Gabrielle Cederholm's dream is to become an MD, to build a country house and cycle from Gothenburg to Gibraltar. But her first goal is to get a degree and a challenging job as a lawyer.
Right now, she studies a course in jurisprudence which is the last one before the final thesis. I ask her what it means.
— We write a memo each week about a topic. It's not about paragraphs. It´s more philosophically oriented. We answer questions like What is law and do we need it? It is new and quite funny. We learn how the law came into being, which means that you gain an understanding of the legal system and get the complete picture.
Why did you choose to read jurisprudence at Luleå University of Technology?
- It became LTU for many reasons. This program contains a lot of law and freedom to choose your own courses, which appeals to me. It also appears to be smaller classes than in larger universities and it is positive. Then I wanted to move and try something new. It felt fun to experience the north part of Sweden, like a little adventure, says Gabrielle with a smile.
Near campus you can find a supermarket, medical center, dentist, gym, restaurants, cafes, nightspot and student housing. Gabrielle is one of those who have the school just outside the door, which is one big reason that she likes the life here so much.
- It is never far away to anything. All you need is collected here. In my spare time I spend time with friends and is active in the students' union. There are always things to do. I have not been skiing yet, but I go to many sessions. It feels like it belongs to this time.
What does the teaching look like?
- In addition to lectures, group work and memos to be written, we have many practice sessions. We are then divided into smaller groups to discuss legal issues with the teachers. The teacher contact is great. It is one of the best things about the program. They know our name and are always helpful.
Would you recommend anyone to study here?
- Yes, absolutely. I think it's the best choice I have made - ever! I've had so much fun and have many new friends. The first day of the introduction period* a guy came up and talked to me. Now he's my best friend.
Gabrielle concludes by saying that there is a whole here that gives a good opportunity for a good time as a student.
- Moreover, it has been nice to move far away from home. The opportunity to take care of my self and stand on my own!
* The introduction period. Two weeks of voluntary introduction to the new program students.