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I Can’t Believe It’s Goodbye

Nearby Stockholm City Hall

This is officially the sixth day since I’ve been back in Chicago. Being in self quarantine, I look back to the time I’ve spent in Sweden and it honestly feels like a dream and that it never really happened. No one could’ve imagined the escalation of the corona virus and I certainly didn’t think I would be coming home this early.

Last Thursday, I woke up at 6 a.m. and normally I would have just rolled back to sleep. However, that morning I decided to check the time on my phone, only to find a bombardment of texts and messages that all European countries were now level 3 and Trump had placed a travel ban on the U.S. A million thoughts started racing into my mind. “How am I supposed to get home?” “Am I stuck in Sweden FOREVER?”

As I was panicking, I opened my email to find that the DIS Stockholm and Copenhagen program was canceled and we all needed to leave for the U.S. right away. Our last official day to leave was Thursday, March 19th, and after that our housing could no longer support us. That very day, so many people left back home or rushed to find a new flight. Some flights even costed up to $12,000. I debated even staying until Thursday, but with how fast things were escalating, I realized my best bet was to leave on Tuesday.

The next couple of days, my friends and I tried to spend as much time as we could exploring as much of Sweden as we could. We went to Stockholm City Hall to see the beautiful view of the city by the water. We rushed to the ABBA museum to learn about the iconic singers and their journey to stardom. We also spent a rainy day in Galma Stan to explore the old town and go souvenir shopping!

When arriving at the airport on Tuesday morning, it was shocking to me to see just how empty the airport was. There was probably only 6 TSA agents in my terminal and my plane to London was so empty. My biggest fear of going to Chicago was seeing images of the crazy lines in O’Hare airport, but especially the possibility to of being more susceptible to catching the virus in the airports. However, O’Hare was quite empty and I made it home safe and sound.

I can’t lie and say that I’m not extremely sad that I had to leave so early. I came to Sweden without any expectations really. I didn’t know much about the country and didn’t really know why I chose to study there, but once I was there, I honestly fell in love with the country and the lifestyle.

Watching the sunrise while crossing the bridge by Ropsten

I’m honestly going to miss fika with my friends at Espresso House, eating semla buns, taking the tunnelbana (Stockholm metro) to class every day while seeing the amazing art underneath, and eating those amazing meals at Octav for lunch. I’m going to miss heading to ICA to buy groceries, going to SATS with my friends to work out, seeing the sun set over the bridge when taking the bus home to Bosön. I’m going to miss walking up and down that large hill to get home and dying every time, but especially being surrounded by nature and feeling more at peace than I’ve ever felt in my whole life.

The best semla bun I have ever eaten at Lidingö Brod & Patisserie

Leaving Sweden was definitely bittersweet. I feel as though I have grown and learned so much. I learned to travel by myself, to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. I learned to take breaks and savor the little moments in the day during fika. I learned how wonderful being around nature is. But the most important thing I learned was that what I was there to study was my passion and that I shouldn’t be too worried about the future. Although, time got cut short, I am so grateful for my time in Sweden and I know that it definitely isn’t good bye.

Until next time.

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Vi Ses Sweden (& Tips To Score Cheap Flights)

Hej London….och Vienna

Having only been in Sweden, travel week 1 was approaching rapidly and the possibilities were endless. However, after long hours of research to find the greatest deals, I was finally able to settle on two places: London and Vienna….

Walking the streets of Vienna, Austria

A lot of times when studying abroad, we get so wrapped up in traveling and trying to make the most of our experience that we forget we are here to study as well. Being so, given the opportunity to have two travel weeks really helps! In the DIS program, one travel week is based on your core course in which you go with your class and learn more concepts in another country. Meanwhile, the other travel week is an independent one where you can choose to go wherever you’d like or even stay in Sweden to take a little break! My first travel week just happened to be the latter 🙂

But before I dive into that, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to scoring some inexpensive and affordable plane tickets to help you save money and get the most out of your future trips!

1.) Search Google Flights

If you have no idea where to go, google flights has the option of putting Destination rather than a specific location. Not only that, you can explore possible travels dates by setting the calendar from “specific dates” to “flexible dates”! As you can see in the example above, there’s possibilities of being able to score a week long round trip to Paris for LITERALLY 494 kr (which is about 50 dollars?!?). What a steal!

