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"In the future, I want to work on pursuing important issues concerning sustainability linked to construction"

Published: 3 March 2021

Name: Johanna Lagerlund
Age: 23
Place of residence: Eringsboda (Blekinge)
Programme: Master Programme in Architectural Engineering

Why did you choose to study The Master Programme in Architectural Engineering?

I knew I wanted to study civil engineering but did not know what. I looked around a bit and came to the conclusion that I want to build the cities of the future. I contacted study counselors at LTU and was guided. It became Architecture because it felt broad and unique.

What do you think about this programme?

I think the education is good and our teachers maintain a good level. The most fun thing about the education, I think, is the breadth of it, that I and my friends want so much different even though we read exactly the same thing. Being able to touch on several different areas makes it easier to find what you think is fun and which you can dig into on your own through, for example, reading other courses or doing an internship.

A big advantage of the program is that we have the chance to take a study break and do an internship. I think it is completely unique and among the best I have done, it made me realize what I want to work with and gave me a chance to immerse myself before I graduate.

What are you doing now?

I am currently studying elective courses and then I have chosen energy-efficient buildings and construction law. These courses are instructive and in various ways add good knowledge to my future professional life.

What are your plans after your studies?

My plans after my studies are to work on the construction side to teach me how reality works and how to actually build society. The plan is also to work with sustainability issues and how to establish a broader environmental thinking among all individuals in the construction industry.

In the future, I want to work on pursuing important issues that concern sustainability linked to the construction industry. I want to work on spreading the importance of these issues among everyone in the industry in order to be able to further influence on a larger level.

What attracted you to Luleå?

What attracted me to Luleå was partly the size of the university but above all to be able to move as far as possible when you still have to move. Another important reason for me was to try out a different climate and enjoy the north.

How do you feel about the city of Luleå?

I thrive super well, I think Luleå is absolutely fantastic with beautiful nature and good outdoor life. The city itself I think is cozy and I like the small scale with several smaller shops compared to a large shopping center. I also think Luleå as a municipality offers good activities in the different seasons, such as the supply of firewood on barbecue areas and the ice road.

What is the best thing about being a student at Luleå University of Technology?

The absolute best thing about being a student at Luleå University of Technology is to feel belonging and community. There really is something for everyone here and I experience it as if you are not one in the crowd.

What is the best thing about living in Luleå?

Proximity to nature and winter.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my free time I usually hang out with my friends, but under the prevailing circumstances I am especially out a lot and invent outdoor activities. I usually work out in the gym, climb and play football.

Do you have any advice for those who are considering applying for the program?

My advice is to read about the program and check what courses are included. Another tip is to contact study counselors if you do not receive an answer by reading on the website.