Student Writer: Jolene Dreier

Jolene DreierName: Jolene Dreier
Home University: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Summer Courses at DIS: Livability in the Modern City, Positive Psychology

Unlike back home in Nebraska, no one here in Copenhagen has yet to ask me, “Why Denmark?” Because here, it’s obvious. Copenhagen is a compact city that is easy to navigate, filled with adventures, endless architecture treasures, unique shops, and green parks to stroll through. Most importantly though, Copenhagen offers an effortless lifestyle that cities around the world study intensely, as if one day they will discover an equation they can put towards their own neighborhoods.

My name is Jolene and I am 4,000 miles from home studying the happiest place in the world. Back home, I am a full-time college student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Although I am officially studying Advertising and Public Relations, I like communications, social design, and fine arts too. Almost all of my free time is dedicated to learning something new and traveling.

I came to Copenhagen to pursue all of my interests, but mainly to enrich myself in a culture that is like nothing I can grasp back home. DIS has offered me the chance to do this all while earning course credit in a field I enjoy, while working with credible professors who are dedicated to their students. Through this program, I have been able to make the transition from the midwest all the way across the ocean to Copenhagen.  I have been able to travel and see the city from a deeper perspective than someone who is just touring, but as a local.

So far, I have been able to see why Copenhagen is known as the happiest place on Earth. I’ve tasted the pastries, biked the streets and lost myself in a novel only to find myself sitting outside on Nyhavn with other Danes doing the exact same thing. I have yet to be here even a week and can’t wait to uncover what else this city has to offer

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