2.) Search Ryan Air

Ryan Air is probably one of the cheapest airlines out there! However, as it is a smaller airline the destinations are limited and you probably won’t be going to the main airport of the city. In Stockholm, for example, Arlanda Airport is the main airport, but Ryan Air departs and arrives from/to Skavsta Airport which is much farther away. To get to the airport, I would recommend buying a coach bus ticket on the app Flygbussarna!

Using Ryan Air, I was able to purchase a flight to London for only $16.01 and a flight to Vienna for $21.78! The negatives about Ryan Air is that, although the tickets are extremely inexpensive, they charge for nearly everything else. The ticket will only allow for a small backpack. So, if you plan to bring a carry on, you’ll probably have to pay extra. Want to choose your seat? Gotta pay extra! Not only that, Ryan Air makes you check in at least 2 hours before your flight and print your ticket out or else you get charged a fine! When arriving at the airport, make sure you get your boarding pass stamped from the visa check, or else (YOU’VE GUESSED IT) you get fined!

However, Ryan Air definitely isn’t always the cheapest, so it’s best to do your research before settling for less!


With my tickets in hand and my backpack on, I finally landed in London after a short flight. My first impressions of London was that I was experiencing three different weathers in one day: sunny, rainy, and cloudy! At first, it was quite dreadful, but I soon realized how great it was to be able to experience it all in one day being that I literally only had 24 hours in London.

A nice stroll by the water at sunset

I have to say that the most memorable parts of London was going to the Baroque Market, which was a cute outdoor market where there were food stands of various foods. You could honestly smell it from a mile away! Call me BASIC, but I obviously had to try the infamous fish and chips. It was buttery and crispy on the outside, and soft and flakey on the inside. I can confidently say that now I know what’s up in London. Haha (just kidding I was only there for a day…).

Fish and Chips at Fish!Kitchen

The second most memorable adventure in London and also the best way to end the night was going to the Apollo Victoria Theatre and seeing Wicked for the first time. For as long as I remembered, ever since Wicked came out, I have always wanted to see it. But especially, to be able to see them perform “For Good” in person! The performance was absolutely incredible and magical. It is an experience I definitely recommend doing if you’re ever in London. (Tip: Check the website for cheap tickets! I was able to get a good seat for only 25 euros)

Seeing Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

With only 24 hours in London, I was already off to Vienna before I knew it. Coming to Vienna, I didn’t realize that, unlike Sweden, they didn’t do card only transactions. So, definitely don’t forget to convert some money to euros before coming! I, unfortunately, found this out the hard way after eating a meal and finding out they only took cash!

Exploring Vienna by foot

The wonderful thing about Vienna is that there are tremendous tourist attractions and a lot of museums to explore at! I would recommended buying a Vienna Pass which gives you free (you pay quite a large amount for the pass, but it’s worth it) admission to so many attractions!

My favorite part about this trip was being able to share this experience with my best friend, who is currently studying abroad in Barcelona. Together, we went to the Freud Museum, where we learned about Freud’s career and path to psychoanalysis. We explored the art at the Schonbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. We also painfully stood through a THREE HOUR opera for only 10 euros (I would recommend this for the experience, but I would also never do this again haha). We learned how to make the famous apple strudels and ate delicious Bio-Kasespatzle (homemade spaetzle with cheese) at a food stand surrounded with families who were ice skating at the nearby rink. However, the memory that I’ll definitely think of when Vienna pops into my mind is going to Pratar, an outdoor amusement park, eating cotton candy that was larger than my whole head. I don’t think I had ever felt happier than laughing because we were on a sugar rush and going on the Ferris wheel and seeing just how beautiful Vienna was from above.

When I realized the Freud Museum was where the Freud Flag was because the original museum was closed due to construction…
Learning how to make apple strudels
Eating Bio-Kasespatzle ( Kraft Mac n Cheese could never)
Belvedere Palace
Devouring a Sachertorte for breakfast

Regardless of the corona virus outbreak (which I will be talking more about in my next blog!), this was an unforgettable trip. I think one of the best things that came out from the trip was me deciding to stop collecting license plates from every where I go (because they’re so expensive and take up so much space). Instead, I figured I would get a postcard from everywhere I go and write my favorite memory from the trip on the back of the postcard! 🙂 (I think this was the best option for me because I tend to buy a lot of useless souvenirs and end up never really using them (it doesn’t spark joy haha get it?), but with the postcards I could tape them to my wall in my room).

