Erik's thoughts about Skövde
Where are you from?
– Originally, I am from a small historical town in Albania called Berat, which is one of Albania’s main cultural centers that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. However, I was born and raised in the capital of Albania, Tirana.
How is it to study in Skövde?
– For me Skövde is the perfect place to study. Since it is a small town, I can find anything I need in walking distance and get back to what I was doing right away. It offers plenty of activities but for me the best way to relax is to go take a walk and enjoy the beautiful nature that Skövde offers. Then get back to work feeling refreshed. Skövde is a quiet place and away from distractions. This is why I think it is the ideal place for me to develop my skills and myself.
Why did you choose to study this programme?
– The story begins with me being a very curious kid that is absolutely in love with nature and wants to learn everything about the fascinating world of living things. I enjoyed biology a lot, but something was missing that I could not find. I ended up watching a Ted talk in YouTube titled "Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology". There I discovered that what was missing was creativity. I learned how I could use Biology and Technology to create and built a safer and a more sustainable world. The Molecular Biodesign Program seemed to "fill the empty space". Therefore, I chose it with the hope that one day I could use the knowledge I would learn to help my planet and the living things in it.
What do you want to do for work in five years?
– I would like to work for a research institute within the field of environmental biotechnology. I would also like to be part of a University and share my knowledge with other students.
What tips would you offer a new student?
– Studies are important, but it is also important to take some time for yourself. To socialize, exercise, to eat healthy, travel and so on. These things are as much important as your studies. Try to keep a balance by organizing your time well and by prioritizing what is more important at that moment. Also, take part in school activities, do not hesitate to ask the school staff for anything, and be updated through the socials networks.
What is the biggest advantage of studying at a small school like the University of Skövde?
– A small school like the University of Skövde, gives you the opportunity to have more communication and cooperation with the professors and other students.
What did you know about Sweden before you moved here?
– I did not know much. I got to learn a lot about Sweden only after I moved to Skövde.
What was the biggest surprise to you about being a student here?
– I was surprised by the University campus, nature, cleanliness of the city and its quietness. Also, the student sittings were a big surprise.
How do you like the student accomodations?
– I like that the apartments are located in short distance to the University, train station, city center and stores. That the rental price is affordable, and it includes both water and electricity. I like that I am part of a big community of students but at the same time I can have my own privacy in my apartment. I also like the common spaces in which you can socialize with other students, play games, or organize parties.
What do you do in your free time?
– Go for walk or running, listen to music, read, watch movies and travel.
What is the best thing about the University of Skövde?
– The University faculty members.
What is your favorite course you have taken at the University of Skövde?
– My Bachelor Thesis Project and the Molecular Biodesign 2 course.
Describe your programme in three words.
– DNA, RNA, Proteins.
Feel free to contact Erik with questions or thoughts!
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