Malin Jörnvi

"There are no musts"

Author Bio

Malin Jörnvi is currently a junior at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Malin chose to go to the US because after her time studying the IB at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden with only academic challenges, she felt like a part of her was missing. At Tisch, while pursuing a BFA in Drama with classes in acting and singing, she also gets to explore subjects like philosophy and social and cultural analysis and she now knows that this is exactly where she needs to be: right between practice and theory; aesthetics and academia. At NYU Malin is allowed to be everything that she is and she is convinced that it is there, in the unclassifiable middle ground, that she can contribute the most.

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About

Hometown Lomma, Sweden
Lives New York City
High School Education International Baccalaureate, Malmö Borgarskola, Sweden
Studying Drama, Social & Cultural Analysis, and Philosophy at the Tisch School
Graduating 2018
Extracurriculars NYU Florence Peer Advisor; NYU Eco Reps
Interests Existential questions
Future Plans Public Intellectual

Posts by Malin Jörnvi

About Time

Published: May 13, 2017

Time is everything. My time in New York is about to end; on Wednesday I’m returning to Sweden for the summer. Being international and having spent about eight months here, and four months back home over the last three years, I’ve often felt like my life has been split into two parts: one part here in New York that has been standing still when I’m not here, and one part in Sweden that’s been coming to a halt as soon as I leave. But over the course of my time over here, that divison has increasingly diminished and whereas I would get…

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A Week of Columbia

Published: April 22, 2017

This week my internship brought me uptown to 116th street and Columbia University — a beautiful break from my favorite Brooklyn routine. Columbia University, Morningside Heights, New York City

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Meet Siri

Published: April 18, 2017

Siri. Siri is the force of nature that has kept me grounded throughout the past two years. Originating from Copenhagen, Siri’s and my paths crossed in the spring of freshman year when she started her two year conservatory training in the same acting studio as me. And though I’m in the NYU affiliated track, I managed to bump into my fellow Scandinavian in the hallways and the moment we started talking, things just fell into place. I don’t know anyone that works as hard as Siri, and puts so much of themselves into what they’re doing. It is so inspiring to…

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Attention

Published: April 11, 2017

“Life is happening. Pay attention.” One of my absolute favorite places, Yoga to the People St. Marks, New York City

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I’m Gonna Go

Published: April 5, 2017

Is the worst phrase I know and I find myself back in freshman year. — Freshman-me on integrity, authenticity and change: You’ll not be the same person tomorrow as the one you’re today and you don’t act the same way in two different settings. And so perhaps what’s really authentic is inconsistency of character: that we all change. Change is as inevitable a process as evolution, as biological as the need to pass on. And in accepting that we change and that we never really know who we are, when we’re whole, when or even why we sometimes feel alone even though we’re surrounded by people or have…

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Workshopping

Published: March 31, 2017

Unexpected perks of interning with a theater company: extra acting training at the in-company workshop! The play explored over the 30 hours of free rehearsal space at A.R.T. New York is Ludvig Holberg’s The Political Tinker which centers around a hubris possessed working-class man being fooled into believing he has obtained the position of public office, and while there, making a complete mess before realizing he has no qualifications whatsoever to be in power. While written 300 years ago, Holberg’s script somehow seems strangely relevant. Except for that we in modern times only keep hoping someone will pull out a camera and…

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Albert

Published: March 26, 2017

Courses for Fall 2017 are up! In the US, compared to Sweden, each individual student is responsible for picking their own classes and schedule each semester. Then after a certain amount of credits – hopefully fulfilling the right requirements of majors, minors, sciences, humanities, general education and electives – one applies for graduation. The responsibility can be daunting but no stress, your academic advisor makes sure you stay on track. And for someone like me, the freedom of spreading out and picking whatever speaks to me is the absolutely best thing about the US education system. The downside is that…

