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What is your life goal?

My initial goal when I was younger was to work hard to earn enough money to buy my parents a house since I noticed that they have always wanted one. However, in 2020, their own hard work was enough to finally get one for themselves. My current goal is to somehow make a difference in the world for the better. Not sure with what or in what area. But for now, just bust my ass off and learn as much as possible.

How do you handle stress?

A todo-list and try to remind myself that feeling stressful is just a feeling and it lives inside our head. If we have a plan on what we need to do, then just list them out and take it one thing at a time. If it’s something we can’t control: like job offers, whats the weather going to be like etc. We do our best and do not stress over things we can’t control.

How do you want others to see you?

I want others to see me as an ambitious person that just want whats best for people. Someone that loves helping, learning, teaching, and improving.

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University 3rd Year Complete Breakdown

This is the complete breakdown of my third year at Linköpings University. Make sure you read my first and second year to get a sense of it all. I will cover three parts, like the first one Expectations and Roles, School workload/Courses, Social life. I will share my tips and tricks on how I studied, managed my time and more. (Please note: this is what worked for me and it is not 100% it will work for you! Everyone is different and it takes time to find your own way.)

Expectations and Roles:

Time really flies when you’re studying. Lets start by where we left of from the last year. I had gotten the role of Project Manager for MTD and a role in Mattehjälpen. MTD was a success and I couldn’t have been happier of how it all turned out. We were very lucky that we had the fair just in time before the whole corona-pandemic. During my school year I also applied to be a Laboratory Assistant and a Student Brand Ambassador. This was a bit foolish because my workload really got out of hand during January to March. I was constantly stressed but it worked out fine. Just had to take it one day at a time.

School workload/Courses

TNG028 – Automatic Control (U-3,4,5)

I personally thought that the course was pretty hard. I think personally, the main problem was the structure of the course. The teacher was great, but her way of teaching was not what I was used to. I was used to learn by doing going to lectures, where they would talk theory and then do some examples. But all she focused way to much on the theories, and did little to non examples during the lectures. With that said, she had quizes and quiestion times which helped a lot. In hindsight I wished I went to her questioning sessions more often.

The course had 3 labs, and one final exam. The labs were very fun and informative. The final exam was do-able, a so called “lagom”.
If anyone reading this is studying automatic control, then skim trough this summary I made during the course, it might benefit you in one way or another. Click here for summary!

Good youtube channels/playlist for this course:
Brian Douglas https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUMWjy5jgHK1NC52DXXrriwihVrYZKqjk

Final grade: 4

TFYA65 – Soundphysics (U-3,4,5)

Very fun course with great, friendly teachers. I’ve said this before, but I normally hate physics, but this was much more fun and “chill”. This course is not paticularly hard since much of what is taught has been seen in the previous physics course. Fun laboratory sessions

Final grade 4

TNM093 – Applied Visualization and Virtual Reality (U-G)

Had great potential, but was structured poorly. Didn’t feel like I got what I expected from it. Nevertheless it was an introductory course and the miniprojects were enjoyable play around with when they were finished.

Final grade G

TNM087 – Image Processing and Analysis (U-3,4,5)

A great course for understanding behind the scenes of how cameras and image processing works. Fun course but took some getting used to. The slides during the lectures were a bit overwhelming since each lecture had like 70 slides and each slide was packed with info. This was great if you somehow missed a lecture and needed to catch up. I ended up writing most of it down and if someone is studying Image Processing, then skim trough this summary I made during the course, it might benefit you in one way or another. Click here for summary!

Great video for understanding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b3Sr2MGLFg (Derivation with pictures)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcBzsP-fvPo (Morphology)

Final grade 4

TNG022 – Modeling and Simulation (U-3,4,5)

A somewhat easy course. Took awhile to get into the right mindset. Bond graphs and state space variables became my friend by the end of the course which I am happy for. The lectures were great and easy to follow along.

Final grade 5

TNM085 – Modelling Project (U-3,4,5)

Really fun course with a lot of freedom. Main goal is to create a group project that has something to do with modelling something, for example modelling a hanging cloth that gets caught by the wind or in our case doing a soft-body simulation. The project can be found in my portfolio. We were very pleased with our results but didn’t get the maximum grade due to our project report, which is a bit of a bummer. More on this project can be found here.

Final Grade: 4

TND004 – Data Structures (U-3,4,5)

This course consisted of 2 quizzes and a final exam. The quizzes could give you extra points for the final exam which made it easier to pass. In my case I failed both quizzes due to being overconfident and not meticulous enough. But in the end I still passed so yea, yay!

This course has a pretty steep learning curve on this course but do-able. I found it very helpful to watch online tutorials and do online quizzes.

Some good links for this course:
Geek for Geeks Data Structure Quizzes:
https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/quiz-corner-gq/?ref=leftbar#Data%20Structures%20Mock%20Tests

Back to Back SWE:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJz2DV1a3yfgrR7GqRtUUA (Great channel for different areas of Data Structures.)

