Even though we’ve had some rainy and gloomy days spring is here and it’s only getting better from now on. Here are some colorful pictures I’ve captured on my walks when the sky was clear and the sun was out. I also borrowed some pictures from one of my corridor mates of places I’ve been but didn’t take pictures of.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and are looking forward to your own spring experience in Lund.
p.s. I would like to give photo credits for pictures 1, 8 and 10 to one of my kind corridor mates Nusara Intharakasedt and thank her for letting me share them with you all.
Studying often means long hours of crouching over the computer screen and spending a lot of time in lecture halls and libraries. I don’t know about you, but I really concentrate better and feel more alert if I do something active and move my body in between the study sessions. Therefore I thought I should share a few things that I like doing to stay active in Lund.
Walk around the hills of Sankt Hans Backar. There’s also a nice viewpoint from the top of one of the hills where you can see a lot of Lund.
Go for a bike ride outside of the city. Lund is surrounded by beautiful fields and farms, and a bike ride offers such an easy way to explore it. If you want a longer bike ride, you could bike to Lomma Beach and finish up with a swim too! The picture above is me when I biked to Lomma in the summer.
Visit the nature reserve Skrylle for a walk, bike ride or hike!
Join a gym – there are several gyms in Lund with lots of different classes and equipment. I was a member of Fitness 24/7 during my time in Lund and thought it was a great gym with lots to offer. Actic and Gerdahallen are also two other gyms.
Yoga classes – my old yoga studio unfortunately had to close due to the pandemic, but some of the gyms offer yoga classes, and there’s also Raja Yoga.
Climbing – both Lund and neighbouring city Malmö have some great climbing spaces, such as Klättercentret. I had never tried climbing before living in Lund but really enjoyed it, a perfect way to exercise the entire body!
Ps. Not all of the gyms are currently open due to the pandemic, so keep an eye on their websites for the latest updates.
When planning to start your studies abroad, housing is one of the most important things on the list that you need to start thinking about well in advance. Before moving to Lund, I didn’t have a clear idea of what it’s like to live in a corridor and share a kitchen or even shower with a group of people. In addition to the lower price of corridor rooms, just having this opportunity to meet new people seemed interesting to me. Now, it’s the fourth semester that I’m living in a corridor, in which I share a kitchen and a common area (a living room with TV) with 9 other students and I would like to share the pros and cons of living in a corridor from my point of view.
Pros Living with new people from all over the world with different backgrounds is a unique experience and you get this chance to learn about new cultures. During my stay in the corridor, I have met students from 10 different nationalities and become good friends with many of them. Isn’t it cool?! A shared kitchen always provides the chance of chit chats and small talk. When cooking or washing dishes, no matter at what time of the day is, most of the time you’re not alone. You can always find someone to talk to about your day, your plans for the weekends and many other things. International dinners, game nights, movie nights, TDC corridor parties are among the fun activities that you can arrange with your corridor mates. Besides all the advantages, corridor rooms normally have cheaper rents than studio flats and other types of housing.
Cons On the other hand, there are downsides too. One of the problematic things is cleanness. It’s not easy to keep the shared area in the corridor clean all the time if everyone doesn’t help. It’s important to clean the kitchen after yourself and to remember that you’re not the only one using the kitchen/shower and you need to be considerate towards your corridor mates. However, cleaning schedules and good communication can solve the problem to some extent but this is the main issue of conflict in many corridors. Another disadvantage is loud noises and parties which sometimes can be annoying when your corridor mates invite their friends over in the corridor and you want to focus on finishing an assignment or sleep early.
Choosing to live in a corridor has its pros and cons and, depending on your lifestyle or how flexible you are and the group of people you meet in the corridor, you may experience different advantages and disadvantages. But in my opinion, living in a corridor can be a lifelong experience that you will never regret!
Hello! Hope you’re having a nice start to spring, wherever you are in the world! I thought that I could give you a little update on my master’s thesis, which I am writing as part of my DRMCCA studies.
We have the entire spring term to write our master’s thesis. My plan for the writing and research has looked like this, in a simplified version:
Autumn 2020: decided on the topic, made a plan for the spring, started contacting people to interview. Started on the literature review, including reading up on our topic and making initial notes.
January: wrote the sections for the introduction, context, literature review and methodology. Also booked appointments for all our interviews.
