HHJ-students demand a coffee machine for the HHJ-building

HHJ-students demand a coffee machine for the HHJ-building. From left: Johannes Hofvander, Lucas Van't Ende, Kim Hellström.
Three first years-students studying the Prosthetics and Orthotics program have had enough with running across campus to get coffee while studying at the HHJ-building. They believe a coffee machine would be an investment for all the students and their studies, both during the pandemic and after. “Simply a machine that can brew tea, coffee, hot chocolate, the normal things, that we don’t have to bring anything to make it work”, says Kim Hellström.

Johannes Hofvander, Kim Hellström and Lucas Van’t Ende, all started studying at the Prosthetics and Orthotics Program last fall. Early on, Kim realized the lack of a coffee machine at the HHJ-building and felt very strange about it, since his past experiences with other universities having coffee machines while you are studying to become a medical professional.  

“We have a café, but it’s closed due to corona, so we basically need to run over here [library building] between lectures to buy coffee and back”, says Johannes Hofvander.

Before the studies went online, they would often arrive late to the lectures, due to the line for getting coffee. Kim believes the same problem with a line would arise if they had a coffee machine at HHJ, but the transportation time would decrease from running across campus, to staying in the same building and managing to get back in time for the lecture.

“Sweden is very good at giving five minute-breaks, but you can’t get here [library building] and buy coffee. Then you need to wait for the big break”, says Lucas Van’t Ende, who is an international student from the Netherlands. 

The three of them are a study group that meets at school now when everything is online, but also before campus shut down. They see another problem with not having a coffee machine at the building since they can get locked out of HHJ during certain times.

“We can still study, but we are not allowed to get into the building whether you have access or not. So, it’s always a debate, should we risk getting coffee or not, after 6 PM”, says Kim Hellström.

Johannes, Lucas and Kim agree on how the coffee machine would impact their studies; the productivity would increase, and they would save a lot of time that they could use for their studying instead of running across campus. They have a classmate that took matters in his own hands and brought a boiler to the classroom and some instant coffee, a great idea but the three of them think a coffee machine would be an investment for all students, not just them. 

“Simply a machine that can brew tea, coffee, hot chocolate, the normal things that we don’t have to bring anything to make it work”, says Kim.

EDIT has tried reaching HUTT and Marie Ernsth Bravell (the dean of HJJ) through e-mail without success.

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