Simran, Northeastern University, spent a summer in Scandinavia. During her time abroad, she passed on advice for creating a unique study abroad experience.
Read Simran’s letter, and learn more about what to expect from a summer with DIS.
Going abroad feels like starting anew. You’re continuing to write the story of you, but in a different color pen.
Because you’re in a city for weeks, not days. When your tourist bucket list is complete, you take the plunge (much like the Scandinavians, who love to jump into the harbor in
the summer) into the everyday.
There’s something profound that’s only found here, among red roofs and sea air, among the unknown.
My reason for going to Scandinavia could have been any endless number of alluring things, but my primary driver for studying here is actually sustainability. The DIS program is recommended by my university and I’ve seen sustainability in action here – in fact, it’s impossible to avoid. It’s a collective conscientiousness, a feeling of mutual responsibility and trust.
I admire the way DIS integrates the city into classes, and I can tell from first-hand experience that the combination is seamless. In my class, we’ve had three guest speakers and have taken field trips to visit local businesses.
At DIS, Scandinavia is your classroom. And it’s true that my independent “research” – on the best pastry shops, that is – has taken me to some of the best hidden gems in the city. I must say it’s even better than the photos.
My advice is to lean into the immersiveness of it all. There’s something profound that’s only found here, among red roofs and sea air, among the unknown. Let the city fill in the spaces in every direction around you. It’s daunting but lovely to let yourself be surrounded, to lose yourself in it.