Plus here is my summary of the course that may help: Click here for summary

Quiz 1: Fail
Quiz 2: Fail
Final Grade: 4

TNM094 – Media Technical Bachelor Project (U-G)

The bachelor project is different for every group so I will just talk about what I did with my group. This project was a lot of fun, I worked together with 6 other talented, amazing students. In short we made a clothing website that would show view the cheapest product from different retailer sites. For example if “Store A” and “Store B” both sold a pair of Nike Shoes, we would show the cheaper one. So you are essentially browsing through 10 sites at the same time, kinda, sorta.

Some members in my group were very proficient in web-development which was great but since that was an area that I hadn’t explored much of yet, it led to me asking a lot during the project. It was a real learning experience and kinda opened my eyes in how “behind” I am in certain areas. This course made you write a lot of scientific reports, which was good I guess but sooo boring..

Final Grade: G

Social Life

I can’t really say I had a social life from mid-March til summer. Due to the corona pandemic I mostly stayed at home or worked on the bachelor project with my group. There were no parties, not that much see each other just to see each other, which was a good thing of course, but a bit of a bummer. But up until March before the pandemic, my schedule was packed. I had so much going on I barely had time to eat or clean. Between February and March was problably the most stressed out i’ve ever been. I talk about it more in my post “0 to 100 real quick”.

Final thoughts and expectations for the 4th year

The initial plan was to travel to Switzerland and study abroad for a year, but due to the pandemic it was semi-cancelled. I say semi because as I am writing this, the autumn period is cancelled but the spring is still possible if the corona situation doesn’t get worse. So I still have the possibility to study abroad for about 5-6 months. I’m still in a bit of a dilemma if I should go or not since I just recently got a new apartment in Norrköping and its such a hassle to look for apartments abroad. But I guess its worth it but Ill let future me worry and decide.

I am excited for the 4th year, (4TH!!) it feels a bit unreal. Time really flies when you’re having fun. For my fourth year I decided to apply for an organisation called “Engineer Without Borders” in a committee called “Engineer to Engineer”. In short their task is to help newly arrived citizen with engineering backgrounds to get jobs in Sweden. I didn’t work this summer due to my summerjob got cancelled due to corona, so I am pretty well rested and ready for another year of grind. This year I will try to push myself ever more without going overboard. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the 4th year breakdown.

Published on: Aug 21, 2020

0 to 100 real quick

These couple of months have been the most stressful and exhausting months I’ve ever experienced. I’m the one to blame though, since I kept on taking on tasks that I didn’t necessarily had to. This year, I got the honor of being project manager for MTD, maths-coach for Mattehjälpen, student brand ambassor for DoSpace, and laboratory assistant in the course “Applied Transform Theory”. It took soooo much time to balance everything, but it went pretty well.

All I can say is if you don’t have time, you have to find time somewhere else. With that said, I can say that my apartment has had better days, its been a mess a past few weeks when the stress level was at its peak. But now when MTD is over, it feels like a huge boulder off my shoulders. BUT on top of that, 5 days after MTD we decided to travel to Bali on vacation.

So from going on 100% grind mode to 0% and just chill for 2 weeks feels amazing. To put into perspective, here are some screenshots of my calendar during the most intensive periods and my calendar while I’m in Bali:

FROM THIS:

TO THIS!!

*Ignore the small things at the end of the days, forgot to delete them from auto-repeat*I’m writing this as we are on our way to the airport. I need this vacation break, so fingers crossed we don’t get the coronavirus or get put into quarantine..

Update: We needed to fly back after only 4 days abroad due to concerns of the corona virus. However, we did get a little vacation atleast..

Published on: Mar 10, 2020

University 2nd Year Complete Breakdown

This is the complete breakdown of my second year at Linköpings University. Make sure you read my first year to get a sense of it all. I will cover three parts, like the first one Expectations and Roles, School workload/Courses, Social life. I will share my tips and tricks on how I studied, managed my time and more. (Please note: this is what worked for me and it is not 100% it will work for you! Everyone is different and it takes time to find your own way.)

Expectations and Roles

During my first year at uni, I talked to older students and the majority of them said that the second year was the worst. That after you finish the second year, its downhill from there. I had pretty high expectation for the second year, that it was going to be a real challenge. Especially now that I had LiTHehack, Mattehjälpen, Activity Leader for NAFFI and Mattementor to think about as well. My mind was set to do as well as I possibly could and still have time to enjoy myself.

Role 1: Mattementor

The first role for me was being a Mattementor which is basically a maths-tutor in the following courses: Mathematics introductory course, Linear Algebra and Analysis I/Calculus I for first year students. This was sort of a part time job since the school payed you to do the work. It kicked off as soon as school started but was active for 6- or so months. I would have 1-2 sessions a week with the students and they would work on their own and ask questions if needed. I was very lucky since I saved all of my notes from each of the courses so I had something to look back on if there was something I was unsure about. I really enjoyed being a maths-tutor, the most rewarding thing was when it just *clicks* for the younger students. I knew that maths wasn’t easy and would probably be difficult for some, but the students I had were actually really quick learners. It also felt kind of weird being on the other side of things, but it was very enjoyable none the less and you had a chance to get to know the first year students under different circumstances(not only at parties) which was great.

