About Me

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Anthea (pronounced An-THEE-uh). I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA, but attend school in New York City. I’m a junior at Barnard College, where I study Urban Studies and Political Science. This spring, I’ll be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with DIS. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about this (well, you can see my attempt in my first blog post). Anyway, this is my blog about my adventures in Copenhagen!

Having lived in both LA and NYC, I consider myself a city gal. I love the resources cities offer, the diversity they bring, and the FOOD! So it isn’t a huge shock that I decided to major in Urban Studies, where I get to learn about cities 24/7. I am interested in how they function, all the systems that are imposed, and how they shape the lives of city inhabitants. I guess that’s why Copenhagen was my first choice for studying abroad because of its city life. I am fascinated by the city’s transportation system, the fact that Denmark is a welfare state, and the blend between sustainability and architecture that sets Denmark apart from the U.S.A.

I am so pumped for my core course, European Urban Experience: Why Cities Matter. Not only will I get to actually go on bike tours and see what I am learning about up close, but I also get to travel to other European Cities. I could go more into how this is the perfect course for me, but I will create separate posts about my core course later one – you know, once I’ve actually started classes.

In addition to talking about my core course, I will also talk about my elective courses, which I am also very excited about. I have probably changed my schedule 20 times since getting into the DIS program, but as of now I am taking:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice in Scandinavia
  • History of Sexuality in Europe
  • Travel Writing
  • Meaning of Style

What’s really cool is that most of these classes are out of my comfort zone. I’ve never taken a creative writing class nor a class about fashion, so I am really excited to learn about something that interests me and gain new skills. Moreover, how perfect is Travel Writing for my blog?! I look forward to taking this workshop-based class where I will hone my storytelling skills and try them out here!

Don’t worry, I won’t only be talking about academics on my blog! I will share my adventures around Copenhagen and Europe – from the people I meet, the food I eat, and the architecture I see. You’ll bear witness to my attempts to live like a local by finding the best cafes and bakeries, the best parks to picnic and read a book in, and the best museums to visit. You’ll hear about how I spend my weekends and weekdays, how I budget, how I balance traveling with work, and how I socialize. I will also share my involvement with social justice through the Living and Learning Center where I will be living (and learning) with other DIS students who are also passionate about social justice for the semester.

Stay tuned to hear about my adventures abroad 🙂

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

-Anthea

In case you want to put a face to the blog, this is me on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City