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SI Alumni Profile: Elena Shabrova, Russia

Name: Elena Shabrova

Country: Russia

When, where & what did you study in Sweden:

I did my master studies in Business Administration: Strategy and Management in International Organizations at Linköping University in 2010-2012. After graduation I also took a one year full-time program Qualifying Course in Swedish.

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SI Alumni Profile: Dhruba Jyoti Borah

Name: Dhruba Jyoti Borah

Country: India

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:
I studied Masters in Industrial Engineering & Management with a specialization in Innovation Management at Linköping University, Sweden (2013-2015). Read more » >>

Reminiscing Ramadhan in Linköping

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadhan this year in Indonesia. People are excited! Some are eating feverishly these past few days as they cannot do so in the daylight starting tomorrow. Some others are cherishing it by praying more and preparing some hampers to share to relatives and the unfortunates. Yet some others are preparing special meals to be served tomorrow after the fasting is over for the day. The atmosphere is full with chatters about the coming Ramadhan, and with excitement of all good things to come in this blessed month.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ramadhan, Ramadhan is the month when moslems are required to fast for one month. This act of self-restraint has much more profound meaning than meets the eye. And Indonesians are very keen on Ramadhan because it is also a good moment to meet with old friends and relatives during the so-called ‘break-fasting’ together or iftar.

This festivity during Ramadhan is one of the things I missed when I was studying in Linköping. Fortunately, there were other fellow students who experienced the same thing – having to fast for Ramadhan, but missing the atmosphere that usually comes along with it. Lucky me, my corridor mate, Alva, a Swedish-named-Bangladeshi-girls, also fast during Ramadhan. So we would wake each other up during sahur, and happily devour our meal during iftar together.

As it turned out, fasting in Linkoping wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be! Because the campus is such an international campus, I ended up finding more moslem friends to have iftar together. There’s Nurangez from Tajikistan, Yasser and Jafer from Pakistan, and many others. Occasionally, we would hang out at one of our corridors and have iftar together – serving meals from different parts of the world.

Apart from that, I also experienced a warm welcome and some sort of appreciation from other friends who are not fasting. Despite their questions or their blank look when I told them I am fasting for one month, they respected me and my decision. They try not to eat in front of me, or apologize if they are. They ask me if I’m okay with not eating and drinking for a whole day. And they tried to empathize by saying that in other religions & beliefs, they also fast – even though with different technicality.

Looking back, I realized that even though the atmosphere here in Indonesia is much more religious and encompassing the spirit of Ramadhan, but my two Ramadhans in Sweden were also filled with the same spirit – only enveloped in a different story. I felt the warmth, the difficulty of keeping my spirit up during the day, the joy of sharing iftar, and the excitement towards Eid – when Ramadhan ends.

So as I reminisced, I came to a conclusion. The atmosphere may be different, but the spirit and the warmth of Ramadhan will be the same.

Happy Ramadhan to those who celebrate it – both in Sweden or in their home countries!

Finding good students accommodation in Sweden

Moving to a new country to pursue higher education is super exciting! You get to meet new people and make new friends from other countries, you get to experience another culture, and most certainly you get to live in another country! What more could you ask for, right?

Well, for one, you can ask for an accommodation first.

Finding accommodation is one of the biggest worries for new students. However, I think that Sweden has a good system that enables new students to start finding accommodation very soon – if you received the information on time. One thing I realized about Swedish students accommodation system is that everything is available online, and that makes it all systematized. And the weakness of a system is that it provides accommodation on first-come-first-serve basis. This means that if you find out about this system later than your fellow students, chances are that you will be down in the list.

This is how the system worked, when I applied for the student accommodation in Linköping. First, you have to register at the website, which was studentbostader.se. In order to register, you have to be admitted in the university. Then, for every day after you register, you will get one point. The higher your point, the higher your possibility is in getting accommodation. This means that the sooner you register, the higher possibility for you to get an accommodation soon.

Usually, the types of accommodation available are corridor room or apartment. Most students choose corridor room because it is cheaper, and it’s more communal so you get to meet other people quite often. Corridor rooms are usually available for rent for approximately 2,300 SEK – 2,800 SEK – depending on the city you live in and the facilities.

Besides the official student accommodation website, another place that is great to look for accommodation is the Student Notice Board. I think every university should have one, and the one for Linköping University could be found here. During the summer holiday, some students lease their room out for a short period of time, and it could be a good option while waiting for your point to accummulate in the official website.

Besides the two mentioned above, another great way to find accommodation is by sharing with another student. Information about this could be found on the Student Notice Board. Or, if there are more students from your country, you can get in touch with them and find accommodation together. For Indonesian students, you can also use the Indonesian Student Association in Sweden to get in touch with current students in Sweden, and to find more information about accommodation.

Hope this could help enlighten all of you who are about to start an exciting adventure in Sweden next year! :)

 

Welcoming Nena, Alumni blogger from Indonesia!

It is wonderful to have Nena join the alumni blogteam!

Back in Indonesia, it's from my cousin's wedding

Back in Indonesia, my cousin’s wedding

 

Nena describes herself as a social media enthusiast who currently enjoys working freelance as a social media strategist. She obtained her master’s degree in Science, Technology and Society in Linköping University in Sweden.

Nena believes that the future of the global society will be closely revolving and interconnected around social media, and that the younger generation holds an important part in shaping that global society.

 

 

When asked about her strongest memory from Sweden, Nena said;

- What I love most is fika! I find it very pleasant, and it’s a great way to get to talk to others – particularly corridor mates. For me, it was a great thing to organize as well, and then you also get to know other students as well.

A corridor summer fika while studying in Sweden, Nena to the left in green

A corridor summer fika while studying in Sweden, Nena to the left in green

 

We hope you enjoy Nena’s blog which will focus on her intercultural experience in Sweden as well as share updates about the newly founded Swedish Alumni association in Indonesia; and Indonesia’s current trend in terms of social media development.

Welcome Nena!