How to manage your thesis panic attacks?

Posted in: Uncategorized on 17 May, 2017 by Antonija

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I don’t know if this only happens to me and my classmates, but panic attacks seem to be very popular at this time of writing your thesis. You’re so close to the end, so close to having to decide what to do next, so close, so close… And yet you’re not there.

So, in order to calm down, here are some tips:

1. Breathe deeply.

Every time you get scared or start panicking, just breathe deeply. 4 deep breaths and you should already feel better.

2. Listen to some of your favourite music

Just chilling while reading a book and listening to your favourite music should be of great help.

3. Do things that relax you

A friend told me that for her driving around the city alone in a car listening to radio is very relaxing. I’m not that good of a driver yet, but maybe it works for some of you as well!

4. Don’t worry because everything is under control!

If you did everything you were supposed to, you are fine. I’m sure your thesis is on your way. If not, there is always September. Nothing is worth endangering your health.


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Thesis coming to its end

Posted in: Uncategorized on 15 May, 2017 by Antonija

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So, the reason behind my absence is, as always, thesis. There are two weeks left until our submission deadline, and I am almost done, but I still need to work and change quite some stuff.

My life right now:

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What I wish my life right now was:

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14 days to go! Final countdown.


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How to get your taxes back?

Posted in: Uncategorized on 23 April, 2017 by Antonija

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Working in Sweden means that you will have 30% off your salary taken as a tax. If you earn less than 18800 SEK in a year, all of your taxes will be returned to you after you file tax forms to Skatteverket. If you earn more than than, up to 18800 you will get everything back, and from everything else you will only get one part.

In the beginning of the tax declaration period (some time in March), Skatteverket will send you a letter explaining how to declare taxes. The letter will be in Swedish, but the whole process is pretty simple.

You go to their website, to the part where you declare taxes (Så här deklarerar du) and go to the part where you can declare it online (E-tjänst) without having Swedish ID or any other document us foreigners do not have. You log in (inloggning) and it will offer two options E-legitmation and Säkerhetskod. You should choose Säkerhetskod, and then type in your Personnummer and Kod för identifiering (8 siffror) that you got on your Skatteverket letter. It will transfer you to a page where you need to submit your tax declaration. You still need to fill in your bank account details where you want that money transferred, and voila! In a month to two months, you will get your taxes back!


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Tax return in Sweden

Posted in: Uncategorized on 18 April, 2017 by Antonija

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Everyone who ever worked in Sweden knows that 30% of your earning is being declared as a tax. Since we are students, and we do not earn as much, as long as we earn less than 18 000 kronor, we have the right to get our taxes back. I expected this to be a bit easier process than it is. Since I am currently not in Sweden, I did not receive my tax declaration form. Struggle with emailing Skatteverket for million times is real.

Whenever I know more about how to get taxes back, I will keep posted. I assume that for everyone this information is useful!


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Easter at home/Working Easter

Posted in: Uncategorized on 17 April, 2017 by Antonija

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Today was the day when second year MIER students who wish to graduate in June needed to submit their thesis drafts, or at least how far they have gotten. I am somewhat half way there, maybe a bit more. About to start analysis of what I have written so far.

I submitted it this morning, and now I’m about to dig into my bag full of Easter chocolate. Unlike Easter last year, that I celebrated having brunch with some of my closest friends in Sweden, this Easter we all spent in front of laptops. Thesis submission is coming closer, and I can’t help it, but the time to think about graduation dress is also coming closer 🙂

Fingers crossed for this first submission to go well!


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Antonija Vidakovic

Antonija Vidakovic
Hej hej! My name is Antonija, and I am a 24-year old master student from Serbia. Two months ago I moved to the beautiful land of Vikings, Eurovision, moose and fika, and so far – Jag trivs i Sverige! Follow me in my everyday adventure in the Kingdom of Sweden.

MSSc in International and European Relations

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