“My name is Anna Berggren, I’m 25 years old and graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. I have been in and out of Sweden the past years but am now currently living in Stockholm. I have always had a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures and ideas, and I believed that BIDS could help me exploring the world and its dynamics even further.”
Dina is from Kazakhstan and she graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. Currently, working as UN Youth volunteer in Astana, Kazakhstan . She shares her thoughts on her BIDS experience and how it got the best of her.
With a major in economic history and an economic background from his home country, Kirgistian, Baizhanysh has now taken a master in finance. I met with him one afternoon this fall in AF-Borgen’s café Athen to hear his reflection about BIDS.
Looking back at her bachelor degree, Suzanna Törnroth claims that: “BIDS is a utopian environment where the majority of people are open-minded, aware of the world and curious.”
She is half Swedish, half Singaporean and grew up in Singapore and moved to Lund when she was 19 to start the BIDS program at Lund University; an act which she claims to be the best decision of her life. “Cliché, but true,” as she expresses in an interview about her experience with BIDS.
Growing up with a sister working for UNHCR, Frederik was early introduced to the concept of international negotiations. He is now working for the Danish Ministry of Health in the Unit of International Corporation.
I met up with him in a café in Copenhagen to learn about his experiences during and after BIDS and how he ended up working for a ministry.
Sixten, a BIDS graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Sociology, is now taking a one-year break from studying. We have talked to him about his time in the BIDS program, which brought him to exchange studies in Iceland and Minor Field Studies in Nepal.
Hannah and I from the class of 2016 went on exchange to the far-away countries of Brazil and Hong Kong respectively and came away with most different experiences and lessons learnt. This interview reports the inspiring moments we had, challenges we faced and advice that future BIDSters going on exchange might find interesting both for the application process and the actual exchange. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comment section.
Marika, class of 2015, majored in Human Geography and was granted an MFS to go to Laos. Being one of the founders of the BIDS alumni network page, we interview her to find out more about her BIDS experience and her current whereabouts. She highlights the importance of internships and engagement in diverse activities to find one’s passion.
YeoJoo Park graduated from BIDS in 2014 with a major Political Science and has worked with Oxfam extensively before, during, and after her time in BIDS. Her advice, “…make as many acquaintances as possible and value the relationships. You never know how you will be connected again with the people you have met during the university years.”