just started our hike, Let's gooo
Day 2 at lovely Marstrand
We started the day with a great breakfast, which gave us some energy for our walk. We took the boat over to the Island, which is like a 5 minute ride. Then we started the walk in the woods and on the rocks with lovely views. We missed the sun but nothing can take away those views and the time spent with the family. We continued the walk in the cute little town covered with cute houses, flowers, shops, restaurants, and cafées. We found this nice coffee place near the sea, a perfect break from the walk. More adventures and pics to come.
So we just arrived to Marstrand, such a beautiful place!! Time for us to have a little family trip, and we got the best start with a lunch by the water. Stay tuned for more pictures!! Spa afternoon ahead and we can't wait to relax in the sun.
What an amazing week!! Played the Swedish team Championship with the best girls! We fought until the end and had a blast! We got a silver medal, which we are proud of. But next year we will be back stronger and get that gold!!
Our favorite tradition, midsummer!! This is definitely the highlight of the summer. It's a very important tradition filled with dance, laughter and love. Swedish midsummer has been celebrated for ages and in our whole life it's been an amazing day to look forward to. Everything starts the day before where all unmarried girls go out and pick 7 different flowers during total silence and put them under their pillow. During the night when sleeping with the flowers under the pillow all girls should be dreaming about there dream man. You don't have to do this but a lot of people actually do, it's a part of the tradition.
Midsummer usually is celebrated the whole day. The first thing for is to make the flower crown ready. We love the flower crown, super pretty!!
Our midsummer started at 1 pm with a midsummer lunch together with our friends. We ate our traditional herring, salmon, boiled potatoes, cheese and bread and much more. We played all kinds of games and had a blast!! After that some more people came and we had a barbecue and there was a lot of laughter and dance! It was a great day, couldn't have been any better!!
Milla Nordin, our third part. What would life be without you? Our whole life we've always been inseparable, no matter the distance we've always been there for each other. You are amazing! Having a best friend/ sister like you make us realize how thankful we are and how important it is to surround yourself with people who will always give you positive energy. Even if we live on two different continents, we still talk almost every day. Distance means nothing when someone means so much. This summer is going to be unbeatable ❤️
So my freshman year is over and I left Conway with many new experiences, friends, knowledge and memories. I am so thankful to be given this opportunity to play golf and study abroad. My team and coach is the best I could ever ask for, always having a blast around them. I am so happy I chose this path in my life and I can't wait for three more years to come.
What a day filled with happiness, love, and tears. I am so thankful for everyone that has been involved during my four years at UCA and been helping me becoming the person I am today. I came to UCA as a little baby, pretty independent but definetely curious. Also filled with some anxiety and culture shocks. Looking back I am so happy that I took the big, unknown road; study abroad and trying something new. Being independent and exploring the world attracted my attention and it will always do. Also learning a new culture, making friends for life, and getting job opportunities were appealing thoughts. I knew that study abroad would give me these benefits.
I knew coming to Conway, Arkansas that I was going to face many culture differences and challenges. It's not until you face it that you realize the contrast and can learn from it. Firstly, the biggest difference between Arkansas and Sweden is the mentality. People in Sweden are nice but not as nice as in Arkansas. I was surprised when strangers were talking to me and people were very polite. Swedes are definetely more reserved and not as outgoing as the Americans. Secondly, in Sweden "less is more," while in US "bigger is more." Wow, I was surprised over how big portions you get, how much fast food there is, how much refill you can get, how many big cars there is, how much louder and prouder Americans speak, how many churces there is, how many banks there is, how many police there is, how many different laws there is, how many different outfits there is, how many people that get married or get kids during the college there is, how many people that call you by Ms Svensson, how many people that haven't been travelling outside Arkansas or US there is, and many more differences...
You see? I have experienced many differences but that can only be experienced through you own eyes and feelings. Each of them is unique in their own way, and we can definetely learn and share a lot with each other. Still, they are similar but it is the differences that make each places unique.
My experience being a student athlete at UCA, I have got support and inspiration from my lovely Coach, who is a wonderful person not only on the golf course but also outside. She has been there for me during My four years, we have been through many ups and downs. She has always been pushing me to find my real potential and inspired me in so many ways. I am forever thankful to her and she will always mean a lot to me. I have experienced many different personalities in the team with people from all over the world. I have gained friendships for life and learned how to interact and behave in different surroundings. Outside of golf, I have acquired valuable experience in the academics, interacted with people from all over the world, and professors on a daily basis. I am forever thankful for the opportunities the college of Business has been giving me, such as giving me a deep understanding in corporate finance and management, attending Swiss Finance Investment Banking program, and holding presentations, and aquiring a valuable network. Being surrounded by a competitive environment with diverse people and new cultures has brought me personal growth, the ability to handle pressure and to overcome challenges. Among with these skills I have developed time management skills, leadership skills, and also a unique perspective on life. I know I will benefit from all these experiences in my future finance career.
Finally, without the love and support from my family and friends from Sweden I wouldn't have made it. No words can describe My Love to these people. I am so thankful that you are always there for me, no matter what, and that you accept and respect me for who I am. I love sharing all my experiences with you since you support me always. Also, being away for four months really make you appreciate what you have. It makes you appreciate what you have is Good enough and it makes you realize who is your truly loved ones.
I see no reason to not study abroad. Study abroad is a journey, full of positive experiences and opportunities that you will bring with you in life. I encourage you to take the unknowing road despite the fear you might have. There is too much beauty, charm, and adventure to experience in our world, which would be a shame to miss. If you only seek them with your eyes open, there is no end to the journey. This journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step: study abroad. Enjoy the journey and live, to see the world.