Minnesota: The Land of 10 000 Lakes
Minneapolis: The safest city in the US
University of Minnesota: Driven to Discover
Why did I come here?
In Norway we say that Norwegians are "born with skis on their feet". Seasonal change (spring, summer, winter, fall) is natural to me, and studying in Florida during my bachelor's degree I know it is also necessary for me (I missed snow too much). Minnesotan nature in fact influenced my decision to study at the U.
Take a look at the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry in winter (isn't it beautiful?):
For those who prefer spring and summer, it will interest you to know that Minnesota has more shore line than the states of Hawai'i, Alaska and Florida combined! No wonder they call Minnesota the Land of 10 000 Lakes.
Nature aside, the major reason I came to the University was the excellent research opportunities. Although I study social psychology, I conduct research with faculty from counseling and clinical psychology and the communications department, and we collaborate with people from philosophy and Carlson School of Management. Lab rooms, statistical software, research participants and conferences abound and we are encouraged to take advantage of these.
The University of Minnesota is Driven to Discover, and as a budding researcher I have found my place here. I look out my office window every day as the seasons change. Winter is approaching and I can't wait to go cross-country skiing soon. If you haven't tried skiing before, I'm sure you would love it.
Research and snow, these were my main reasons. All the other positive aspects of Minneapolis are just a cherry on top :)
Hade bade (bye bye), Susanne
P.S. Take a look at the trust-building exercise a couple of my friends and I did in the snow last year. So much fun! Susanne and friends skiing.AVI