Role 2: Mattehjälpen – Mattecoach

Mattehjälpen is a student organisation that just started up in Norrköping(they had this in Linköping before) which basically is like being Mattementor but without the payment and was for everyone and not just first year students AND not limited to certain courses. This was certainly a challenge but I felt good about it since I had the other student which was in one to two years above me. If there was anything I was uncertain about, then I could always ask him. So why did I apply to this? You don’t get any money but you get a pretty nice hoodie + the gratitude of other students. Be kind and work hard is what I strive for and if I have the possibility to help younger students, then by all means I will. We had maths-sessions a couple of days before exams where students could come and ask questions or just work on practice exams. It was definitely not as demanding as I thought so it worked out really nicely.

Role 3: LiTHehack

LiTHehack is kind of a student organisation that has programming drop in sessions where students can come and work on their coding projects and receive guidance if needed. As a member of LiTHehack I got the opportunity to help students with programming and also connect with different companies that helped us with programming events and workshops. This was also sort of a part time job since we received payment from the school AND a nice red hoodie :)! I really enjoyed my time in LiTHehack and hope the others did too.

Role 4: NAFFI – Activity Leader

As an activity leader, my task was to hold a basketball practice every Wednesday between 21:00-22:00. It wasn’t really a problem since I would have probably gone even if I hadn’t been the basketball coach. The only downside was that it was pretty late and somewhat far away. It took around 20-25 minutes to walk with the basketball duffle-bag, which wasn’t light. Even though I thought that this would take the least amount of time, it didn’t. Luckily it was only once a week so it wasn’t really a problem.

So how do you balance everything with school work? Planning, planning, planning and more planning. I was very careful with my planning and didn’t really have time to waste. With that said, I wasn’t some sort of robot, I had my weekends pretty much off and still partied and went to social events. I recorded 1 second for each day from February 9th to June 8th and I will attach it at the end of this post. This will hopefully give you a sense of how my days were. (Note: This definitely doesn’t paint the whole picture so don’t take the video too seriously)

Schoolworkload/Courses

TNA006 – Analysis III/ Multiple variable calculus (U-3,4,5)

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TNE043 – Mechanics and Wavephysics (U-3,4,5)

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TNA007 – Vector analysis (U-3,4,5)

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TNG033 – C++ Advanced Course (U-3,4,5)

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TNM040 – Communications and User-interface (U-3,4,5)

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TNG032 – Applied Transform theory (U-3,4,5)

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TNG015 – Signals and Systems (U-3,4,5)

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TNM059 – Graphic Technology (U-3,4,5)

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TNM061 – 3D Computer Graphics (U-3,4,5)

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Social Life

The social life was pretty much the same as the first year. The parties were pretty much the same, still enjoyable but probably not the same level of partying like the first year. I traveled a bit this year as well. I went to Gdansk, Poland with some friends on a “party trip”, and to London to visit relatives.

To more or less sum up my day to day life in a short video(this definitely doesn’t paint the whole picture):
1 second everyday from Feb 9th-June 8th

Encouragement / tips and final words

This year hasn’t been easy, but you eventually pull through. I took it one day at a time and tried not to get stressed out. I always tried to surround myself with positive vibes and tried to spread joy around me. We are all going through this together and should help each other out. A tip that I think helped me get through this years intensive study was to incorporate unintentional learning as a part of my day. I would watch math/programming videos for fun. Sure they probably didn’t cover the specific course I was studying but it helped me find the “joy” in that field. For example, watching a cool animation about some why some equation holds doesn’t really help me for my test but it keeps my head thinking in a “mathy” way if that even is a term.

Some general youtube educational channels I enjoy watching is:


Some top-of-the-head fun video in general:

I have tonnes more but these are some of the videos that popped into my head when writing this post.

At the end of the year, applications for student organisation opened up, so I decided to apply for Project Leader/Manager for MTD2020 which is a organisation that has one big task. To organize a student fair and banquet where students and companies can interact. I felt that this deserved my full attention so this was the only thing I applied for. I also decided to stay in Mattehälpen for another year since that doesn’t take up to much of my time. I am excited and a bit nervous because it is the 20th year anniversary for MTD, which means there will be extra *omph* to it. I have a lot I want to change as well so this makes me a bit worried also. But I’m confident that it will be amazing and I am looking forward to see how it goes. Come back and read year 3 complete breakdown to see how it went

Published on: Jun 27, 2019

University 1st Year Complete Breakdown

This is the complete breakdown of my first year at Linköpings University. I will cover three parts: First impression, School workload/Courses, Social life. I will share my tips and tricks on how I studied, managed my time and more. (Please note: this is what worked for me and it is not 100% it will work for you! Everyone is different and it takes time to find your own way.)

First Impression

A couple of days before the “hazing”(nollning in swedish) I had just moved into my student dorm which was 15m² of pure dullness. It was definitely not what I was hoping for but you have to work with what you get. I adapted pretty quickly and felt pretty much at home during the first few days. I luckily met another freshmen that was just moving in next door the day before school. I felt then that I would now have a familiar face to talk to during the first day of school which was a relief.

