I have started to eat more vegetarian food. The reason is that I have easy access to vegetarian food in the dining hall and that the vegetarian food often is "better". More natural and non-processed products compared to the meat they serve. I basically enjoy that food more so it has become a natural choice. I eat a vegetarian meal approximately once a day.
I have expanded my comfort zone. Before, I could be nervous before calling someone I don´t know. Now, I am used to talking to people I don´t know, in english, all the time. For example can a Rotarian I have never met before pick me up for the Rotary meetings and I have to keep a conversation with them for 1,5 hour back an forth. I also use Uber a lot and meet new people. Since I do it so often I don´t really have the energy to be nervous about it, I just do it! And it is interesting to meet new people.
I have realized that making travel plans is surprisingly time-consuming but fun! Back in Sweden I was used to my parents doing these things and it would have been a huge thing for me to go to New York with a friend. Recently I did some research, found accommodation and booked a one week trip to New York without hesitation. I am excited to explore this city with my new friends!
I have discovered the importance of being able to express myrself and have good arguments. It started with me coming to the insight that I can´t justify my opinions to be more right than someone else´s. It is important to be able to see things from another persons point of view. To communicate my ideas, I have to be good at arguing and to have facts to back up your arguments with. Some people consider themselves to be right just because that they are older, have better experience and so on. If that is the case, I want to hear a good argument backed up by facts, and I want to be able to take the opportunity to express my view when the chance is given.
I consider myself to speak English fluently. I do some grammatical errors and don´t have the best vocabulary, but I can speak without having to think too much. However, my new challange is to learn to use new words. I know a lot of words but I have a hard time to integrate them into my daily conversations. I want to improve that!
I am way more open-minded and let new ideas influence me. It is interesting, developing and creates a little life crisis when you start to question yours and other´s values and create new ones based on new experiences and knowledge.
I have become more interested in politics. I think this is an effect of me being away from my culture and living in a new one. This new perspective makes me more aware of systems in society. I see both pros and cons with America as well as Sweden. My class in American Government and Sociology has helped a lot.