People Who Studied Abroad #622:
Richard Perle, political advisor
As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, he studied on the Denmark International Study (DIS) program in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also studied at the London School of Economics (United Kingdom).
Buddy Network- Smørrebrød
I am part of a buddy network at DIS. A buddy network is a group of Danish and American students who meet up throughout the semester to do different activities together. At first I thought the notion of the buddy network was a little awkward. And to be totally honest, the first two meet-ups I attended were fun but a little forced.
However, before my trip to Poland my buddy network met up to make Smørrebrød and it was actually really fun! The conversation flowed much better and it actually felt more like a group of students hanging out and less like a random group of people without much in common.
We met up at a danish kollegium to make the traditional danish sandwiches-
First up: warmed leverpostej with mushrooms and bacon. I’ve had lots of leverpostej, but I’ve never had it warmed. This was pretty good, I don’t think I’d necessarily cook it for myself but it was definitely one of the more interesting combinations I tried!
These organized buddy programs can be awkward at first, but helpful for breaking the ice and making friends. Looks like it’s working for this study abroad student!
People Who Studied Abroad #519:
Jan Paulsen, former President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
He studied theology in Denmark, then graduated from Andrews University (United States) with a Bachelor of Theology degree and a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He also has a doctorate from the University of Tübingen (Germany).
She studied abroad at the University of Copenhagen’s Denmark International Study (DIS) program while she was an undergraduate at Whittier College, then pursued her master’s degree at the University of York (United Kingdom). She worked for a while as the Director of Study Abroad at Whittier before she made the decision to stay at home with her children. She talks a bit about her international education experience in this interview.
[thanks to Michael for the tip!]
Additional study abroad information from Andrea Barber:
People Who Studied Abroad #314:
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, first female president of Iceland and the first democratically elected female head of state in the world
She studied French and French literature at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne (France) between 1949 and 1953, then studied the history of theater at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) before completing a BA in French and English and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Iceland.
1) The privacy of toilet stalls. The only downside of living in one of Beijing’s hutongs is that the plumbing is not so great, so everyone uses a communal bathroom. The communal bathrooms in my particular hutong did not have stalls or any other form of privacy. On top of that, because I’m a…
Spending a calm, comfortable time with good friends or loved ones, often while enjoying good food, snacks and something to drink.
We need an English word for this. Denmark sounds like fun!