I have studied all night, I have partied, I have barbecued, I have given (what feels like) a million presentations, I have survived days with only 4 hours of sunlight, I have had a trillion fikas, I have tasted sill, I have made meat balls, I have survived snowstorms, I have travelled around Sweden and I have even learned some Swedish!
It is without a doubt that the memories created over the past year will never be forgotten. From walking into the first lecture with 100 other students from 52 different countries to celebrating a completed year with those same people you started with.
What I have really learned over the past year is that studying abroad is not just about sitting in a classroom, taking notes and having discussions. But, even more important, it is about what you learn outside the class. It is truly about meeting people, learning another language, living in a new place and really just trying something new.
I am thankful for all the people I have met and all the friends I have made.The possibility of traveling all over the world to visit friends and past classmates is nothing short of exciting.
I am especially thankful to all those Swedes who shared their traditions and cultures with us foreign students. The best way to truely understand and experience Sweden is to have your own personal tour guides, and who better then the Swedes who have enjoyed it all their lives.
For all of those who have to say goodbye and go back to their home countries, it is not easy. It is hard to leave everyone you have met here and the adventures you’ve had for the calm and familiar life back at home. But, just remember you can always return. The last time I left Sweden I missed it so much I had to come back!
For all of us Masters students who are still sticking around for at least another year, we look forward to many more exciting times to come. A year full of internships, thesis writing, and I’m sure a few more parties.
While studying in Sweden this year has been full of both successes and setbacks, it is without a doubt that the friends and memories I have made will be around forever!