Lina Yeboah is one of the international students who started at the University of Gävle last autumn. When she left, she was very much aware of the Swedish climate and culture. Before her departure, she had been in contact with friends living in Sweden to get advice and tips on living in Sweden, but when she finally arrived in Gävle, she realized just how much she was bothered by feeling different from everyone else.
“Everyone else was speaking Swedish and I had to ask people to speak in English every time I wanted to talk to someone. The greatest challenge with moving here was to feel different wherever I was, but after a while I became used to it.”
Lina studies the Master Programme in Geomatics at the University. Her search for new experiences made her apply to Gävle and she does not regret her choice, even though she had a tough start with her studies.
The teachers want to see how we think
- In the beginning, the studies were challenging for me. From my time in school in Ghana I was used to focusing on theories and on memorizing these to be able to retell all that I could remember. Here, there is a greater focus on presentations and discussions; we read and do a lot of exercises, as the lecturers want to see how we think, which is very good.
She loves the tranquility here and realized very early on that Gävle was a perfect city for her. To Lina, a bigger city can be overwhelming, especially when you are a newcomer.
- Gävle is a very quiet and peaceful place. It is easy to get around and people here are more open and welcoming, ready to help you. This is really good for some one who is new and who is trying to create a new life.