Our first scholarship student, Daisy Garcia, was admitted to the Masters in International Business Program and exemplifies all of the qualities we seek to honor with our support. She is currently thriving in her first term at SSE, and with the background of dual B.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Environmental Economics from the University of California Berkley, as well as development work and travel that took her to over 55 countries, she brings new perspectives to her classmates and coursework in Stockholm.
Daisy recently shared some of her thoughts on attending SSE and her adjustment to life in Stockholm during an interview. We hope you will take a minute or two to read these details! They provide great insight into how important our Scholarship Fund, and collective support of it, is for the future of SSE!
Why do you think SSE would be the perfect place for your career?
My program combines theory with hands-on application, like business projects in Riga, fieldwork in Uganda, and an exchange semester in India, my CEMS home country. This combination was the main reason for choosing SSE as the program offers many unique international opportunities.
What strikes you about the school, Stockholm, and Sweden in general?
I believe SASSE, the student union, as a group is such a powerhouse! They create such a warm and fun environment, which is of great contrast to what I experienced in the United States. Stockholm is a very environmentally-friendly city and the public transportation is amazing, especially compared to Los Angeles.
What is your favorite part of Swedish culture?
I really like the ‘sittnings’! I attended two here in Sweden and one back in the U.S., and I really just love the camaraderie, the singing and having a good time with friends and classmates.
What do you plan to do after your studies?
I plan to work with a microchip-processing company, as I feel like microchips will be ubiquitous in the future. There are already examples of them being used in healthcare, for example at Stanford they are used in patients to monitor glucose levels. And there’s also a company in Stockholm that has micro-chipped their employees for efficiency purposes. Additionally, I would also like to be an entrepreneur and apply what I will learn from the ‘Initiate’ pre-incubator program here.
Daisy also expressed her belief that the AFSSE Scholarship is helping her experience new perspectives in new fields. She has seen firsthand that SSE greatly benefits from a diverse academic community, with 19 nationalities represented in her class alone this year, where students from a wide range of backgrounds can learn from each other. Many of them would be unable to attend SSE without a scholarship, including Daisy.
She is grateful for our support and sees that she would have to work two or three jobs to help her get through her program, which as SSE graduates ourselves, we know would be tremendously difficult given the intensity of the programs!