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Published: 2015-09-14

Sarah Tyler – number 100,000 at Umeå University

NEWS The 22nd of January in 2015 was a huge day for Sarah Tyler, as she finally earned her medical degree after several years of study. The occasion was also very special for Umeå University since her degree was the 100,000th to be officially issued by the university. Sarah Tyler describes more about herself in this brief interview.

Name: Sarah Tyler
Age: 32
Resides: Halmstad
Family: Husband and two children
Working at: The Eye Clinic (Ögonkliniken), Hallands Hospital Halmstad

Sarah Tyler, with her son Morris. Photo by: Jan Lundmark.

You have earned the 100,000th degree at Umeå University. How does it feel?

– It’s really exciting that I happened to the one on that mark! When I was notified I was both surprised and astonished, but I never hesitated a moment when I was asked to participate in the anniversary week celebration. It has been a lot of fun to visit the university and city again so soon.

What is best about Umeå and Umeå University?

– The city is great in so many ways; it’s not too big and it’s close to nature. Residents of Umeå are friendly and I made so many wonderful friends during my time studying in Umeå.

Your fondest memory?

– Gee. It’s simply not possible to pick only one, so I need to mention at least two. I think about the first day in the medical programme and graduation day. They both represent a new phase of life. I was nervous and full of anticipation of what was to come.

You had a baby during your time studying. How did that work out?

– It worked out, but it was obviously difficult to study for exams with an infant child. With some luck I was able to study one semester at half tempo, which was incredibly meaningful. I wish that all students in that situation can have the possibility of studying part-time and be on parental leave for part-time.

How did your studies go?

– Good. I got my degree!

Would you recommend others to study at Umeå University?

– Absolutely! Of course I have no other university to compare with, but I have really enjoyed myself.

Translation by: David Meyers

Editor: Mattias Grundström Mitz