Why did you choose this course of study?
Even back in high school, I was planning to continue my education after graduation, but I didn't know what I wanted to study. Because I have always liked chemistry and environmental studies, I had it in the back of my mind to apply to a programme that was focused on the environment, one that allows students to apply their skills to contributing to the sustainable development of our society. Two friends who were enrolled in the programme recommended it, so I checked it out and realised that it offered specialisations that were well-suited to my interests. I also wanted to apply to a programme in either Luleå or Umeå, because I didn’t want to move too far away from Skellefteå, so the programme was a good fit in that sense, too.
What do students at the university do in their free time? How is student life?
Student life is of course about more than just studying. In your free time, there are many different kinds of clubs in which you can get involved. Among other things, the campus has a gym, a student bar, and Sunday movie screenings (of new releases, at a discounted student price). Because the student housing facilities are close to the university, it’s easy to walk over to a friend’s apartment. Personally, I tend to hang out with my friends in my spare time, and we often play board games together.
Naturally, there are also lots of things to do off- campus. Downtown Luleå is just 15 minutes (by bus) from the university, so you can go to a movie, shop, visit a café, or do many other things. In winter, there are also places to go slalom and cross-country skiing (but they’re a little further away from the university campus). There’s definitely something for everyone; you just have to make new friends and get to know the city where you’re studying.
What are your plans after graduation? What would you like to work with?
The good thing about the program is that you gain broad knowledge that is applicable in many industries. I hope I'll be able to get a job that focuses on environmental issues or something similar. Since I’ve also enjoyed the time I’ve spent in the labs in the course of my studies, I could also imagine working in some sort of lab-based setting.
Do you have any advice for future students?
A good tip for your time at university is to try keep up with your courses by studying a bit every weekday, so that you can take the weekends off. But also take a chance on trying something new, because there are a lot of things in which to get involved aside from your studies, like working out, joining a student association, and socialising with the new friends you’ll make at university. Also, be sure to get to know the city where you’re studying, because it has a lot more to offer than just education opportunities.