First day of school was exciting, nerve wracking and somewhat awkward. It felt like everyone was very social BUT a bit too cautious, I can’t really blame them since I was exactly the same. A couple days in and people were opening up more and so was I. This was probably due to the fact that there were so many social activities, study groups etc which made it easier to connect with others. It was a hectic first two weeks, not necessarily due to the school work, but rather the amount of activities going on at the same time. My goal during the hazing-phase was to participate in as many social activities as possible, since I heard from older students that if you can manage the first two weeks with good planning, then the rest of the year will be a breeze. I knew it was a challenge but I tried my best to keep the school work in check as well as attend to as many parties, social activities, etc as possible. In total I think I missed 2 events during the hazing-phase of 2 weeks. After the hazing-faze you could say that school officially started.

School workload/courses

The workload is a lot more demanding compared to high school(obviously). But personally I think it all comes down to time management and discipline. I didn’t realize this until a little later into the school year. The use of a calendar is a must in my opinion, either digital or physical. I write down everything on my google calendar, when to study, do chores, workout, party etc etc. This gives visual feel of how your day/week will be and you can mentally prepare for it. Every week won’t be a super productive week, but slowly but surely you will create a good habit which make life easier. The thing that took most of my time was of course studying. My mindset when studying is:

  • Take it one task at a time.

Do one thing at a time and don’t stress about the amount you have to do during the day/week. By doing one thing at a time it felt that I became more effective when studying which led to me being finish with my weekly tasks. (but it could just be me)

  • Do it for someone.
    By this I mean that, when your motivation is low, try to think that you are not doing this for you, but for someone else. Someone you owe, and that their request is that you study. It’s kind of hard to express but yea, try to imagine you’re doing it for someone you care about.

  • Unintentional learning

If all else fails, you could always watch online videos on the topic and try to surround yourself with it, even if you aren’t paying full attention it is still better than not studying at all. This kind of learning isn’t the best but it helps.

  • Discuss with other students/Older students.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It is SO GOOD, TALK TO THEM! Heck, by all means, talk to me if you are studying and I’ll try my best to get a good discussion going.

Those are vaguely what goes through my mind when I’m studying.I will now do a course-to-course breakdown on how I approached them and my tips for studying for that particular course and what grade I got. The grading system is either U-G in some courses which is U = fail or G = pass and other courses are U-3,4,5 which is U = fail, 3-5 is pass but 5 is equivalent to an A. You could write the same exams multiple time as well if you weren’t satisfied with the results, which was what I did on multiple occasions.

TNA001 – Mathematics introductory course (U-3,4,5)

This course is sort of a bridge between high school mathematics and university mathematics. It was personally not that difficult for me since I started university immediately after high school and it covers a lot of what was taught there. For people who took a couple of years off before studying again may have a rougher start but then it pretty much falls into place. The course is wide and covers a lot, but by doing the weekly math-problems given and following the schedule then it shouldn’t be a problem. I found that practice exams/older exams are the best way for me to learn, and if there was something I didn’t understand I would google it.

Summary: Do the math problems and do as many practice exams as possible.

Final grade: 5

TND012 – C++ Programming introductory course (U-3,4,5)

This was my first time experiencing programming and I felt like it was very hard for me to wrap my head around some of the concepts in this course. The course was divided into 2 main parts. The 3 “duggor”, which were mini-exams, and the final exam. If you pass all 3 “duggor” then you were guaranteed the passing grade 3. If you wanted a higher grade then you would also write the final exam. For me, programming went well during the first 2 “duggor”. I kind of slacked since I thought I had the 3:rd “dugga” in the bag. But I was wrong.. and that was my first U = fail in university. By failing this “dugga” I had to write the final exam. The final exam went better than expected and I ended up with a final grade of 4. I would some time later write the exam again to bump my grade up to a 5 since I felt like I had the capability to do so.

Helpful Basic C++ Youtube-channel:
TheNewBoston: https://www.youtube.com/user/thenewboston (Great explanations and simple)

1st try Final grade: 4
2nd try Final grade: 5

TNM088 – Digital Media (U-G)

This was a pretty chill course in my opinion. The course had a couple of group mini-projects and one bigger final exam and one bigger projects. The exam was pretty easy if you take notes during the lectures. Something that I didn’t do that well during this course, but I luckily got notes of an older student to study with. My final project was done with 3 other classmates and we made a 2D animation of what depression feels like. The video for that project can be found here. The idea was to use sentences that describes what it feels like to be depressed and turn it into a short animation. There were four different sentences that were used and in the video, the third one was my contribution. It was our first time doing an animation and was very time consuming. We had to draw everything with a computer mouse since we didn’t have access to drawing pads. All in all, fun project to work with.

Final grade: G

TNA002 – Linear Algebra (U-3,4,5)

This course for most students is completely new and foreign. This is nice in a sense that everyone is on the same level and no one has an advantage unlike the introductory course mentioned earlier. The same way of studying was applied to this maths-course as well. Do the math-problems given and do a lot of practice exams!

