summers and winter. They are crazy about sunshine as well as snow. People of all ages get out of their home to enjoy the sun and also to play in the snow.
Do you have a place in the city that you enjoy spending time at?
I love to walk around the city. Sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. I don't have a single favourite static spot; rather, I have a few favourite routes. One of them is Götgatan street. I enjoy walking around and also love to hear violin, brass or accordion played by street musicians.
Are you taking part in any student activities, if so please tell us a bit about them?
Apart from my academic schedule, I try to participate in seminar and discourse related to sustainability, justice and development. These activities always widen my knowledge and thinking with different scholars invited by KTH who are experts in sustainability and development.
What do you do in your spare time?
In most of my spare time, I try to visit new places. I try to sketch the streetscape to document where I've been.
What do you want to do after you have received your degree here at KTH?
I want to work in the field of environmental and social sustainability in the development sector. I would love to work with different development agencies in cooperation with governmental organizations as either consultant or researcher in Sweden or anywhere in the world. Whatever the position I take in future, the learning from this program, will help me to solve existing problems in the real world.
Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?
You need to be prepared for the dark and cold winter. Hobbies will be a lifesaver during this time.