Amanda Goes to Sweden

During the spring 2014 semester, Amanda Steelman was a fourth-year student in mechanical engineering. She studied abroad in Sweden, thanks in part to the Nordberg INSPIRE Student Scholar Award, and blogged about her experiences there. INSPIRE is the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange.


Read Amanda's blog posts:

As Amanda's semester in Sweden comes to a close, she aims to experience as much as possible.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Winding down but not slowing down

May 15, 2014 - Well, my taste of Stockholm summer was short-lived. After about a week of absolutely amazing weather over the Easter break, May made its arrival with heaps of rain and threats of snow (seriously, it snowed on May 1; no accumulation though, luckily). It’s getting warmer slowly, but it’s still not quite time yet to leave your jacket at home.
Amanda muses on her classes, her roommates, a weekend trip, and weather in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Thoughts on Estonia, plasma physics, and glorious sunshine

April 28, 2014 - This semester is going so incredibly fast. For once I don’t have a lot of terribly exciting things to talk about, and it’s just really weird to think about the fact that in a month most of my classes will be over and in two months I will be back in the U.S.
Amanda survives an epic exam and transitioning into new courses.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Epic exams, new classes, more adventures

March 27, 2014 - I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of my time during the past couple entries talking about my adventures throughout Europe and not much on actual university things in Stockholm, so in honor of the start of the new period on this side, I dedicate this week to exams, classes, and school!
Amanda takes a weekend trip to northern Sweden, goes dogsledding, enjoys snow shoeing, and experiences the Northern Lights.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Adventures in Lappland

March 10, 2014 - Well, I survived my trip to Lappland. Barely. While I was up north, I got into a fight with Sweden’s fifth largest lake and the meter-thick layer of ice on top of it. My face lost, the ice won, and I walked away with a minor concussion. But other than that, the trip was absolutely awesome!
MechSE undergraduate Amanda Steelman blogs about her study abroad in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Exploring Amsterdam

February 20, 2014 - Well, I’m back! It’s been a busy past couple weeks. Two weeks ago some MechSE alumni came to visit for a couple days! It was cool to have them around, and it forced me to be a bit more of a tourist. But it was great to have some friends come visit.
MechSE undergraduate Amanda Steelman blogs about her study abroad in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Intro to Stockholm

February 6, 2014 - Okay, so, this is my first time blogging and I honestly have no idea where to start. I guess maybe with the basics? Hej! I’m Amanda. I’m technically a senior in mechanical engineering, but I’ll have one more year at Illinois after my semester here in Sweden. I’m studying abroad in Stockholm at The Royal Institute of Technology (also known as KTH or Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Swedish).