Helpful Linear-Algebra Youtube playlist:
3blue1brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNk_zzaMoSs&list=PLZHQObOWTQDPD3MizzM2xVFitgF8hE_ab (the link here is to the linear algebra playlist. This is more for the visual understanding)

Björn Runow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Ju11sFzD4&list=PLUlhpb66e-nlV7CeS_1Ag7LIeCUjFLgU5 (Also a linear algebra playlist! Covers almost everything you could imagine)

Helpful website:
https://www.ludu.co/course/linjar-algebra

Final grade: 5

TNA003 – Analysis I/Calculus I (U-3,4,5)

I studied the same for this course as for the other maths-courses. Do the math-problems given and do a lot of practice exams! This course is a bit tricky so discussing with other students can help a tonne.

Helpful Analysis I/Calculus playlist:
Jonas Månsson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnyiLJkQq8o&list=PL2w8yt28pgXoNsjLWVLHOZ46tcvpCksDt (Covers a lot of example problems!)

3blue1brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUvTyaaNkzM&list=PLZHQObOWTQDMsr9K-rj53DwVRMYO3t5Yr (Great playlist, more of a visual understanding!)

Helpful website:
https://www.ludu.co/course/envarre

Final grade: 5

TND002 – JAVA Object-oriented programming (U-3,4,5)

With the basic understanding from the C++ course, this was much more manageable. I don’t recall watching as many youtube videos as I did during the C++ course. None the less, there are plenty of great tutorials out there. This course had some pretty rough computer-labs which was done in groups of 2 and 2. Preparation is key for these labs! The exam on the other hand felt like a breeze compared to the labs. My tip for this course is to do the lab preparation in time, and make sure you understand most of what is happening during those lab sessions. The final exam will be easy peasy lemon squeezy then.

Final grade: 5

TNMK40 – Electronic publishing (U-3,4,5)

This was a HTML/CSS/PHP course that vaguely covered everything. It was fun, but kind of hard to study for since there was only a group project that determined your grade. The project was to create a lego-searching website which would search in a given lego-database. I did the project with 4 other classmates but can’t seem to find the project. From what I remember, it was a hard time getting started. This course can be a bit difficult if you haven’t tried HTML/CSS/PHP before, which I didn’t. My approach to this was almost trial and error in some cases… which was really bad. Don’t be afraid to ask the lecture for help. They are there to help and in this course it can be just what you need for doing well.

Final grade: 4

TNA003 – Analysis II/Calculus II (U-3,4,5)

This is the continuing course from Analysis I(duh..) and in my opinion one of the harder maths-courses. I don’t know if it was that I had a harder time grasping the concepts or just that the usual studying techniques didn’t work. I still think doing the math-problems the doing practice exams are key to completing this course but if you want a higher grade then you should probably write a summary after every lecture. It can be easy to forget seemingly “small unimportant things” that will later bite you during the exams.

Helpful tools for calculation:
https://www.integral-calculator.com/ (Only use to check answers and/or if you’re stuck)
https://derivative-calculator.net (Only use to check answers and/or if you’re stuck)

Helpful Calculus youtube channels/playlist:
Jonas Månsson: https://www.youtube.com/user/75gauss (No specific playlist, roam the channel and find gold. Many example problems)
3blue1brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUvTyaaNkzM&list=PLZHQObOWTQDMsr9K-rj53DwVRMYO3t5Yr (Down the playlist there is a great video on taylor series that show more of a visual understanding!)

Helpful website:
https://www.ludu.co/course/flervarre

1st try Final grade: 3
2nd try Final grade: 4

TNM046 – Computer Graphics (U-3,4,5)

This course covers basic computer graphics. The labs were pretty enjoyable since more visual stuff was happening on the screen rather than just a console saying “Hello world!”. The final exam had a lot to do about how transformations work etc. This reminded a lot of the linear algebra course which came in handy. The best tip for completing this course is the practice exams and the course compendium. Since the course isn’t that broad, you can learn pretty much the majority from the practice exams but don’t underestimate it. The compendium is written by the course-leader and covers a lot of example problems. The compendium is a bit hefty so if you don’t have the time to read everything then only focus on the things you are unsure about.

Final grade: 5

TNA005 – MATLAB Applied mathematics (U-G)

This course is about applying mathematics in 3 different mini-projects with the use of the software MATLAB. Each project was a bit tricky, so don’t be scared to ask/mail the senior lecture or older students for help/tips. There was also a MATLAB exam which most people fail during their first try(didn’t mean to scare anyone but that is the statistics). I think it is due to the fact that MATLAB can a bit intimidating and the exams questions are sometimes a bit unclear. The downside about this course is that there aren’t any practice/older exams(I didn’t at least), which makes studying for the MATLAB exam a bit difficult. This was also the course where I was accused of cheating on the third and final mini-project(which I didn’t).

MATLAB Exam Final grade: G
Miniproject 1 Final grade: G
Miniproject 2 Final grade: G
Miniproject 3 Final grade: G

Social life

The social life outside of school was great. Every weekend was a party, activity etc. It is important for me to let some steam loose after an intense week at school studying. So during my first year, I was out partying a lot. Apart from partying like an alcoholic university student, I also tried to workout as much as possible by going to the gym on weekdays except Wednesday and instead go to basketball practice on Wednesday. Some weeks were good, some weren’t. In my opinion, moving around and exercising crucial for maintaining the sanity to keep studying.

