Elise Tingvoll

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” - Colin Powell

Author Bio

My name is Elise, and I am a 22 year old political science student at Sciences Po Paris. I did the two first years of my bachelor's in Reims (France), specializing in history and diplomacy.

I am currently perfecting my Spanish and my salsa moves in the capital of happiness – Cali, Colombia – where I am doing an exchange year, before returning to Paris for my masters'. Right now my life revolves around the Colombian peace process and.. football. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!

About

Hometown Molde, Norway
Lives Cali, Colombia
High School Education Norwegian high school, Molde Videregaaende Skole, Norway; Sahuarita High School, Arizona, USA
Studying BA in Political Science. Major in History and specialization in Diplomacy.
Graduating 2017
Extracurriculars Head of Events of the Bureau des Eleves at Sciences Po Paris Campus de Reims. Captain of the football team. Treasurer of ANSA Reims (Association for Norwegian Students Abroad).
Interests Politics, football, freediving, hiking, reading, traveling.
Future Plans Masters in International Security at Sciences Po Paris. Dream job: within the field of diplomacy or intelligence.

Posts by Elise Tingvoll

Studying abroad: Exchange vs. Full time studies

Published: March 17, 2017

Many are interested in an international experience, but not everyone is willing to dedicate years to obtain a degree from a university abroad. Luckily, most universities offer an abundance of opportunities to do a semester or a year abroad. How do you choose what fits you best? As I am both a full time student abroad, and also doing an exchange year at the moment (which is my second exchange experience), I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the subject. I always recommend studying abroad full time over doing an exchange semester/year. Why? When you are an exchange student,…

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Is Trump “un-American”?

Published: February 10, 2017

In 1916, the US Public Health Service started branding Mexicans living in the town of Laredo on the US-Mexican border with permanent ink stamps saying “admitted”, after they were bathed, physically examined and declared healthy. This was supposedly a measure to defend Texas from diseases and germs thought to carried by Mexicans. The US medical agent in charge of the operation called it a “very good plan to prevent future illegal entry”. Sounds familiar? From 1917 the US started a Typhus quarantine program on the entire length of the US-Mexican border. This also facilitated the creation of the Border Patrol.…

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Tips to become a better student

Published: January 31, 2017

I am actually writing this post while procrastinating doing a reading, so I’m not sure how legitimate my advices are. But here are a list of the things that helps me get through a busy week, and overall makes me a better student: Figure out what time of the day you are the most effective. For me it’s easy: I am a better student in the morning. I therefore try to elect morning classes, rather than afternoon classes. I also do my readings in the morning, before class. After 7/8pm my brain completely shuts off, and if I do study…

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“I am for equal rights between men and women, but feminism takes it too far”

Published: January 24, 2017

First of all, a tiny note of apology for completely leaving this blog behind for the last couple of months. I’ll make sure to share with you what I’ve been up to later, but first there is something else I’d like to write about. As I am sure you all know, last weekend was marked by several protests and marches against the inauguration of Donald Trump. Women’s Marches were held all over the world, and I am so proud to see that so many sisters (and brothers) took to the streets to speak loud and clear against what is happening.…

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“Out of office”

Published: November 24, 2016

Hey everyone, I will be travelling for a month and a half or so, without my laptop (I am so excited to leave it behind), and with limited internet access. Therefore, there probably won’t be any new updates until mid-January. But when I get back, I will have a lot of exciting content and pictures to share wih you from my travels. I’ll be visiting a couple of places I haven’t seen in Colombia, before going to Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize. Finally, vacation is here.. Peace out. The picture is from last time I visited Belize. This year included,…

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American Horror Story: The US Election and the Colombian Plebiscite

Published: November 10, 2016

First. Phew. Trump actually happened. It’s not a bad dream. And I’ll write about it once I’ve taken the time to reflect a little bit more on how Donald Trump is possibly the next president of the United States of America. Right now I’m lost, I don’t understand, and my thoughts are all over the place. To be honest, I’m quite emotional about the entire thing. A friend posted on Facebook: “Turns out when you get right up close, the glass ceiling has an orange tint to it”. I’ll leave you with my initial reaction.   Now, let’s instead reflect a…

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A note on: Football and cultural adjustments

Published: November 1, 2016

The past couple of weeks have been very hectic. The semester is coming to an end, and midterms, final papers and presentations are all due around this time. At times like these I am so happy that I have a hobby that I absolutely love, and that allows me to de-stress and disconnect for a couple hours every day. Here in Colombia, but also back in France, football is such an important part of my life, and an incredible way to meet people and integrate into campus life. Tomorrow my team leaves for a city near Bogotá to play Nationals. Sadly,…

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Why choose to study abroad?

Published: October 24, 2016

One of the best choices I’ve made in my life was to do an exchange program in high school. As you don’t get to choose where you are going, I ended up in a small town called Sahuarita in southern Arizona. It is the experience that has influenced me the most in my life. For the first time I was very far from home, and I was not going to see my family for one whole year. I was forced out of my comfort zone. It was a humbling experience. You have to accommodate to people around you that eat different, speak…

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