February 2008


Today I turned in all of the forms I could. Having a 3-ring binder, which I only really use as a folder, really comes in handy when it comes to being organized. Usually I just stuff papers between the pages of color-coded spiraled notebooks. However, this time I just yoinked out a green 3-ring binder and began putting all of the important information that is personally for me and doesn’t need to be turned in, on the left. The important papers that needed to be turned in, I put in on the right. It makes things a lot simpler, especially when I’m in a rush to get somewhere. I can just whip out the papers that need to be turned in and be done with it. Usually I’m a huge procrastinator…it’s kind of amusing that this is something I’m doing way ahead of “schedule”. I bet the people in the study abroad office are getting real sick of seeing me!

Here are the things that should be checked off of my “My Study Abroad” page on Purdue’s study abroad site.

  • Participation Form + $250 deposit. (They better love my Tinkerbell check!)
  • Statement of Responsibility and Risk Form (So Purdue doesn’t have to pay anything in the event of my death!)
  • Course Approval Form (I’m lucky to have Dr. Gupta as my advisor and to have her also know enough about Study Abroad to be my liaison as well)
  • Medical Form
  • Uppsala University Application
  • Uppsala University Housing Application

So that’s all the stuff I completed today! Now I just need to get a few more things in, which currently are out of my control. The registration form needs to be completed, but since Purdue hasn’t started their registration process I need to send an e-mail to Dr. Gupta on March 3rd to remind her to do that. I also can’t do my Travel Itinerary Form yet, for obvious reasons. One thing I can start doing is finding out how to go about getting a Visa. I read one of the pages on it really late the other night and it confused me, I’ll just assume it was because I was tired. So, I need to get on that and also I’m thinking about getting an ISIC (International Student Identification Card) which will give me yummy things like discounts! I love discounts~ I checked the list and it seems I can use it in quite a few places, so that’s always nice. 🙂

Hej! My name is Nicole and I’ve decided to use this blog to document my life as an exchange student, from the tedious pre-departure paperwork down to my actual life in Uppsala, Sweden. This blog will mostly be for my friends, family, and hopefully great memories for myself. I also hope that maybe after all is said and done, that this blog will also be used as a source of information for future study abroad students! This will be my first time writing a “real” blog and hopefully going into further detail about things than I usually would.

Here’s a little about me:

I’m currently a sophomore studying at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. However, I’ve lived most of my life in Buckeye Country (Columbus, Ohio). I absolutely love football (both American and “Soccer”) and am a die-hard Buckeye fan and a new Boilermaker fan. I know a big change will be my lack of American Football in Sweden, but I think I can manage! I like video games, even if I’m not exactly great at them. Most of the things I own are either pink or orange, even my bedroom at home. Maybe I’ll add a “favorites” section sometime. Anyway, moving on!

I’m currently majoring in Communications and Asian Studies. Yes. Asian Studies, it is pretty confusing. “Why are you going to Sweden and not Japan?” Well, truth be told, I’ve burnt myself out on Asian classes, especially Japanese classes. Don’t get my wrong, I love Japanese culture and language, but I want to experience something new. I’ve taken two years of college Japanese and four years of high school German. “But, why aren’t you going to Germany?” you ask. Well, in high school I got burnt out on Germany as well. However, I currently don’t speak a lick of Swedish aside from a few simple words/phrases. I guess you can say I have a mild addiction that involves learning new languages and studying new cultures. Better than drugs and booze, right? That’s what I thought.

I hope you find my little adventures interesting and useful! If you have any comments, questions, complaints feel free to leave a comment or email me at nlafuze [at] purdue [dot] edu

And for kicks and giggles (Hey, Steph Kline!) I’ll leave you all a little thing that sums me up about why you should read this blog: I’m Awesome!