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A few minutes with Alexandra A. Holmström ...

... law student who is run off her feet these days, making sure everything goes as planned on 2 September, when it's time for this year’s New Students’ Day (Swedish: Kalasmottagning) at Saab Arena.

Alexandra A Holmström

What is your vision for the event?
I remember how much fun it was at New Students’ Day in 2007 when I was a first-year. So I hope this year's students will have a similar experience. That they get a chance to sample everything that the university can be – for a day. Student life is so much more than studying, everyone can find things that feel right for them.

What happens at New Student’s Day?
It is one of the ways that LiU greets new students. They can attend a fair where student organisations present what they do, as well as a business fair with companies from the region. There are also student performances in the area outside Saab Arena. In previous years these were indoors but this year we moved them outside. There will be speeches, humour, music and dance. If it rains there are tents. Later in the evening there will be a concert with the duo Galantis.

Logo KalasHow many students work on the event?
We have 170 functionaries at Kalas, plus ten in the committee and ten more who help out in various ways. All in all, about 200.

This is the 11th Kalas. How many students do you expect will attend?
Usually about 8,000 students attend, mostly first-years. So we’re hoping for that number this year as well. But all students are welcome, as well as LiU staff.

What’s it like being first in charge?
Even if it takes a lot of time, it’s one of the funnest thing I've ever done. To start from scratch and then build something so big, together with others, it's amazing. Kalas is the largest event of its kind in Sweden, and it’s great that LiU can pull it off.


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