Ebba Engström

“The moment people begin to think of their obituaries, they start to be scared, they don’t dare to do things and they lose their vitality. As we are here on Earth, we are doomed to be on this Earth, we should try to make life as decent as possible.” - Olof Palme

Author Bio

#doyouknowItravel is an exaggerated cosmopolitan hashtag (with a slightly aggressive undertone) which I became associated with last summer. Due to its ironic spin on a mainstream phenomenon so engrained in our popular culture today, I have of course come to love- and let it mold me. So as to allude to my upbringing and life, I was born in Stockholm, grew up in Belgium and Turkey, moved to Edinburgh for my Bachelors degree and spent the last year in Brisbane, Australia on exchange. I am no Magellan but travelling is despite the cheesy and watered-out quotes regarding it, definitely a breath of fresh air for the soul and something I whole-heartedly love to do. I am now back in Edinburgh for my final year and with a whole-lot of new experiences in my back pocket I aim to work hard and do my uttermost!

About

Hometown Wherever I am
Lives Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
High School Education European Baccalaureate, Ecole Européenne Bruxelles 2, Belgium
Studying B.Sc. in Biotechnology
Graduating 2017
Extracurriculars Engineers without Borders Edinburgh (EwB), Genetics Society
Interests Travel, history, international/sustainable development, film
Future Plans I would like to somehow combine my interests in politics and international relations with my background in science, in particular in agricultural development.

Posts by Ebba Engström

Week 6: Edinburgh University = Essays?

Published: February 26, 2017

Six weeks into the semester and boy do I feel exhausted. The past three weeks have been rough- balancing dissertation lab work with everything else is not easy- it kind of gives you perspective on people who are claimed to work ca 80 hours per week. It’s superhuman. So besides performing plasmid extractions and plating seeds, I’ve been dabbling in some social media-oriented tasks and piecing together an essay on synthetic biology. This is pretty much how it went: Essay feels.   For all prospective students at the University of Edinburgh it might be of interest to know, that even…

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Week 3: Fourth years are Busy Bees

Published: February 2, 2017

Second semester has hit and it has not gone unnoticed. In a whirlwind of 9-5 lab work, dissertation writing and extra applications and assignments, it is no wonder that a lot of students’ free time has gone slightly out the window. The gravity of the situation has definitely also been accentuated by the fact that I have not properly seen my flatmates since the beginning of last week. However, which many may agree with, is that when your free time (even though there’s always a choice as to what is ‘free time’ and ‘busy time’) becomes limited, you learn to…

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Week 2: Fourth Year Bliss

Published: January 23, 2017

After having camped out in the library for approx. 1 week after New Year’s, I handed in a review for my research project and got a bit of a mini-break last weekend. Perhaps well-deserved?  Have decided that this upcoming week things have to get serious and I have to start putting some effort into planning my next year (STRESS). So, once you get to fourth year, you may find that your perception of going out has changed a bit. Clubbing starts to suck heavily- not only because of the usual ‘you can’t have a conversation because of the loud music’…

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Week 14: Happy Holidays Everyone!

Published: December 25, 2016

It is finally the holiday season- and for many of us at Edinburgh it is definitely at least a little bit of a well deserved break! It feels a bit odd to think that my week started off with me having my last exam of the semester and now, here I am in all my glory, half-slouching on the living room couch in Sweden watching “Amy”. Undeniably, (and proudly so) reenacting the sloth character from Zootopia has become part of my daily routine (and is by far on top of my hobby list- future employers, please love me) .  …

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Week 10: The End’s not near, it’s here (O.C. throwback)

Published: November 25, 2016

You know when you look through your calendar or weekly planner and try to figure out what you actually have been doing for the past weeks of term? Well, naturally that was me a couple of minutes ago in an attempt to organise my life with the two weeks (2.5 to feel a bit calmer) of intense studying ahead of me. Week 10 marks the end of my, and all other Biological Sciences students’, taught part of the Biotechnology undergraduate degree here at the University of Edinburgh. For now this is a-ok with me- perhaps I’ll miss it next semester…

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Week 8: “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- E.E. Cummings

Published: November 13, 2016

This last week has definitely been an odd one for a lot of people. Now, I am not going to dedicate this blog post to Trump and the election night. Everyone has their own opinion regarding his win and Clinton’s defeat, whether they were surprised or not, whether the US was made to choose between two “evils”- the list goes on. I feel it’s important to discuss these issues, but at the moment I think it’s more pivotal that people reflect on their own, upon how a campaign festered by racist and misogynistic rhetoric was tolerated in the first place.…

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Week 6: A Pop-culture and Current Affairs Endeavour

Published: October 30, 2016

The delightful city of Edinburgh is a place where you can sense the tingling aura of academic history and rich culture almost anywhere you find yourself. Walking down the cobble stone streets of the Royal Mile, embracing the ever so controversial architecture of the Scottish Parliament or by indirectly connecting your soul and presence with millions of other individuals through petting the head of Greyfriars Bobby. And of course, during the month of August Edinburgh becomes possibly THE place to be with its never-ending stream of theatrical art (some pieces more daring than others), music and exhibitions. I am still…

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Week 5- Playing catch up

Published: October 23, 2016

The end of week 5 here at the University of Edinburgh has now bolted through the front door and somehow that has marked a set-point for me of having to get a tiny bit more university work done. So ultimately, instead of going to a Rubiks cube party or other shenanigans this weekend and dealing with its unavoidable or au contraire- avoidable next-day repercussions, I devoted my time to reading scientific papers, a minor gym session and somehow buying a mop. Some may call this adulting, but the term ‘adult’ is so loose-fitted nowadays that maybe I shouldn’t label this rather…

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