When I initially signed up for DIS, I was mostly drawn to the opportunity to immerse myself in the Swedish ways and explore Scandinavia along with the rest of Europe. Never did it cross my mind that I would be spending time exploring a psychiatric ward for dangerous criminals in Sweden! This was one of my favorite experiences from last week – Core Course Week. For those of you who don’t know, Forensic Psychology is my core class here in Stockholm. While I am actually an Economics major back at Stanford, I have loved getting to explore different types of classes that are completely new to me and in areas I have always been fascinated with, despite never having the opportunity to study them in school. That’s why I am so excited to be learning lots of Swedish, but also taking classes like Forensic Psych and Terrorism & Anti-Terrorism!
Aside from the academic visits to a criminology research unit, a halfway-house, an old prison-turned-museum and of course the psychiatric ward, we also got to spend time having class dinners and adventures with our fellow classmates, and Meiling, our teacher! It is such
a fun experience to actually get to know your teacher as a person outside of the classroom. Sure, we spent some time discussing our different visits over dinner, but we also got to talk to Meiling about her life and her family. I think we all came away from the tour with a new appreciation for each other and for our class (cheesy but true!). We also got lots of insider-tips from Meiling about the best places to go and things to do in Gothenburg, her hometown!
PS I have to throw in this picture (for my fellow foodies) of this dope sushi we got one night when me and some friends were exploring Gothenburg on our own! Tack, Molly, for this suggestion