​The day after tomorrow I will have been here at Acadia for one full month. On one hand it feels like I just got here but on the other it feels like I've been here forever. They say the first month is the hardest so lets hope that is true and that life will be a breeze from now on ;) 

Some updates then. This friday we were suppose to have a residence party but it was unfortunately cut short by our sworn enemies on campus literally crashing the party (they punched a hole in the wall). Instead I got to try garlic fingers for the first time and we had the chance to bond  with the guys on our floor. On Saturday I had my training for a volunteer initiative I am getting involved in called SMILE where you work with children with disabilities. Sunday we played dodgeball against the same residence that crashed our party two days earlier. Besides that Ive been spending a lot of long hours in the library, watching greys anatomy with my roommates, watching hockey with the people on my floor and just trying to get into routine. I've also tried getting more involved on campus. Besides SMILE, I'm currently doing WUSC (World University Service of Canada supporting student refugees), outdoors club, Economic Society, Community outreach, dance, and then soccer and ultimate frisbee for inter murals (tournaments between residences), so Im keeping myself busy. Today my program is going camping for three days so I'll do an update about that this weekend. bye bye

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Today marks the day that my first full week of school ends, although it feels like its been forever. Maybe its because life here is about so much more than school and you are constantly encouraged to do more, contribute more, give back more. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE IT- but it is also a struggle of getting 24 hours to be enough (lets just say I'm working on it). This week has mostly been one giant study session but we did have club extravaganza where you got the chance to sign up for different clubs. Perhaps needless to say, I signed up for way too many. After tryouts and the final schedules get released I will let you know what I actually end up doing.

This week my residence also had the first meeting for inter murals (these are competitions between the different residences in different sports). Currently I've signed up for soccer, ultimate frisbee and volleyball but we will see what will be feasible once everything else is in order. Im really excited about this and can't wait till it starts in a couple of weeks?!?!

By the way PRO tip: When people tell you college is way more difficult that high school - Listen to them. My assignments are about the same level as they were in High School but the workload is about three times as high and the expectations are way higher. Uni is a lot of fun but its actually a lot of work too ;)



Who ever though University would be taught clearly did not know of Frosh week. It sounds like all fun and games but let me tell you it is intense. This week as a frosh has been packed with little sleep and barely anytime to rest but it has also been a blast. The mondau started like most days as a frosh do with our RAs (Residence Assistants) and House council screaming there lungs out in megaphones in the quad or as they are running down the hallways at 7.30. Here one rule apply: You snooze, you lose. After breakfast we had dance practice for two hours to learn the dance we were going to perform later that day. All freshman are separated by what residence they live in, every residence having there own color which all freshman proudly have to wear in the form of a t-shirt throughout frosh week.. Lunch consist of the different residences standing on tables and chairs screaming chants either about how good they are or about how bad someone else is.

My residence for example has done a take on we will rock you that goes the following:

We will, we will rock you down- Shake you up
Like a volcano will erupt
ECR is here to stay
We will beat Chip any day.

This is one of the 5 official once we have, and just one of the countless unofficial once. (Disclaimer: These chants are not only screamed at lunch but they can be herd anywhere at anytime. Anything from the middle of the party to 2 am outside your window),

After lunch it was time for the mock olympics where we performed our dances, screamed our chants, sang the Acadia song (which is pretty much an impossible task) before doing a series of relays and fun games. The day was concluded with a Rock of the Ages party for all first years: It was so much fun since a live band had been hired to play and everybody where all dolled up to match the theme.

Since school start was creeping up on us Tuesday meant Academic Orientation. You met with your faculty, was introduced to your professors, guided through the buildings, had lunch with your dean before it was time for faculty vs. faculty in a good old round of capture the flag. We lost, but it was tons of fun anyways ( although the weather here is around 25 degrees and humidity is around 90 percent so even the slightest physical activity will make you sweat like crazy).

For dinner there was a BBQ before we all headed out for an outside screening of the Breakfast Club. Halfway through it started to drizzle so the last hour of the movie only around 20 people stuck around for but it was very cosy anyways since we all had blankets, snacks and pillows.