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Days

Published: March 20, 2017

While writing this post I remembered a song from the wonderful musical I got to see freshman year, Fun Home, and I actually think these words make the most sense if you play the song in the background while reading. “Days & Days:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLyQxfG9ktQ What a strange week. Spring break is coming to an end, and it’s already the second half of the semester. What happened? I remember being younger and hearing the grown-ups complain about how time flies. I never understood that: I couldn’t wait until the next thing, and I kept counting the days until the next section of…

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A Swedish Conversation about Gender Equality

Published: March 14, 2017

Tonight, through a second hand invite, I got to attend a special gathering on the Upper East Side: The Consul General of Sweden in New York, Leif Pagrotsky, had arranged a conversation with the Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, together with the Swedish actor Sissela Kyle. After screening two scenes from “Miss Friman’s War,” the Minister, Kyle and the American film producer Cornelia Ravenal discussed some of the past, present and future of gender equality and how it’s reflected in the film industry, as well as Sweden’s role in advocating women’s rights internationally. These are very important discussions, and unfortunately…

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Struggling

Published: March 12, 2017

I find myself often complaining about things being hard: Coming to New York was hard; all the work with applying to university and the Visa, with figuring out the financials, with leaving home… Living in New York is hard; Studying what I love at university level, paying New York prices for everything, trying to stay true to who I am… Staying in New York is hard; Not knowing what the future holds while still having to make up plans, dreading the daunting process of OPT and more Visa paperwork, finding a way to somehow pay back the debt accumulated over…

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Me Without Coffee

Published: March 8, 2017

The life of a college student the week before break. The view from my FAVORITE coffee shop, Ninth Street Espresso, 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

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Morning Commute

Published: March 4, 2017

Williamsburg Bridge, New York City

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The Room Where It Happens

Published: February 26, 2017

Even in this Skype, FaceTime and “Facebook Messenger call function”-age, there’s really no substitution for being at the actual physical place. This past week, being in New York and being an NYU student has allowed me to attend: 1) a much debated NYU Review and Debates talk given by the controversial former NYU president, John Sexton, 2) an update on climate change given by Al Gore in the world’s largest reformed synagogue, 3) a lunch with Melody Barnes the other participants in NYU’s Women Leadership Program, 4) a workshop on non-violent activism and 5) a shoot of a short for…

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Meet Denzil

Published: February 22, 2017

Meet Denzil, the guy I saw reading Into the Wild in the dining hall on a Friday night freshman year, which meant that I then of course had to strike up conversation. I’m never going to regret that. Denzil is my second twin (I’m also the clone of Anna, my biological twin back in Sweden. Denzil and Anna actually met last spring. Denzil has also met my parents and they’re clearly not his parents, so no confusion). Now I’m going to let his own answers speak for themselves as they’re completely as awesome as he is. I love you Denz.…

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Take Me To Church

Published: February 19, 2017

Yes family. Today I went to church. I’m even surprised myself, coming from a country where atheism is more or less the state religion. But when the one and only Joshua Tay asked me if I wanted to come with, and said that they meet in a theater, and that there was a brunch to be had afterwards… Who can say no to that? And frankly, the sermon, the music and the singing were all pretty damn cathartic. Who knows, I might as well go back. Regardless, two things I’ll definitely take away from today: One, I think to have faith is an…

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The Intern

Published: February 14, 2017

To intern is a big part (and pressure) at NYU, and for us who put a lot of work into our academics during the semester and also have had to go home and work over every break, it has been a cause of stress. However, this semester I have the pleasure to spend four of my credits, 12 hours a week, with the Scandinavian American Theater Company where I get to work closely with one of the founders and artistic directors, Albert. And as the apparent epic fit, I have really enjoyed my first few days. Not only do I get to see…

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Morning Run

Published: February 8, 2017

My watering hole. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Hudson River, New York City

