Road Trip

Posted in: Allmän on 17 April, 2018 by Sikander

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are looking forward for summer, because I certainly am. This past weekend, I went on a short road trip to different small towns in Östergötland county with two friends. It was a nice weekend getaway from Linköping. We visited the city of Söderköping, and the small towns of Fryudden and Valdemarsvik. We ate lunch at a nice restaurant with the lakeside view. We also had some snacks in the car for the journey.


This week is all lectures in class, so not much going on in terms of work load. But my new job in Norrköping has kept me busy, so my weeks are going to be usually packed with things I have to do within a certain deadline. Last Friday, I had a class presentation with my group on the Banana wars. It is a political and economic conflict within many countries in Europe and Latin America based on free and fair trade bananas.


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Posted in: Allmän on 10 April, 2018 by Sikander

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Hello everyone! I hope you all have been doing well. I am back in Linköping, and was busy with Instagram activities for the LiU Masters page and phone calls since the deadline to accept the offer of admission is April 16. I also had a massive jet lag and was sleeping and waking up at odd times last week.

However, my new course is good so far. I have to do a role playing activity in a seminar on Friday. It is a group project with many students in it. This course is called Europe’s Relations with the World. One of the professors is originally from Mexico, and there are a few other professors lecturing this course.

The weather this past Sunday was a miracle. It was 18 degrees in the afternoon. I got excited and wore shorts, which turned out to be a bad decision since it got really chilly during the evening. One of the best parts of Linköping is the beautiful stream of water which divides the city in half. I spent sometime sitting under the sun in that part of the city.



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Home for a few days!

Posted in: Allmän on 31 March, 2018 by Sikander

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing month. I have been at home in Canada for the past few days. It has been a nice and relaxing time. But no holiday from LiU comes without work. I had to write a paper on strategic culture and it was a long research paper that took a couple of days to write. It was the final take home exam for the course that I just finished.

I met some friends in Toronto from my alma mater, the University of Guelph, since I had not seen them in such a long time. I will also be starting my new employment at the LiU campus in Norrköping once I return to Linköping. I will become a graduate research assistant to a professor and some PhD student(s) in the Division of Ageing and Social Change (ASC). It is a division in the Department of Social and Welfare Studies. I have been looking to do this kind of work ever since I started this masters program, and now I am grateful for finally starting it next month.

Here are a few pictures of where I live in Southern Ontario!


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Perks of becoming Scandinavian!

Posted in: Allmän on 12 March, 2018 by Sikander

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Hello everyone! I will be in charge again of the LiU Masters Instagram page in early April. So stay tuned for that. This week I have a seminar on Thursday, so I will be busy preparing for that. I am also flying to Toronto on Friday via Paris. I have some packing to do which will not take that much time.

A few days ago, I noticed a strange circle around the moon in the clear night skies of Linköping. I am not sure if it were some sort of Northern lights, but I thought it was very interesting since I have never seen this before. There has not been much going on lately compared to last month. Future students who are getting accepted to LiU will soon be getting phone calls from the ambassadors who will congratulate them, and address to any questions they may have.


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Hej från Linköping!

Posted in: Allmän on 11 March, 2018 by Sikander

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog. Last week on Friday, me and my classmates had a surprise birthday party for a friend. It was fun to reunite outside of class and just chill.

I have a couple of essays to write in the next few weeks, so I will probably be busy since I am also going home. The debate this Friday in my seminar was pro European for my team, and we tried to come up with as many arguments as we could. Honestly, debating is a great way to interact in a seminar and I wish we could have these debates more often.

On the not so bright side, it is still snowing outside which does not give me any hope that spring has any plans of showing up anytime soon. I hope it starts getting warmer soon and the snow melts, because Sweden is much more beautiful in the spring/summer.


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Sikander Islam

Sikander Islam
I am a Pakistani Canadian doing my masters in International and European Relations at LiU. I have been here at LiU as an exchange student during my bachelors, and I loved it enough to come back to study here again.

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