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A matter of perspective

Do foreign people suddenly become deaf upon arriving in Lund? Does a quiet or noisy city feel safer? Everything is relative. ”Safety depends on the eye of the beholder”, says Lundagårds student life columnist Catalina Ordoñez. I have ...
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Foreigners with an expiration date

”They took the welcome rug away from under me.” Lundagård’s new international columnist, Catalina Ordoñez Valenzuela from Colombia, writes about the ambiguity of the Swedish hospitality, and about arriving in the promised land, only to discover there’s no ...
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Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Sweden’s mandatory personal registry – which makes public the address, salary, and personal identity number of every Swedish citizen and resident – is a system that stands at odds with the EU’s stance toward personal information, which is ...
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Migration Migraines

I first came to Sweden in 2013 to study Geography at Lund University. I was a 19 year old Californian who hardly knew the difference between Sweden and Switzerland and who pronounced Lund like the first syllable of ...
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Exchange student: Confused and hiding rubbish

When I first arrived in my corridor room in Lund in September, I couldn’t find the bin. An English friend had warned me that the kitchen plugs weren’t ‘normal’. She was having to take the kettle to her ...
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In Support of Uncertainty

Uncertainty usually has a negative connotation. “I don’t know” is a wrong answer on an exam. You wouldn’t list “indecisiveness” as a skill on a CV, or describe yourself as “filled with doubts” on your Tinder profile. And ...
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As a person of colour at Lund University

As a dual national person of colour, race is something that I think about a lot. However, I had not quite prepared myself for how relevant this would be for me on exchange in Sweden surrounded by blue-eyed, ...
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A Newbie’s Guide to Spending Christmas Away From Home

My first Christmas away from home was when I was 17. In France on an exchange year, I was living with a family who was proudly atheist and did not even have a Christmas tree in the house. ...
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Size does matter – when picking condoms

”Condoms don’t fit me right,” might be a familiar phrase, but in a world full of different-sized condoms, it is never a legitimate excuse for not using one. Instead, all it takes is minimal effort to find the ...
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The educational vacation guide

The biggest risks in life often turn out to be the most rewarding and travelling whilst studying is no exception. It’s not easy though, especially when you feel lost about the whole thing before you’ve even left. Lucky ...
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