Celebrating Diwali at LiU- The Festival of Lights

Posted in: Allmän on 7 December, 2019 by Enver

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Lights will Guide you Home!

Diwali or “deepavali”, as it is known, means “a row of lamps.” It is an important religious festival originating in India. 

India’s most important holiday of the year, it is usually celebrated at the end of October or the beginning of November. During this festival, people decorate their homes with lights and oil lamps, called diyas.

Good Triumphs over Evil

The festival commemorates Hindu God Rama returning to his kingdom, Ayodhya, with his wife, Sita, after vanquishing the demon Ravan and spending 14 years in exile.

To guide Lord Rama home, the people of his kingdom lit his path with oil lamps. This began the tradition of decorating houses with lamps and lanterns, a symbol of light prevailing over darkness and ridding oneself of all negativity.

A Joyful Celebration

The Indian Student Association and the International Student Association at LiU collaborated to celebrate this festival and give students from different countries a platform for cultural exchange.

There were several performances, singing, dancing, fashion show and traditional Indian food which made it a memorable evening for all those who attended.

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Gingerbread House Making: Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Posted in: Allmän on 1 December, 2019 by Enver

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The cheerful music, the exotic lights, and the snow? You know what’s on its way.

Christmas is right around the corner so are you excited?

The celebrations have already begun. There is one tradition that is still closely associated with these celebrations: gingerbread houses.

Does that bring back any memories? Whatever you may think, you are never too old to build your own gingerbread house and decorate it to kickstart the holiday season.

A Sense of Joy, Love & Unity

 

Studenbostader arranges a gingerbread house making contest every year for LiU students who live in dorms.

It’s a nice occasion for everyone in the dorm to get together and build a gingerbread house to rekindle their childhood memories, have some laughs and enjoy some Christmas music.

 

 

The Inputs

Everyone in the dorm got together to work on this mission-critical task: building different gingerbread houses.  Some already had some prior experience whereas for others it was a completely new experience.

This is all you need to build your own gingerbread house

The Process

We started off by watching some tutorials on youtube on how to build the best gingerbread house.

   The Experimentation Phase

We already had the baked dough (provided by Studentbostader) so we did not have to make our own dough from scratch, otherwise, things could have gotten uglier :p

It wasn’t a very smooth journey as we made some mistakes in the beginning but as time progressed, we got the hang of things and ended up building some really cool and gorgeous houses.

Now, we like to think of ourselves as gingerbread house making pros!

Tip: Always draw your house on paper first to get the accurate dimensions. And bake the gingerbread in the oven for 5-6 mins for best results.

After that, we decorated the corridor to turn it into a Winter Wonderland.

The Output

You will definitely get some inspiration from our epic gingerbread houses and make it easier to build your own.

Welcome to Gingerhood

 

Keeping the Spirit Alive!

Even if you do not succeed at building your own gingerbread house, you should not be worried. The true spirit of the holidays is to get together with friends and family, listen to some Christmas music, have a few laughs and appreciate everything life has to offer. And what better way to do that than by creating something that is both artistic and delicious.

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Mindfulness- Perfect Drug for your Student Life in Linköping

Posted in: Allmän on 22 November, 2019 by Enver

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Are you to the kind of person who feels closer to nature than to people?

Do you enjoy roaming freely in the woods where you transcend space and time and experience eternal peace?

Well, if the answer to the above questions is yes, then Linkoping would be the perfect place for you to study.

Studying can be very stressful at times with all the exams to crack, assignments to submit, seminars to attend and labs to solve.

Even though Sweden has a very relaxed and student-friendly academic culture but it can still take a toll on you. 

 

So what should you do if you want to unwind and take a break from your daily student life?

 

The answer is simple: retreat to a nearby forest and spend some quality time in the woods, away from civilization to recharge your mind and soul.

In Japan, it’s called “forest bathing “ but you can call it whatever you want.

If you are an international master’s student living in Ryd, Linkoping, then you are already living very close to a beautiful forest. It’s not more than a five-minute walk to get to the forest. 

 

 

Linkoping offers timeless natural beauty that transcends space, time and consciousness.

It will inspire in you the feeling that your life is a film in which you are the star and everything is possible.

While your studies last here at LiU, take full advantage of the exquisite, soulful and exhilarating natural beauty that Linkoping has to offer. 

In short: get busy living!

