High Low Glitter: Abroad and Home

Studying abroad is the only chance a person ever gets to have where they can just drop their life at home, live in a foreign country for a few months, travel and eat as much as possible, see so much history and culture, and make friends that will last a lifetime.

It’s very different being home.

by Cece Arrison

December 2014 – Last weeks in Denmark

High: I went to Amsterdam for a weekend with a friend. We had an amazing time; there was so more to do than I thought. We had a really fun, jam packed weekend. We also met some amazing Germans and a guy from Miami in our hostel that we became friends with.

Low: Lots of things to do, both school and tourist-y, all to get done before I go home! I had to really manage my time and plan ahead how to get everything in. That got a bit stressful. Plus, of course, the sad reality of leaving Denmark!

Glitter: Reflecting on this whole experience. Studying abroad is the only chance a person ever gets to have where they can just drop their life at home, live in a foreign country for a few months, travel and eat as much as possible, see so much history and culture, and make friends that will last a lifetime. I can’t even express how grateful I was to have this opportunity.

December 2014: First Weeks Back Home

High: Being home is wonderful; it was so exciting to see my parents and grandparents. I’d never gone that long without seeing my parents, I see them at school quite often due to breaks and they come to diving meets.

Low: It’s very different being home. I live in a small town where I have to drive everywhere and the nearest big city is Manchester, NH probably. I missed taking the train to downtown Copenhagen where there is so much to do. I got bored pretty quickly.

Glitter: Seeing my friends from home, college, and gymnastics. At the start of the semester it was hard since I hadn’t gone abroad with any friends so I really missed them. It was nice being home and hanging out with people who have known me for a long time and we could just hang out, not go tourist-ing or something.

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor. 

I Cooked Thanksgiving for My Host Family!

by Cece Arrison

November 2014

High: Lots of traveling in November! Our third, and last, travel break was mid-month. I went to Prague, Barcelona, and Palma de Majorca with a friend from town (here in Gentofte) for the week. Prague was the best one; it was so incredibly cheap and beautiful. In Barcelona I best liked the church and apartment built by the architect/artist Gaudi. Those were beautiful and so unique. Majorca was nice because it was warmer than Denmark and beachy! I also went to Amsterdam for a weekend with a friend from my core class. I had an absolutely amazing time there. The city is really pretty and there is so much to do. We packed in every activity we could into 2.5 days there. I’d love to go back to the Netherlands some day!i-amsterdam

Low: I planned on going to Amsterdam without really looking through my syllabus for my classes, so I ended up with a huge amount of work due the day after we got back. I had gotten some of it done beforehand but that was really rough.

Glitter: I cooked Thanksgiving for my host family! Well, my host dad made the turkeys (we had two that equaled up to 20 lbs of turkey!!) and then my sister made roasted pumpkin. I made cranberry sauce, apple pie, green bean casserole, mashed potato, and cornbread! My Thanksgiving at home is really small but we 15 people over!! I was so nervous we weren’t going to have enough food but we had plenty, tons of leftovers. It was a big success!

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor. 

Latest High Low Glitter from Denmark

by Cece Arrison

October 2014

High: September was the month of core course. At DIS we take 4 electives and a core course, mine is European Clinical Psychology. Three weeks ago we had core course week where we went on a trip to Jutland (the part of Denmark that is attached to Germany) for a class trip for three days. Then we came back and had only that class for the rest of the week. Then this past week my class had our long study tour where we went to Brussels, Belgium for 6 days. Brussels was a phenomenal city, it smells like waffles everywhere, and I had so much fun. I got much closer to my classmates and found a group that I really like. We are working on coming up with nicknames for everyone in the class and it is turning out to be hilarious. I’m excited to go back to regular class with everyone since we are so much closer now.

Low: I was reading the book My Sister’s Keeper on our way to Brussels last weekend and it hit me with a wave of homesickness right in the airport. It was rough but thankfully I held it together

Glitter: My birthday was this month and my host family went all out for me. I’m their 7th student but first to have a birthday while with them. They made a huge brunch for me, including presents, then we went to Frederiksborg Castle which was beautiful. Then in the evening I had some DIS friends over for a dinner. It was odd not spending my birthday with my family but really nice to have one here that takes care of me!

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor. 

September HLG from Denmark

My class in Brussels at a square called Grand Place right in the center of the old part of the city. We were laughing because the guy we asked to take a picture was trying his best to hit on us and impress us. Plus it was the second night and we were out having a really good time.

My class in Brussels at a square called Grand Place right in the center of the old part of the city. We were laughing because the guy we asked to take a picture was trying his best to hit on us and impress us. Plus it was the second night and we were out having a really good time.


by Cece Arrison

September 2014

High: September was the month of core course. At DIS we take 4 electives and a core course, mine is European Clinical Psychology. Three weeks ago we had core course week where we went on a trip to Jutland (the part of Denmark that is attached to Germany) for a class trip for three days. Then we came back and had only that class for the rest of the week. Then this past week my class had our long study tour where we went to Brussels, Belgium for 6 days. Brussels was a phenomenal city, it smells like waffles everywhere, and I had so much fun. I got much closer to my classmates and found a group that I really like. We are working on coming up with nicknames for everyone in the class and it is turning out to be hilarious. I’m excited to go back to regular class with everyone since we are so much closer now.

Low: I was reading the book My Sister’s Keeper on our way to Brussels last weekend and it hit me with a wave of homesickness right in the airport. It was rough but thankfully I held it together

Glitter: My birthday was this month and my host family went all out for me. I’m their 7th student but first to have a birthday while with them. They made a huge brunch for me, including presents, then we went to Frederiksborg Castle which was beautiful. Then in the evening I had some DIS friends over for a dinner. It was odd not spending my birthday with my family but really nice to have one here that takes care of me!

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor. 

High Low Glitter: Denmark

copenhagen

by Cece Arrison

August 2014

High: For starters, arriving in Copenhagen! I’m so excited about the program I’m in and so far I absolutely love my classes. They are especially exciting because, even though they are in the same subject matter, they are all classes Smith doesn’t offer. My Economics of Crime class is my favorite so far, closely followed by Danish and Medical Ethics. Plus, our semester is set up so we basically have two weeks of classes, then a week long break. I have four breaks over the semester but the first two I spend with my European Clinical Psych class then the last two I can travel on my own!

Low: It has rained nearly every single day since I’ve gotten here so that makes it difficult to sight-see. Also, I knew it was going to be expensive here but I didn’t realize how expensive certain items would be. For example, there are some bars where a beer costs 50 kronor, which is nearly $9.

Glitter: My host family is the best. I was concerned before coming that their house would be a long way from school and I’d have an hour commute or longer, but instead I only have a commute of about 25 minutes. My host sister is nearly my age so we get along really well and my host dad is very nice as well. It’s just us three and then two cats!

Cece Arrison is a junior from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the next four months she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is in a psychology major and exercise and sports studies minor.