I hope you are doing well as you read this post study abroad. It’s me, who can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because he’s dead.
Ok on a more serious note, and hopefully the only Taylor Swift joke I will make in this blog, I hope that you enjoyed yourself. If not, well that’s not ideal. Anyways, we’ll start with refresher of what your goals were before you were in Scandinavia, and the Copes of Hagen.
Firstly, your goal was to challenge yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Extremely specific I know. Part of this was accomplished just by making the decision to leave your home at UVA and actually commit to going abroad. We both know how indecisive you are. While abroad, this could be accomplished by traveling alone, and being more independent in general.
Secondly, you wanted to say yes to everything, whether it be food, travel, or any relatively safe experience. If you got the chance to go sky diving or bungee jumping (at a safe location), I hope you did it. I hope you met tons of people on your travels and ate things without worrying about the calories (we get it, you lift BRO). You were only there for four months, and I hope you made the most of it and didn’t sit in your room the whole time.
Thirdly, I hope you didn’t worry about money. You spent the whole semester saving up, working your butt off at Roots Natural Kitchen (I wonder if you plan to go back) and it was time to reap the benefits. If you’re broke, that’s okay because you’re coming back to your internship. Hopefully the time change suits that early schedule as well.
On another note, I hope you learned a lot more about global business than you knew before. As I am aware now, Europe is very different than America when it comes to how business works. People do not like hearing the news up front, or that is at least what Professor Pentz said last semester. Furthermore, I believe the whole environment is much more relaxed, and I’m sure navigating this climate was a great life experience.
Moving on, let’s talk about the Danes. I hope you used Duolingo a bit and learned some basic Danish words before you got there, if not that’s your own fault. I realize you’re terrible about pronunciation of any other language, but I’m sure your roommates appreciated the effort. Next, as far as I am aware, Danish people are strict rule followers. I read online they don’t jaywalk. Is this true? Are they goodie-two-shoes, or just nice people? I hope you didn’t immediately write them off as no fun and that you made some Danish friends. You normally get along well with most people so I’m assuming that didn’t happen. Furthermore, I hope you didn’t scare them by being too loud and obnoxious, because we both know you can get that way. Maybe after the semester you won’t be as loud and quick to judge, and try to understand where people are coming from. I know you used to believe that you could tell if you were going to get along with someone in the first five minutes of speaking, do you still believe this? Or did you find that sometimes it takes a little bit of time to find common ground? Also, do you still go by Grayham or do you go by Gray to some people now? I remember first year when some international students called you Gray because they couldn’t pronounce Grayham. Did you make this change?
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed yourself, and lived out the great European adventure I keep imagining. If not, you can always go back and travel some more.