February: conducted all our interviews (via Zoom), then analysed all the answers and wrote the results section.
March: analysed the results and wrote the discussion and conclusion sections. Submitted our first complete draft to our supervisors at the end of the month!
April: it’s now mid-April and we have just received back the feedback on the complete draft, and will use the rest of the month to edit and refine all the details.
Throughout the last few months, we have also read through and edited parts as we went along. Since we are writing in a pair, we have taken turns in writing different sections and then edited each others sections, and discussed anything that needed clarification. In May, we will submit the final version and in June, we will have a presentation of our thesis.
I have really enjoyed the process so far and it has actually felt less stressful than I had imagined. I think it has worked smoothly because we have been really organised throughout the process, and focused on making realistic progress each week. We have also communicated with each other through weekly (sometimes daily) meetings and haven’t been afraid to give any comments or feedback on each other’s sections.
My biggest recommendations to anyone writing a thesis is to 1) start early, 2) make a plan for the entire semester and set realistic daily/weekly/monthly goals, to always have an idea on what your next task is, but 3) be open to changes & flexibility if there are difficult obstacles.
If you have any questions about thesis writing, DRMCCA studies or student life at Lund University, feel free to drop them below!
I will continue with my posts about the courses in the Master’s program in Water Resources Engineering! This time I will talk about the courses in groundwater:
Groundwater engineering: This course makes you understand quite deeply the dynamics of groundwater movement and the geochemistry of soil and groundwater. It combines theoretical groundwater knowledge together with engineering problems related to some of the most common groundwater prospection tests that you will use afterward if you decide to pursue a career in groundwater. Even though the course itself is very theoretical, the exercises and field practices are very interesting and applied. It will give you a strong basic about hydrogeochemistry.
Groundwater modeling and contamination transport: This course is structured in small projects, where you will apply all the knowledge that you learned in groundwater engineering. With this course, you will continue learning groundwater through the programs: PHREEQC and GMS. From my point of view, it is interesting to discover groundwater modeling, although you will not learn programming skills, as you do not make the code for the models, you will only become a user of this software. You will, on the contrary, learn how to make a groundwater report and presentation, and how to work in teams.
Do not hesitate to ask me if you have questions! 🙂
Hej and congratulations to all newly admitted students!
In this blog, I want to show you one very nice destination for a day trip from Lund. It is called ‘Kullaberg Nature Reserve’ and is located a little bit north of Helsingborg, next to a small town called ‘Mölle’. This nature reserve is on a hill but also directly at the coast so beautiful cliffs are rising from the sea. I have been there twice already and I think it is just beautiful and worth going there! It differs a lot from the landscape in Skåne and the rocky landscape next to the sea are just impressive.
Soon the admissions results will be out, and I wish the best for all who have applied. In 2019, when I was admitted, I started to look for some photos of the faculty. In this blog post, I want to share a glimpse of how the Architecture and Built Environment faculty looks!
First, the name of the building! On the LTH campus, each building has a name like A-huset, V-huset, E-huset, etc. Huset literally means ‘the house’ in Swedish. ‘A’ stands for Arkitektur, ‘Architecture.’ A-huset is the house for the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has different programs. Two master programs of Architecture, Sustainable Urban Design, and the five-year Architecture program have their courses and studios.
IKDC and A-huset are connected with a bridge, so sometimes we use the other building facilities like Design Labs or Cafe.
The main foyer is where we usually have a gallery of the recent projects in some special courses. Here you can see some of the models for the course called Material and Detail 1. This course was an elective compulsory assigned to us in the Advanced Architectural Design track. You can read more about the course in the Program Curricula on Kurser.
There are four big classrooms located here as well.
We have a small but nice library close to the main entrance. You can find many books in the library, but it is easy to order an interlibrary loan even if you could not. in few days you can pick up the book you wanted. “If you want to borrow a book or article that is not available at Lund University’s library, it can be borrowed from another library in Sweden or abroad.” Library website. Moreover, Just in front of the library, there is a large computer room where you can usually find a spot to work if you need a computer.
The big hall is a multipurpose room. Here, We had lectures, seminars, exhibitions, and so on before the pandemic. It was usually the spot to gather with friends to have lunch and absorb some sunlight. Here, the building’s back entrance is very close to a bus station having buses going to Malmö. So it is straightforward to get to the faculty by bus.
