Annika's thoughts about Skövde
Where do you come from originally?
– I was born and raised in Dubai for 17 years, but I’m half Estonian and Indian by ethnicity.
How is it to study in Skövde?
– It’s a perfect study-life balance! I am able to concentrate on university related tasks, while also having a good amount of free time to pursue my personal passions. It’s definitely the place to be if you value life outside of studies.
What do you want to do for work in five years?
– I take a ‘go with the flow’ approach in life, and am eager to see what inspires me during my 3 year programme! However, in the grand scheme of things, I envision myself pursuing further education with a master’s and phd, ultimately working in my chosen specialised field.
Why did you choose to study this program?
– I’ve always been fascinated with anything related with bioscience. When I was applying to universities, I was intrigued when I came across the term ‘Molecular Biodesign’ – I’ve never heard of a concept like that before! The program description described it to be focused on biological concepts, and showed it to be relevant to the ongoing developments in technology and medicine. The world of science is evolving daily, and I believe this course can help me better understand and adapt to these changes!
Describe your programme in three words
– Hands-on, diverse and innovative!
What is your favourite course you have taken at the University of Skövde?
– Despite it being my first semester at university, I’ve already come to really appreciate the ‘Introduction to Molecular Biodesign’ course. In addition to a brief lecture focusing on theory, this course consisted of a laboratory session where we had the chance to conduct a PCR test to detect GMO in food! This course gives a great insight to the potential of the program, and what to expect in the next several years.
What do you do in your free time?
– Aside from my passion for science, I tend to spend my free time tapping into my creative side: I love reading, playing and listening to music, creating art, finding peace in nature, and spending quality time with friends and loved ones!
How do you like the student accommodations?
– I enjoy the fact that I can live amongst other students in the same building and area, whilst still being able to have my own personal space in my apartment. Like me, it’s perfect for people who love to socialise but also need their down time!
What is the biggest advantage of studying at a small school like the University of Skövde?
– The main advantage is that there is the opportunity for more meaningful and closer interactions with professors and staff members. This is especially beneficial in laboratory or practical settings, as there is always time for one-on-one interactions and individual guidance.
What is the best thing about the University of Skövde?
– Despite it being a small university and town, the cultural diversity is quite impressive – you can meet people from all over the world in such a small space. Everyday, I have the chance to learn and appreciate new things about different cultures!
What was the biggest surprise to you about being a student here?
– I was initially apprehensive before moving to Skövde, as I had concerns whether I would feel a sense of belonging as a foreign student. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find many other students in the same position, reassuring me that I’m not alone! The cultural diversity here has definitely made it easier for me to feel settled.
What did you know about Sweden before you moved here?
– I had very limited knowledge about Sweden before moving, not even knowing a word of the language. However, I was intrigued to find out more about the culture and was excited to learn through personal experiences!
What is the best thing about Skövde?
– The perk of living in a small town, consisting mainly of students, is the sense of community it encourages- it makes you feel valuable, and that you’re part of something special!
What tips would you offer a new student?
– I highly encourage creating and maintaining a personal schedule, to ensure you’re organised and on track with things university related and personal. However, university life is not all about studies- so enjoy taking part in activities, connecting with other students, and making the most out of the full experience! It’s all about finding a balance that works for you.
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