January 8, 2020
The emotions before my semester in Copenhagen are very similar to my emotions before the start of college. As I sit in my home in Connecticut and wonder what to pack, I feel incredibly excited to experience the new culture, people, and places. At the same time, I definitely feel some nerves about my upcoming semester abroad.
As a pre-med student, I didn’t think I would be able to study abroad while in college. In fact, it wasn’t even on my radar before college. While in college, I began to learn about some of the many different programs available for pre-med students and how these programs can truly give an entirely new perspective on the practice of medicine. I began to plan my schedule around a possible semester abroad in the spring of my Junior year. The Medical Practice and Policy core course at DIS caught my eye specifically because of how focused it is on pre-med students. As such, now I’m about to begin my semester in Copenhagen.
I had a number of concerns about going abroad. For one, I have a supportive friend group and girlfriend at Pomona. Being apart from these people for so long is certainly going to be a new challenge. I also play varsity college football during the fall. Preparing my body for the season without my coaches’ offseason training will be a challenge in Copenhagen. I will definitely need a gym membership haha. Finally, the academics will be different than what I am used to. My core course takes place in a hospital, is taught by MDs and will present a very different learning environment than what I am used too. My other classes will be very different as well simply because they are happening in a new learning environment. With these challenges and concerns; however, I begin to think about all the reasons I’m studying abroad in the first place.I am so excited to learn about a new culture. I have never even been to the continent of Europe (besides a layover in Paris once) let alone Denmark. I can’t wait to try Danish food (I heard herring is a big deal), ride a bike through Copenhagen, learn what the heck Hygge means, and learn some of the little nuances that make Denmark and the Danish people unique. The classes, the travel and cultural opportunities, and the people all felt like a perfect fit. The only thing I can do now is wait and see.