For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Suzanne and I am in the Newcomb Scholars Class of 2015. I am studying Political Economy and Cell & Molecular Biology and am currently abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m here with some tips I wish I had known before I came abroad! All the advice come from true events. Enjoy!
- Pack an extra set of underwear and a toothbrush in your purse in case the airline takes your carry-on luggage and then eats it… along with your checked luggage. You don’t know how long you’ll have to last until they can locate it and drop it off!
- Bring Command Hooks, a wall calendar, and travel packs of peanut butter (true priorities).
- If your room is on the first floor, that does not mean the basement. Do not get in the elevator to go to the basement and if you do, no, that is not what a Danish dorm hallway looks like! Don’t worry though; once you figure it out and press the button for the elevator, it will be guaranteed that both of your RAs and several of your new classmates will be forced to ride down and greet you.
- After your RA leads you to your first floor room, make your bed to feel more at home. If your program provides sheets, they have most likely given you something resembling a sac. This is not a light sleeping bag. Do not actually crawl inside the first night. This is a comforter cover. Pretend like you knew all along when your classmates say that they were confused as well.
- You did not lose your transportation pass within hours of your RA handing it to you, I promise. Take a deep breath and look through your purse again. If you follow this advice, you might avoid the awkward conversation with your RA, which ends with her buying you a ticket to school for your first day… only to find your transportation pass in the purse you are currently wearing.
- You will get lost; it’s just a fact. But getting lost will allow you to see parts of the city that you may have never experienced. Pay attention to your surroundings, because you may want to come back to this part of “lost.”
- Don’t forget a three-prong converter for your computer. If you do, it will just force you to make friends faster!
- Don’t use an American plug extension cord. You will blow a fuse and have to sit in the dark for two hours before your RA can replace it.
- Make time for Scholadarity… There’s always a Newcomb girl not too far away.
10. Cherish the good and the bad. I swear you’ll laugh about the bad later, and the bad makes better stories!
Contributions from women like you:
- Meeting Lene Espersen, and having her tour you around the Danish Parliament. Ms. Espersen is of the Conservative Party, the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and will be celebrating her 20th year in office in 2014.
- Random Danish girl giving you a pink hat.
- Grandpas running you over in the metro station.
- Slipping and falling on your butt in front of school the first week.
- Buying something that looks like milk but sure doesn’t smell like it.
- Pouring yogurt into your cereal because it’s in a milk container.
- Getting a random allergic reaction, to the weird smelling milk.
- Panicking and asking a man with face tattoos what milk to buy and in the process finally learning the difference between them all.
- Feeling drugged because the coffee is so strong on the first day.
- Going to a place called “Oops” on the second day.
- Your dorm room toilet breaking and having to use the public one on the third day.
- Losing your bike keys and your house keys on the fourth day.
- Having your iPhone fall in a toilet on the fifth day.
- Having your iPhone pickpocketed on the sixth day.
- On the seventh day… just take a rest.
Well, that’s all for now, folks. It’s only been a month and as you can see, the adventure has been real! Thank you to my friends for their wonderful contributions to this list.