I started my study abroad experience with packing. When I was packing, my friend told me that even though you want to take a lot of items, the reason why you are abroad is not for the items you’re bringing. This advice helped me prioritize what was really important to bring. I only let myself take a couple hours to pack so I would not second guess myself and overpack. Saying goodbye to the people that I love in America was hard, but so far each person from my program that I talked to has been open and helpful. It was also nice arriving with a group of people from my program at each stop on the way to Copenhagen. Each flight had more people that were studying abroad in Copenhagen and since DIS has a large amount of people in the program, it was easy to meet people. But the first night was a mix of excitement and exhaustion. Although people have been anticipating this semester for a long time, the lack of sleep and mixed emotions made me think taking my time to adjust would be better than jumping into the semester.
I am a member of the Public Health LLC (Living Learning Community) through DIS. When we first arrived we had a quick tour of the building and then two days later we took a boat tour of Copenhagen. It was great to see Copenhagen from the canals and we were in smaller groups to get to know our neighbors. Overall I feel like the transition to study abroad is much smoother than starting freshman year. I also feel like the program is accommodating and have experience dealing with an array of issues.
Copenhagen itself is beautiful. The director of my LLC said that fall is the best time to come to Copenhagen since the weather is less extreme during the fall semester than spring. I am lucky that my housing puts me near the city centre. The photo above is a picture of street art that is on display for people to buy. Living near the city center also makes grocery shopping and exploring more accessible. People in the city center are also friendly. When I went grocery shopping for the first time, I was a little overwhelmed by all of the products and labels that were only in Danish. Luckily, a woman who observed my confusion asked me if I needed help distinguishing what kind of bread I want and how to tell the difference between milk and yogurt.