Ambassador Nicola will:
'...share with you, from personal experience, my favourite places to go for a ‘fika’ with friends when we want to take a break from studying, or just want to have a catch up.'
International Student Coordinator Monika Lionaite about Lapland trip:
Have you ever wondered how Lapland looks/feels/tastes like? It’s stunning, exciting and tastes like reindeer (or lichen/mushroom if you’re vegetarian). However, if you’re up for a real mind-blowing one-week adventure, you should definitely include Lapland on your trip-list!
Ambassador Luka briefly explains why you should use your democratic power and vote for a party that stands for your interests in this year's Student Union election!
Free books, digital books, recorded lectures, student social insurance, student housing improvements, educational equality and having more fun as a student; these are some of the important questions that parties want to affect. That’s why you should use your democratic power and vote for a party that stands for your interests!
If you want to try something new, why not try to challenge yourself on a cruise ship for 24 hours with your friends and maybe make new friends who are from Stockholm University as well. It can be part of the precious memories that you can take with you for the rest of your life.
As a person who has grown up from an inland city, it was exciting news for me to find out that I can go on a cruise ship for a cheap price and spend all 24 hours on the ship to somewhere new. This trip gave me a chance to take a break from the day-to-day studying with friends and enjoy the Baltic Sea.
On Saturday evening, my friends and I met up at Värthamnen port to pick up our tickets to Turku (Åbo, in Swedish). There is an interesting art wall full rubbers contrasting with other walls next to the gate of checking point. It seemed as if it was foreshadowing the colorful journey ahead of us, and we could not wait to board.
After the checking point, there was a black dog that served as security. The dog is so cute especially when he works hard on a cold winter night. People were excited about the trip. They talked and laughed with dancing-like walking steps.
The ship is named Galaxy and Santa was standing at the door to welcome the people who are boarding.The cabin, which was shared by four people, was quiet and nice.
Beside from partying, there were many of other things you could do on board. People could go to the deck to say "goodbye" to Stockholm like we did, play games with new friends, enjoy the Starlight Palace's music show, or enjoy a nice sleep.
In the morning, you can try to get up early to capture the first sunlight with the breath from the ocean, and enjoy a buffet breakfast to set a good mood for the whole day. Maybe, you could get some candies from the tax-free shops for fun; and then, take a nap and embrace the return trip.
Around 14 o'clock (Swedish time), the sun was starting to set. The pretty view could be enjoyed at multiple locations. We had chosen the sixth deck. The ocean was so peaceful with our ship as the only one sailing on the waters. The sun was glowing as it was approaching the horizon.
Bands were playing music in the Starlight Palace from 15 o'clock until half an hour before arriving back to Stockholm. It was such a joyful experience to talk with different people, dancing, and singing along with the music or just sitting there to enjoy your free time.
Finally, the Galaxy ship got back from the Baltic Sea with unforgettable memories and a new journey starting now.
Come on, be sincere, has this never happened to you? To be absolutely lost when the things are moving so fast? To have to take decisions when you have no idea what is best? Well guys, do not panic. This has happened to all of us! And the best part of it... is exactly that: the unknown. So let’s leave the fears outside and try to enjoy it!
So, yeah, you have left your country and here you are, living in Sweden to study what you like! Congratz!! Really! You are brave! Not everyone is ready to leave his/her comfort zone and jump into new adventures like this :) Now, I want to share with you some things that have worked for me and maybe can be of help for you! And believe me, I am a lazy person, so I won’t take you out for exhausting activities, but hey, move your butt and make yourself feel good! ^^
Join activities that you know you like but DO try NEW ones!
Why is that? You might be thinking: ‘If I don’t like theater I’m not gonna even try!’ Or the one reading near you: ‘I have tons of school assignments, I don’t have time to try out spinning classes!’ Well, not that I go randomly to activities I don’t like, let’s be honest, but from time to time it is good to explore new stuff, because you know what, you might end up liking it! Go with a friend to a salsa class for the first time, join badminton with your classmates or read that book with an ugly title! You don’t know what you can benefit from!
Forget about the phone one day and TALK to STRANGERS!
Yes, I know we are in Sweden, and talking to strangers might sound a bit wild, but hey! I just told you that you are brave, so do not chicken now (I count on you ¬¬ !). So here is the thing, try it at least once! It’s the beginning of the week but I’m sure you already have plans for the weekend (if not, whatever, this works anytime!). Whenever you need to go somewhere, and are about to open (wonderful) google maps app, please don’t! Let’s get crazy and ask someone! It’s ridiculous how helpful (we) people are if we just ask! Besides, like this, you might discover new peaceful parks, a shop you had never noticed (by the way, full of exactly that thing you were looking for your mom’s birthday!) or damn it, an amazing bar with Pub-quizzes and low prices on Tuesdays!
FIGHT for what you LIKE!
Speaking metaphorically, of course (peace and love, my friends). Now, seriously. Just think for a second why are you studying ‘whatever it might be’, why did you choose to leave your family, friends, and your home, to come here. And here I might be talking to two different groups of people (which I can definitely identify myself in): those who knew right from middle school that wanted to become “bla bla” and those others who still today have no clue what they are doing. OK. Fair enough. But whatever that moved you to choose it, it makes you happy! It motivated you to move abroad! So fight for it! Either if you just started your bachelor or are about to finish the master, even if you do not know what will come after, put all your energy in doing it well! Questions will be answered through the way. This might sound a bit silly, but the funny thing is that they really do.
YOU CAN bear more than what you think!
It is clear, right from the start of this post, that you (me) don’t know what will come later. That you might feel a bit lost thinking on the next semester. I’m sure you now have plenty of stuff to do for school (if not, lucky you!) and do not have time to consider what’s next. Planning ahead is good, it keeps your mind in order (and housing in Lappis). But being spontaneous will bring you things you didn’t even imagine! And thought it might sound as cliché, you don’t know what you are capable of until you have done it! Seriously! I don’t just said it, it has happened to me. Last year I was, in the same day, working as au-pair, coming to class at Uni, teaching languages to kids, organizing extra activities for my class and going to the gym! How did that happen? I don’t know, it’s a mystery! Even my grandma couldn’t believe me at first (neither myself), but if I was able to do it, you do as well! Organize well your time but always, always, leave some time to spontaneity! :)
We wish we had a compass to know what to do next, but if we did, we could be missing the wonderful adventure of exploring!
Hope you liked it! Be positive, people, good things happen either you expect them or not!