“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.”
Did you just spend the holidays with your family, and have been tired explaining to them what is it you are (or have been) actually studying and more importantly, “what you will become?” Worry not, because now we are going to present to you the underlying foundation of our studies; in the words of the Founding Fathers of BIDS, Yahia Mahmoud, Tobias Axelsson, and Axel Fredholm.
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.
Natasha from Sweden and Taiwan, who describes herself as a “menstrual health enthusiast”, is right now working on her Master’s thesis while trying to plan her next adventure. Natasha finished her bachelor in 2012, making her a part of the very first BIDS-class to graduate. She agreed on sharing some of her experiences with the programme, which might inspire other students to be adventurous; “You can do so much by just contacting interesting organisations”.
Read about Klara Lindvall, who did an interesting Minor Field Study in Turkey, studying local Turkish migration management in relation to the EU external border and migration regime. Klara recommends everyone who considers it to dare go on an MFS as it challenged her and she gained a lot from it. Moreover, she expresses how important it is to try different things and not settle straight away.
This week Andreas and Karin from the BIDS class of 2017 talk about their exchange semester at the University of Ghana in Accra. They write about the application process as free movers and how they connect the reality of Ghanaian development they witness every day to their class room teachings. So far, Karin and Andreas can “nothing but warmly recommend future students to go“.
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.
Sophia Djane is a BIDS Graduate of 2012 with a Political Science major. Sophia was born and raised in Lund, though she has also spent longer periods in Accra and London. Currently she works for IM (Individuell Människohjälp) in Lund, and is involved in a local movement called Tillsammans för Lund (Together for Lund). If currents BIDSters have questions regarding exchange studies (in Africa), Sophia encourages them to contact her. 🙂
Denise Beniwa, majored in Sociology, during her third year in the program she did an internship at Swedwatch where she was given tasks such as risk analysis on different industries and labour rights. Early on, she became interested in understanding what it is that upholds structures of inequality and understanding international relations, this is what lead her to chose the BIDS program.
Camilo is a BIDS graduate from 2013. He did not take it slow as he continued directly to a master in Welfare Policies and Management in Lund. It was especially his interests in politics and cinema that led him to BIDS but he also see his background as an important factor, as he says that “growing up in Colombia made poverty both a visible and invisible phenomenon, which was later reshaped by my exposure to different Social models in both Sweden and France” where he studied French Culture and French Literature at the Sorbonne. Continue reading
Rebecca Sjöstrand graduated from BIDS in 2014 with a major in Sociology with a thesis based on her MFS in Nicaragua where she studied how motherhood seasonal migration affect each other. She says, “my best advice for field studies is to be as prepared as possible before you leave… be aware of your own position, try your very best to create equal meetings and listen to the stories that you are privileged to hear.”