Applications and final words

By the end of the first year, the applications for different student organisation started to open up. I decided to apply for LiTHehack which is a student organisation that tutors students by having drop in sessions once a week. I also applied for Mattehjälpen and Mattementor where Mattehjälpen is similar to LiTHehack but the tutoring is in Mathematics instead. Mattementor is on the other hand is where you only tutor first year students in the following courses: Mathematics introductory course, Linear algebra and Analysis I/Calculus I. I also “applied” to or was offered to be a activity leader for NAFFI – Norrköpings Akademiska Förening För Idrott which is basically a basketball coach/trainer for students. Why I applied to these was because I wanted to improve and challenge myself. It was also because of the encouragement I got from my friends that gave me confident to apply. I got accepted to everything I applied to and now awaits a hectic year 2 at uni. The full breakdown for year 2 will be out soon, come back then to see how it went.

The first year at uni has been a roller coaster ride. I am so thankful for where I am for the amazing kind people I am surrounded by. Everything has been amazing and I am so happy that I decided to start studying here.

Published on: Jun 27, 2019

Screen time challenge (finished)

I’ve been noticing that I have been spending more and more time on my phone. This is due to a number of factors but this needs to change. I got a real wake up call when I checked my screen time to see that it is on an average of 9-10h EVERY DAY?! One of the worst days was 16 hours (yes 16!!). How does one even spend 16 hours on the phone..? I blame the corona virus

When I saw this, I knew I needed a change. So the challenge is to decrease the screen time significantly, ideally 2-3 hours MAX every weekday and maybe 3-4 hours on weekends. I’ll keep this up until summer and then return with the results! Ill be gaining a lot of extra time and I don’t want to waste it, so I’ll try spending it on side projects, hobbies or just creative things such as drawing/painting. Once the update comes I’ll post what I was able to do with all that extra time. Stay tuned!

How it went: 

It started well with it in the beginning, but I noticed that I would actively try to check my phone and close it down asap just to decrease screen time. And I could never talk the same way with friends, so I found a way around it by being on the computer and messaging my friends. Which doesn’t really make sense if I am trying to be more productive. I would say though that it got a little better but 2-3 hours max was a bit of wishful thinking.

Something I have noticed though is that my screen time is very very low when I am with my significant other. So maybe thats the way to go. But as for this challenge, I would say I failed pretty hard since I broke the rules and really didn’t do the things I wanted to within that time frame. What can I say, sometimes we just gotta it piece by piece and not set unrealistic goals. I will be thinking actively about reducing my screentime from now on, but not pressure myself as hard as I did when I did this challenge. 

Challenge failed

Published on: Jan 3, 2021

Parlez-vous français? (finished)

The challenge is to learn as much french as possible by the end of summer 2020. “Why?” you may ask. Well, a couple weeks ago, the results of my “studies abroad application” came and I got accepted in to EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland!! As you probably can guess, in Lausanne, the main language is french hence the whole learn french thingy. All my courses there however will be in English, so it is not a necessity to learn french but I thought it might be fun to try.

When I was younger, I was able to speak french fluently since I lived in Canada (the french part), but after moving to Sweden, the Swedish language pretty much replaced the french I had in my brain. I think re-learning french will be pretty challenging but I am pretty motivated and curious how much I can learn in 6 months.

The game-plan is the following:

  1. Use the app “Duolingo” to learn the basics/increase vocabulary
  2. Listen to basic-to-advanced french podcasts
  3. Watch french series
  4. Listen to french music
  5. Watch french lessons on YouTube
  6. Buy a baguette


I think learning a language is consistency, so I will try to put in at least 30-60 min everyday.
Wish me luck, see you back here in 6 months.


How it went:

Well this is a bit late I guess, current date is November 13th 2020 and I started this in December 28th, 2019. So how did it go? I can start by saying that the “at least 30-60 min everyday” was a bit over-ambitious hahah.. But I can say i have been spending on average 15-20 min everyday so it’s at least something. Iv’e been mostly using Duolingo and on a phew occasions listened to french podscasts/music.


As you can see, I am currently at 230 days streak (I lost it once somewhere around 60) and it has been working out well so far. According to Duolingo, I know 1959 french words, which is awesome, but I feel that I can understand way more compared to how much I can speak. I have a hard time forming sentences on my own without having to think for awhile. My approach to Duolingo was a “waterfall” approach, that you instead of doing one by one to level 5, I did 4 “bubbles” at the same time but with descending levels as seen in the picture above.

Everyday, there are 3 finished bubbles that crack, which indicates that it’s been awhile since you last trained those words. So everyday I would try to fix the 3 bubbles and do 4 other bubbles once. This took about 15-20 minutes.

Of course there were lazy days where I just did one bubble just to keep the streak up, but I would say most of the days were on par. Since it is still unclear if my studies in EPFL will happen due to the pandemic, it has been a bit hard to find motivation to keep studying french. It was kind of the carrot that kept me going. But I know future Phil will thank me for not quitting and that it’ll be worth it at the end.

