Interesting Internationals

Although I study a fairly international program back in Sweden, where all the classes and books are in English and exchange students as well as international students are more than welcome, I tend to hang out mainly with Swedes. I don’t really have a good explanation for that, at least not one that is psychologically deep enough and interesting enough to dwell on now, but that is the truth.

Here in at Flinders however, I have so far only met one Swede and she lives in Adelaide and studies Biochemistry or something equally complicated. This means I don’t ever see her except for the occasional activity arranged by the ISSU.

I was expecting to miss having Swedish interaction on a daily basis, but I don’t. I am very comfortable speaking English to all my new friends, and I still speak Swedish (or what some mean Stockholmians would call Danish because of my heavy South Swedish accent) to my mom on Skype about once a week. And I am happy with that. Happy and proud that I get along with so many fantastic people from all around the world.

Yesterday I was at the main Campus for about four hours, when I got home I wrote down all my encounters with people I had that day:

This morning while having breakfast I was chatting with German Julia from the townhouse next to me. During my Politics seminar Indonesian Sophia and I joined in sighs over how difficult that topic is, and after that I walked back to the Humanities building with Han from Sudan. In the next lecture Italian Alessandro was waiting for French Colette to start her teaching. Spanish Carlos was a bit late, but didn’t seem to be too concerned about it. Afterwards I made small talk with Australian Daniel who is also in my Tourism class before Dutch Marleen and I headed over to the Library. She sat down by a computer and I was found by Polish Mateusz so I sat down next to him and talked to his friend Polish Ola and American Bujo. After that I said hi to American Maggie who I met in the first week, and then I headed back to the village, thinking that I need to send Icelandic Olöf a text message. At home I ran into Japanese Mariko who was studying in the living room; I sat down there to talk to her. Later when cleaning time was on the schedule we were joined by Australian Alicia, South African Lindsey and Sherlyn from Singapore.

At night I had a Skype conversation with my German boyfriend, telling him all about my international new friends and how much I enjoy Australia, Adelaide and Flinders.


About Jessica Sjöstedt

I am a 26 year old Swede who is normally studying for a Bachelor of English at Malmö University. Right now however, I am outside of Adelaide, spending a semester at the Flinders University. I like writing, baking, languages, friendships, literature, babies, nail polish, social science and cheese.
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