A Tale of Two Cities

It’s been ten weeks since I arrived in the Copenhagen airport, yet it feels like forever ago. Some weeks flew by, others took a little longer to pass. It’s been a very interesting summer, and I’m glad I had the chance to experience this. I can’t believe all the places I’ve been to. Not only was I in Copenhagen and Stockholm, but I got to see Edinburgh, Dublin, and Belfast.

One of my favorite memories was one of the DIScovery trips: sailing on a ship. It was fun and relaxing, and it reminded me of how much I loved being on a boat (or ship). Copenhagen is now one of my favorite cities. I love how beautiful it is, and how relaxed everything seemed.

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There seemed to be an abundance of parks to relax in, and it was very nice. Spending my first six weeks in Copenhagen was a lot of fun. I was able to adapt to life in a city, and I really enjoyed living there. I was also proud of myself for being able to thrive in a foreign city. I felt right at home in Copenhagen.

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My two classes in Copenhagen were very interesting. Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach showed me what it was like to be a medical doctor. Medical Biotechnology and Drug Development showed me what it was like to be in the pharmaceutical industry. These classes gave me a perspective outside of academia and were able to help broaden my knowledge of potential fields that I could possibly go into.

I transferred to Stockholm after week six with the Mix and Match program and immediately started to miss Copenhagen. But I spent a lot of time walking around the city and appreciating Stockholm.

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The water was beautiful and it was so nice to be able to experience a gorgeous, albeit too hot, summer. I took Public Health Policy in Practice here, and it provided me with knowledge about economics, politics, and the different systems in Sweden, the UK, and the USA.

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As my weeks wind down, I find myself missing home more and more. I am going home right after this session is over, as ten weeks is quite a long time to be away. I’m excited to talk to my family without the phone connection being broken every five minutes and to pet my dog. Most of all, I’m excited to share my adventures here with all of my family and friends back home.

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