According to a google search I made:

  • People who know 250-500 words are beginners.
  • Those who know 1,000-3,000 words can carry on everyday conversations.
  • Knowing 4,000 to 10,000 words makes people advanced language users.
  • While knowing more than 10,000 words puts them at the fluent or native-speaker levels


I will continue to learn french but I’ll cross this challenge as finished just for the sake of the post (and I should be lowlevel french speaker so its technically complete). However I want to reach around 4000-5000 words and speak more natural which I believe is achievable but will take about another 1-2 years.

Challenge accomplished

Published on: Dec 28, 2019

Early bird gets the worm (finished)

Ever since I started university, waking up early has never really been an issue for me. I had a period during the first year where I would wake up 2 hours before school started to go workout/get a head start on the day. I felt that I was super productive and kind of wanted to get back to that. Why though? It really is just the same as if I were to sleep late/wake up late since I would have to go to bed super early in order to wake up early.

Well, in my defense, it is (for me) easier to be productive in the morning than late at night. But hey, that’s just me. Either way, the challenge is to wake up 04:50 every morning(not counting weekends hehe) and see how it affects my daily life. The challenge is to keep this up til Christmas! It’s about 2 months but I think we can pull it off! It has been 9 days so far since I started and it has been alright. Fingers crossed it goes well and… well.. Goodnight!

How it went:

The whole journey has been pretty good. I would say the challenge was accomplished but with some minor slips. There were some weekdays I didn’t wake up on time due to a bad night of sleep but I would compensate it by waking up early during the weekends instead.

A typical weekday would be:

  • 04:50 – Wake up
  • 05:15 – Go to the gym OR Do school work
  • 06:45 – Shower/breakfast/get ready for school
  • 08:15 – School
  • 12:15 – Lunch
  • 17:00 – Go home
  • 17:15 – Dinner
  • 18:15 – Do school work OR Relax/Watch youtube
  • 20:30/21:00 – Get ready for bed
  • 21:30 – ZzZzZ


Then rinse and repeat. This is something I am very happy I did since I got so much done and was rarely stressed. The hard part was really the going to bed on time, so if you can manage that then it should be a piece of cake. Another thing that made waking up easier was that I invested in a proper alarm clock. I bought a “Wake-up light Philips HF3531” which was a bit pricey but was very worth it. This alarm clock starts by lighting up the room slowly 30 min before the alarm. The alarm-signal itself is bird-noises. I mean, waking up to a slow sunrise with bird-noises is the best way to wake up. After awhile it becomes a habit and you wake up before the alarm even rings.

So I would recommend this or just to change the alarm on your phone to something more soothing so that you wake up more softly. This makes a huge difference in how grumpy you are in the morning (according to me).

So you’re probably thinking “What about weekends? What if you are out partying, how can you go to bed early on a Sunday if you’re hungover?”. Well, there is really no good answer for that, I think it is different for each person BUT in my case I had no problem with it. I was out partying close to almost every weekend but it didn’t affect my sleeping pattern too much.

How to wake-up early tips:

  1. Get a better alarm clock/change alarm signal on your phone. One that wakes you up softly.
  2. Sleep with warmer clothes OR have warm clothes nearby. If you are freezing in the morning, it will be really hard to leave the blankets and get up.
  3. Caffeine, but don’t overdue it.
  4. Put on “hype” or “feel good” music as soon as you wake up.
  5. Turn on all the lights as soon as you get up.
  6. Go to bed on time. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. More or less will just make you more tired.

Finally, will I continue doing this? Yes, yes I will. To the best of my abilities. 🙂

Challenge accomplished

Published on: Oct 9, 2019

21 Day Meditation Challenge (finished)

This is the 21 Days of Abundance Challenge!

This program is designed to help you develop a mindset of prosperity and abundance in your daily life by working with a short daily meditation and daily task.

An abundance Mindset is the following:

  • Point of view: You’re in the driver’s seat
  • Physical Energy: Relaxed and alert, expansive posture, rooted and balanced, present, breathing deeply and evenly
  • Emotional Energy: Feeling empowered, engaged, positive, like you’re working on something bigger than yourself. You energize and inspire others. You’re excited about the challenges and growth ahead.
  • Mental Energy: Feeling of clarity, the ability to perceive multiple angles, listen actively, and notice what others are not seeing. Flexible and adaptable. Typical thought pattern: “I always have a choice. If I were to notice something new, what would it be?”. Creative agency. Nonjudgemental beginner’s mind.


I actually got introduced to this challenge by a friend. I will share my thoughts and feelings about all of this by the end of the challenge. The challenge is to follow a playlist, meditate and complete a small task each day. The full playlist can be found here.

Day 1: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 1 from the playlist.
Task 1: Make a list of 50 people that add or have added value in your life. When making your list, it is important to take a moment and think about all the positive things you have gained from this person and how they helped you grow (don’t just mindlessly write the names. Rather, take time to consider why you want to write their name down) The list has to have 50 names. The importance is to mind the motive of choice at the moment you’re writing. (these can be people you know personally, or not)


Day 2: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 1 from the playlist.
Task 2: Write a list, no matter the number, of the people you consider to be prosperous in your family or in your social environment. People who have achieved their life goals (all or some) and are happy. Keep in mind, it is not at all just about financial prosperity, but happiness!


