Meet Josefin – Bachelor’s student in Marine Science
Josefin Lindell wants to work with protection, management, and preservation of biological diversity – something that feels completely right when environmental issues are on the agenda. In the Bachelor's Programme in Marine Science, she learns about all components of the ocean such as chemistry, physics, and biology.
What made you want to apply for marine sciences?
“I have always loved and had a great interest in the ocean. I worked for many years after graduating high school, and the ocean was an interest in my spare time because I dived a lot. But I wanted more, So I seized some courage and applied. It feels right, especially today, when we talk a lot about the environment in society.”
What do you want to work with after graduation?
“I would like to do research on sharks. Sharks are unexplored in Swedish waters, and we know so little about them in general. Protection, management, and preservation of biological diversity is something I have a passion for. This programme is the link to what I want to do in the future, and the programme really meets working life and future needs.”
What’s easy and difficult about the programme?
“The programme has met my expectations. I expected to learn more about all the parts of the ocean, such as chemistry, physics and biology, and I got that. But you really need to study, and that can be difficult at times.”
What’s it like to study marine sciences?
“When I get the question from people, they usually have the impression that you are always out in the field. But it’s really a combination. You must also sit in front of a computer.”
What’s special about marine sciences?
“The programme has increased my interest in diving. Before the programme, I had never dived in Sweden with tubes before. There are cool things in our waters too! The more you learn, the more you understand how much it is you don’t know. You have the opportunity to learn so much, because the teachers are very experienced in their fields, and this is their biggest interest!”
Do you have any tips for those considering applying?
“It's a lot of science. A lot is about having study discipline, it can be tough – but it's fun! There’s some comfort in that no one can know everything, the ocean is so vast.”
What’s the most fun thing about studying marine sciences?
“The absolute most fun has been the field work weeks – to go out with the vessels and visit the marine research stations. You get the opportunity to interact with professors and course leaders. All this makes you want to learn more.”
Interview: Lovisa Thoursie