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I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”  – Albert Einstein

 In my opinion, the campus is huge. I mean, my University in Italy (Genoa) was big, but all the buildings were situated in different points of the city and you did not have what you call a ‘Campus’. Here the Campus is hugely built in one sole area (the Faculty of Medicine in the City Hospital is the only exception), with every building that seems to have been built for the students, with bookable rooms for group works or study groups, with dozens of computer rooms with any kind of computers and printers, with dozens of tables, chairs, sofas and armchairs where students can socialised or study, with a working air conditioning unit in the summer and a working heating system in the winter.

When I had been accepted to my programme (around April 2012), the first e-mail that I got from the Uni suggested me to start as soon as possible to look for a place where to stay in Linköping. After a month I had found what I was looking for on the University web-site (! – yeah, students have their own notice board for any need!), a 3-rooms apartment to share with a Swedish student. An empty room in a quarter of the city with an unutterable name (Skäggetorp) was waiting for me.

P.S.: I am not following a real chronological order of my experience, I know, but thinking about what preceded and followed my arrival to Sweden after this ‘long’ time (it has been already 16 months!), the memories fight with each other and pop out with a random order.

P.S. 2: As you may have already noticed, I like quotes. :)

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Audendum est: fortes adiuvat ipsa Venus

“Audendum est: fortes adiuvat ipsa Venus”

(“Be bold: Venus herself aids the stout-hearted” – Tibullus)

I remember that, when I first came here and spent a few weeks at the Uni, I had realised that the University here was… as I’ve always dreamt it. Open 24/7, possibility to borrow up to 50 (yes, ladies and gentlemen, FIFTY!) books per time from the library, expert teachers speaking an incredibly good English, bikes everywhere, weeks of classes, lectures and activities to welcome the new students to a new system, strict control during the exams and severe punishments for the cheaters, professors thanking you an infinite number of times per day for having chosen their University, teachers that invite you to contact them via e-mail, phone, mobile, in person for any need, answering your e-mails in less than 24 hours and that threat you as a valuable resource for the future.

This was my first impression and as the time passed I couldn’t help falling in love with my new University.

I’ll try to tell my story, step by step, about how you can move to Sweden to follow a dream, with a few savings but always smiling thinking about the future.
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P.S.: some of the posts that I will publish as been firstly published at the following link:http://blog.liu.se/matteovalencic/