Coping with Culture Shock

When you arrive in a new place, everything suddenly feels different. Even the things you didn't expect, like faucet handles and milk cartons, may seem foreign. The rush of excitement and delight that accompanies meeting new people and looking out at new horizons has a name you may not expect: culture shock.

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Starting the School Year

Whether you're ready or not, a new school year is upon us. Chances are you haven't been keeping up the habits that helped you get through the last year; it's a lot tougher to go to bed at a reasonable hour without the pressure of an 8:00 am class. To help get yourself prepared for the upcoming semester, here are five simple ways you get jumpstart your good habits before the school year even starts.

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Norwegian Berries

The growing season in Norway is fairly short, so only certain fruits can thrive. One of the better suited fruits are berries, thanks to the cooler summer weather and long daylight hours. So it should come as no surprise that Norwegians are wild about foraging and picking. Berry season begins in late June with strawberries and lasts through mid-October with black currants. Because of the brief season, berries that cannot be used immediately are frozen, or made into jam.


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Folk High School Across Norway

You're graduating from high school and have plans to work or attend college, but aren't sure what you want to do. Have you considered taking a gap year and have a break from the cycle of study-paper-exam for a while? A Norwegian folkehøgskole or folk high school is a great way to do this and set yourself on a path of personal development and learning for learning's sake. The goal is to reflect on who you are and what you want to be. Other traits that may be built in the process are confidence, creativity, maturity, cooperation, attitude, and self-knowledge.


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