It’s great when you don’t even have to try to create a nice narrative for a blog post. For example, this time around, life has offered me a great circular composition for this very post. You see, I came up with this post when I was sitting in my quad last week. No special event at all, but it was completely empty for the first time in months (aside from my packed suitcase on the bed opposite mine). Specifically, last time the quad looked like that was eight months ago, when I spent my first night on campus. I had just arrived in the US and I was sitting in the exact same way but with a feeling of skräckblandad förtjusning, best translated into English as equal parts fright and delight. It was a crisis; it was a beautiful crisis.
When I graduated High School a few months before that, I had a feeling of crisis too and now that I get to celebrate a bunch of my friends’ graduations this year (both here in Sweden and in New Jersey), I feel it might be timely to write about how I try to deal with it, and taking leaps in life that really matter. While I don’t pretend to know all the answers, I think I’ve created a little theory that at least fits “well-enough” to be useful for me and perhaps others as well. So, allow me to present the Sten Sjöberg Certified Four-Step Leap-Taking Process™ (if nothing else, I think the fourth step is actually worth reading): Continue reading
Right at this moment I should not be writing this post but instead the 800-word essay I need to hand in tonight for my freshmen seminar. Professor Kernighan, if you’re reading this; I am sorry. On a gladder note however the aforementioned essay (which I, by the way, am having a lot of fun writing) concludes my mid-term week. Considering it is my first time writing tests in English at Princeton I feel quite alright about my results, although I definitely aim to improve. I realize it is important for me to quickly get used to the tests here, as they are completely incomparable with the tests I have done so far in my academic career.
That is something I will consider more after one of the most important weeks of the year: the well-deserved much-needed post-midterm fall break. Most people waste no time, leaving campus to go home as soon as they can, and as a result of this there is a very high risk of my being supremely bored during this week. Of course, that is something I simply cannot have that and as such I have conceived The Sten Sjöberg Fall Break Challenge to keep me occupied.
The Challenge consists of five different sub-challenges based primarily in physical and mental health. Indeed, the reason I write that the fall break is one of the most important weeks of the year is not only to be funny (although let’s be honest I totally am) but also because it is an opportunity for us students to slow down and let the soul catch up. Here are the five sub-challenges:
Having finally settled down at Princeton it is time for me to start making things happen. In the spirit of this sentiment I am delighted to announce my candidacy for Class Officer of the Class of 2021. I want to be one of the five students representing, caring for, and enabling the great Class of 2021. Not only this year but for many years to come.
In my class representation philosophy there are two dominating topics: community and fun. The two concepts might seem trivial but I have always believed that God is in the details. Indeed, we do not always need magnificent innovation to make something better than it already is; sometimes all we need is a stickler for detail, and that stickler could be yours truly.
One of the biggest differences between high school and Princeton is the feeling of endless learning I have found here at the University. It might sound cliché to talk about endless learning at a liberal arts college but to me that means a few more things than just liberal course selection.
The newly bought blackboards by my desk feat. PHY103 and MAT202.
First of all the pace here is absolutely insane. Take my Linear Algebra course as an example. Every week we have three lectures of fifty minutes each. In each lecture my professor will go through about two chapters of our course book. That is about three or four times the pace of high school. Upon that we have around 20 (usually very challenging) questions for homework each week. Of course, this crazy pace does pay of. Never in my life have I learned this much this quickly as I have been doing in the last two weeks. It is as amazing as it is demanding. That brings me to the four courses that I finally decided I will be taking this semester:
These first few days have been really intense so I just got up a few hours earlier today in order to write a short post to you all about what has happened so far.
Right by Princeton Club where I went to meet a very kind relative with whom I stayed overnight before Check-In started.
I arrived together with all the other internationals for International Orientation on the 30th of August. It felt amazing to finally arrive on the campus that I had wondered and dreamed about for so long. The first three days were filled with activities to makes us internationals feel at home. Davis International Center did a great job with it and I feel much more prepared in regards to topics such as culture shock. Among other things we had great fun navigating the campus on a scavenger hunt which we almost won. Unfortunately I missed the backside of the scavenger hunt paper we were given, which had us missing out on quite a few points. After IO ended the Americans of the class of 2021 arrived on campus. Continue reading