It’s only two days left to the https://www.antagning.se/ deadline, and if you are hesitating whether you will apply or not, I’d just like to share my thoughts.

Why did I apply to Datateknik at KTH?
I reasoned about this in my first blog post, and the short answer is – I can’t quite remember. What I do know is that I’m really happy that I took the step into uncertainty and just went for something that perhaps my gut was telling me seemed good.

I admit that when I started in 2010 I was overwhelmed with all people already knowing so much while I basically knew nothing. It took me almost 2 years before I actually understood that it didn’t matter at all.

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding being an engineer is, according to me, that many seem to think that you NEED to know everything from the start. I disagree. What makes an excellent engineer is curiosity. You can be the smartest person in the room but if you don’t have any interest in discovering more, taking pieces apart and put them together again, I feel like you’re missing out on something great.

Regardless what you know from the start, you can always learn more. You should never be afraid or feel ashamed of not knowing stuff, you should be proud of having the desire of wanting to know more.

What have I learned?
Well, I have learned a lot of theory from school and how you put that in practice from internships – but I have also learned a lot about myself. I have evolved as a person and I don’t think I’d be the same without my KTH years. I have matured as a person and also learned that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the highest grade.

What does the future look like?
I don’t think I could have created a better outlook for myself than what I have. My engineering route has allowed me to work with something I love, work with people who are amazing (both as people and on what they do) and also to experience life abroad. That the software engineering profession also is well paid is a really nice bonus.

I think the best part of it is that I have a lot of options – I don’t feel like I have to worry about the future, instead it’s the luxurious problem of having to choose what to do.

To wrap it up, here are a few pictures from my last years:

"Graduating from high school in 2010."

“Graduating from high school in 2010”

"One of many pub nights at Datasektionen"

“One of many pub nights at Datasektionen”

"I've been a Street Team member for Spotify; here doing a last minute lecture at Datatjej"

“I’ve been a Street Team member for Spotify; here doing a last minute lecture at Datatjej”

"I've also been to a fair share of hackathons, here Code Wars were we won the big prize!"

“I’ve also been to a fair share of hackathons, here Code Wars were we won the big prize!”

"Here at Diversify were we was matched up in teams with different skills, really cool experience"

“Here at Diversify were we was matched up in teams with different skills, really cool experience”

"Of course I've been to numerous lectures too - sometimes with a healthy snack"

“Of course I’ve been to numerous lectures too – sometimes a snack helps you get through”

"I've had the opportunity to intern in London, here at the intern celebration dinner where we had duck & waffle (it was delicious"

“I’ve had the opportunity to intern in London, here at the intern celebration dinner where we had duck & waffle (it was delicious”

 

And looking through this… I only wish I’d taken more photos :)

/Sofie


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