Goodbye US, Hallå Sweden!

Hej, or hi, in Swedish! My name is Grace Verrill. I am a junior psychology major studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. I am from South Berwick, Maine, so being far from home has never been an issue for me. 

While hearing so many of Wofford students’ stories, it sparked my interest of studying abroad for a semester. I had no preference of where I wanted to go when starting the study abroad process, but after researching the DIS Stockholm program it seemed like a perfect match. In Stockholm, I am concentrating on Positive Psychology, the study of mindfulness and well-being of a person. Each DIS core class has a travel week which means I will be traveling to Athens, Greece in October! The destinations your class takes you often relates to the materials you study. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to pursue my passions of psychology and travel.

Over my four months abroad, my program gives a lot of free time to explore the city and travel outside of Sweden. I plan on exploring Stockholm, the surrounding cities, and hopefully visiting my friends who are studying abroad in Europe as well. This experience will really push me outside my comfort zone and to embrace change and the unknown. The thought of moving to an unfamiliar country with no one I knew is challenging. I must remind myself that other students are in the same boat as I am, and this time will fly by so quickly. Change is scary, but so is staying the same!