- Why did you choose Norway as your study destination?
I was intrigued by the country and culture. The science and development studies courses offered at UMB looked interesting to me. I talked to one of my professors who had studied in Norway and he convinced me to come.
- What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
I thought it would be very rugged and beautiful, and it is.
- What are the main differences from your country when it comes to student life?
There are more services for students in the US. It’s easier to understand what’s going on because all information is in English. You feel a bit more secure of yourself. Also, classes have many more assignments and less group work and/or self appointed studying.
- In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome for you as an international student in Norway?
I get to see Landscape Architecture from a whole new perspective in a department with different professors who look at things differently. Its interesting to see the parallels that extend despite differences in climate and culture in the US and Norway.
- What about the personal outcome? Are there any experiences you would like to highlight?
I think I’m making friends in Norway which are going to last a lifetime.
- What would you tell other students from your country about university life in Norway?
I would tell them it’s a little more laidback, with lots of student engagement and involvement.
- What do you miss the most when you are away from your country?
I miss family and home. Don’t really miss American culture or way of life :).
- In your opinion, why is it important to have a study abroad experience?
Its important to study abroad to broaden your horizons and perspective of the world around you while taking in differences in culture. It allows you to reexamine and appreciate the place you are from and see solutions to problems you may not have imagined before.
- What are your future plans?
I plan to have my last year of college next year at Cal Poly and graduate as a Landscape Architect. Then I will probably work for a year or two and consider gradschool in Canada or elsewhere.