Wednesday it was finally time for first day of classes. As the typical freshman most of the day was spent trying to figure out where everything was and just being overwhelmed by it all. After classes I met with one of my advisors to add  a second major- officially double majoring in economics and environmental & sustainability studies now. As most days this week the day ended with a couple of hours on the ice before going to bed; exhausted but very happy. Thursday and Friday followed pretty much in the same pattern. On Thursday there was first class batch where you met some of the upper year students as well and on Friday we had Amazing race through Wolfville (finding checkpoints and doing different tasks) after which we went skating again. 

Saturday started bright and early with me participating in Axes in Action ( a charity event organised by the school to raise money for children and adults with disabilities). After a couple of very hot but successful hours in the sun it was time for the first home football game of the season. 

Sunday was spent studying as well as doing the finally initiation to Acadia- Mud sliding. Right below the school are the dykes which basically are covered by water when it is high tide and muddy hills when its low. All you do is head into the half-meter deep mud, crawling and tumbling up the hills and then you slide down. There is mud fights, wrestling, and tons of sliding in trains, on your stomach, your back - whatever floats your boat. Then the local fire department comes down with their hoses to spray of as  much mud as possible (not being able top get rid of the lovely smell unfortunately....).

And that concludes frosh week. While it was tons of fun it was also nice when it ended as it was a very intense week with very little down time. But a week was just the perfect amount!



After having toured most of southern Nova Scotia we finally made it to the small town of Wolfville on the 30th of August, giving us one day to tour the town before I move into residence. One day to tour Wolfville , however, is plenty of time since the town pretty much consist of one street with two coffee shops, a pharmacy, a grocery store, 3 restaurants, a pub, a cinema screening old movies and two banks. We walked around the beautiful campus, checked out the coffee shops and later that evening we went to a restaurant further up the street.

Moving-in day was one big blur of sweating, carrying boxes and unpacking clothes. We had lunch at the international centre giving us a chance to talk to some other international students before continuing to try and make a dorm room feel like home. The day ended with community dinner at the local farmers market. Every Wednesday the town hosts a community dinner where neighbouring farms come and cook food and there is live music and vegetables being sold. Overall a very nice tradition. That evening my dad left and all of a sudden I was all alone in a quite recidence hall , half a world away from home.

The first three days at Acadia consisted of International orientation, this years batch consisting of around 100 students. During the three days there was information about Canadian laws, culture, academic expectations and study techniques. There was also activities like a bus trip to see the area, an ice cream social and the Canadian version of "nollning" in the form of ice skating.

After we'd had the three days to ourselves and gotten used to the place being very low-key and quite, the pace was quickly changed on the day that the rest of the students were moving in. Already at 7 in the morning the music was blasting in the quad and upper year students were screaming there lungs out in megaphones. The hallways were decorated and t-shirts for your house were handed out. This is the beginning of what they call frosh week - simply explained a initiation for the first years. Although the day was called move in day little time was actually dedicated to moving in. The day was packed from 9 in the morning to well into the night. I did however get a chance to meet one of my roommates Natasha as well as Manuel and Molly across the hall before we got shepherd around. The four of us plus Lindsay that lives one floor up stayed together as we were taken to the meal hall, around campus and then finally down to the soccer fields at the bottom of the hill where we reluctantly put on black polyester gowns for our matriculation. For you who don't know what this is- it is a formal admission or "fake" graduation if you want to call it that. They close of the roads, you walk with your faculty in your gowns, there is bagpipes playing, there are speeches and easily explained it is a dress rehearsal for the graduation you will have four years later. After that there was a meeting with the people on your floor. The day was rounded of with a house kickoff rave party.

Second day of frosh week started off with a tour of the dining hall where we got to plant herbs and walk through the entire kitchen. We went straight from walking through a enormous fridge to dance practice. All first years in every residence has to prepare a dance for mock olympics taking place the day after. After an eventful and sweaty morning we went to meet the dean, still in bright green shirts we were given the day before to show what residence we were in. In the afternoon we had a talk on consent before heading out to a giant slip'n'slide set up on the hill. The night consisted of a white t-shirt party starting with a pre-party in our residence before heading over to the student union. Overall a very intense but fun weekend with little free time but a lot of fun. 



