This entry serves as an introduction between students at Orebro University, Sweden; Stanford University, USA; and Khabarovsk, Russia. Read a more detailed description of this exchange.
We are a group of five girls:
Ellika: 20 years old, part German, likes being in Greece where she also works with saving sea turtles. (left in the picture)
Malin: 19 years old, likes to dance and hang out with friends (second left in the picture)
Sandra: 20 years old, likes acting and mandarines (middle of the picture)
Toulouse: 31 years old, mother of a 4 year old son, calls herself and her son the “quicksilver people” that likes a fast pace in everything they do. (second right in the picture)
Kristin: 24 years old, is a musician, loves chocolate and laughter. (to the right in the picture)
Our major is Rhetoric and at the moment we are studying Cross Cultural Rhetoric and during this course we will get to work with you. The course mainly involves learning about communication between different cultures and how to improve it in different ways. We will also learn about possible misunderstandings that can appear and how to prevent them by learning more about cross cultural communication.
We were asked to tell you something about us Swedes that you might need to know. We have given this some thought and the first thing we would like to tell you is that we are not five blond, tall and blue-eyed girls, even though we are all Swedish. As you can see on the picture we all have different hair and eye colors and we do not look like the stereotype Swedish girls do, at least not like the stereotype we think you, as so many others, might have.
We are looking forward to meeting you through this blog. We hope to learn about your culture and to get some new perspectives on how our ways of living are preceived.
We all wish a wonderful semester and hope to speak to you soon!
//The fives: Ellika, Malin, Sandra, Toulouse and Kristin