Thanks for reading! If you guys have any questions regarding my tips on getting cheap flights, feel free to use the Contact forum to send me a message! See you next blog!

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Things You Can Do In Stockholm Pt. 1

Coming to Sweden, I was mentally preparing myself for a hugeee culture shock. However, once I arrived, it honestly never hit me. Living here for around a month and a half now, I realize that Sweden isn’t exactly the most touristy place. There is a word that they use here called lagom which means not too much and not too little, which is exactly the perfect way to describe Stockholm. Swedes really value a work life balance, so stores usually close at 7 and the streets begin to get really empty once it’s dark out. Being that it is extremely peaceful here, it took me a while to figure out what are some fun things to do!

Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Roll)

1.) FIKA

My absolutely favorite part about Swedish culture is fika. To fika means to take a coffee break from work or school. It is the part of the day where you can socialize with your friends and coworkers and relax. Typically, fika is accompanied with a pastry, as well. I definitely recommend trying semla buns (cream bun with almond paste and whipped cream), raspberry caves (cookies with sweet raspberry jam), and kanelbulle (cinnamon bun). The first you’ll notice about Swedish pastries is that they love to add cardamom to LITERALLY EVERYTHING, but I definitely don’t mind that at all.

Since Swedes LOVE their coffee, you can find a cafe in every corner you turn! These cafes are also a great place to study and do work at. Two of my favorites are Espresso House and il caffe! I used to be a huge tea person, but since being here I’ve definitely gotten addicted to the vanilla lattes haha.

Eating a semla bun by the water

2.) GO TO THE FREE CONCERTS

Since the shopping malls and restaurants close pretty early in Sweden, sometimes it can be hard to find things to do during the night time. However, on Facebook, there are events you can find that are happening around your area and sometimes they even happen to be free. Last week, my friend was able to find a free concert to Bryce Vince at this dark room that was hidden within a fancy restaurant where one would least expect it to be. Arriving at the venue, we were surrounded by extremely fancy people who were drinking their wine and having dinner, yet there was just this one black door. I couldn’t help but think how weird it was for this venue to be in such an odd place. However, it definitely gave off the most mysterious vibe that made sense for its aesthetic of being an edgy place.

Bryce Vine was an amazing performer and he really knew how to work a stage. Before listening to his music, I had no idea who he was, but the moment I heard “La La Land”, “Drew Barrymore”, and “I’m Not Alright” I realized that they were classic songs I heard from my high school years. It was a huge deja vu feeling and extremely nostalgic hearing it again.

Bryce Vine singing “Drew Barrymore”

3.) VISIT THE MUSEUMS

For my Swedish Language and Culture Class, one of the optional activities that we got the chance to do was visit the Fotografiska, which is a photography museum. During our visit, the museum actually had a exhibit on Erik Johansson called “Places Beyond”. Erik Johansson’s work amazingly incorporated photography and photoshop in order to create these illusional pictures that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. Although, Fotografiska is not admisssion free, DIS did cover our ticket as it was a class activity. However, there are many museums in Stockholm that are free such as:

The Musuem of Architecture and Design

The National Museum of Sweden

The Swedish History Museum

The Maritime Museum

And much more.

“Full Moon Service” – my favorite piece from Erik Johansson

4.) EXPLORE AND FEAST

The most beautiful thing about Sweden is that it is a mix of both modern and old. There is so much culture and history behind everything that every train stop that you get off at is a really great chance for you to explore. One of these places is Galma Stan which if you were to search in google images of Sweden this place would pop up most frequently. Galma Stan is the old town where you can find the most colorful buildings and cobbled streets. Being in this area is like taking a step in a time machine. There are small boutiques and cafes, as well as restaurants within the streets. I definitely recommend Nara-De Sushi. When I was here, I got the bulgogi bibimbap and my friends got the salmon poke bowl. They gave MASSIVE proportions, but the best thing about all sushi places in Sweden is that it comes with complimentary miso soup to warm us up from the cold.

