Friday, March 7th
Swedish Goats (feat. Evan “Caliswag” Hamilton)
I had pretty much decided to take a break from a very social week and just have a quiet friday of studying and catching up on sleep. I was waiting in line for groceries when I checked my email and saw an email a freshman goat, evan, that was sent 5 minutes ago (about 3:30pm Sweden time). It said “Yo I’m in copenhagen, how far are you from copenhagen”. I responded by pretty much telling him I was one town over and ordered him to get on the next train over. Evan is on Spring Break and currently visiting Copenhagen and Paris with his family, but they had originally missed their flight so Evan was all alone in Copenhagen for a night. As soon as Evan and I got back form the train station, we met up with Jess and Lauren who started making us delicious Mac n Cheese while Evan and I caught up over an easy run (4 miles for me, 8 for Evan). It was really nice to see someone from back home, especially since I didn’t expect anyone to visit all semester. After dinner, we went to my friend Kim’s (University of Connecticut) corridor for a chill corridor party. When we got there, they were finishing up a “tour de chambre” (where everyone living there goes from room to room to play a themed drinking game at each – Ex. Kim had Irish theme where they played hot potato and drank Guinness) and so Evan and I just hung out with Christin (Germany) in their living room. They were shortly done with their tour de chambre and all came out to hang out in the living room. Got a meet a good number of swedes and a few of their friends from all over europe. Evan and I had some wine and punch and had some very interesting conversations with Swedes about their views on Marijuana (they view weed the way most people view Meth in the the states), the Ukraine conflict, Swedish girls, Swedish dating scene, and Sambo vs. Marriage. Overall was very interesting and I think Evan got a perfect glimpse into Swedish social life and culture, at least for the 18 hours he was in Sweden. Around midnight, people suggested we move to a larger party in a different building of the complex. This party was a ridiculous rager. They somehow managed to cram 160 people or so into a 12 people corridor. It was a little bit much but we still found some cool people to talk to. Around 2pm, Evan and I biked back and called it a night (Connie, being the awesome person she is, leant Evan her bike for the night). The next morning, I took Evan to brunch at Ostgöta nation with Lauren, Jess, and Connie. As always, the nation brunch was amazing (especially for the small price of 40 kronor). After brunch, I showed Evan around downtown and I went to H&M so I could finally fit in with all the fashionable europeans. Got a couple V-necks and a Cardigan so we’ll see how that goes. I also bought some green women’s tights but I don’t really want to talk about it.
Saturday, March 8th
Once Evan left, I power napped for a few hours and as soon as I woke up, devoured a lite smörgas and got in my costume and headed back over to Vildanden (where the pary was last night). A few of my friends from my mentor group (+ honorary mentor group members) decided to have their ridiculous version of a “Tour de Chambre”. The one twist was instead of going from room to room in one corridor, we would go from corridor to corridor throughout the entire town of Lund. The whole night would take us on an 8km journery through Lund by foot, and to 9 different corridors. Each person was assigned a costume by the rest of the group and got to choose a theme for their corridor.
The “Tour De Westeros”
1- Sarah and Hannah’s Chamber of Secrets (Vildanden): dressed up as Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy, they made us “potions” and we competed for the goblet of fire (a MUCH more fun version of king’s cup)
2- Barney’s weird Union Flag and uncomfortably british music and something about Margaret Thatcher (Spoletorp): dressed as Dora the Explorer, Barney had made a union flag out of shotglasses and everyone had to take 3 shots in a row, where about 60% were water and the rest were vodka. Some people had 2 vodka, 1 water, some 1 vodka, 2 water (like myself), and one unlucky person had 3 waters. I say unlucky because that person had to drink another ridiculously strong concoction that Barney made. It was a pretty funny game because on the last shot everyone who had already had 2 water shots were freaking out and seriously hoping they would get a vodka shot.
3- Henri and Connie’s Neverland (Möllevången): Connie and I made rum-and-coke-floats with vanilla ice cream. We were trying to go for an alcoholic version of a childhood favorite and I think I nailed it with this idea. As a bonus, none of the non-american’s had ever even heard of a float before and I think they all loved it. After that, we listened to the Frozen soundtrack in Swedish and played musical chairs.
4- Tall Tom’s “Fuck Canada, Go Bruins” Air Hockey (Delphi): Tall Tom hosted an air hockey game at his play in Delphi. It was pretty fun although I think we may have broke his battery powered air hockey puck.
While there were still 3 or 4 more stops in the night, I left after Tom’s as it was 11:30pm and I did not want to stay up late again. From the pictures I’ve seen and what people have told me, the other stops were just as awesome if not cooler. I went over to Jess’s place, power napped until 3:00am then watched the first 30 minutes of the Duke – UNC game with Jess and Lauren. At 3:30 ish I was just too tired and so I biked home and crashed.
Sunday, March 9th
“But Henri, I thought you were in Sweden to study math, not to just party everyday and watch movies…”
From the last few posts, I’ve made it sound like I am always partying and hanging out with friends. While that is true to some extent, that is pretty much only what I do from 9pm-1am. From the time I wake up at 8am until about 8pm, I don’t really do anything besides work out, eat, and study. Although I don’t have that many hours of class and don’t have any graded assignments to turn in, I have done about 75% of the problems in both of my textbooks – which is not at all a trivial task. Usually my Topology professor assigns 14 problems a week and my Integration Theory professors assigns about 8. I usually am able to do about 75% of these and spend about 6 hours on topology and 10 hours on measure theory problems every week. Besides from doing these assigned problems, I have 10 hours of class a week, I spend about 10 hours reading the textbooks, and I spend another 10 hours doing various other problems in the book or going over previous problems. All together, I would probably say I would 50-55 hours a week, on just two classes. While this is similar to my workload at Haverford, it feels like a lot more because it is all pretty challenging material. Usually at Haverford, I would have like two classes with challenging material and then two other classes where I either just have to read (Ex. History or Philosophy) or the assigned work is routine (Ex. lower level physics, computer science, lab work). I also have my exams in two weeks and am very worried. I need 50% on both written exams just to qualify for an oral, which I also have to pass, just to pass the class. The grades offered are U (fail), G (good), VG (very good). You need to 50% on the written to G, 75% for VG. While these percentages sound easy, especially compared to Haverford Math classes, the tests are 5 long problems and it is 5 hours in class, closed everything, and based on the previous years’ exams, they are about as difficult as my Algebra and Analysis week long take home exams. If I somehow managed to pass the written exams, then I have an oral exams. My professors and classmates have said that these usually take 1-1.5 hours but that really there is no time limit. The oral exam essentially consists of you walking into a room and the professor gives you the name of a theorem. You then have to state the theorem, give any relevant definitions, and prove the theorem. Some of the proofs in each book are about 2-3 pages long and contain several lemmas, so this is a pretty terrifying feat. To top it all off, we don’t have an actual list of theorems to learn so we have to be ready to prove any of the 50+ theorems in our books, off the top of our heads.