I am from the capital of Bavaria, the part of Germany which is responsible for 91% of all wider held German stereotypes and 100% of the annoying, inaccurate ones. And I try my very best to keep all of them up. I never cross the street while the red man shows up, I eat Sauerkraut for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I hate this fluffy, sweet stuff they call bread in Sweden. Ah yes, I almost forgot: Of course I am always on time! Pretty good conditions for having fun in an international committee. Hehe.
Role: Vice-President and Treasurer
Role: Webmaster and Public Relations
Nationality: American and Swedish(lol)
Born and raised in Manhattan, NYC, I came to Sweden in the hopes of finding my bride, but instead found a Master’s Program. Woops…. I guess that’s what happens with stereotypical Americans. With a dual citizenship (Swedish being the other), I get all the wonderful privileges of a Swede and all the downfalls of an International Student (Can’t speak a word of Swedish… So ashamed). But that hasn’t stopped me!! I’m the local CIRC drinker and the loudest member you’ll probably meet. Sorry but New York isn’t as quiet as it is here in Gothenburg. I’m what they call an Enigma, both a geek and a socialite at heart. Stick with me, and you’ll have a great time!
All good things come in threes. I’m the third german in CIRC also coming from the “Ruhr area” and was the last member joining this fancy committee. A couple of years back during my Erasmus in the north this wonderful country I figured out: Sweden is a pretty awesome and Chalmers the best place to study engineering! Hence I ended up in Göteborg. I would describe myself as easygoing and open minded. My advice to the new students, take the chance to travel Sweden, get in touch with swedish people and culture. There is no time to waste on experiencing the new, the unknown. All the things you’ll have done, all the lessons you may have learned can’t be taken from you afterwards.
I have got used to answering the very first question that comes into peoples mind from EU is,the number of people living out there in my country. So to tell you something about my town, Nasik,Maharashtra,India. Its a fairly small town,with 1.5 million inhabitants. It is full of colour,different tastes,festivals and of course people. I like being with different people and experience different cultures.This has resulted into me being part of CIRC and I am more than happy to arrange a great reception for students coming in Autumn 13.
Role: Phadder Manager
Whenever someone asked me, where I’m from I say the truth. But this can be very disappointing because apart from a Chinese and Indian guy nobody knows where I’m from. Thereby Bochum is in the centre of the wonderful Ruhr Region. Only here trees grow out of old industry chimneys and people call it art. Only in the Area Ruhr
People are so ironic to call a crawling motorway “Ruhr Fast Way” including the worlds longest parking lot which leads you in between “hills” that consist of trash or rocks from coal mines.
“Dat Schönste am Wein, is dat Pilsken danach.” <=> “The best about wine, is the Bear thereafter. “
Zhiyu Olivia Tang
Role: ESN Local Representative
I come from the city with 23 million people and my native language is also spoken by about one fifth of the world population. I like Swedish chocolate and all the sweeties (candies) here. The Swedish thing called “fika” made me gain five kilograms in my first six months in Sweden. My advice to you is try it but do not get addicted to it! I’m the only girl in the CIRC family so sometimes they call me Queen but most of the time, and I don’t know why, they call me Snaps. I only had two shots of it!!
Role: Student Manager
A Sudanese, coming from Dubai. From the amazing beaches to jumping into an ice hole, immediately after using the sauna. Well, it was a hell crazy thing to do ! Trust me it was fun. Why Sweden? My answer is I’m a traveler! My advice to new students thinking about studying abroad is to prepare carefully, establish a social network. And be motivated. It helps to learn the language, even though most people in Sweden speak good English. But most importantly, I believe it is essential to adjust your expectations to the current situation. And it helps to know that Swedes are not as cold as they may first seem.