Today I had my very first encounter with my classmates that I will be working with for the next two years! I was so nervous and excited before the day arrived but I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth and fun the first day turned out. I got to meet the staff and faculty of my program as well as all the students. The head of faculty began the introduction by saying, “Now I know you all have plenty of questions…and you are probably feeling very scared and nervous right now,” boy was she right! But the staff went out of their way to answer all of our questions. The school also provided a free lunch and Swedish “fika”, and then several activities for us to get to know each other. I learned that my classmates are from Finland, China, Russia, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Bangladesh and more! I am so excited to have such a diverse group, should make for some interesting class discussions. By the end of the day I was relieved to meet my new friends. But the best part of all was the celebratory mingle afterwards with wine, cheeses, and fruits! Drinking wine at school is certainly something new for me. Overall, great success!