I’m Roxanna from Mexico and I did my semester abroad here at JU a year ago. Why did a Mexican, end up in a country far far away from home, you may wonder? Well, to be honest, Sweden wasn’t my first choice, actually. I really wanted to go to Australia or the Netherlands and Sweden was kind of improvised. So when I was picked out for Sweden I wasn’t actually thrilled, after all, it was going to be my exchange semester and I wanted it to be perfect form beginning to the end and that involved the place I was going to! But at the same time I was happy because I was finally going to have the experience, so I started to do a bit more research about the country and specially Jönköping and the University (which wasn’t easy) but I found that this place was super international (what I really wanted and was expecting from my exchange semester), super social and had many activities and parties (which I also wanted), accommodation was pretty much guaranteed so I didn’t have to worry about that (also awesome) and the city was amazing with its incredible lakes and bridges and lots of nature (also on my list), also the University was well reviewed, so I thought: this is the whole package! I instantly fell in love with Jönköping and was super excited! I was also thinking that it was probably the best idea ever to go there since it’s not really that common to say: Hey! im going to Sweden for my exchange! I had to admit, though, that above all those amazing things I discovered about Jönköping I was hesitant about the size of the city and was afraid I couldn’t find too many things to do, since I come from a big city like Mexico City… I was so wrong! There was always an activity going on, from the Student Union or with international friends, but there was always something to do.
I have to say that since my day one in Jönköping, not even, since the airport in Frankfurt on my way to Jönköping I met people from around the world that were also going to be exchange students; people from France, Colombia, the Netherlands were in my tiny plane and we instantly felt that international vibe, which I loved! The first official week, the Kick-off week was the absolute best start for my studies at JU. First of all, the overall you get as a symbol of belonging to your school (business, communication, engineering…) was my favorite, because I love those kind of things and then you start collecting patches from all your social activities on the semester and start creating your own! love it! And from the next ten days we were busy having activities with our chosen group of new students as well, I honestly felt as if I were at some school camp because it was so cool, and I think it is really a bonding time with other internationals and is a great way of knowing more people. Every day we ended up at the amazing and best student club “AKA” with our overalls of course. Then I started classes, but the fun doesn’t stop there, throughout the semester you have the chance to wear your overall again, as the dress code for Aka is your overall, amazing right?! And during the week there are many activities not only on weekends. I was really active in all the social activities the university offered, the Food Safari, the Language Cafe, Movie nights at the Communication Building, among other amazing activities, not to mention the awesome trips the Student Union organizes such as Norway, Russia, Lapland, Denmark. As the weeks passed by and also it became colder and colder I was more and more incredible happy about me going and deciding to come to Jönköping. The student life is amazing, the international vibe is everywhere and you get to know lots of people from all around the world! At my student accommodation which was Raslätt (best place ever) you always find someone to do something with, in the warmer days play Volleyball, Soccer outside (I was most of the time only a viewer, but still, counts haha!) and in the colder and darker days they also have some buildings and you can play inside, so don’t be sad! or I would go to a friend’s apartment and cook some dinner or just chill. Some other days we would plan going hiking and going for walks to the forest and it was always fun! What I mean, is that I always had something to do, always!
I have to say that everything was really close to each other, coming from a big city like mine, I always take some time from place to place, so coming here also gave me that break from big cities and being in a hurry all the time. I discovered how much time I spend and loose in my car in Mexico and learned to value my time a lot! If I only had Willy’s (the supermarket) right above the bus station, life would be so easy! hahaha!
My exchange semester was everything I was hoping from the beginning and it was even better than I expected. I even enjoyed going to the library to study and the late nights studying for the exams, well not so much, but it was also part of the whole experience.
Now, if you ask me would you do it again? I will respond, absolutely yes!