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Kulturplus- Discovering Countries, Embracing Cultures & Experiencing International Delicacies

Posted in: Allmän on 14 November, 2019 by Enver

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“The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.”

The International Students Association at Linkoping University better known as ISA organized a cultural extravaganza in collaboration with Kulturlabet, a full-day festival where students got together to celebrate culture and diversity.

The event took place at Skylten, close to Linkoping Central Station.

And the best part? The entry was free for everyone.

Discovering new cultures shouldn’t cost you once you are here at LiU, should it?

 

Students from different countries brought food, dance, music, games, and much more to represent the traditions and history of their home countries.

 

It’s always nice to explore different cultures, meet new people and discover the endless possibilities once we break free from the shackles that hold us back from engaging with diverse people whose thinking is completely different from ours. 

 

 

Each country team had a display stand to showcase their food, handicraft items, play their traditional music, and share interesting facts about their culture, traditions, and heritage.

 A stage was set up for performances of the song, dance, skits, and other kinds of creative entertainment. As a brand ambassador of your country, your imagination was your limit.

 

The cultural extravaganza lived up to its name. 

 Some of the notable highlights of the day included lindy hop, Brazilian Forro dance, Indian classical music and Bollywood fusion, epic Russian & Soviet songs and ridiculously contagious African tunes.

As human beings, we are more similar than different. ISA at Linkoping University is always coming up with unique ideas to bring down barriers and connect people from different nationalities, ethnicities, and backgrounds through something that we all have in common: a love for culture and the world around us.

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

 

 

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Swedish Personal Number: What, When, Where & How to Apply for it?

Posted in: Allmän on 9 November, 2019 by Enver

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Swedish Personal Number LinkopingAs an international master’s student whose degree program is going to last for more than one year at Linkoping University, there are a few things to keep in mind once you arrive here in Linkoping. You should try to do these as soon as possible once you have adjusted to your new environment.

The first thing on the to-do list is to apply for a Swedish Personal Number, called personnummer in Swedish.

Wait… what is a personnel number and why on earth would you need it?

Yes, the above question naturally comes to mind and it can be difficult for international students to wrap their heads around it.

What is a Personal Number?

A personnummer or personal identity number is your identity in Sweden. You will need it if you want to receive healthcare services, open a bank account, get insurance, sign contracts and much more. 

What does a personnummber look like? 

A Swedish personal number is individually assigned, meaning no one else has the same number as you do. It consists of 12 numbers, 8 digits (usually) separated by a hyphen from 4 other digits. 

The first eight numbers correspond to your date of birth (YYYYMMDD) and the last four are unique for every individual.

Am I eligible to apply for a Personal Number?

If you are an international student who has a residence permit for at least 12 months or is admitted to studies for 13 months or more, you fulfill the requirements to apply for a Swedish Personal Number. Keep in mind that you first need to register at the university before applying for your Personal Number.

What documents would I be needing?

  • Passport
  • University Admission Letter
  • Housing Contract

The above-mentioned documents should suffice. Swedes are very nice and helpful people and they don’t bug you with unnecessary paperwork.

Where to go to apply for a Personnumber?Swedish Personal Number Linkoping

You will have to go to Skatteverket which is the tax agency to apply for your personnummer. It’s located about 3 kilometers from LiU. So if you walk, it will take approximately 40 mins to reach there and if you have a bike, you will reach in 10-15 mins depending on your cycling skills.

Where is Skatteverket located in Linkoping?

Just enter the following address in Google maps and you are good to go:

Address: Tax Agency, Kungsgatan 27, 582 18 Linköping

How long does it take for my Personal Number to arrive?

Well, that depends…some students get it in a day or two whereas, for others, it can take two to three weeks. The sooner you apply, the better the chances of getting it earlier. 

Sometimes, your personnumber as been dispatched by Skatteverket but it does not arrive in your mailbox due to issues with the mail delivery system. In such scenarios, it is always advisable that you visit Skatteverket’s office again and ask them if your personnumber has been created. If it has been created, they will print it out for you and you can then book an appointment for your Swedish ID.

Swedish Personal Number LinkopingYayyy! I got my Swedish Personal Number. So What Next?

As soon as you have your personnumber, you should book an appointment for your Swedish ID. This can be done in two ways: online or by visiting Skatteverket’s office. 

For additional information, you can visit: https://www.skatteverket.se/

Cheers: D

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