A Week in the Life of a DIS Student

Monday

Wake up dark and early (it’s becoming lighter so soon I’ll be able to bright and early! Oh joy!) and get ready for my 8:30 class. After class I have an hour and forty minutes to kill so I go to a coffee shop and work (now you see why I have all this time for coffee shop exploring).

I then have three back to back classes, so I finish up around 4:10. I joined Wine Club (a DIS-run club for students to learn about wine from a professional), so I had my first class this past Monday. As an introduction, we drank glasses of six different types of wines and learned about how to tell the acidity, level of alcohol, dryness, tannin, and notes from each type of wine. It was really informative and fun, so I’m excited to learn more throughout the semester. We meet six times in total – twice a month – and each session is themed. Next week I’ll be learning about French wines.

If I don’t have wine club, then I’ll usually do work and go to the gym.

Tuesday

I don’t have class until 2:50, so I try to take advantage of my free mornings. Sometimes I’ll go to a museum – the Glyptotek has free admissions on Tuesdays – or I’ll do my grocery shopping for the week.

I have class until 5:45 on Tuesday, so I’ll come home afterwards and make dinner. Sometimes my floormates will make dinner together. Two weeks ago, we did Taco Tuesday where we all pitched in by buying ingredients, cooked the meat, set the table, and cleaned up afterwards. It was a really fun way to spend time with the people on my floor.

Wednesday

PRO TIP: Make hump day better by treating yourself to a snail at St. Peter’s Bakery. No, I’m not taking about snails as in escargot, but as in the Danish pastry. St. Peter’s makes 1,000 of these delicious rolls on Wednesday and sells them for 18 kroner apiece. You won’t regret it and may even make this a weekly ritual, I know I have.

Wednesdays are for field studies at DIS. This means that each class has two field studies per semester where we spend 3-3.5 hours outside of the classroom engaging in related material. This past Wednesday for example, I spent my morning in Ørstad learning about the neighborhood’s development and architecture with my core course. I then went back to central Copenhagen to watch a film about a Danish prison for my Criminal Justice in Scandinavia class.

Having two field studies on one day can be exhausting, so I’ll either try to take some time for myself by napping, reading for pleasure, or writing in my journal.

When I only have one field study or none at all, I like to take the time to explore a neighborhood or go to a museum. If I know I am traveling the upcoming weekend, I’ll try to get ahead on work, so that I’m not behind when I come back on Sunday.  

Thursday

Similar to Monday, except in the evenings I have LLC programing. From 6-9, I talk with different activists around Copenhagen. Last week we had a combined event with the Public Health LLC and watching a documentary about the US Healthcare System. I personally do not know much about the American Healthcare system, but it was a really interesting documentary that argued that the system isn’t proactive in that it only treats people once they are unhealthy rather than focusing on preventative measures by promoting a healthy lifestyle. We then had a debate about healthcare as a human right and weather people should have access to free healthcare. While everyone supported universal healthcare, it was interesting to acknowledge universal healthcare’s shortcomings and some positive aspects of the American system (although, there aren’t many).

I was talking to another DIS student and they asked me, “isn’t living in an LLC a lot of work?” I quickly answered, “No because I get to engage in conversations and learn about things that I care about within the Danish context.” I look forward to my Thursday evenings where I get to be educated on a new topic that not only teaches me about Danish culture, but makes me reflect on American culture too.

Friday

I don’t have any classes on Fridays so I’m either sleeping in or traveling!

I’ll try to catch an early morning flight to some European city and spend the weekend there. This past week I was in Berlin with eight other friends. I had so much fun but feel like I barely scratched the surface of what Berlin had to offer. We saw the East Side Galleries, the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Gate, the Reichstag, and the Soviet War Memorial. I walked a total of 35 miles that weekend; needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I got back to my dorm Sunday night.

I’m going to be traveling a lot this next month, so I’ll have to learn how to navigate travel with work. But so far it’s been pretty doable.

If I’m not traveling, then I like to do some work but also have fun in the city. A few weeks ago, I went to Nyhavn and the nearby trampolines by the canal. We then walked towards Amalienborg and the Frederick’s Church. I got to play tour guide for my friends and taught them about the history and symbolism of these two monuments.

Saturday and Sunday

As a brunch lover, I usually try out one of Copenhagen’s many brunch places. After filling up on a yummy smorgasbord, I will go out outings with my friends. A few weeks ago, I took the train up to Hamlet’s castle – well the castle that inspired Hamlet (cool, but a bigger fan of the play).

I’m not planning on traveling that much in April. So, once the weather is warming I can take advantage of the many outdoor activities in Copenhagen. So far, I’ve had to mostly indoor activities since it’s been pretty cold and windy.

Anyway, that’s my average week here in Copenhagen. However, no week is ever the same; there’s always something unique or different about it which is nice because even as I’m in a routine, I don’t get tired of it.

Until next time,

Anthea

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