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An interview with Leiriane Pires Rios, winner of the Discover Chalmers University of Technology Challenge

chalmers, winner“Being selected as the winner of this competition opens my mind to other perspectives, motivates myself to keep fighting to conquer my goals.” – Leiriane Pires Rios winner of the Amazon voucher

Leiriane Pires Rios from Brazil is the latest addition to the growing list of Sqore winners after winning the Discover Chalmers University of Technology Challenge. It was a popular and very global competition attracting students from over 70 countries to compete, but in the end there could only be one winner. Here is what she had to share with the blog:

Congratulations Leiriane! How did you feel when you found out that you won?

“First, I have to thank Sqore for the competition ‘Discover Chalmers University of Technology Challenge’. It was a pleasure to have participated of such an amazing challenge. It was a surprise that I won, but I am mostly happy because I feel that I am even closer of accomplishing my dream – to visit Sweden and study at Chalmers University of Technology some day. I am currently participating in an academic exchange program organized by the U.S. Government where I was chosen as a representant from Brazil. I also hope to be selected to participate in an exchange program or completing a Master in Sweden.”

How did you hear about this competition?

“I have seen the competition on the Sqore website, because I am frequently looking at new challenges and opportunities to study in Sweden.”

How will this win affect your future?

“This competition provided me a lot of knowledge and this fact in itself was already a win to me. Being selected as the winner of this competition opens my mind to other perspectives, motivates myself to keep fighting to conquer my goals. Therefore, I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity that Sqore provided me.”

What did you learn about Chalmers University of Technology through the process?

“As I said, I am frequently looking to discover more about Sweden and its numerous renowned universities. Therefore, even before the competition, I had heard a lot about Chalmers University of Technology. Nevertheless, the Discover Chalmers University of Technology Challenge was very useful to confirm my knowledge about this five star international university. Also, Chalmers has a huge cooperation with a large number of global industrial companies, which makes it easier for students to be updated about renewable and sustainable technologies while at the same time providing numerous international connections.”

How has it been to get to know Chalmers University of Technology so far?

“I am very grateful to have discovered so much about Chalmers University of Technology. Chalmers has numerous Master’s programmes which I have been interested in. Engineering for sustainable development is the goal of my research, a program which Chalmers is one of the leading forces in worldwide. Therefore, I am keen to attend a Master programme in Environmental and Resources issues at Chalmers University of Technology.”

What’s next for you and Chalmers University of Technology?

“I study Environmental Engineering at the Catholic University of Brasilia, and I hope to be selected to study a Master programme at Chalmers University of Technology, a renowned university in Sweden and ranked among the top 100 Engineering universities in the world.”

Is there anything you felt was missing in the process that we can possibly improve for next time around?

“Nothing was missing in the process. Sqore is a great website that provides multiple opportunities to students and graduates. The entire challenge process was really well planned and all the Sqore team have prominent technical competence.”

When did you start thinking about which University you were going to attend?

“First, I started thinking about the country I would like to attend a Master program in, and my conclusion was Sweden. Since the first year of my undergraduate course in Brazil, I was hoping to experience studying in a country recognized for its’ sustainable initiatives. The numerous environmental actions that Sweden has taken to help solve multiple global environmental issues is fantastic. From bicycle lanes on roads that makes it easier for people to bicycle around in town, to investments in renewable technologies and energies – Sweden has a prominent place when it comes to the sustainable cities scene. Plus, Chalmers University of Technology is ranked among the top 100 Engineering Universities in the world and offers numerous research programmes in English.”

What got you excited about this challenge?

“This challenge confirmed my knowledge about Chalmers University of Technology, proving that I have numerous learnings and interests in Chalmers. It was a surprise to me to win, but I am mostly happy because I feel that I am even closer of accomplishing my dream – to visit Sweden and study in Chalmers University of Technology.”

Would you have applied even if you had not participated in the opportunity?

“Yes, I would have applied to the university, but I really wanted to win the Discover Chalmers University of Technology Challenge as well.”

Why would you like to study at the Chalmers University of Technology?

“I study Environmental Engineering in Catholic University of Brasilia, and I expect to attend a Master programme in Chalmers University of Technology, renowned university in Sweden and ranked among the top 100 Engineering Universities in the world. I am very grateful to have known and discovered more about Chalmers University of Technology so far. Chalmers has numerous Master’s programmes which I have been interested in. Engineering for a sustainable development is my goal of researching, where Chalmers is well known on the global scene. Also, Chalmers has a huge cooperation with a large number of global industrial companies, which facilitates students to be updated about renewable and sustainable technologies at the same time that provides numerous international connections.”

 

From all of us here at Sqore and Chalmers University of Technology we wish you all the best in your future studies Leiriane!

Feeling inspired? Find out what more competitions Chalmers has running right here.