Orientation! (August 19-21)

This week I arrived in Stockholm, Sweden!

I had two days to settle in before orientation started, and my host family was nice enough to show me my commute to DIS (which totals about an hour, door to door) the day after I arrived.

So far I have enjoyed lots of good food, had two fikas, and heard the word ‘fika’ about 100 times.

Orientation itself lasted three days (Monday through Wednesday), and covered introduction into the city, finances, affinity groups, residency cards, and academics.

On the second day, a few students and I tried to get to a free museum (they seem to have a lot of those here), but had some transportation troubles. We instead wandered toward the water, and somehow ended up at City Hall. Highly recommend coming here while the weather is nice!

I think Stockholm is pretty nice in this way, there are a lot of pretty places even if you just hop off at a train stop and walk around.

As for the last day, my core course (Translational Medicine) met up for an academic orientation, and then took a trip to the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm. We had a guided tour, and learned a good amount about the Nobel selection process/past winners/their contributions.

One of my favorite parts of the field study was the museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit. It was installed almost a year ago, and put up to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of MLK’s death, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Can’t lie…some of the MLK displays had me a little choked up. Its quite a privilege to have the chance to travel and receive this education with minimal barriers. Especially because, not too long ago, this wasn’t entirely possible for people that look like me.

One particular Rosa Park’s quote stuck with me, and I think it will be a good thing to keep in mind for the next few weeks.

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

Powerful stuff! And a great start to the program 🙂

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