One of the things I have learned about being on exchange is cultural identity. I have met people with all sorts of cultural identities and found out more about my own one. Right now, I represent my country anytime it is figured out that I am an exchange student. Despite representing my country, I definitely don't feel like the typical American, or like I really am a fair representative of my hometown.
On the day this is published, it will be two weeks since I woke up and found out that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. It's been quite an interesting time, especially since I am abroad in a socialist foreign country. As many of you know, I am what you would consider politically liberal, but even if you do not agree with my political views, I would encourage you to read through this article still, because I have a message of love for all.
There are some words in Danish that are untranslatable. For example, "sjov" or "sjovt" means both fun and funny. That can be confusing as fun and funny have different meanings in English. However, the hardest word to translate in Danish is most definitely "hygge".
If you have read any of my columns recently, you are probably aware of the fact that I am in Denmark, and will be here for a year. I now have a very unique perspective on religion as a Christian in a secular country. However, as I touched in my last column, Denmark is a country with many Christian practices. I have felt very at home here, even though I do miss my church.
I now have spent two months here, most of the time going to school. It's truly been a really great and eye opening experience. I have now seen a lot about how the school system works here, and overall it has all been very positive.
As many of you know, I am now in Denmark, which is a socialist, nonreligious country. I also know that the words "socialist" and "nonreligious" are two very cringe-inducing words for many religious Americans and words not typically used to start out faith columns. However, I have felt really at home here, and you may wonder why. The heart of Danish culture has to do with Jante law. All of these are not to be taken literally, but as you can see, the Danish culture is much more focused on others than what you can do individually.
Hej, mine venner! I'm Holly McCamant, a graduate of Frazee High School and current Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Denmark. You probably already know me from my Wave and Faith Columns, my Wave from which I have retired. However, I am not stopping my writing here in Denmark, and here is my first travel column. I was lucky enough to be placed in the small town of Vojens, and I attend Haderslev Katedreskole. Vojens is thirty minutes from the German border, and on the eastern part of the Jutland. It's known for its hockey team, and Haderslev is also known for its soccer team.
As many of you know, I wanted to be an exchange student for the longest time. I knew my plans were so much bigger than where I lived. Four about four years of my life, I was very eager to leave. However, I think there was a reason why God had me wait.
The time to write my last Wave Column has arrived, and I couldn't be more proud to pass it onto the next Wave Columnist, Anna Schumacher. She will not disappoint you. It has been almost four years, but first, here is my last Wave Column. I will write more about Denmark itself in my Travel Column, but first, here is the tale of my trip to Denmark.
I’ll never forget the first time that I was told I have a servant’s heart. I was holding back tears; I had worked my butt off, and my dream wasn’t...