Different workshops are located at the back of the hall, wood workshop, 3Dprinting workshop, painting studio are the main workshops we have. To use the metal workshop, extra laser cutters, or photo studio, we need to book them at the IKDC reception. You can buy some materials available at workshops or reception, but we usually purchased the materials from a store outside of the campus. The first days it took me some time to navigate between all places with similar hallways 🙂 but you’ll get used to it.
Let’s move to the upper floors; the second floor has a large dining hall equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, and sinks. When we were living in the regular times, this room was the busiest room during lunchtime with a queue for heating our food! Bryggen cafe restaurant is available at IKDC, where you can get a student price for the meals. However, eating every day at the restaurant is not budget-friendly. That’s why most of us bring food from home.
What about the studios?! For sure the most used space for any design student!! Some are located on the first floor (ground floor), and most of them are on the second and third floors. There are different rooms all connected. Depending on the number of students, some design courses take five rooms while others use only one or two. These photos are taken during the pandemic when we don’t use studios as before. You can also see how the number of tables is reduced to maintain the distance! We also have a coffee machine, microwave, sink, and printers in the studios. The good thing about the studio life before the Corona was that we could access them anytime with our cards, and each of us had a table and a locker. So it was a personal workspace where you could communicate with others while having your own space.
I wish we could have spent more time in the faculty. Hope that soon life goes back to its regular days. I hope you have enjoyed this little tour; feel free to reach out if!
It’s now been roughly one year since the first wave of the coronavirus hit Sweden, and when looking back at this year, I realise that it has affected my studies at LTH quite a lot.
Firstly, as for most of us around the globe, I have had distance studying for pretty much a year now, meaning every lecture, seminar, group work and other related events taking place online. I got to say that it has worked surprisingly well! All the teachers have really adapted their content in the best way possible, and luckily there is so much technology these days to facilitate the whole process too. We have even managed to have a lot of practical learning through exercises and scenarios online, and it has worked well. In the end, I don’t feel as if I’ve missed out on any learning just because it’s been online, even if I have missed being able to study in the library from time to time (some have opened by now).
Beyond this, my teachers have also integrated the ongoing pandemic into our studies, which has been really valuable, as it has allowed for learning in real-time. I have written a whole post about that here.
Perhaps the area of studies that has been the most affected have been my internship and thesis experience. My internship was initially supposed to be spent in Myanmar, and the plan was to then return to Myanmar for my thesis project. However, when I understood that this would be impossible, I was lucky enough to be able to adjust my internship to be done remotely from Stockholm, which I have written all about here.
My thesis topic then changed all together, because I found that it would be too difficult to do the kind of thesis I wanted remotely. It certainly has been a shame that I wasn’t able to spend this time in Myanmar that I had planned, but overall I am still so happy with how things turned out!
Do you have any questions on how LTH/Lund University have adapted studies during the pandemic? Feel free to ask in a comment below, or if there is anything else you’re wondering.
I hope you are doing alright! Now, when spring is finally coming and soon everything will be covered with beautiful flowers, I could not help myself not to share some of my favorite shots from the wintertime. This winter was very special since we had many sunny days and we got some snow as well! It may sound strange, but snow is not common for Helsinborg. We mainly have cloudy and rainy weather. However, this year the temperature was so low that even some parts of the sea, especially near the beach, were frozen. It was very beautiful and memorable.
Hope you are doing great. Today I am going to share my experiences about writing the final year project or master thesis at LTH. To begin with, the master’s program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management provides a platform to write your master thesis in collaboration with industries. It is a great way to build contacts in industries and implement your knowledge and skills into practice. The search for a master thesis is an important step, and a proactive approach is the best way to find a thesis opportunity at companies. A lot of ads are published on LinkedIn and on company websites which is a good way to find a thesis. Moreover, there is an official website at LTH where the ads for the thesis are posted and the applications could be sent to the recruiters. Talking to your professors and seeking their guidance is also an approach that is followed generally. They can direct you to the right contact person at companies and you can always share your thesis proposals and CV.
Once you have found your thesis opportunity it’s very important to choose the right methodological approach to conduct your research. Always make sure to discuss your research approach with your supervisors. It’s a key to achieve successful results. Always think about obtaining results that can contribute both to the academia and the company as well with which you are writing your thesis. Analysis and trustworthiness are other important aspect of your thesis. The deeper the analysis done for your thesis the more acceptable and trustworthy would be your results.
