My name is Mattias Isene and was born 1976 in Gent (Belgium). When I was 2 years and 10 months we moved to a small village outside
Eskilstuna, Sweden. There we lived and when my brother started school and I was only 4 years old, I was jealous of him and also
wanted to learn math. So dad gave me some math for me to do as well. Began school when I was six (one year ahead regular age).
Did excellent scores in school up to my fourth-fifth year in school. Then I got tired of it. I guess a little earlier than
others as well...
After my sixth grade I had to travel to Eskilstuna for my education. Grade seven to nine my lack of interest in school was
really shown in my grades. They weren´t really enough to get in at the three year Technical education that I aimed for, but
somehow I got in anyway...as a reserve or something.
There I put a lot of effort in some subjects and less in others. The third year I chose Chemistry. I worked hard to get the
grades up the last year, but didn´t get that much of improvement in the average grade. When I graduated I had already made
the military test and knew that I was going to join the Navy in October 1995.
In August 1994 I was in a car accident. Wasn´t hurt at all, I thought. After a month I felt more and more pain and it was good
that I had went to the hospital to X-ray my neck. The problems grew gradually. Still have neck and back problems from it today,
but fortunately better than other people I have met with whiplash.
Between graduation in the late spring 1994 and the military I went a semester to Katrineholm and studied some of the subjects I
had to get better grades in, so I could apply for a higher education. At the same time I also added electric, which was a
mistake. Not only that I got even more subjects with grades to divide the sum to get an average. It also got me a lot of extra
work that I could have used for the grades which I already had.
At this time I had travelled some. Skiing trips and summer 1995 some friends and I went to the Swedish west coast where we had a
lot of fun. After the summer I joined the Navy in October, as a "SÄKJAKTMAN" in the Swedish BASSÄK. (Kind of anti-terrorist
trained in coast areas.) There I was for five weeks, keeping my mouth shut regarding the whiplash injury I had. The last week
we marched 10 K's (6.2 Miles) with a 110 litres backpack that weighed almost 40 kilos (88 pounds) and also the Swedish AK5
(modified Belgian FNC) that weighs 4.5 kilos (9.9 pounds). My back couldn´t take it and I had to give up and tell my LT
(Lieutenant). He immediately sent me for transfer to another military education. I went to Karlskrona and learned to drive truck
and bus, and after five weeks I went back. There I drove the regiment internal bus every two weeks and the other weeks I drove
high officers and also some food transports to the ships in the harbour.
After my military service I went to Göteborg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and moved in with a friend. Got a job as a telemarketing
seller. Did very good in the beginning, but lost it after two and half months. Started to study again, improved my bad grades
(again). Later I started to work as a projector (data/video) installer, which mean that I drove to conference centres and hotels,
installing projectors and whatever they needed.