My name is Anna and I’m going to be a senior at the University of Minnesota; I’m working towards a major in history with a focus on 20th century American history and a minor in African-American history. I’m so unbelievably thrilled to be studying in Stockholm for three weeks this summer, with a week-long interlude in Reykjavik, Iceland for my Study Tour!
I’m taking a course entitled the Power of Women in the Viking Age, which is exciting to me not only because I’m a history nerd, but also because the professor, Lena Norrman, is my Swedish professor at the University of Minnesota. I’ve been taking Swedish language courses for four semesters now and it’s so exciting to experience the language and culture first hand. It’s also very nice to see a familiar face teaching the class.
I have wanted to study abroad in college for a very long time, but it seemed difficult to manage during the school year. However, a 3-week long course in the summer, where can I get extra traveling in during the Study Tour, seemed a perfect fit!
Since arriving in Stockholm, I have already come to adore the Swedish people and their very balanced, lagom (just right) way of living. Stockholm seems a charming, almost utopian society nestled within the islands and archipelagos of southeastern Sweden.
The streets are unbelievably clean and the cars are always willing to stop for you! Riding the tunnelbana (the subway, or one of my favorite words to pronounce in swedish) has been a great way to experience local transportation and is surprisingly easy.
My goals for this trip are simply to make the most of everyday and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my time abroad. Hopefully I’ll get brave enough to make some use of my Swedish as well!
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