Carl-Åke Willberg, a first-year student and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was recently accepted to the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, or Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH). This prestigious university in Stockholm was founded in 1827 and is world-renowned for its engineering and technology programs.

The young Swede discovered Southwestern University through Jon Duncan, head coach of the SU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. He would later be a part of Southwestern University’s first swimming and diving conference championship in program history.

Ever grateful, the young physics student attributes his acceptance to KTH to the many friendships he’s developed and the multiple opportunities he’s enjoyed while at Southwestern.

“People go here and come out better people,” said Willberg.

He credits his growth at Southwestern in large part to the mentoring of supportive faculty. “I met Dr. A (Professor of Physics Steve Alexander), and I met all these science teachers and my coach, and everyone really believed in me.”

Now, with an eye towards the new opportunities lying ahead, Willberg treasures his experience as an international student at Southwestern. “Feeling that I’ve done something and being able to bear the flag of SU is truly refreshing and really and truly means a lot to me… . It’s been a terrific journey, and I’m happy I came here.”