Day 3: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 3 from the playlist
Task 3: Focusing on breathing and allow yourself to receive so that you will have more to give.


Day 4: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 4 from the playlist
Task 4: Make a general list of all your monthly expenses and debt: Write down all the debts you have, whether they are on your credit card, personal credit, loans, etc. It is not necessary to write down the values!! Only the source (eg: rent, student loans, car financing installments, etc….) Then write down all the fixed monthly expenses, again without values, but only the items (eg: electricity, water bill, internet, gym membership, etc…) → the specific amounts don’t need to be written, but the TOTAL amount you need to pay each month MUST be included.


Day 5: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 5 from the playlist
Task 5: Use your imagination and your creativity to “pay off” all of your debt. Visualize yourself paying off all of your debt (what does it look like? How does it feel? What are you wearing?) Create a cheque, a letter, a transfer slip or something of the like to pay off this debt. Put in an amount that will cover your debt, and make sure to sign your check with you name to make it “official”.

Imagine that your expenses are easy to afford. Notice how you feel.

Use your creativity, colors, and shapes freely while designing and coloring. Allow the feeling of freedom and satisfaction to wash over you as you FEEL into balancing your debt and expenses as if it was a real payment.


Day 6: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 6 from the playlist
Task 6: Read this affirmation out loud:
“Today, I (full name) begin to create a new relationship with money. Money is good, clean and useful for my growth, satisfaction, and well-being. Money brings positive things in my life. The success that I have will bring money and wealth for me and for those close to me. I deserve to be prosperous and have plenty of money.
Money is my friend, and the value of what I invest in increases every day.
Success and money accompany me, here and now.
I ask my ancestors who had difficulty due to lack of money, to bless me and to give me permission to live differently. And I ask my prosperous forefathers to inspire me.”

This statement must be written 10 times by hand in your notebook. If you feel called to add a sentence to it to make it your own, feel free to do so as well.

Day 7: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 7 from the playlist
Task 7: Make a list of people that you feel in some way take away your energy. The people who cause you discomfort when they are around. They can be people near or far from you now, people you know well, or even people you’ve never met, the important thing is what you feel.


Day 8: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 8 from the playlist
Task 8: Find at least 5 receipts or invoices for payments in which you have invested in yourself ; and write on each of them: ‘EVERYTHING I HAVE INVESTED IN MYSELF, WILL RETURN TO ME, MULTIPLIED.”

These can be receipts of any kind, in which you treated yourself to something: supermarket, restaurants, yoga or fitness classes, hairdresser, travel, etc.


Day 9: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 9 from the playlist
Task 9: Write down 5 of your flaws that you think are limiting you. Flaws that don’t allow you to get what you really want, whether it’s material or not.

Flaws you want to improve, and without which everything would flow better.
Try to concentrate and go as deep as possible. Feel in your heart what these limitations really are.


Day 10: Follow along and meditate with the instructions of video 10 from the playlist
Task 10: Of the 5 flaws you listed in yesterday’s task, pick TWO that you want to work on.
Define your action plan by writing at least two points (concrete actions achievable in daily life, or in the short-term to improve them) for each of them, and then begin putting them into practice today!


Day 11: Never came…


MEDITATION CANCELED… heres why

The meditation challenge was going well until my trip to Tomorrowland and Rome came along. Do you know how hard it is to try to meditate when there is a nonstop party going on haha.. Nonetheless I gave myself a break there and tried to regroup and start the challenge again when I was in Rome with my family. Unfortunately I got a nasty cold after Tomorrowland and was coughing most of the time. It really hard to relax and meditate while you’re constantly coughing. Sooo, I told myself “alright, when I get home from Rome, THEN I’ll at least try to finish the challenge” even though I’ve had like 1-2 weeks off which really defeats the purpose. You want to try to stay consistent. Anyway, when I came home and finally decided to start again this popped up:


The videos are no longer available.. That was when I decided to just give in. It was fun while it lasted I guess.


What I took away from doing this:

Pros

  1. It made me calm and less stressed
  2. It made me reflect on certain things I haven’t even thought of before
  3. It made me more self-aware

Cons

  1. It sometime felt like a chore, if you weren’t in the mood for it
  2. It can sometimes make you stressed to pinch in the time to meditate which well defeats the purpose.


I think that meditation can be very helpful and good, but only if you’ve done it enough to make it a habit and not a chore. As for me right now, a student on summer vacation with no job = no responsibility then meditation right now might not be for me. I’ll probably pick it up again once schools start and the schedule and daily planning is back on track.

Challenge failed

Published on: Jul 7, 2019

New blog alert

Welcome to my new “blog”!

This blog will be a deep dive into my life(so far). Hopefully I can inform, inspire or entertain whoever is reading this. This blog will contain my portfolio/projects, some of the big events in my life and my life at university. The main reason I created this blog is:

  1. Have something to look back on in the future.
  2. For future headhunters to get a sense of who I am as a person.
  3. To share my knowledge, goals, achievements and failures.
  4. To hopefully help and inspire others


The biggest reason though is probably because this is the first summer in a while since I’ve been unemployed. So what better way to spend all this free time than on this blog and document my life!

Published on: June 25, 2019