Shy and Reserved Like a Swede
Before I dive into this – are Swedes really shy and reserved people? If you ask me, a Nigerian who is “a happening person”, I would shout, Yes! Lol. Every new person to Sweden will likely say the same. Although we do not have to generalize, but on this good assumption grounds, lol, we can argue that Swedes are reserved. They are mostly uninterested in human contact, so willing to help you at any point, but never comfortable to build a relationship so close. I might need to conduct a research to learn more about this. For example, a Swede will likely stand than sharing that only seat or space remaining in a bus with you. Why are they this way, you may wonder. Well, I guess, they are too respectful and willing to respect that your precious private space. They also expect you to respect theirs. Okay, I am not saying you should avoid this. No, however, the point is this – always respect private spaces, but do not be too reserved in other senses like greeting a stranger, making new friends, honouring an invitation or even accepting food from neighbours. People are the beauty of your experience in Sweden, and you have to meet and greet. Avoid shying away from this.
Party Time over Study Time
Unlike students from other smaller cities in Sweden, students in Stockholm may have a hard time balancing the regular life of a Stockholmer and the life of a student. My friends in many other cities in Sweden, have stronger and closer student communities than those of us in Stockholm and the reason is simple – almost everyone they know is a student. Study visits, study plans, study this or study that is always in front of them, and their parties are usually student corridor parties that happen once a while. However in Stockholm, there is an activity every now and then, and there are unending new stores, new event centers, new parks or new parties or even concerts you will want to attend. This is something to avoid, learn to enjoy your student life under a calendar. You can learn how to organize your schedule from one my previous blogs titled, “How to Organize Your Schedule This Semester”.
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