Bulgogi Bibimbap
Walking the streets of Galma Stan

There is still so much that I haven’t gotten the chance to get to about the things you can do in Sweden which is why this is only a part 1. Stay tuned for part 2! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Gothenburg: Core Course Week

Positive Psychology Class at the “Heart” of Gothenburg

Waking up at 5:30 a.m. with the biggest dark circles, I realized what a huge mistake it was that I waited until 2 a.m. to start packing my bags to Gothenburg. It honestly hadn’t hit me that this was going to be the first official trip I was taking since being in Stockholm!

The topic of our core class week was altruism and I couldn’t help but think about that one episode in Friends when Phoebe and Joey were fighting over whether or not one could truly do a selfless deed for others. https://youtu.be/DowJfUmlzeI (here’s the link if you guys are interested!)

Our core course week began in the classrooms! However, Thursday morning, before the sun even rose, we embarked on our trip to Gothenburg on the SL train. The trip was 3 hours long, but thankfully the train was extremely comfortable (imagine if a train and a plane had a baby, that’s what it was like haha), and the view from the window was definitely a plus!

After arriving, we headed to our hostel to drop off our bags (I got top bunk btw) and headed out for the lunch at a French cafe called LIPP.

A sunny lunch at LIPP

The great thing about restaurants in Sweden is that lunch always includes salad and soup and let me tell you guys the salad here is AMAZING. For a person, who only gets her vegetables from a McChicken, I honestly don’t know what they put in their salad that makes it sooooo delicious. We also ended up touring Gothenburg, but the best part of the tour was stopping by this quaint bakery, Husaren, where we got a hugeeee (size of my face kind of huge) Kanelbullar (cinnamon roll) and shared it among the 16 of us.

All of us smiling because the kanelbullar is bigger than our faces.

We also stopped by an extremely moving memorial for Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, who truly exemplified the idea of altruism, in which he sacrificed his safety in order to protect Jewish from the Nazis.

Raoul Wallenberg Memorial
Pork Buns at a Food Truck in Gothenburg

Throughout the trip, we had the opportunity to learn about forum theatre in which we put on skits about systemic oppressions people may face in society regarding economic inequality, homelessness, gender inequality, etc. Forum theatre really allowed me to step in others shoes and emphasize with those around me. It helped me see that sometimes when our perspectives change, we can regain power to advocate and fight for ourselves, or even use our platform to fight for others.

Due to the fact that altruism was our main topic, we also were given the chance to test it for ourselves. Each group was given 150 kr and had to come up with an idea to use that money for an act of kindness. Some groups paid for others lunch meals, others stroke up a conversation and paid for the coffee of others, and some gave the money to a homeless person they came across. The beautiful thing about this activity was that one group’s act of kindness influenced the person who they bought coffee for to do the same for another. So, the truth is money can truly buy happiness (at a certain extent haha) ;), but especially when we spend it on others!

Although we spent a good portion of our trip doing wholesome things, we also had a lot of fun! The highlight of the trip for me was most definitely getting to go curling! Even though it doesn’t look intense, curling exerted a lotttt from me haha. From falling on the ice, to having to sweep in order to get the rock to keep sliding, I can totally see now why this is such a popular sport in Sweden.

Learning how to slide a rock

Core course week was definitely an opportunity to learn about positive psychology in the real world and being able to apply it to our every day lives. I feel as though I honestly was able to take away a lot from the experiences from this trip and am extremely grateful for that. Thanks for reading! 🙂 See y’all next blog!

Field Studies

First Week of Classes + Field Studies

I have been in Sweden for officially 17 days now, but to be completely honest it feels like it’s been months! Time definitely passes so much faster here. I don’t know if it’s because Chicago is 7 hours behind or because the sun sets at 3 p.m., but everything is passing by so quickly!

We have finally had our first full week of classes and I’m loving every single course so far! This semester, I am taking Positive Psychology, Swedish Language and Culture I, Psychology of Loneliness, Developing the Brain: Infant to Adolescence, and Psychology of Emerging Adulthood (changed from the Vikings). Each class is 80 minutes long and some classes are double periods that only meet once a week. The interesting about DIS is that for our assignments we read A LOT. However, it’s also because our classes are very much discussion based! Dis holds classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, we have something called a Field Study.

