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Meet Kreske

Name: Kreske Ecker

Program: Master's Programme in Statistics

From: Originally from Wuppertal, but I lived outside of Flensburg from age 13.


What years did you study at USBE?

I studied the Master's Programme in Statistics 2017- 2018.
Autumn semester 2014 and autumn semester 2016-Spring semester 2017 for my Bachelors.

What was it that made you apply for the programme here in Umeå?

I originally moved to Umeå to study Sociology, and I had already also done my Bachelor’s in Statistics at USBE before I applied for the Master’s courses. The courses that were offered fit very well with what I wanted to do, so I saw no reason to move somewhere else. I also was able to work part time as a teaching assistant at the statistics department during my Master’s, which was a really great learning experience. 

What is it that you liked best with the program?

The courses were well organized and held a high quality. The student groups were small and the teachers were really interested in your success in the courses. I also liked that you have some possibility to choose which courses you take, so you can to some degree adjust your programme according to your interests and future plans. 

What is it that you like best about Umeå?

When I initially moved here, there was a vibrant music scene and I really like the culture of grass-roots activism that has been around for a long time up here. It’s not a very large city, so living here isn’t stressful and you can get around easily by bike for example. At the same time, it’s big enough to have basically everything you need, restaurants, shopping, sports and other activities. You’re never far away from nature and the northern lights are something you absolutely have to experience at least once in your lifetime. 

Is there any unexpected side of Swedish culture that you would like to tell us about?

The bread is (often) sweetened and the butter is salty. I still don’t understand that. 

Do you have any advice to German students that are thinking of applying to our programs?

Do it! Obviously, everyone’s experience is different and it depends a lot on what you make of it, but I think all of the exchange students I’ve met in Umeå have enjoyed their stay. Also, if Swedish people offer you surströmming, say no. It’s a trap!

How do you think your stay in Umeå contributed to your career?

It obviously contributed a lot since I am still working at the department where I took my Masters. But I also think that if you have completely different career plans, studying here is a valuable experience. In the Statistics department, there’s a lot of collaborations both with researchers from other countries, and other projects outside the university. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers about your career plans, they might have great advice!