The Oxy Community Around the World
Blogger: Elise Sugarman
Hej fra København (that means “Hi from Copenhagen”—look at all of the Danish I’ve learned while being abroad)! This past semester, I have lived 5,590 miles away from everything and (almost) everyone I know. Quite honestly, this new environment was pretty intimidating at first as I was exposed to a new place, a different culture, and unfamiliar people. Luckily, I have had some familiar Oxy faces to help me adjust to this new environment and gain the most out of my abroad experience.
The first familiar face abroad was my friend Claudia. Claudia and I are both studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester, with about ten other Oxy students. Throughout the semester, we have met up for lunch in between classes to catch up, to vent, and just to enjoy a good laugh. Having this familiar Oxy face throughout the semester has helped me adjust to life abroad and has also given me the chance to share my amazing experiences with someone with a similar background as my own.
Not only have my Oxy friendships crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but I have also created new Oxy friendships while abroad. Within my first week of classes in Copenhagen, I accidentally ran into a fellow Oxy student, Anisha, in between classes. I had no idea that Anisha was also studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester until I ran into her; we had never really talked before, besides the occasional “hello” in passing. Having been extremely overwhelmed by everything new around me during my first week in Copenhagen, this familiar Oxy face was extremely comforting. The close-knit Oxy community was a blessing in disguise as it led to an amazing friendship that I get to bring back to Oxy with me!
The Oxy community remains strong, even 5,590 miles away. Having about twelve other Oxy students also studying in Copenhagen has provided a bond that has been extremely comforting. Although I may not talk to all of them, we always smile or say hi when we see each other. Studying abroad is a truly amazing experience and although not every day is perfect, I am lucky to have my fellow Tigers in Copenhagen to create a supportive and friendly environment. Io Triumphe!