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Meet Xiao

Published: February 6, 2017

It’s finally time for another episode of the “Meet Series” – my ongoing quest to introduce you to some of the best people I know. Here’s Xiao! Xiao is an international student from China and a Theater senior in Tisch. Right now, I honestly can’t remember how we met, perhaps it was in the Downstein dining hall back in the days of meal plans, but it’s of no prime importance, because what matters are the many intricate and deep conversations we’ve had ever since. Xiao knows a lot about the inner life of an actor and he’s not afraid to talk about it,…

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Integrity and Love

Published: February 2, 2017

Revisiting places and memories and what I wrote in an essay about integrity freshman year: Stemming from Latin’s integritās, integrity also means integer (the arithmetical term for a whole entity, a complete number such as 0, 1, 2). And in being a characteristic of individual completeness, a mathematical perfection of the singular self, integrity seems to be the ideal quality of an independent, sound human being. But is it really? “Growing up, I assumed I was the word that rhymed with none other – like ‘silver’ or ‘orange,’ glistering bright, but sonnet foiling, and always solitary traveling. Somewhere love happened, plausible as a catch…

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A View of a Bridge – My College Life at NYU Tisch

Published: January 29, 2017

The first week of my college life flew by this semester with lots of wonderful friends-catching-up sessions and scary political developments. In a way, that mix mirrors my feelings about New York: it’s a place filled with amazing people and opportunities, but it’s also full of uncertainties and factors beyond any one individual’s control. Which brings me to the system science class I’m taking this semester, The Nature of Success, and though we’ve just started, I’m fascinated by it’s discussion about cities as having organic lives beyond its inhabitants; cities with their own goals and subsequent view of success and…

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Matters of the Heart

Published: January 24, 2017

Today was the first day of spring classes here at NYU and it was absolutely marvelous to step back in through the red Strasberg studio doors and have my first Movement and Singing classes in eight months. And in being welcomed back by my former classmates and teachers, I feel so thankful for this supportive and creative environment that I never would’ve imagined I could be a part of when I first arrived here back in August 2014. In this building I’ve come to understand what the performing arts is all about: learning about and exploring knowledge and parts of myself…

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MoMa, Jan 20th 2017

Published: January 21, 2017

On a day like this it seemed fitting to close down the outer world contact for a few hours, and what better place to spend that time than inside The Museum of Modern Art. As an NYU student I’m very fortunate to have MoMa as one of the institutions to which I have free admission, and today I was even more lucky as I managed to hit an almost crowd free time slot. But to spend time in art galleries and museums didn’t come natural to me at first. Before coming to NYC, I struggled a lot with visual art,…

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Dirty Magic

Published: January 19, 2017

This city is dirty and insanely expensive, but boy, it is magical. Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, New York City

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Upp och iväg

Published: January 17, 2017

As a spoiled EU citizen and Schengen member, traveling across the Atlantic always adds an extra “exciting” element. Step 1: Leave CPH, Denmark Step 2: Get through US homeland security Fingers crossed all papers are in order because New York, here I come! CPH, København, Danmark

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Longing

Published: January 11, 2017

Longing might be the most bittersweet sensation there is. Sunset over southern Manhattan. NO FILTER – I promise! (Taking this pic got me in a lot of trouble, but looking at it now… it was all worth it!)

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Rest

Published: January 5, 2017

I always prided myself with never doing things half-heartedly. I’ve always been very black and white – either I do something fully or I don’t do it at all. This is a trait that I’ve been very proud of and I’m convinced that it’s partly what brought me to where I am today. It certainly served me for a long time in school, especially during those years in middle school that suck for everyone, when I felt the need to define myself non-socially and to become my own person. I then became the one who performed well. In everything. But…

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A Scholarship Guide

Published: December 27, 2016

After having spent a good 150+ hours on scholarship research and all related activities: writing personal letters, finding the right supporting documents, following up… I do have some advice to give on the topic. First and foremost: there is no such thing as free money. Scholarship research, just like applying to an American university (and to the best of my knowledge a British or any other university outside of Sweden that doesn’t use antagning.se) takes time, and it’s worth considering whether you rather find another job or take out additional loans instead. However, when you after your sweat and tears…

