Overcoming the sheer density of the blank space is the hardest part to starting a new blog, in my opinion. Should I just launch right in to writing commentary on my studies of Swedish? Should I devote an initial post to introducing myself? Is an explanation of why this blog exists necessary? I think that an introduction is only proper, given that I’m opening up this page to the perusal of the public.
My name is Linnea. I am a graduate student in the humanities living in America. Since I was seven years old, it has been my dream to learn Swedish and to one day visit Sweden, owing to the fact that my grandfather’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1903. Both fortunately and unfortunately, this dream was a bit delayed by my having studied numerous other languages in the meantime. Finally, though, my life has come full circle and I am able to academically justify my beginning Swedish language studies to my professors, who were initially quite a bit skeptical about how Swedish Studies relates to the study of the Middle East.
I’ll be journeying to Sweden this spring for a little more than a week, and I absolutely cannot wait! I’m also hoping to spend the summer either in Sweden, studying Swedish, or in the Middle East, studying my Middle Eastern languages. Only time will tell which–if either–option I will end up with, as funding decisions are the key determinant in dictating my travel plans. But in the meantime, no amount of waiting for the decisions of others can strip me of my optimism–and so I persist in dreaming of spending the summer abroad!