There are so many places to study abroad, and there are so many places that I want to travel to. Yet, the DIS Stockholm program was the only semester-long abroad program I applied to. What could be so special about Sweden??
I have always felt a strong connection to Sweden and Swedish life. A lot of my family’s heritage is Swedish. In fact, we still have a few relatives who live in Southern Sweden, and I hope to be able to visit them sometime this semester.
In 2013, my Grandfather took me to Sweden and Norway for just over two weeks. While we visited many cities and towns in Sweden, we never actually visited Stockholm. After this trip, I knew I wanted to get back to Sweden at some point in my life.
When I was deciding on where to study abroad, Sweden kept coming back to my mind. I was so sure that I wanted to go to Sweden, I hardly considered anywhere else. I had planned to go for the Spring semester of 2021, but with Covid-19, I decided to hold off for one more semester.
In the meantime, I started to imagine what life would be like in Sweden when I went abroad. Living in Minneapolis, I grew up visiting the American Swedish Institute with my family. In fact, when I was a kid, my parents signed me up for Swedish dance lessons. It was a short-lived hobby and honestly not my favorite thing. However, I had a far more successful experience with the ASI last fall. I decided to sign up for Swedish language classes! Once a week, my roommate and I signed onto zoom and joined about ten 50+ year olds to learn very basic Swedish. I learned the basics of the language and the class got me even more excited to go to Sweden.
Now, I am leaving for Stockholm in a matter of days and it almost feels too good to be true. Obviously I am a bit nervous to go to a new place and meet new people, but I am mostly excited and ready for my next adventure!