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Meet Jessica Axelsson and Zarah Rosell

University: The linneaus

Major: Business Management


Meet Jessica and Zarah, two new exchange students visiting us at the U from their homes far away in Sweden.  Get to know them as I ask about their experiences, and what its like to be away from home. 


HC: How old were you when you first learned to speak English?

J: 9

Z: 9, we started in third grade. My first English word was pink!


HC: How was your arrival in America for the semester?

J: We went to New York for one day.

Z: We came right to Scranton after that!


HC: Is this your first time in the US?

J: I’ve been here once.

Z: Twice before!


HC: Were you two friends prior to coming to the US or did this bond you?

J: We are in the same class back home!


HC: What is one of the hardest adjustments you had to make since being here?

Z:  Taking multiple classes all at once!

J: That’s a really different thing compared to home, and also that you need to have a car to go anywhere.  Back home we take bicycles everywhere! 


HC: What is different from universities in Sweden versus universities in America?

J: Smaller classes and the teachers actually know your name. That would never happen in Sweden!

Z: We have small classes back home too, but it depends what courses you’re taking.


HC: Where have you traveled so far?

Z: This past weekend we went to New York.

J:  We went to the Mets game, and went shopping in Soho.  We went to a rooftop bar and had lunch.  We walked a lot and had so much food.


HC: How was navigating yourselves around NY?

J: We got a map!!

Z: took the metro and walked from Soho to the Brooklyn bridge. 

J: When we thought we were supposed to go right, we went left and a lot of the time we had to circle around the block. 

Z: It was hard to find which was the west or east side.

J: We had to stop at Starbucks every other block to get Wifi to check the maps and take screen shots.  


HC:  Are you only staying one semester or will you be here a full year?

J: One semester.


HC: After the semester is done do you hope to travel anywhere else?

Z: I’m going right home!

J: Maybe I’ll travel for a week or so with my friends!


HC: Where else in America do you want to visit?

J: I want to go to DC and we talked about Philadelphia and Boston as well.


HC: What is your favorite American food

J: I like sweet potato fries and mac n cheese!

Z: Pizza!


HC: Things you miss most about home?

J: My boyfriend.

Z: My family and my dancing.


HC: Is this a once in a lifetime thing, or do you hope to move to America one day. 

J: It would be fun to work here for a while, just 1-2 years, but I want to return home and start a family there.

Z: Same for me!

Erin Troy is a junior at the University of Scranton majoring in Strategic Communication with a concentration in public relations. She is excited to start her first year writing for the Her Campus Scranton team! She hopes to one day do PR for the New York Rangers, and live in Manhattan. This Long Island native loves shopping and Taylor Swift. Follow her on Instagram @erintroyy!
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