Final papers and a new start!

Final papers and a new start!

Study breaks in the sun

Final papers and a new start!

Some people say ‘the last mile is the longest.’ Working on my final papers in a tropically warm library, I couldn’t agree more with that. Summer has undoubtedly come and I want to enjoy it! But let me first, in the midst of piles of papers and empty coffee cups, wander back to last winter. December 2014, right before Christmas, me and my friends received an e-mail we had all been looking forward to: the placements of our semester abroad. Most of my friends were very pleased to see where they got accepted: Canada, Spain, Finland, Macau, the UK …. And I got placed in Sweden! I was over the moon; somehow I have always been interested in Scandinavia and I love the culture, language and people. For these reasons, I started learning Swedish about one and a half year ago. During the first two years of my bachelor’s studies, I met several people who I started a ‘language exchange’ with: they taught me Swedish; in return I taught them Dutch.

When you realise the holidays are upon you ☺going to miss these people!

When you realise the holidays are upon you ☺going to miss these people!

That’s right, I am Dutch. Studying in Maastricht, a city located in the southernmost point of the Netherlands and close to both Belgium and Germany, I am both close to home and part of a very international community. Maastricht University offers a lot of programmes in English, making me one of the few Dutch people in my track. Most of my friends, in fact, come from Germany, England, Greece, and many other countries. I study Political Culture, which means that I analyse political theories mostly from a philosophical perspective. Currently I am for instance working on papers about humanitarian intervention and the EU border policy. Apart from being a fulltime student, I enjoy music a lot and I do theatre.

When, during all the exam stress, I got an email from Stockholm Academic Forum (STAF) with the question whether I would like to share my journey to and whereabouts in Sweden, I was immediately interested. The upcoming months I will thus document my preparations of coming to Sweden as well as what I am up to being a student at Södertörns Högskola in Stockholm. I am very much looking forward to all of it!