Emma Nordström
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“I've always been interested in chemistry and in how things are made”

Published: 12 February 2018

My name is Emma Nordström and I’m from Sundsvall. I’m a happy and ambitious girl who likes to hang out with friends, work out, cosy up at home, and watch movies. I’m in my last year of studies here at Luleå and am currently working on my master’s thesis at SCA R&D in Sundsvall.

Why did you choose this course of study?

All through high school, I thought that a career as a civil engineer might be a good fit for me. I've always been interested in chemistry and in how things are made. The programme teaches you about many different processes, and it's cool to have the opportunity to get involved in a wide array of different industries. The teachers are also very helpful and want us to succeed. We have always been able to go to the teachers when we need help, and we often help each other in class.

What do students do in their free time? How is student life?

We often hang out together in our free time, because most of us have moved far away from our families. When you’re at university, your friends from school become your family. Those of us studying natural resource technology get along really well, both in and outside of class. We have movie nights, work out, go out and have barbecues in the forest or arrange parties together. Most students live in Porsön, which means that you’re close to each other and it’s easier to hang out. There are a lot of parties and events to STUK, and there are a variety of things to involve yourself in outside of school.

What are your plans after graduation? What would you like to work with?

I would like to work with fuels in some way, preferably biofuels, either in research or in processing. I think it's awesome that you can use materials from the forest and make fuel out of them, and in the future it will be even more necessary that we do so. I also want to travel a bit and maybe try working abroad for a few years.

Do you have any advice for future students?

Try to find a good study technique right from the start. Go to all the lectures, take notes, and make sure you really understand what the lecture is about. Make a real effort to get to know your classmates. Study time becomes so much more fun when you can study together and help each other. Explore Luleå; there are lots of activities to do here, both in the summer and the winter.