I finally know exactly how my DIS semester abroad will feel in terms of classes and workload. This past week was the first full week of classes where I woke up at the awful time of 7:00 am on Tuesday and Friday to go to my 9 hours of class.
I start the day with Danish 1 where we explore Danish Culture and how language can impact culture, in the minst of learning a conversational knowledge in Danish. Even in one week I have found myself able to communicate in simple sentences, especially with cashiers at Føtex (a local grocery chain) and the art store. I look forward to the moment that I can have a simple conversation with them that goes beyond “hej” (hi), “ja” (yes), “nej, tak” (no, thanks), and “hej, hej” (goodbye).
I continue my day with Danish Politics and Society. Especially with world politics bring Denmark to the forefront of many people’s minds, having 80 minutes to discuss why it is happening is greatly intriguing. Currently we are delving into the history of Denmark as a country to understand why its politics are what they are. On Friday, we started the 2008 movie Flammen og Citronen (The Flame and the Citron), to understand the complicated relationship Denmark and Germany had in World War II. At first it was official policy of collaboration, but by the end of the war was an open state of rebellion.
I then move on to New Nordic Design, a class that looks at the elements and properties that have influences Nordic design today. The class explores everything from architecture, to food, and to fashion. On Friday we toured the Danish War Museum and looked at how an exhibit was displayed. Use of glass cases, black lit ambient lighting, use of highlighted lighting, etc.
My last class of the day is Furniture Design for four hours. We started last week by going to the Danish Design Museum and analyzing different chairs on display to gain inspiration for our own designs. For our project we have to use bamboo plywood to design and fabricate a flattenable chair or table. I am currently exploring the ideas of hypercubes (4D cuboids) and how one can relate mathematics into furniture.
I love all my classes so far, and I cannot wait to get to explore each one more throughout the semester.