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Please tell us about yourself

Roshan Arun is 24 years old and originally from Bangalore, India where he studied at MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering). He now resides in Stockholm where he studies within the master’s programme in Engineering Design – Machine Design track.

Why did you apply to KTH? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?

 KTH is one of Europe’s finest institution known for its research work. I was lucky to be one of the KTH Masters’ Challenge winners, which gave me a chance to study a course I was interested in with a scholarship. So KTH was an easy and sensible choice to pursue my masters.

What is your best tip for a new master’s student?

  1. Choose a course which you are really passionate about.
  2. Read smarter, not harder.
  3. Make use of all the amazing facilities given to you by your university.
  4. Pick opportunities wisely.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

Stockholm is unique and beautiful.This country impressed me with its landmarks, calm people and their very positive and relaxed attitude towards their everyday life.Its a safe and peaceful. And everyone can find a part of themselves in Sweden.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised you?

Sweden in snow looks beautiful. The healthy lifestyle and calm attitude is what impressed me the most. The fika work culture and getting everything done in the given time is worth mentioning . A funny observation I made was that people in Sweden are a bit of an early bird. Early to bed, early lunch and dinners makes you think if sooner is the better way.

Do you have a place in the city that you enjoy spending time at?

I personally have many places where I like spending time. The Stockholm Archipelago is a stunning natural marvel that is worth visiting makes you feel that the place is more alive. Gamla Stan is truly beautiful and unique in this own way. Ferry rides to Gröna Lund brings out the child in me. Every part of Stockholm has its own essence and beauty to it. (On another note: when in Sweden, a visit to Götaland is a must!)

Are you taking part in any student activities?

There are lot of opportunities given to you as a student. Making the best use of it is left to the individual. I have been a part of SHELL Eco cars which focuses on building energy efficient prototype cars. I have been a part of THS Armada , which is Stockholm’s biggest career fair. SUP-46 and KTH start up communities bring together like minded entrepreneur enthusiasts. Apart from these, I was given an opportunity to be a student coordinator for my track Machine Design which allows your to interact with professors and allows you to put forward issues students might have with the course.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to read and travel. When in Europe make the best use of your Schengen visa and travel as much as you can. I have visited 16 countries till now and has been a rewarding experience. Stockholm has well organised bicycle lanes. So I try to make the best use of it and bicycle around during my spare time. For photography enthusiast like me, Stockholm is a treat.

How do you keep in touch with your family and friends from home?

Technology has made our world smaller and better. Regular Skype Calls and Facetime helps me in keeping in touch everyday and brings my family closer.

What do you want to do after you have received your degree here at KTH? Do you have a dream job?

I would like to find a job opportunity in Sweden in order to gain the European working experience. Dream job? I consider anything that keeps the engineer in me alive, a dream job.

Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?

Stockholm is a city that offers everything. It a great place to start off your international journey. And the experience of being student at KTH is something you will cherish and nurture for a very long time. Accommodation might be for my European friends coming here. So be prepared. One last thing would be to brush up on your Swedish speaking skills, if you plan stay in Sweden.