It's that time again . . . time for another student profile! Next up is Jade Sanstead, a veteran student worker at Magrath. I've truly enjoyed getting to know Jade over the past year, and I hope you'll join me in wishing him all the best as he leaves the U of M this May for some truly exciting international adventures!
Basic info: where are you from? What year are you in school? What are you studying?
I'm from many places, but all lie somewhere out on the prarie in north-western Minnesota. I'm a senior studying theoretical linguistics and Germanic philology which are fancy words for the scientific study of language and the broader study of Germanic languages from a comparative and historical perspective. I am most interested in historical phonology (sound change in human language) and have a going specialization in Middle Norwegian language history (ca. 1150 to 1500 A.D.). Most of my research involves pouring over beautiful musty old calfskin manuscripts and documents like the early 14th century Norwegian diploma (see below).
Tell us about your year abroad! What was your favorite part about studying outside of the US? What do you miss most about that year?
I went to Reykjavík to study modern Icelandic for a summer as well as documentational linguistics at a summer school at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Following that I spent a full year in Norway studying and then the following summer devoted to some manuscript work, but mostly hiking, traveling, swimming. My favorite part were the academic opportunities I had. I was able to study Norwegian runology and Old Norse palaeography and therewith to visit thousands of inscriptions and many manuscripts in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. I even had the opportunity to travel with my professors and fellow students to Gotland in the Baltic Sea, primarily to survey runic inscriptions. I certainly miss skiing most of all. Oslo's 3,000 km of prepared cross-country trails and endless supply of kvikk Lunsj (Norway's official tursjokolade - 'trip/vacation-chocolate') made for a divine winter.
What is your favorite Norwegian food?
Hmmm...hjemmelagde vafler med geitost og jordbærsyltetøy ;-)
What is your favorite shift to work in Magrath and why?
The midnight shifts during finals week, because I like the peaceful walks home late at night.
What's the worst joke you've heard recently?
From Decorah Posten (February 18, 1921)
AND FINALLY: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?
Definitely a coffeepot.