From a GRSP Scholar
Top Learnings from My GRSP Year
by Smilla Luuk, 2017-18, Columbus State University, hosted by Muscogee and Harris County
Smilla Luuk from
Stockholm, Sweden was hosted by the Muscogee R/C and Harris County R/C last
year at Columbus State University and listed some things that she learned from
her year in the United States. She writes:
summarize the year in Georgia in one page was really hard, so instead I wrote a
list of things that the GRSP experience has taught me:
- You can fit your entire life in two suitcases (or in a backpack if you are traveling with Spirit).
- Leaving everything that is familiar and safe, and being exposed to a completely different lifestyle makes you think in new ways and reconsider things that you thought were obvious before.
- Southern food is not for gluten intolerant people.
- There are three things Americans associate with Sweden: ABBA, snow and Swedish Fish (although Swedish Fish are not Swedish).
- Always talk to Rotarians as you know them, even if you do not recognize them. You have probably met them before at the conclave or at a meeting or on a social.
- Professors who say you cannot wing a multiple choice test are lying.
- It is okay to be alone. It can even be nice sometimes.
- When a Rotarian says that their house is "pretty nice" you can assume it has an indoor elevator, a swimming pool and a movie theatre.
- Choosing classes when the credits do not count makes you realize what you really are interested in.
- The generosity and hospitality of Rotarians is truly amazing.
- Marshmallow and cinnamon on top of roasted sweet potato is apparently a thing? As a main course?
- The quote "You do not realize what you have until it is gone" is really true. Especially when it comes to public transportation.
- Someone who was a total stranger to you just a few months ago can become the most important person in your life.
- Never book a Greyhound from Chicago to Atlanta and expect it to work out fine.
- No one knows all of the rules in American football. So you do not have to feel stupid when you do not understand, just eat some popcorn and join the applause.
- Even though people might be very different from you, there is always something
to bond over that can make you laugh together.
Posted by Lynn Clarke
December 6, 2018