Hello from Oslo!
I want to begin by saying that I miss each of you, and I hope that this semester is wonderful for everyone!
Things are going well here in Norway; it’s a little chilly, not gonna lie, but I’m all settled, and my classes are off to a good start. Nothing has come easily, though. My first day in Oslo, I nearly stressed myself to death trying to navigate the public transit and get to my apartment before it got dark (which is about 3:30 PM here). It’s also a challenge leaving people and places I love behind in another hemisphere, especially since FOMO real, but I’ve learned to live with BOWMO—Being Okay With Missing Out. The thing that matters the most for the next five months is being resilient and internalizing every meaningful experience I have. I know that while I’m here, I have the chance to do great things like getting a unique educational perspective, seeing beautiful works of art, and adventuring into the vastness of Europe. More importantly, though, I’ve learned to love the little things about being abroad. To name a few—finding Norway’s version of Nutella, FaceTiming with my roommate in the US to watch SNL because I don’t get NBC here, and seeing the beautiful sunrise on my commute to class. The little things that remind me of home have helped me find a home in Oslo.
That being said, being abroad is awesome, as many of you already know. My school has a significant number of international students, so it’s very interesting to have conversations with many people I’ve met here. My favorite thing I’ve done so far is “sledging,” which felt as if I was sledding in the X Games, and I’m super excited about finally getting to downhill ski here. Life is good, and I have to thank an amazing brotherhood that’s helped me prepare for life in another country.
Here’s to the rest of the semester! Skol!
SOU Bros Abroad
This blog serves to highlight the experiences and tips that Brothers studying abroad have.