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This Summer, in Summary

Hello everyone!

Unfortunately this will be my last blog post, however I wanted to write a summary of how my summer went and to say goodbye.

These past three months have flown by! Interning, Alex visiting from Sweden, hanging out with my high school friends, and seeing all of my Texan family has been a blast!

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Posing at the Fort Worth Stockyards

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Alex debating buying cowboy boots for Sweden

If you read my previous blog post, you will know that I spent my summer interning for Ericsson in Plano, TX, USA at their North American headquarters.

I had an amazing time interning and I want to share why.

1. My Boss

I feel so lucky to have been able to have a great first boss. I was made to feel comfortable from day one and settling into the workplace was natural and easy. Chris and Tiffany always made sure to sit down and talk to me to explain what they expected from me. Having a boss that is very motivating and friendly motivated me to work harder and want to learn more!

2. My Coworkers

It is absolutely crazy, but I liked 99% of the people I met at Ericsson. Everyone was so nice and friendly that it was very enjoyable to work there and make friends. I loved the diversity and the fact that you could meet someone from every single continent. The team that I worked with on a daily basis were way too funny and we always had something to joke about. It was great experience to see how everyone handled when escalations would arise and to see all the different functions of a team.

3. Great Weather

It’s Texas. It’s sunny. It’s hot, not just warm. And it was a great change of pace from the Swedish weather (although I am a bit bummed I missed the Swedish summer).

I spent a lot of days this summer hanging out by the pool or outside in general. The Ericsson campus was great for walking around! In between the buildings you can walk over a bridge across the water where the pond is filled with turtles and trees surround the shoreline. It was very picturesque!

4. Challenging Projects

I had the opportunity to work on a summer internship project that was separate from my main position. All of the interns across the USA and Canada participate in separate projects, which means I worked with a group of people spread out across the region. This was great for learning about global team working and project management!

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Advertising for votes! No shame.

 

Our project was focused on innovation within Ericsson. We spent almost two months researching, interviewing, filming, and writing to form our final video, presentation, and report. Working with the other interns was a blast and it was great to make connections with people working at other locations.

5. Volunteering

One of my favourite parts of this summer was volunteering with the other interns at a food pantry. It was very humbling and eye opening to learn about the hunger facing our local community. The great thing with Ericsson is that all employees have one paid day a year to spend volunteering at a place of their choice, an opportunity most employees seize.

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Inside the food pantry storage, where I worked for the day.

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All in all, I had a blast interning this summer. I always looked forward to coming in every morning and I could not have had a better experience. I highly encourage you to intern over the summer as it is so rewarding and you learn so many things!

It has been great blogging for all of you the past few months and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am back in the beautiful city of Stockholm for one week before heading off to Manchester this weekend. Unfortunately I cannot continue as I am studying abroad this semester but I hope everyone has a great autumn!

See you around and thanks for reading,

Alexa

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Midsummer in Sweden

swedish-midsummer.jpgMidsummer is quite a big traditional festival in Sweden. It is on Friday between 19 and 25 of June. At midsummer many people usually get five weeks summer holiday, and the midsummer Eve or the day before midsummer  is usually celebrated grandly in countryside. There are some traditions of midsummer.

Maypoles and dancing

When midsummer comes, many swedes take the advantage of celebrating it. Many family gather together and during the day, the maypole is raised and people follow the frog dancing, and teenagers tend to stay out and wait for other entertainment.

Herring and potato

“A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives. This is often followed by a grilled dish of some kind, such as spare rib or salmon, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with cream.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced. Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew. Swedes like drinking songs, and the racier the better.

Midsummer is an occasion invested with a certain nostalgia. Deep inside, Swedes are all agreed on what it should look like and how it should proceed. So after dinner, many people still want to go out dancing, just like in the old days. Preferably on an outdoor dance floor beside a lake as the evening mist settles and the sound of the orchestra echoes back from the rocky hills on the opposite shore.”  Midsummer Sweden.se

Love story of Midsummer

There is a legend says if you collect 7 different flowers and put them below your pillow, you will dream about your true love. Of course, you do not dream your true love, then you probably pick the wrong flowers.

Walt

 


My Summer as an Intern (so far)

Hey everyone,

Sorry it has been a while since my last post, I have been settling into my new job as an intern for Ericsson here in Plano, Texas.