Field Studies are in a way like field trips. There isn’t one every week depending on when the professor schedules them (YAY DAY OFF). Although, the days there is one is the opportunity for the class to get hands on experience on the course material. Professors also schedule field studies in the morning or afternoon, so there are days where you may have two!

Last Wednesday, my Developing the Brain class went to the Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Karolinska Institutet (KIND). Due to the fact that KIND was a clinic and research facility where they work with children with developmental disorders, my class got the opportunity to look at some behavioral methods to test such disorders. The amazing thing about KIND was how separated the clinic and research facility was. Since it was an area for children and families, the clinic was extremely cozy with sofas, stuffed animals, books, and bright colors. There was even a family room where families could feed their children or have meals and relax (something you don’t really see in the U.S.)

At KIND, we got the chance to test the EEG and the eye tracking set up! We also discussed how we have to manipulate testing when testing babies and children since their attention span is shorter, they can’t verbally express their thoughts, they cannot walk yet, and much more.

We also took thee bus down to the MR Center at the Karolinska hospital. Here we got the chance to learn about brain imaging and structure by getting MRIs done. It was honestly such a fun experience to be in an MRI. We were given earplugs and headphones with music from the radio since the MRI machine is extremely loud. The machine was also very claustrophobic. However, since it was pretty comfortable I ended up taking a nap in the 5 minutes I was there! Also, good news, I HAVE A WHOLE BRAIN (side story: my professor told us that at Karolinska someone had gotten their brain scanned and found out they only had half a brain?!? Yet, their brain was able to rewire itself and they were completely normal functioning!).

I think the great thing about Field Studies is that it really accommodates to students with different learning styles. Some students learn better through lecture, others are visual learners, and others need hands on experience to retain information better! This field study honestly helped to remind me how much I love learning about the brain and I’m extremely excited to go on more field studies!

Thank you for reading! See you guys next post! 🙂

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What I Packed + Flights

Packing was one of the hardest aspects of preparing for my trip abroad! The idea of putting my whole life into only two suitcases was pretty tough. However, I wanted to pack smart as I knew I could purchase a lot of my necessities over in a Stockholm as well! A big thing people tend to forget when bringing a carry on and a checked bag is that a lot of the times your checked bag gets lost. Being so, I made sure to place all my important essentials in my carry on such as:

– a few pairs of clothes

– underwear/socks

– essential make up and skincare

– small mirror

– Chelsea rain boots

In my personal bag, I included important documents such as passports, copies of passports, my visa, housing address, emergency contact info, a water bottle, snacks, toothbrush/toothpaste, a portable charger, and my charging wires. As well as, my iPad and a book to read.

In my checked bag, I placed all items that could be replaced if my bag was lost such as:

– clothes

– menstrual pads

– extra socks and underwear

– nonessential skin care and makeup

– gym shoes and flip flops

If you are looking to get luggage for your trip, I would completely recommend getting luggage from amazon (https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Hardside-Spinner-Luggage-20-Inch/dp/B074MD2L3M?ref_=Oct_BSellerC_2477388011_0&pf_rd_p=c2e20f96-46c5-5e22-931c-a28c5f5c9d42&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-11&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=2477388011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=VCQ39AD986DT7XR8XXC9&th=1). It was fairly inexpensive compared to other brands and holds up extremely well!

I would also recommend getting these packing cubes! It helped me be so much more organized! https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07PGFDXPG/ref=sr_1_16?adgrpid=84645957800&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrqL7-LP85gIVx00YCh3q-QuZEAAYAiAAEgIgEvD_BwE&hvadid=394613855935&hvdev=t&hvlocphy=1012581&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=b&hvrand=10061480146499040177&hvtargid=kwd-16139302&hydadcr=2700_1967079&keywords=packtasche&qid=1578775205&sr=8-16

To be honest, during my whole travel time I was extremely nervous for what was to come. Being someone who is extremely close to their family, I was already feeling homesick. However, it was extremely exciting to be able to be independent and experience all this on my own. My flight from Chicago had a layover in Frankfort where I got a chance to explore the airport a bit! It was extremely cool to see that their airport had showers, personal rest rooms, and gaming rooms for travelers. From there, I had a two hour flight to Stockholm! The crazy thing is when I landed at 3:30 the sun was already setting and it was already extremely dark. It’s definitely something I need to get used to. However, the one thing I felt extremely comforting was how similar the weather in Sweden was like home.