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Thankful and Proud

Published: December 25, 2016

Even though we in my family every year decide not to give gifts, we still end up with a pile under the tree. But the best Christmas gift I received this year is something that I’ll never see: the donation my dad made in my and my sisters’ names to “Save the Children” and their work with the current refugee crisis. That these kinds of gifts are possible and spoken of in Sweden makes me so thankful and proud to have been born precisely here. I think it is incredibly important to know your privileges, and to not take anything for…

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Comeback

Published: December 18, 2016

There are certain things you don’t realize until you come back. Having spent 19 of my first years in a single environment have had an impact on me, and in a way, those years and their experiences form the measuring rod to which everything else gets compared – what becomes normal. My home town in December is grey and cold, the buildings are white or brick stone and the roads and sidewalks are wide and straight. The people are tall and reserved and being blond with white-redish skin is not uncommon. Skåne in December is really nothing extraordinary, but it’s…

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Arrivederci

Published: December 16, 2016

Till we meet again. NYU Florence, Firenze

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Wrap

Published: December 14, 2016

The semester is wrapping up and we just had the final critique for drawing class. It’s a bit funny because I never really liked “bild” (visual art class) in elementary school, yet when I saw that NYU Florence offered “Introduction to Drawing,” I knew that this was what I needed to do: “where else would you draw but in Florence?” It was also my escape from an otherwise solely “academic semester” (what Tisch calls any term without your art major classes) and since starting college I’ve fully realized the value of getting out of my head; the importance of not always…

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Two-way Street

Published: December 11, 2016

This is a two-way street. Sometimes I understand my own frustration with Italian customs. As an efficient and practical Swede, having spent two years in the US where everything really is bigger and in New York where everything really is faster – coming to Florence has posed certain challenges, to say the least. But during this fall I’ve also had the opportunity to adapt, yet if only for a little, because if everyone else is going a little slower, and everything else is a little smaller, it makes no sense for me to continue in my own hasty pace and…

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Conclusion

Published: December 7, 2016

As I today had my last lesson before finals start next week (tomorrow’s an Italian holiday), and as I just finished a ten-page paper, I figured that I could go ahead and publish the conclusion of what I’ve been working on for the last couple of days. So this is the conclusion of my final paper for History of Italian Cinema, titled “The Role of Landscape in Sicilian Cinema” and focusing primarily on Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, Guiseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, and my professor Vito Zagarrino’s own feature La donna della luna. Cinema is erasure of boundaries: film can take…

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Work in Progress

Published: December 3, 2016

Reading, writing, drawing. To become one of the final drawing for drawing class, apartment, Firenze

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That Time of the Year

Published: December 1, 2016

It’s that time of the year when you’re trying hard to balance the regular workload with finals prep, final projects and basic survival. And then the university decides it’s a good time to send you the spring bill. Screen dump of the dreaded NYU Bursar email

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Life is Art

Published: November 27, 2016

One of my absolute favorite quotes was read to me by my Method Acting teacher, Lola, at one of our first lessons freshman year. I came to think of it explicitly after yesterday’s FB call with Siri, an inspiring actor and amazing Dane studying and working back in New York right now, and because of the dinner discussion some of the other PAs and I had in which I argued that film and cinema can’t (or shouldn’t) just be entertainment. The quote is by Marlon Brando who’s more than a house God at the Strasberg Institute, and to me it…

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Meet John

Published: November 25, 2016

Here’s the second post in the “Meet Series” – a chance for me to introduce to you some of my friends across the globe, and also a way to get even more international student stories onto StudyAdvantage! John-PA John-Johnny is the Freshman Peer Adviser at NYU Florence. A junior in the Global Liberal Studies program, he spent his own freshman year in Florence and came back to be in charge. Or not really. The freshmen love their “PA John” who walks around in long black coats and black shades regardless the weather. Born and raised in Minnesota, John is 1/8…