As some of you may know from my first post earlier this year, I grew up in Texas – so this is one of the main reasons why I chose to do an internship here this summer. There are many Scandinavians (especially Swedes) in the Dallas area due to Ericsson’s North American headquarters being located here as well as there being locations of other Scandinavian companies. Due to this, I grew up with the parents of many friends having worked for Ericsson. They were always a company I knew of and I was very interested in working for them. Anyone remember those Sony Ericsson flip phones that used to be all the rage? Have you heard of or do you use bluetooth? Well they invented it, which I think is pretty dang cool.

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Inside the main lobby, the most I can show you… Secret work going on in here! 😉

There are many wonderful internships in Stockholm during the summer, so I definitely recommend everyone to do some research in early Spring about what’s available for you (whether it is in English or Swedish) and where you could see yourself. Getting experience during university is a major plus for applying for jobs after you finish your studies, but it also allows you to explore different fields and make sure what you are studying is what you really want to do. However, Stockholm isn’t the only place to intern and expanding your options to include multiple cities for your search will only benefit you!

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It made me happy to see the Swedish flag outside! Unfortunately the wind wasn’t on my side.

Last week was my first official week interning and it went great! Assimilating in was relatively easy and everyone was super friendly towards me. My bosses are really supportive and helpful, which is important for feeling motivated to work. I am super excited to be able to network, learn new things, and get some real work experience while I am interning this summer! It’s also awesome that we get to connect with other interns in different departments because Ericsson has activities for us all to do together. I am really looking forward to doing some management training seminars and volunteering with the other interns. It will definitely be an unforgettable summer even if I will be working hard! It’s worth it!

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Me in my work attire with my new official badge. I feel so adult.

Some of you may have noticed I was a student guest editor for the Stockholm University Instagram page last week. If so, you will have already seen all of these pictures but I wanted to share them here as well. If you don’t follow the school Instagram page, you are missing out! Go check it out: @stockholmuniversity

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Had to do some shopping last week for corporate attire! Mission accomplished. This is Northpark Mall in Dallas – as they say, everything is bigger in Texas! 

I hope this was helpful to some of you and inspires you all to apply to internships next year! You never know where you will end up or what you will be doing, so why not try new things or apply to that job you never thought you would stand a chance for? Who knows, maybe you are perfect for it!

Until next time,

Alexa


A Typical Vegan Day in Stockholm

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Study in Sweden means you will have a lot of opportunities to lead a vegan or vegetarian life. In Sweden more and more people start to lead a vegan life, because they have realised that the life style is more important for protecting animals and environment, the other reason is that poultries like chicken are treated by hormonal drugs that could bad for human.

There are lots of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Stockholm and there is one that i can recommend you if you are coming to study here.

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I went to there with my friends yesterday after a wonderful sightseeing view. You can take subway from Universitetet to Slussen and walk for 10 mins. Always you need to take a long line since there are long of people waiting for the food. And for students, you have a discount, but now you need to buy a beverage to get the discount. There also have places that you can choice to sit, both inside snd outside. However, i recommend you sit outside because of you can have very amazing view of the city. The sea gulls, the blue sky and the endless sea…

And the way to the restaurant Hermans is also wonderful short trip, you can see the great views of the city as well.

Enjoy your day in Stockholm and try a nice day to become Vegan.

Walt

 


Masters Programme Taught in English

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Hey all,

After one year study at Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University , I want to share my experience with you guys if you start to come to SBS to study in the next semester or in the near future. Here is the link of all of the master programme you can find on the website. All of them are taught in English.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Masters-Programmes/

For the first three semesters, all students are mainly attend classes and in the last semester, all students write their essays. And at the third semester, all of students have the opportunity to study aboard for one semester. Basically, at the first semester, there will have some basic courses for those who has not strong foundation of business. For my programme, Banking and Finance, we had the course Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance, which were taken by both undergraduate and graduate. And we also have almost half of the course are collaborated with Department of Economics, thus we attend a lot of courses with economic students.

There are more useful information for those you will come to study at SBS. About the courses and how will do for the first few days when you come here.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Enrolment/

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Courses/

Walt

 

 

 

 


What it’s like to study at SBS

Hey everyone!

Last Friday I took my flight home to Dallas, Texas as I am doing an internship here with Ericsson this summer. You can check out Stockholm University’s instagram page (@stockholmuniversity) to see my posts as the student guest editor this week where I will be sharing what is going on in my life starting a new job!

 

Today though I still want to reflect on Stockholm and share some photos that I took before leaving. For those of you who are interested in possibly studying at Stockholm Business School or even just Stockholm University in general will get a chance to see what our main campus looks like!

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A shortcut to the library under the trees.

