An open mind is the key
Nicholas Felipe Jeworowski Klock from Brazil got at scholarship at the University of Borås. Now he has made friendships for life.
How did you wind up in Borås?
– I have always heard about Sweden and that they have a great culture, economy and equality between people. Then in the beginning of 2015, FURB - Universidade Regional de Blumenau (my university in Brazil), was doing a selection to grant scholarships to its students to go to Borås and study for a whole year. When I heard about it I immediately applied and after one month I received the answer that I got the scholarship. One of the best moments in my life.
Nicholas Felipe Jeworowski Klock
From: “I come from the south part of Brazil, which is usually called "Europe of Brazil" because of the great influence that comes from diverse countries in Europe. The name of my home city is Blumenau, which is typically German and it is located in the state of Santa Catarina”.
What was going through your mind when you arrived here?
– When you go to another country to do an interchange you need to have an open mind, because you are entering a different culture and have to accept things that you are not used to. Thanks to that thought, I didn't feel uncomfortable when I arrived here. Everything was new and ready to be explored and shared. Swedes have a lot of traditions and one of them is fika, a coffee break to eat something sweet, and without doubt I will continue doing that in Brazil.
What has been your most valuable experience?
– Making friends from all over the world. People from different parts of the globe come to Borås to study, and that is amazing because you share a lot of experiences with them and you make friendships for the rest of your life.
What is your impression of the University of Borås?
– It’s been great so far. I have already had classes with some professors and all of them had a great knowledge about the subjects that they were explaining. And a good thing in the courses are the guest lecturers, who help you to get a better understanding about the subject with examples and shared experiences. The library is also a big help when it comes to do research and there are always available computers.
You chose courses in industrial engineering. Why?
– Because it’s most similar to my course in Brazil, which is Electrical Engineering. The concepts and strategies that I learn in industrial engineering can be applied in any engineering area, so I will use that to fortify my original studies. With the application of engineering, we can create, develop and improve products and create solutions to help the life of people, and that is why I am so fascinated by it.
What would you say to people who want to study industrial engineering?
– The first thing that you have to know, is that if you don't like mathematics, don't even try it. Engineering is full of calculations and problems that you have to solve, so your mind will be tested all the time. But of course, with a good dose of dedication and effort, everything is possible and quickly you will fall in love with this amazing thing called engineering.
What are your goals in the future?
– Before coming to Borås I was already working as a designer of electrical transformers in a company that produces electrical machines. Different from other countries, in Brazil you can start to work in a full time job without having a degree. I was studying at night and working at daytime. That improved a lot of my personal and professional experiences. In the future I want to work in a multinational company so that I can use my international experience in the job.
Text and photo: Martin Högqvist