I have to say I never thought I’d be able to combine these two topics in a single blog, but let’s see how it goes!

First, I just want to talk about my classes. The course I am taking here is called “International Migration and Ethnic Relations” and the first sub-module for this topic is called “Migration and Politics”. So far I’ve completed two out of the three assessment tasks: a group presentation, and the in-class exam. This topic has really given me the opportunity to meet a fantastic group of new people who are all interested in a similar field to me! Up until now, I’d been spending a lot of time with the people from my floor at the student apartment block which has been great, but it still isn’t the same as having people who are passionate about the same things and who I can discuss course work with. We all found ourselves together simply by accident: none of us had a group to work with for the group presentation, and so we just thought we should just join together! It turned out to be fantastic accident! We gelled really well together and what was originally just a presentation group has become a study group not just for the exams we’ve already done, but hopefully for the rest of the semester! Best of all, a few of us are spending time together just as friends which is always a great thing!

Other than this, I’m finding the course so far a little bit simple just because it is a first-year-first-semester topic, although this does give me a lot of scope to go about exploring the content in more depth in my own time!


Now to nature. Sweden is just so beautiful. I have been blessed with the most fantastic view from my bedroom window! The picture that you see above was taken last night. I walked into my room after a long day only to see something so beautiful!! The best thing is that I’ve had so many opportunities to get out amongst the nature here in Sweden. Two weeks ago, a group of us headed 5 or 6 hours north to a small cottage by Lake Vättern and we were just immersed in the beauty of the Swedish countryside. 5 of us took a motor boat and headed out into the middle of the lake and explored a few of the islands that we came across. It is just such a great feeling to be able to get in and amongst the natural beauty that is so easily forgotten about when you live in an urban environment.


Anyway I’m running a bit short on time today, but I suppose the two most important things in this blog are that I’m really enjoying the opportunity to connect with like-minded people who are in the same field as me, and that I’m loving the opportunity to get out of the city whenever I have the chance and explore natural world around us!


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2 Responses to Study+Nature?

  1. Anna Singhateh says:

    Fantastic photo Adam, and yes – you are lucky to have that view from your room 🙂
    I think you’ll see more of Sweden in your 5 months here, than I have done in my entire life. Keep it up and keep us informed.
    Regarding the studies, I think you are going about it absolutely right. Remember: You get out what you put in!


    • Adam Ridley says:

      Thanks for that Anna!
      I do hope that I get to see as much of Sweden as I can! I’m off to Göteborg on Friday, so I’ll have some pics up next week!

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