Mottagningssamordnare | Reception Coordinator, Filippa Larsson - Authormottagning@ths.kth.se
Mottagningssamordnare | Reception Coordinator, Julia Nordholm - Authormottagning@ths.kth.se
The reception is finally here! For many at KTH, and not least for us two Reception Coordinators, it's one of the highlights of the year: welcoming you and all the other new students. Ahead of you are weeks of reception, weeks of fun activities where you have the opportunity to get to know new people and be introduced to all that is happening on campus.
These weeks are sometimes called "intensive weeks". Don't let the name put you off, as there is no requirement to take part in any of the events organised - everything that happens is completely optional. This means that you can either choose to attend as many events as possible, pick out a few specific ones that appeal to you the most, or simply not show up at all. It's up to you!
There's no right or wrong when it comes to attending the reception, but it is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, learn your way around campus, get information about THS, your chapter and all the different associations - and, of course, have a lot of fun! The first weeks at KTH can feel tough and like a big adjustment for many. The other students you get to know during the reception can be a great support to have with you during the autumn to help you feel more secure. And by studying together, you can help each other in your learning.
THS International Reception organizes a reception for the new international students at KTH, while the chapters all organize their own for new bachelor students from Sweden. This also means that there is a lot happening on campus during these weeks and there are a lot of people on the move. The campus is full of people, there is almost a festival feeling in the air. There's dancing, music and activities everywhere during the reception!
Even though each reception is unique and both the International Reception and the chapters have a lot of different traditions, there are some elements that are the same for all. One of these is Union Day & Campus Fair on August 24th, which is the perfect opportunity to gain insight into what the Student Union THS (Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår in Swedish) has to offer during your studies. The day ends with Union Night, where Nymble, the student union building, is transformed into a big nightclub.
It's important to recognize if all this becomes too much for you at any point. It is okay to take a break! If you go home because you feel unwell, it is important to let the buddies or event managers know, so that they are aware. Stay home if you are sick, because the most important thing is always that you feel well, physically and mentally. The reception is fun, but it's only fun if you have the energy and health to actually enjoy it!
The people involved in the reception are trained and they all aim to give you the best possible start to your studies. Despite this, if something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or otherwise uneasy, there are lots of different people you can contact, because we want you to feel safe and welcome throughout the reception. First, you can turn to the buddies in your buddy group or the event managers and buddies during any reception event. You can also turn to the Project Managers of the International Reception and Gabriel, the Head of THS International. They have overall responsibility for everything that happens throughout the reception. You also have the possibility to contact us at THS. The easiest way to get in touch with us is via the form that you can find on the QR code below (or here).
With all this said, we, the Reception Coordinators at THS along with the Head of THS International, would like to wish you a wonderful International Reception and we hope you have as much fun during the reception as we have had planning for it.