Hello fellow students!
We are three girls studying the programme Rhetorics and Leadership in the wonderful town of Örebro, Sweden. We are all looking forward to this course and to learn about your everyday life and experiences of your culture. It is going to be very interesting to find out what we have in common and what differences there’s to be found. Here is a short introduction of ourselves:
Maria: Hi! I’m Maria, a 21-year old rhetoric student at Örebro University. This is only my second semester at uni, since I moved here from my hometown of Hofors last August. Besides my studies, I occasionally do some extra work as a group fitness instructor at a gym here in Örebro. I would tell you more about myself but I believe it’s time for the most important break of the day: COFFEEBREAK!
Isabella: Hello, my name is Isabella and I´m a 21 years old student. I´m from Norrköping, a city 1, 5 h from Örebro. I´m glad and social person who love to take a cop of coffee with my friends. I´m interesting in art, design and I love to travel! Like Stina, my favorite city is Paris.
Stina: Hey guys! I’m a 20 year old, blonde and blue-eyed girl. I guess I fit into the stereotype I believe people have about Swedes, that we are always smiling and likes to party. I like to do more than partying on my spare time though; I also love to cook and to work out. I’m a very social person and likes to hang out with friends and go for a Swedish “fika” on a café. I’m also into languages and am planning to take an exchange half year in France next year. There’s no city more beautiful then Paris!
We believe that Sweden is a very interesting country that is too anonymous for the rest of the world. Many people think that Norway, Sweden and Finland is one country, but we are in fact very different form our fellow neighbours. It is not only the language that is different, finnish is basically impossible for us to understand and in Norway everything costs a fortune (they earn a fortune too, but still).
Everyone knows that Sweden is a cold country, but we think it has got comfortable temperatures, not too cold and not to hot. “Lagom” as we would say. Also, our different seasons truly shows and the winter, spring, summer and autumn change the climate totally into a beautiful green color in spring and completely white when its winter. It’s beauty at its best. Though, we would lie if we would say that it is fun to slip with the bike in the snow at winter and to barely be able to get a tan at summer… What do you think about your seasons? (and yes, that is a typical Swedish thing to do too, talk about the weather. There’s never a bad time to talk about the weather!)
The things that we are most proud of about Sweden are the famous food, meatballs, our traditions and our good welfare. We have a country that takes care of us, both with a good child-policy and a university with no tuition fee. The country is also very liberated and open-minded; it’s a good and safe country to be raised in, in other words.
Well, that probably sums it all up. We can’t wait to talk with you guys and we are positive that our cooperation will open our eyes to new cultures and new angles on life.
Maria, Isabella & Stina