Roza, Copenhagen

Roza is a senior Hunt Scholar, Mustang Scholar and member of the University Honors Program. She is majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. In fall 2012, she is studying abroad with SMU-in-Copenhagen.

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Connecting to the Danish culture

My housemate and I in the city

It has been quite a while since my last blog, so I thought I should give a brief update. As the days go by, my time in Copenhagen only continues to get better. I got involved in a few activities that I have come to really enjoy.

DIS encourages students to join immersion activities to become more connected to the Danish culture. I am part of the visiting family program and buddy network. The visiting family program connects interested DIS students who are not living with a host family to a Danish family they can regularly visit. Last week I went to visit my family with another DIS student, since two of us were assigned to the same family. They had us over for dinner and I had a lovely evening with them.

My visiting family lives in a commune/farming cooperative, where over 60 families live close to one another and share a common kitchen, laundry room and have dinners as a group. I had never visited a commune before, and after hearing about the myriad reasons they love it, I walked away with such a positive outlook on their unique lifestyle. We also met their two sons and youngest daughter and ended up spending nearly three hours conversing. I am already looking forward to my next visit with them!

Last week I also attended my buddy network, a program that allows Danes to meet other American students their age and vice versa. The goal is for Danes and Americans to learn about each other’s cultures and backgrounds. We had dinner together and played a couple games to get to know each other. We have various exciting events planned for the upcoming weeks such as cake baking, movie night and city tours. With the buddy network and visiting family combined, I am convinced I will leave feeling immersed in the Danish culture.

Horses, cared for by my visiting family

I have also been getting more involved by regularly attending a church. I didn’t think I would find an English service, but I successfully found not only an English service, but also a church similar to the one I attend back at home. The members of the church come from all over the world, so it’s wonderful to worship internationally in an international church.

This weekend I will leave Copenhagen and fly to Kosovo, where I will spend a week with my humanitarian law and armed conflict class. The course has been very interesting (as all of my classes have been), so I am very much looking forward to the trip. We also have a layover in Vienna, so I will spend a weekend there with several members of my classmates as well. That’s all the updates for now!

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