We arrive at a completely empty Halifax airport late friday night, and by late we are talking 5 in the morning Swedish time (midnight over here). Since then the days have been packed in an attempt to cover as much of Novia Scotia as possible. We started in Dartmouth- my experience of the suburb being limited to the inside pf Walmart, Staples and Bed, bath & beyond. With a slightly more crammed car we make our way to Halifax.

Halifax is an interesting town, because it is i may ways a crossover of new and old. History buildings are located next to skyscrapers University town meets harbour, fishermen meets drunken teens stumbling out of fratparties. We spent a few hours walking along the waterfront as well as walking up on a giant hill in the middle of the town where you can see the historic city in front of you. Unfortunately most of the town was under construction distracting from what could have been a beautiful view.

With no time to spare the roadtrip quickly continued to Peggy's cove. The name is in many ways misleading since no cave is to be found, however, that does not make the place any less beautiful. Light grey rocks surround the main attraction in the form of an old lighthouse in the middle. Perfect pit stop before continuing south.

The last stop of the day, yes this all took place in one day, was Lunenburg. This is a town that could have been taken out of a children's book. Many of the houses look like they belong in a Roald Dahl novel. They are bright colours and odd shapes, yellow houses next to pink ones. Add a spoonful of lobsters and dash of fishing boats and you have Lunenburg. Hungry, tired and suffering severe jet-leg we stumble in on the towns fisher museums restaurant (thankfully located only a block away from our hotel), a great little restaurant overlooking the harbour. The following morning we visit the museum, but not for food this time, before heading even further south.

On the way we stop at Kejimkujik National Park Sea Side (try saying that name three times quickly...) to take a hike along the water. After swimming in the surprisingly not so cold atlantic we make our way back to the car. The stop for the evening- Pubnico: the lobster bay of Nova Scotia (in a province where they sell lobster at McDonalds that is saying something). Quick stop at the local diner for dinner, where 90% of the dishes include lobster, then a quick look at the largest fishing harbour in the world before falling asleep alarmingly early...

The road trip continues to Yarmouth for the last necessities before heading up the east-coast to the small town of Digby. After confessing that you are a swede here in Nova Scotia to study in the small town of Wolfville you quickly becoming a subject for discussing and gossip. After a quick run to see the town (after half an hour you pretty much seen it all) we hit the local hang out spot where scallops is the speciality.

Overall Nova Scotia is a beautiful and very friendly province where fishery is the main industry. Having never seen a  fishery museum in my life I have now gotten used to the fact that every town here has one... I would definitely recommend anyone to come here  ( and I am not just saying that because I want people to come and visit me but because it is really interesting to see) and the people here will make you feel right at home. 



When you're a kid the world is simple.. You dream about the magical castle you would live in, the beautiful wedding you would have, the heroine acts you would perform and in my case the shiny nobel peace prize I was going to win when I grew up. We have a plan, then life happens... If you'd asked me 5 years ago or ever 5 months ago where I would have pictured myself today rest assure that I would not have said Wolfville, Canada- population: 4,269, location: Middle of nowhere...

In the weeks leading up to my departure I got asked the same questions over and over, questions I dreaded. Not because they were stupid or in anyway un-logical to ask, but rather because I did not know the answers myself.

"Why Canada?"

             "Why Acadia University?"

                         "Why move to a country you've never been?"

The latter I still have no answer to but i'll keep you posted if I were to find one. The first two, however, I have thought a lot about, actually I've rarely thought about anything else. For years I was sure that after graduation I would move to the US and never look back, then Donald Trump happen... Jokes aside the fact that a xenophobic, islamophobic, sexist man that promotes violence is a serious presidential candidate combined with increasing segregation and hate-crimes is reason enough for me to not to move to a country. Canadian values and domestic politics aligned more with what I was looking for while still providing a) education in english and b) having the college vibe I've always wanted. Choosing a university was harder. I wanted a small liberal arts university preferably in a smaller town with a close-knit community and an active club/social life. After countless hours on multiple sites with college reviews and statistics I finally choose to go to Acadia since it fit all of the criteria above.

During my 1-4 years here I will study Environmental studies and try to figure out what I wanna do in life, and you can continue follow my big adventure in a very small town right here <33