An American in Oslo – Week 5

The Fifth Week and Beyond

Here’s a fun thing I learned today: through some strange, mathematical coincidence -40 degrees is the same in Fahrenheit and Celsius. So the statement “There’s -40 degree wind-chill waiting for you back in Minnesota” requires no conversion on the numbers front; anyone can hear it, understand it, and die a little inside without the assistance of a calculator. So that’s nice. It doesn’t stave off the inevitable frostbite, but it’s still nice.

The preceding paragraph is a rather convoluted way of saying that this is my last week at the Norway-America Association before heading back to St. Olaf, a return trip that I am both dreading and looking forward to. On one hand, I am going to miss interning at NORAM; it’s a great company full of people who put tremendous effort into helping others and contributing even a little bit to that cause was a great experience. The opportunity to study in Norway has been supremely helpful for both my understanding of world culture and linguistic ability, and I’d like to think that I’ve grown a bit as a person as a result of my time here. On the other hand, the selection on Norwegian Netflix is much more limited than its American counterpart and while I do love Walk the Line and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a bit more variety would be nice.

The fact that my biggest knock against Norway is its comparative dearth of titles available for streaming is quite possibly the biggest endorsement I can think of for studying here. No country is experienced through a screen – Norway least of all – and any encouragement to leave your couch and do something is welcome. Whether that motivation comes from natural curiosity or the realization that you have memorized the lyrics to “Ring of Fire” in Norwegian is not important – just get outside of your comfort zone and learn about Norwegian culture. If this series of blog posts illustrates anything, it’s that there are many ways of doing so here in Oslo.

I’ll sign out with one last picture of an out-of-focus s’more and the reminder that if you are interested in studying in Norway, NORAM is a fantastic resource. They have scholarships for American students looking to study in Norway and can answer any questions you have on the subject. Thanks for reading; I hope you learned something new. And thanks to NORAM in particular for letting me work here!