Choosing to do my studies at SBS was the best decision I ever made and I am very proud to show off my school to other people! Living in a big city like Stockholm is great because it isn’t overwhelmingly big. There is endless possibilities of things to do and places to eat, so you will never get bored.

The student life may not be like in a college town, but don’t be fooled that it doesn’t exist! At the beginning of the year I shared with all of you information about the welcoming programs at SBS — this is the beginning of student life with Föreningen Ekonomerna if you are a business student. In addition to this, you also have multiple associations you can join on Frescati campus such as the humanities, science, or social studies associations. These three associations have houses right on campus and they hold events or parties almost every week during the school year. If you are coming as an exchange student, you are bound to hear about Café Bojan located right outside the metro exit. Every Thursday night during the year you will find a party here which provides the perfect opportunity to meet new people and have some fun with friends! Things are pretty calm there until around 8:30 when the tables are moved to become a dance floor and the crowds start arriving. Getting there at 10pm is always busy, so if you don’t want to wait in line I would recommend going before 9:30. For those of you who want something more laid back, I would recommend the Green Villa and Yellow Villa. They are great for being able to sit with your friends and have a conversation while still being in a fun environment.

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A view of one of the science buildings and the fields where many students like to relax on.

 

As for studying in general, be prepared to spend most of your time in the library instead of class! You will most likely only have class 2-4 times a week and most of your work will involve you being responsible and scheduling your time wisely as it is mostly self-study. Estimate about 20-30 hours a week in reading and assignments. I happen to love this system because it gives me the opportunity to be flexible if I need to be and to create my own hours. Taking one class at a time and having an exam every month is also something I particularly like. It allows you to really focus and dig deep into the class you currently study if you want to, and if you happen to not enjoy the class then you will be happy that it is just a month long instead of a semester long!

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The walk up to Södra Huset and the library. 

Group work is very popular here at SBS/SU and Sweden in general. It helps you to learn to work with other people, even when you may not get along with them. It is great preparation for the work place after studies and provides experience. Most of the time you can choose your own partners to work with, but be prepared that sometimes it will be assigned. Not having a lot of class time is supplemented by group meetings along with your self-study. The amount of time you spend in meetings will vary on the project and the group you work with, but it will usually be about 2-6 hours a week depending. Group work also allows you to build relationships with people in your classes and perhaps make some friendships!

Although brief, I hope this was helpful in giving you a little bit of insight into life at SBS… Feel free to ask any questions you may have about studying here and I would be more than happy to answer!

Until next time,

Alexa


Hello & Looking Back on The Year

I’ve been absent for some time from the blogosphere! So instead I’ll be doing some summer-edition posting while I work out whether to do a runner or to stay the summer! It’s that time of the year where everyone is going back home, their exchanges are up and the hot time of the month is here, so basically that’s code for – say your goodbyes and get on holiday!

Anyway it’s been an interesting first year at university to say the least. Whilst the exchange friends I’ve made for the year all leave for good, it’s sad obviously that they’re actually going but strangely nice too. It’s like the more people you get to know from many different countries, wherever you go in the world you know there’ll always be a friend (aww) and so the world starts to feel a little less big! It almost feels like the game’s over once you know someone from everywhere… although that would be a lot of countries…

What’s been crazy for me however, looking back, is not just all the obvious things like making fab friends, doing fun stuff and eating kanelbullar at any given opportunity but rather the new sense of self that’s developed over the year. I suppose that’s what’s been the most challenging. University anywhere, I presume, would have that effect on anybody who’s just starting out in life and on that, starting out in a country different to where you’ve grown up! I did a post a while back on homesickness where this leaflet describes an up-down cycle of missing home. However I feel now that much better describes the journey into being adult. First semester was undoubtedly the excited phase of getting to know many new humans and going out at any given opportunity, but the second semester I guess is like what it’s like to be married after a while and the niggles start to surface…!

Especially having moved to Lappis, which is basically the most peaceful place I think I will ever live – right in the middle of all that forest – there’s been much time for thinking out here! There is a definite unmistakable air of calm that envelopes Sweden as a whole, I totally believe it’s the effect of the mystical northern lights and much greenery everywhere. That combined with the ever graceful and polite swedes, it feels like a rather charming stay I’ve been having so far and all of this has been a total catalyst in facilitating some self-realising you wouldn’t otherwise get being in total craziness and busy living.

So whilst I sit watching a Stockholm summer unfold, figuring out my summer, I say goodbye to all who are off and think ahead to the coming, new academic year!

Just some people waving goodbye