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The Feeling of Home

Published: November 20, 2016

I’ve spent A LOT of time trying to figure out what makes a home. And having been going back and forth between places over the past three years, I’ve understood that precisely time is of the essence. The more time and experience you accumulate and the more you revisit the same locations (i.e. build routines) = the more at home you’ll feel. And because of my limited time in Florence, I actually didn’t think it would happen here. However, this past week, Florence has grown on me: it feels like it’s starting to become one of my places. But I…

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Work

Published: November 18, 2016

You know those days when you just need to work. Residential Assistant 17/18 application History of Italian Cinema: -Presentation (Fellini’s The Temptation of Doctor Antonio) -Final paper research (Impact of Sicilian landscape on Sicilian cinema) Culture and Context: Italy -Italian Coffee Bars (fieldwork!) StudyAdvantage blogpost Intro to Drawing -Personal Projects (figure drawing/self-portrait) Peer Advisor Programming   Thankfully I get to work on work that I love. And American brunch food always helps as well.   Friday at Via deli Alfani, Firenze (and yes I just noticed the shoes too) Brunch for breakfast at Le Vespe Cafe,Via Ghibellina 76R, Firenze

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Inside American Politics

Published: November 15, 2016

One of the many resources at NYU Florence is La Pietra Dialogues which brings scholars and experts to the grounds and arranges innumerable talks, events and conferences. A reoccurring topic this semester has been “Inside American Politics” and yesterday and today democratic and republican campaign staff, political experts and journalists have been gathering to discuss what actually happened last Tuesday. LPD is also NYUs way of getting their students in touch and network with some of the biggest players there is, and yesterday I had the fortune to both have breakfast with the U.S Ambassador to Italy, John R. Phillips…

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Local Tour Guide

Published: November 11, 2016

Once a destination (Paris, New York, Florence) these two show up and have me act local tour guide and PT (today we only walked 13770 steps, all time high is 21000) in exchange for free meals and parental love. And in addition to figuring out from where I got my tiramisù genes (the guy to the left), I also get to witness what a loving relationship can look like 28 years in the making: – Honey, should’t we get one of those locks to put on the bridge? – What for? They only cut them open and throw them away.…

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A Car with a View

Published: November 8, 2016

In hindsight I can agree with that getting into the Italian traffic and onto the Tuscan hills with a stick shift Fiat after barely having driven the family automatic back in Sweden for the last two years wasn’t the smartest idea – but this past weekend was the most magical and awe-inspiring of all of my time in Italy so far. Saturday morning: Margaret and I leave Florence blasting the Hamilton soundtrack and without a final destination or place to stay the night (which is very – very – unlike me) we decide to head south. With the Tuscan vineyards…

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Rome 2 – Scenic Rome Night Trip

Published: November 4, 2016

This week has been fall break at NYU Florence, and while most of the Americans jetted off to do Europe, which seems to mean Barcelona, Berlin, London, Paris and Amsterdam (for some reason…), I spent the first weekend walking around Florence, finding a new coffee shop and a Sunday flea market. Then Tuesday through Wednesday I took the train back to Rome, only to wander the streets and to revisit places, and memories. It was more exhausting than I thought but as I spent a few hours just listening to the Tiber river, I also had the opportunity to explore somethings…

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For Bernth

Published: November 3, 2016

To my teacher, mentor and friend. Thank you for helping me discover my love for words, and for helping me get to where I am today. Måtte det verk du i människors vimmel skapar från morgon till aftonglöd, stå som en lyra mot tidens himmel, sedan du själv och din gud är död! Hjalmar Gullberg Ur Kärlek i tjugonde seklet, 1993 Bernth Dagerklint, 1951 – 2013   Via Ezio, 55, 00192 Roma, Italia

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Survival Kit

Published: November 1, 2016

About once a semester I get my Swedish survival kit: A handwritten letter, Swedish newspaper clippings (with comments), and loads of candy. Thank you mormor! From Sweden with love.

