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Anonymous asked:

Hey Ali! So I remember you took the intensive Swedish course when you were in Uppsala and I'm taking it now as well and we have our final exam tomorrow (ahhhh!) Was it hard to pass? I'm super nervous about it because I feel like my Swedish is terrible!!

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Don’t worry! It’s really not that difficult, it all depends on your own level though. I passed it the first time, but I also know a bunch of people that didn’t, and that is not a big deal at all, you can retake the test, or rather just the part that you failed. It’s a bit of a hassle later on, but after you’ve been in Sweden a while longer your Swedish will improve, even if it’s just you getting the sense of how the language works and listening in on random conversations. So don’t stress out about it! I know it’s the first class you took and your first test, but soon enough you will understand how classes work and you will find it’s really not worth stressing out about it. Good luck on the test!

Are you in SWEDEN?!

I know international students are slowly making their way abroad, starting their grand adventures all over the world. If you are one of those, specifically going to Uppsala, or anywhere in Sweden, and you have a study abroad blog then please message me and let me know! I would love to not only follow you and read about your experiences in Sweden, but also post a list of study abroad blogs as a resource for my followers and future study abroad students. To be included in the list please:

  • Reblog this post
  • Send me an ask with your study abroad blog url, name, and home country

There is no time limit, so if you are only planning to start your blog and message me in September I will still add you to the list, and even if you are reading this and it’s already January, or 2018, you are still very welcome to message me! And if you will be studying abroad in Uppsala, in Sweden, or anywhere else in the world, and you don’t have a study abroad blog, then please get one. You cannot imagine how you will feel a year from now, but trust me, reading your old blog posts will be a joy and help you a lot. So get blogging!

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Anonymous asked:

Hey Ali! So I'm currently packing for Sweden and I was wondering what kind of adopter you used abroad to charge your laptop/use a hair straightener. Was it just a euro plug or a Schuko plug? Thank you so much!

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Sweden uses the Schuko plug, but I only had a converter to the Euro plug and that works too. My laptop charger worked no problem (I have a Mac), however when it comes to hair dryers/straighteners/curlers I heard people usually have problems with those, because there is different voltage in the States and in Europe. I heard stories of hair straighteners overheating, and now when I think about it I used an American hair curler once and the plastic tip melted off… so I don’t recommend bringing one, or at least make sure it works with the European voltage. Thankfully things like that are surprisingly cheap compared to everything else in Sweden, you can find that kinda stuff in Clas Ohlson. Another tip is to bring a power strip, This way you only need to get one converter and you can plug in all your American devices, I found it very handy during my time abroad.

Good luck with packing, and let me know if you have any other questions!

I’ve been putting off writing this post, because I feel that somehow it will make the end of my Swedish adventure final, over and done with. I’ve been back in Southern California for two weeks now, adjusting to American life and dealing with reverse culture shock. Some observations I’ve made:

  • You get excessive amounts of plastic bags at the store
  • People struggle eating with a fork and knife
  • Fast food joints are everywhere you look
  • You need to put on sunscreen before going outside
  • People wear flip flops
  • Strangers greet you on the street
  • Customer service staff is overly friendly
  • You have to drive everywhere

I quite miss living in Uppsala and all the friends I have made there, but alas, my time in Sweden has passed. Perhaps I can go back there some day, but for now I need to move on with life and not live in the past too much. As a result from now on this blog is going to become dormant, however if any of you future Uppsala University exchange students have any questions at all my ask box is always open and I await your messages impatiently. There is nothing study abroad alumni like more than talking about study abroad.

Tack så mycket, puss och kram, lycka till

Ali

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strawberryandchampagnejam asked:

Hi, i just got my modules confirmed and because i'm doing the IBS course in august. I only have to take 3 during the semester. I worked out that because of this i'll have september free. Is it worth going home ( I'm from the UK) or finding a job. Or perhaps just chilling. P.S Great blog

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I would say going home is not worth it, mainly because your experience in Uppsala would have just barely started. Maybe you can visit your family for a few days, since the UK is pretty close, but I wouldn’t spend the whole time at home. In September the weather is still nice (and beware, it won’t be for long), so I would recommend staying in Uppsala. Finding a job is pretty tough, your best bet is to work at one of the nations, either in pubs, cafes, or helping out during events and formal dinners. Another option is to travel around, but since you’re from Europe that might not be as appealing as it was to the Americans :) Thanks for the ask!

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theleavesoflorien asked:

Hi! :) I'd like to thank you for taking the time to answer people's questions on this blog, it really is quite helpful. :3 My question to you (it's a long shot, but just in case you've heard about it): do you know whether there's a way/place to do archery in Uppsala University or somewhere else in Uppsala? Thanks! c:

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Oh thank you so much! I absolutely love getting questions, it gives me topics to write about and makes me feel like my posts matter and I’m actually helping people :) This was the point of this blog, not only to document my experience, but also to help other international students coming to Sweden, so I’m glad it served it’s purpose! 

As for your question, I personally heard nothing about archery at the university, or in Uppsala, but after a quick search I found this and this website (they are in Swedish, but if you have Google Chrome it can translate the page for you). From what I gather the first one is an archery club, and the second one is a sports club that is supposed to have archery as well.

For general questions like this, about what to do and where to go in Uppsala, an excellent place to look is the tourist information. Their website is very well designed, they have an office downtown right across from the Central Station, or you can send them an email. Everyone working there is very friendly and helpful and maybe they can point you in the right direction or give you some contact information. Hope this helps!

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I’M SCREAMING THESE ARE ACTUAL ADS IN THE SWEDISH SUBWAY AND THEY ARE EVERYWHERE IS THIS REAL LIFE

Stockholm metro goes doge.

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Anonymous asked:

I'm going to be studying in uppsala in a few months (YAAYY!!!!) quick question, does uppsala assign Swedish buddies to exchange students who arrive for the Swedish course during the summer? Thank u :) hope u had a really amazing year abroad!!!!!

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Soooo exciting!! Yes, they do assign buddies to people taking the Summer Swedish course, but they might do it later after you arrive, just like for the rest of the students starting at the end of August. They usually try to assign everyone a buddy before the official orientation, but it might also take a few days before your buddy contacts you.