Sophie Breinholdt Nielsen

"It’s not a silly question if you can’t answer it." - Jostein Gaarder

Author Bio

Sophie was introduced to the idea of studying abroad when she spent a year as an exchange student in Maranhão, Brazil. Since then she has obtained an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma from the United World College of Hong Kong and is now studying political sciences and economics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris).

Besides enjoying the French way of living, Sophie is a board member at Danish Students Abroad (DSA), working to improve the possibilities for young Danes to go abroad during their years of study.

About

Hometown Herfølge/Klippinge, Denmark
Lives Reims, France
High School Education International Baccalaureate, United World College of Hong Kong
Studying BA in Political Science (with focus on Economics)
Graduating 2018
Extracurriculars Sciences Po Scandinavian Society, Sciences Polémiques (debating club)
Interests Saxophone, long distance running and chatting philosophy past midnight
Future Plans An international career with a focus on global sustainable development

Posts by Sophie Breinholdt Nielsen

Dual BA Between Columbia University and Sciences Po

Published: December 5, 2016

Friday night, as I was having a late dinner with a few friends at one of the brasseries downtown, an email ticked in on my phone. The first lines read: “On behalf of Dean Peter J. Awn and the Committee on Admission, I want to congratulate you on your admission to the Dual BA Direct Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po for the fall semester of 2017” and before I had time to realise what was happening I was thrown into the air by my friends in overt celebration. I was indeed no longer just a Sciences Po student…

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Comment dites vous “Thanksgiving” en français?

Published: November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving is (with the potential of hurting many Canadians’ feelings) the archetype of American holiday traditions – at least in the eyes of a Dane whose only visit to the States did not allow for much cultural immersion. Despite years of international experience and plenty of interaction with Americans, it wasn’t until this year I finally got to celebrate my own Thanksgiving. Reims has strong ties to the United States following the German surrender at the end of WWII, and the city, suffering great damage during the world wars, has been rebuild largely thanks to American funds and donations. The…

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A Night to Remember?

Published: November 9, 2016

Being at the transatlantic campus at Sciences Po, the American presidential election is the night of the year. We have been talking about it for ages: the celebration, the fun, the joy. We prepared for a heartfelt farewell to Obama, while the prospect of a female president helped ease the pain. Yesterday night, the student body met up at Le Kilberry, one of the local bars in town. They had generously allowed us to livescreen CNN all night, and the placed was stuffed with Starts and Stripes and hopeful college students. With beers in our hands, we played Who Said It? (Trump…

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Fall Break

Published: November 2, 2016

Fall break ended as fast as it came, and I am once again back in Reims, France where I’m currently pursuing my undergraduate degree from Sciences Po Paris. The academic year at Sciences Po is divided into two semesters. Each semester is composed of 12 weeks of classes with exams following the first 6 weeks and again 6 weeks later. It is incredibly hectic as it means that there barely is a moment of peace and the breaks are therefor used to regain lost power. This break I went to Portugal with a group of friends. The slowdown caused by group effectiveness and last-minute…

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