prepare for takeoff

In a few short weeks, I will begin my semester-long adventure in Copenhagen, and I could not be more excited.  I can hardly believe that my departure date is so rapidly approaching!

In the meantime, I’ve been busy at home in Nashville doing all the (not-so-exciting) prep-work and errands to get ready for my trip.  However, waiting around at places like the DMV has given me plenty of time to reflect on some of my goals for this upcoming semester.

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top goals for my semester abroad

1. Make a home for myself in Copenhagen (and meet the locals!)

One of the things I am most looking forward to this semester is becoming comfortable navigating Copenhagen.  I can’t wait to explore this gorgeous city.  In fact, I’ve been researching restaurants and attractions that I want to experience during my time in Copenhagen almost nonstop ever since I got confirmation that I would be studying with DIS this fall.

Through this exploration, I hope to establish a comfortable routine in Copenhagen.  I can’t wait to discover my favorite coffee shops and study locations–all the spaces that will begin to feel like a second home to me.  I truly intend to appreciate the magic within the more ordinary moments of my study abroad experience, for instance, recognizing the beauty in my daily commute.

Likewise, I hope to make a home for myself in Copenhagen by connecting with the locals.  In order to do so, I elected to live in a homestay during my time at DIS.  I am so excited to get to know my host mom and her two children.  I am incredibly grateful that they have opened their home to me for the next four months, and I hope to learn more about Danish language and culture from this insider perspective.

2.  Travel.

Though I love going to Kenyon, our little campus in rural Ohio isn’t exactly the most exciting place to attend college.  In contrast, Copenhagen and the surrounding areas have so much to offer!! I really hope to take advantage of Copenhagen’s proximity to other European countries this semester, and I want to use this amazing opportunity to learn from the wide world around me and see as much as I possibly can during this unique period of my life.

3. Expand my academic horizons. 

One of the main reasons I chose DIS as my study-abroad provider was the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences.  In my academic core-course (Prostitution and the Sex Trade), I will be able to learn from a wide variety of unique perspectives, for instance, the Danish police, non-profit organizations, and from sex workers themselves.  This will be a valuable academic challenge for me, as I’ve become more comfortable approaching my gender studies coursework from a theoretical perspective.  However, I’m hoping that my studies in Copenhagen will offer me a fresh and more open minded perspective on the topics of sex work, pornography, and the dynamics of power that affect the sex trade.

4. Learn some Danish.

Through my academic coursework at DIS, I also hope to develop my foreign language skills.  I really enjoy the way that taking a foreign language challenges you to engage your brain and think about language structures in general.  Taking Danish at DIS Copenhagen will be an excellent way for me to dabble in a foreign language once again without the pressure of needing to be fluent in the language in order to survive in the country.

5. See live music.

Even though I’ll be living abroad, I’m still a Nashville girl at heart, and I definitely want to see some live music while I am abroad!  I was surprised to see how many familiar bands were scheduled to play in Copenhagen this fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing a few of my very favorites (Mitski, I’m coming for you!).  However, I’m also hoping to discover some new Danish music and learn more about the local scene.

6. Keep track of my adventures on this blog!

So often when I have the opportunity to travel, all the amazing experiences seem to blur together, and I don’t remember the specifics of my trip.  However, I’m hoping that this blog will be a good way to keep track of my semester and share my stories with all my friends and family (all over the world)!

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