Another tip I have is that when booking your flight, look to book earlier on! I was able to get my ticket for around $700 compared to prices later on which reached up to $1000! However, be sure to read DIS’ booking your flight page before booking as they give the accommodation of picking up students from the airport if they arrive before 3 p.m!

https://disabroad.org/stockholm/student-resources/information-for-admitted-arriving-students/booking-your-flight/

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Folkhögskola + Arrival Week

The past few days in Stockholm have been nothing short of incredible! One of the reasons being that I will be living in a Folkhögskola this semester! The Folkhögskola is located in an island called Bosön where I live with other DIS students and local Swedish students studying at the Sportcampus Bosön. In my apartment style housing, there are two bedrooms, a kitchen, and bathroom. I live in a single room, while the other room is occupied by another DIS student. Here in the Folkhögskola, it is fully furnished and we are given a lot of kitchen and cleaning appliances needed (everything is also from IKEA)! Although, we do not have a laundry machine in our apartment, there is a building, two minutes away from us walking distance where we can go and sign up for a time slot in order to do our laundry (NOTE: if you are not there in the beginning of your time slot, you forfeit your time). The best part about Bosön is that it is a forest and there’s so much nature that surround us. It is an extremely peaceful and safe area with tons of hiking trails that lead you by the water! Being that I lived in the city all my life, it’s amazing to get the chance to live somewhere rural and quiet for a change. Although, it’s in a remote area the market is a 7 minute walk away, the transportation is completely accessible, the gym is right next to our housing, and it takes around only 30-40 minutes to get to DIS.



DIS hosted an arrival orientation for the students at the Royal College Of Music where DIS is located on the 4th and 5th floor! Students were able to listen to performances (Fun fact: I found out ABBA is apparently a Swedish band and yes we did have to sing along and dance to Dancing Queen), learn about the transportation system, pick up their books, learn about managing finances, and so much more.

Throughout the orientation days, we got the opportunity during out free time to go explore the city on our own as well. Along with students from my housing, we explored Stockholm! On day 1, we went to Joe & the Juice where I got a Green Haven smoothie which was spinach, pineapple, and apple! It was 100% delicious and definitely made me feel a little healthier since it was green. A thing to note about paying in Sweden is that most places only accept card and don’t accept cash, so if you ever plan on visiting make sure you check with your bank for foreign transaction fees!

On Day 2, we visited the Migration center where we took photos for our residence permit. During our free time, we got off the stop at T-Centralen (the main hub of where the train lines meet) and explored Sergels Torg! Sergels Torg is the public square in Stockholm and there were so many cute shops around. The most surprising thing was seeing just how many H&Ms there were there and that they have H&M Home in Sweden. We also came across Östermalms Korvspecialist which was a little food truck that sold sausages. I ended up getting a spicy chorizo stuffed in a crispy and fluffy baguette. Afterwards, we also had a housing session at DIS where we interacted with other students from different housings, as well!

Although, I still haven’t fully haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that I am in Sweden, these last couple days have already set me off to a positive start. Thanks for reading! See you guys next blog.

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Why I Chose DIS

It’s crazy to believe for the next five months I will be living and studying in Stockholm, Sweden! Never in a million years did I think I would ever get the opportunity to live abroad and travel. During my time abroad, I will studying with DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia with the core course of Positive Psychology.

Studying Positive Psychology will give me the opportunity to study what makes life meaningful for individuals. As well as, the influence society and our own subjective minds impact us when it comes to what makes us happy and how we can maintain it. This course is something I am extremely excited to take because mental health is such an important aspect that has not been discussed much in the past because of the many negative misconceptions and stereotypes it has. However, times are changing and I am extremely grateful to be studying Positive Psychology in what is considered “one of the happiest” countries in the world!


Along with Positive Psychology, I will also be taking Psychology of Loneliness, Developmental Psychology, a history course on The Vikings (I love history!), as well as, Swedish Language and Culture I.

The best part about this program is the fact that it was designed for students who want to travel while abroad as well. In my core course, we are also given a Study Tour where we will be heading to Athens, Greece to learn more!

It honestly hasn’t hit me yet that I will be leaving home in literally 2 days. However, I am extremely excited for what’s to come! Thanks for reading and see you guys next post!

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