What I did After My Submission & Some Advice :)

Since I contributed to the KI ambassador Adeeb and Dan’s video on ‘What To Do While You Wait’ for your results after the application process.

Preethi has already written a great blog with more specific details on reading the ‘Survival Guide’ etc here https://studentblogski.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/after-application-2/

I wanted to maybe talk about my time when I applied and what I did to prepare and also afterward while I waited. I lived in Bondi Beach in Sydney at the time of my application and to be honest completely forgot about the deadline date and remembered about a week beforehand. I rang my mother back in Ireland immediately (quite panicky I must admit) and we arranged that I would fill out the CV and application within the next few days and send scanned copies to her to post to Sweden from Ireland. Obviously this is much faster than me sending it from Australia to Sweden. I was so lucky that my mother was there for me and she went to my old university in my home city and collected my transcripts and everything else I needed on my behalf. If it had not been for her I most certainly wouldn’t be here now. Thanks mum ☺

So I wrote the CV when I was actually on the beach as it was just such a hot day I could not even think of staying inside and remember how impossible I was finding it to concentrate. However I wrote it and had to go to an Internet café in Bondi to send it all off. It was very stressful and KI was the only master’s programme, which needed a CV, attached which added to my stress, as my course was my first choice. I had my second for Uppsala with Immunology and Infection Biology.

Once everything was sent off I didn’t think of it at all. I just enjoyed living in Sydney and travelling around, I went to Melbourne for a little while to visit my sister and friends I had there and that was so nice before I flew home just for a 2 week period before I went to South East Asia for 2 and half months. It was the day after I arrived home from Australia that I got the result. I had checked (obsessively) my results for a full week everyday previous and had googled my ‘score’, (which you will all receive assessing your eligibility for the course) to no concrete success and all of sudden I was admitted! It could not have been at a better time as I just got home and was with all of my family at the time.

Immediately I went onto the Karolinska AB housing webpage and signed up, something I recommend all students do, as I had researched and discovered just how difficult finding housing can be in Stockholm, another useful site is SSSB, which you can sign up to once you arrive in Stockholm and register for the MF card (student union) so you can begin to accrue days. I will use this service for my second year accommodation as Karolinska housing is only applicable for 1 year. Research your course in the meantime also, specifically reading these blogs and other sites such as StudyinSweden.se which also have student blogs, and which I also contribute to. You can also email any student blogger on the site if you have specific questions or fears, remember no question is silly I and all of my fellow international bloggers know and understand how anxious a move to a big city and a foreign language can be.

So after I received my result and researched a bit more I went to Asia and enjoyed my travels so much (despite a life threatening food poisoning incident..excuse the dramatics..) and came home to Ireland for 2 months, I worked for 1 month and I guess you say I relaxed for the other before my flight to Stockholm. Of course I read and reread the ‘Survival Guide’ which will be sent to all successful applicants and truly has a wealth of information to help with a lot of common concerns and question. So that is all I did while I waited! I wish everyone the best of luck and remember if at first you don’t succeed try and try again.

Hej Då
Andrew.

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