Hej hej! (Currently my favourite Swedish greeting – said by myself in a really over-enthusiastic manner)
I’m Alex from the United Kingdom and I’m one of the new digital ambassadors blogging for Karolinska Institutet.
As a child I grew up in a small countryside village near Oxford, around 60 miles (sorry I’m British – 100 kilometres) west of London. I spent six years studying medicine in Southampton and London before graduating in 2013. Since then I’ve been working clinically as a doctor in two East London hospitals covering a range of different specialities. Somehow I’ve found myself reverting back to student life again and beginning the Global Health Master’s Programme.
In typical British style I heard about the Global Health Master’s and Karolinska in a pub, chatting with friends over a beer. A friend of a friend of a friend had studied the programme a couple of years ago so I got in touch with them to hear a bit more about it all. The next few nights I found myself searching Google and stumbled across the same blogs I’m writing for now – the Digital Ambassador student pages.
The decision to study at Karolinska was fairly complex for me. I hadn’t seriously considered a career in global health but I’d always wanted to mix clinical practice, humanitarian medicine and research – I hope to use this Master’s and living in Stockholm as a gateway towards this. So far, I love it.
Over the next year, you can follow my Swedish adventure through this blog and the occasional YouTube video. I really hope you find it to be just half as helpful as I did one year ago during my application decision and process.*
Watch this space, Alex.
Top: Hammarby Slussväg, Södermalm, Bottom Left: Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet, Bottom Right: Djurgårdsvägen