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Anastasiya: Every day and evening there's something going on

Starting a new life in a new country and in an unknown city can be a big decision. Anastasiya moved to Gothenburg from the city of Novosibirsk in Russia, a decision that she’s glad to have made. At University of Gothenburg she found a master program that she describes as unique and exactly what she needed.

Anastasiya from Siberia studies her second semester at the program Master in Communication at University of Gothenburg. She is one of few Russian students to be received by the university.
“This year I’m the only one from Russia. That’s because we don’t really get the information about the opportunities. When we look for Masters programmes we are more likely to get information from German universities and others”.

A background in Humanities and Business

Before coming to Sweden she studied at the Novosibirsk State Technical University.
“My background is in Humanities. I studied Classical Philology with focus on the Russian language and then I took a course in translation and interpretation of English in Business communication.”

After finishing her degree Anastasiya eventually got a job as a sales-manager, a job that led to the thought of a master’s degree in the field of Communication.
“I was travelling all around and promoted a Siberian product but I was still thinking a lot about continuing my studies because it would benefit my job opportunities. At some point I realized that we didn’t know how to communicate and negotiate with companies from different cultures and that was an obstacle for me and my company.”

She knew that she wanted to pursue her degree in Scandinavia and when she found the Master in Communication program it was clear that it was going to be in Gothenburg.
“The only program that I found that fits my experience is the Master in Communication program. There you get interpersonal and intercultural experience and at the same time you get the understanding of what an organization is all about. It is exactly what I needed, I needed intercultural awareness. It’s a unique program”.

Adapting to Sweden

When asked about her view of Sweden before moving she describes it as “romantic” and tells an amusing story.
“I saw the Vikings tv-series before coming here, such stereotypes. I watched it with my parents and they were saying “Where are you going? It’s such a strange country. Are you sure that you want to go?”.

When arriving in Sweden she encountered many differences from her life in Russia.
“The main difference is that it’s super-comfortable to travel here and to go from your place to the university. It’s nice and convenient and it works well. Gothenburg is also something special with its canals. I have never had so much water around me. The climate is also different, it’s so humid here. In my group of international friends I’m the one that is freezing all the time and I’m from Siberia. I’m freezing at home as well but since it’s humid here it’s really cold when the temperature falls”.

The culture and the way of being also came as a surprise from time to time.
“I like the queue-system, it’s convenient. You press a button and get your place in the line. But at the same time when it comes to transportations, everyone wants to go in to the tram fast and nobody cares about a queue. It’s a bit weird”.
“I’m also getting a bit Swedish when it comes to sitting separately in the tram. I will not sit close to a person if there is another free seat”.

A new favorite is the Swedish tradition of “fika”.
“It’s a great thing. It’s a kind of socializing and you can talk about anything. Even if it’s a meeting you can make it cozier. It’s a great tradition.”

There’s also some academic differences.
“When it comes to lecturer and student relations it’s very different. A lecturer in Russia is an authoritative person with a lot of power. In most cases it’s a monologue. Here a lecturer can even be interrupted and everyone is fine with it”.
“The technical means are also different. Here it’s really convenient. You can book a room for studying and just bring one computer for the whole group and use a big screen”.

Gothenburg - A city of many events

Even though a lot smaller than her hometown of Novosibirsk, Gothenburg is a city in Anastasiya’s taste.
“I think it’s a place with a lot of environmental awareness. It’s also cozy and in every part of the city you can find a place to sit and study”.

She gives international students that are new in Gothenburg the advice to take part in different activities around the city.
“When I moved here I realized that the world is not limited to my studies. Every day and evening there is something going on in Gothenburg and I was afraid to miss something. The first tip is to take it easy, you will not miss anything. Just search via Facebook and you can get information about upcoming events. You can also go to the library where there are different seminars and workshops. Little by little you will start to get your own networks. Right when I came I joined one of Gothenburg’s basketball clubs and since then I’ve been playing in the Division 4. It helps keeping me fit and meet new people.”.

What the future holds for Anastasiya is not yet decided.
“I’m still thinking about that. Now I am a board member of a student union, a digital ambassador of GU but I also see myself in the science. I will do my best to get a PhD position, but at the same time I feel very comfortable in international business. So if I can find my place in business with my background and my new skills from my studies that would also be awesome”.

About Anastasiya Klyushnikova

  • Born i Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Studied Classical Philology and Business English
  • Worked as a sales manager and traveled all around the world
  • Participates in Black Dot, a non-profit aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship for students.
  • Plays basketball at one of Gothenburg’s sports clubs
  • Studies Master in Communication
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