Anniken Jervell

"Aim high - dream big!"

Author Bio

My interest in international relations and global politics began at high school after a school-related visit in Palestine and Israel. I wanted to learn more about the complexity in this conflict, which continued the wish for understanding more about this and other political processes, dynamics and tensions on different levels in the global community. The road which led me to St Andrews went via South-America where I attended a language school in Argentina before backpacking my way through Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. After this I moved to Copenhagen thinking I wanted to study Business, Culture and Language at CBS, but ended up working with shipping. I allowed myself to rethink what I really wanted to study; now I’m in my 2. out of a total 4 years Master of Arts in IR, and with the risk of sounding really cliché... I couldn’t be happier.
I look forward to sharing my experiences from the life in St Andrews with you, and hope this will contribute to wider insight in the dynamics and privileges of studying abroad.

About

Hometown Asker, Norway
Lives St Andrews, Scotland
High School Education Norwegian high school, Nesbru Videregående Skole, Norway
Studying MA in International Relations & Sustainable Development
Graduating 2019
Extracurriculars Currently in-between letting go of activities and re-evaluating commitments which are relevant and beneficial for my studies. On the search for think-tank jobs.
Interests I love meeting creative, colourful people who inspire and engage. Nature, dance, music and workouts are to me key arenas for collecting energy and finding peace and de-stressing. Reading, writing, debating; testing new things and being challenged is fun because it leads to new knowledge and feeling of success.
Future Plans Becoming the next Secretary-General of an international IGO or NGO?? I want to be part of change and creation!

Posts by Anniken Jervell

Nature Boost

Published: November 26, 2016

Call me a nature lover, chaser of the greatest sunset, striving to find the best angle of the town, lecture hall… I’m a big fan of going on walks and I’m out outdoors everyday. Some walks are long and others short. I have the privilege of facing the sea and the golf course on my way to the gym so very often its easy to put in a little de-tour on my way to the gym and walk along the beach or follow the Old Course. Being outside is the best way of clearing my mind, get some new energy…

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Stumble Around

Published: November 26, 2016

I’m sorry dear blog… It’s been a while! Let’s do a ‘foreign-barrier’/’honest-talk’ post here; I hope you will make it to the end! 🙂 Do I ever wonder what I am doing here?! All.the.time. I am surrounded by co-students, researchers and a brilliant team of professors and staff who never stop to amaze me with their intellect and quality of reasoning. Its really inspiring and help me push my boundaries, beliefs and level of learning. Its also somewhat intimidating at times because I think it is hard to match their game of formulating readings and drawing upon notions from lectures…

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12 weeks – A Typical Semester at University of St Andrews

Published: October 18, 2016

12 weeks, 3 subjects: 2 written exams by the end of the year 1 class test 1 presentation 7 essay dues (all in which spans from 1500-2500 words) 8 weekly lectures 3 weekly mandatory tutorials required reading material: approx. 20 pages (if you are lucky) to roughly 150 pages which is more likely (especially in IR). It’s week 6. This is my time schedule. I can’t believe I’m halfway through first semester of my 2nd year already. The weeks go by so fast I loose track of which day it is. Weekends feels more like weekdays and visa versa. Yes,…

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