From my experience, it is always good to get a thesis opportunity in the industry. It helps you to get the right industrial exposure and build contacts at the company. Writing a thesis is an integral part of the master’s degree and would like to share some tips and tricks from my experience to getting an opportunity to pursue a thesis at a company:
Always be proactive in searching for the right thesis opportunities.
Start early on for finding the right opportunity. Starting in September is a good approach.
Choose your interest wisely and make interesting industry-specific thesis proposals. It is generally appreciated by industry professionals.
Keep checking the relevant links and thesis add postings. LinkedIn comes in handy.
Always interact with your professors. Let them know your interest and feel free to ask their supervision 😊
Make crisp and clear motivation letter and CV. It is the best way to make your first impression.
Hope this blog helps you all and feel free to add comments below in case you have any further questions 😊
Hello again! It has been a long time when I posted my last blog, for the last two months, I was occupied working on my Master’s Thesis. In this blog, I’m glad to share my own experience in finding a thesis job in a company.
Many students finish their Master’s Theis in a company, since it is a great help in gaining some working experience and also a great opportunity to get a job later on. There are already many posts on how to find the thesis and where to find it. While there are some tips that might not be stressed but I think it might worth pointing out.
The first thing is — Timing! You might remember that timing is a rather important factor in hardware design. It does so when you finding a thesis job. Based on my friends and my own experience, the positions will be posted out starting from September every year and burst in October and November. (It just matches the timeline for most students that intend to finish their studies in June.) From this point, you might need to prepare the application materials before this time. Also, don’t forget to frequently check the websites(Glassdoor, LinkedIn) and companies’ official websites(Ericsson, Axis, Sony, and so on…)
The comes to the subjects. The two main tracks in our program, analog and digital, you might have a preference and chose one in the IC project. Many of you might want to continue the same track in the thesis, which makes sense since it helps for finding a job after graduation. But the truth is that there are limited positions available in analog track. If you insist on doing your thesis in a company, it can be very difficult. I have known many people that work in different track in thesis and job, it really doesn’t that matter if you just want to gain some work experience through the thesis.
Last but not least, getting the information in any aspects! Talk to the senior students, ask their suggestions, and they know much more information about the job market. They can be willing to share with the lastest on-hiring companies they know in the related area. Also, you might be a compete with your classmates, but it’s good to share news with each other.
Feel free to discuss with me and welcome comments:)
In this blog I decided to write about some of my favorite youtube channels, which I consider, are very beneficial if you are planning to pursue EEBD masters program. When it comes to online resources, one can simply feel lost since there is a vast amount of data and yet so little time to review them all. Especially when you are not sure what you are searching for and you want to find general information about a specific topic. And to be honest, most of the time educational videos are boring to watch, therefore I always try to something that is short, informative, has a lot of animation and graphic resources.
Exploring alternatives share alternative living video content which is very interesting and inspiring at the same time. Their content includes videos about people and their real-life experiences living sustainably in tiny houses, RVs, vans and even in boats. Moreover, they post videos about zero waste living, off-grid living and passive houses as well.
I think Real engineering will be very beneficial for architecture students like me, who take their first steps in the engineering world. Here you can find very interesting answers to simple questions about climate, energy, materials and much more.
TED-Ed says that they are creating “lessons worth sharing” and I completely agree with them. Their content is so interesting and entertaining you can even watch it instead of Netflix. The thing which I appreciate the most is the unique animations and great storytelling techniques which make every complex topic much easier to understand. Compared to the channels I mentioned above, TED-Ed has more general content, however, they often speak about renewable energies, energy efficiency and other related topics.
The B1M, as the name suggests is more architecture and constructions oriented channel. They discuss very interesting topics with short informative videos. This channel helps me to stay up to date with the world’s latest architecture and construction achievements.
Engineering mindset is probably one of the most precious channels for me since it helped me a lot to understand how complex heating and cooling systems work. It is a really good resource, where every little detail is explained fundamentally, step by step. I especially recommend you to watch videos about heat pumps, HVAC systems and heat exchangers.
I hope you find these youtube channels interesting and inspiring. Please let me know if you have some more youtube channel suggestions in the comments below.