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Brenda is 33 years old and has a dual citizenship, Brazilian and Portuguese. She originally graduated as an architect and urban planner at the University of Amazon (Unama), and did her first master's degree at Estadual University of Campinas (Unicamp). She then got interested in Safety Engineering and studied Occupational Safety Engineering at the University of São Paulo (USP) before coming to Sweden. 

Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?

After I got interested in Occupational Safety Engineering, I looked for a master's in this field. KTH has an excellent programme in Technology, Work and Health with two paths, Work Environment Engineering and Human Factors and Ergonomics.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

It is a multidisciplinary programme. And it is also an international master's programme, with people coming from different backgrounds and cultures. This diversity makes our studies more enriching.

How is student life in Stockholm?

Amazing! Stockholm is a multicultural city. Surrounded by beautiful nature, it has a really good public transport system and many cycling paths. I was amazed when I discovered that even some boats are included in public transport!

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

We do a lot of practical works where we need to make contacts with companies and analyse real-work environments. That is fantastic. Meeting new people with different backgrounds and experiences makes our discussions deeper. I feel like a new world of possibilities are open up to me.

What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?

Come to experience one of the best times in your life! Don't be afraid of the cold weather. It is just a matter of putting on the right clothes. KTH is well prepared and structured for receiving new students from all around the world. I felt welcome with lots of support. The master's programmes are focused on practical, and you experience real-world challenges with the assist of your teachers.