Gabriela from Guatemala
Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?
"I have a Bachelor’s in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and I am currently studying my first year of this two-year Master’s programme. Studying an international Master’s programme abroad has always been a dream of mine. Ever since I was a kid, I have been passionate about science and always wanted to learn how to make medicine to cure people. My previous work experiences include quality assurance and toxicology."
Why did you choose Lund University and why did this particular programme appeal to you?
"I choose Lund University because it is very internationally friendly and also one of the top 100 world universities. In addition, LTH (Faculty of Engineering) is one of the most prestigious centres to study chemistry, as many innovations in chemistry and technology have started here. This specific Master’s appealed to me because it is a very broad programme that covers the whole drug development process. I think this holistic approach will enable me to work in many different positions."
What do you think of the teaching style and the way of studying here? What are the lecturers and professors like?
"I think the teaching style is interactive, the lectures are up-to-date and the professors are approachable. Also, the guest lecturers are high-level professionals that teach us a lot about their experience in the industry and fields of research."
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies so far?
"I have done some laboratory work in formulation and production, advanced analytical chemistry and biopharmaceuticals. The laboratories are up-to-date, complement the lectures and help us to put in practice what we have learned while improving our research skills."
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University and how international is your programme?
"Being an international student at Lund University has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life so far. The city is very international and the people here are very kind and helpful. The weather here in Skåne is not extreme, so it is easy to adapt and experience the beauty of each season. This is my first time studying abroad, and I believe that Lund University is an excellent place to have this first experience. The activities for new students are very well organised and you get a lot of support."
What is studying in Sweden like compared to studying in your country/other countries you studied in?
"I like the Swedish system for Master’s studies because it allows me to focus on one or two courses each period. All the courses are well organised and the professors are friendly and approachable. I am not afraid of asking questions and the feedback is always constructive, and we have the opportunity to make suggestions through course evaluations."
What are you planning to do after your studies?
"After my studies, I plan on applying for a PhD or work in the Pharmaceutical Industry – I am open to both options. I am glad that I chose this Master’s programme because I think the knowledge that I will gain will help me reach these goals of working with or doing research in small molecules or biopharmaceuticals."