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Meet Margaret

Published: October 29, 2016

On a site for international students, what better than to write about students being international? Hence I introduce to you my “Meet series” in which you’ll get a peek at the absolutely best thing about studying abroad: the amazing people you meet. First off is no one else than Margaret! Margaret is typically American: as a daughter of two Russian immigrants she is first generation with one foot inside and one foot outside the American melting pot. As a true NYU liberal art student she started university planning to major in Global Public Health but after arriving in New York…

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Midterms and Criticism in Florence

Published: October 26, 2016

Today was my big day of midterms: midterm project criticism in drawing class, written exam in Italian and then three in-class essays in culture & context. The ironic part is that I today also picked up the Peer Advisor duty-phone which has to be answered regardless of testing status. Midterm project criticism, La Limonaia, Villa Pietra, NYU Florence Pathway I, (one of my midterm drawings)

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Staying on the Path

Published: October 25, 2016

The past couple of weeks, talking with my friends back in New York and hearing about all that’s happening over there, I’ve increasingly come to miss the giant metropole. And to be honest, it scares me a bit. Because even though I, as of now, would really like to stay in NYC after graduation, I also have a pretty good idea of all the effort, paper work and money that will go into it. And to me that’s the worst part with studying abroad: all the extra work you have to do. It becomes even more poignant now in midterm…

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Everyday Greenery – A Student’s Life at NYU Florence

Published: October 21, 2016

I’ve realized that since my older blogposts in Swedish disappeared I’ve only uploaded these grand pictures and experiences of Italy, and although many very impressive sights and happenings are much part of life here, there’s definitely other sides as well – “there always comes a weekday” as we say in Swedish. It basically means that life isn’t fabulous all the time, and that’s just the way I like it. Don’t get me wrong, I like substantial and life-changing events but I’ve also over the past three years gotten to know myself very well and if there’s one thing I need,…

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Scenic Rome Day Trip

Published: October 18, 2016

As part of the NYU Florence curriculum, all classes do day or weekend trips related to their course work. So last Saturday my History of Italian Cinema class went to Rome to visit the epic (and fascist established) Cinecittà and later some of the stunning locations of Sorrentino’s widely debated The Great Beauty (2013). Cinecittà mainentrance Fellini’s Teatro 5 Colosseum The Tiber Borromini’s trompe-l’œil, Palazzo Spada Fontana dell’Acqua Paola

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Pompeii and Positano – NYU Florence Student Road Trip

Published: October 15, 2016

During last weekend’s trip to the Amalfi coast, my friend and I stopped by Pompeii and I got to visit one of the very few historical sites I’ve always wanted to see. And after a wonderful Saturday in Positano, and a great start of the Sunday with the two of us – don’t tell mom – hitchhiking back to the local train station with a driver that stopped to get us coffee and pastries, we arrived in Pompeii before most of the hordes of tourists began to arrive, and we then tried to take in the site with Vesuvius still…

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Transformations

Published: October 13, 2016

Metamorphosis = “the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages” (Google Search). A fancy word. But more importantly: universal. And also more or less gibberish. StudyAdvantage is relaunching in English and that quite nicely mirrors the journey most of us Swedish bloggers at the site made when we chose to resettle in the US. The move came with a switch in language that for a non-bilingual regular Swede was, and sometimes still is, pretty frustrating when I (especially late at night) struggle to find the words and pronunciations I’m looking for.…

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La grande bellezza

Published: October 13, 2016

Positano, Costiera Amalfitana, Italia

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Mosaico di Ravenna

Published: September 23, 2016

Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna, Italy Tomba di Dante, Ravenna, Italy

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