Our CultureLink Tea program provides our international students the oppurtunity to present on their home countries. Join ISS every month for a country presentation, tea and desserts!
Teas are free and open to the entire St. Thomas community!
Date: March 20, 2014
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Place: Koch Commons
Presenter: Andrea Nelson- Norway
Andrea Nelson is a current junior, entrepreneur major, at the University of St. Thomas. She is from a town called Stavanger in the Southwest region of Norway. Before she came to the University of St. Thomas, she was enrolled in the American College of Norway in Moss. She became a Tommie a year and half ago. You are able to see Andrea everywhere around campus. She was in the fashion show last year in November during the “International Education Week”. She was also at the Presidential Inauguration proudly holding her national flag serving as a representative of her home country!
Andrea’s grandparents are living in Bloomington, Minnesota, so she is happy to be at a school so close to their house. Her father is from Minnesota so as a dual citizen, Andrea visited America and Minnesota every summer with her family since she was born. She chose the University of St. Thomas because of the good reputation of its business school and the good small-size class as well. The St. Thomas unique college culture and environment fits her background and culture well. “It is easy to know people, professors, compared to other universities. I really like it” Andrea said so.
Andrea is living in Morrison Hall right now and she feels as comfortable just as home. She loves to meet new people and make connections at St. Thomas. “You know, people here are outgoing, people are so nice. People talk and say hi even they don’t know you. If you have a bad day, just say hi and relax, you will have a better day then!” Andrea gets along with both students from Norway and other countries. There are currently 12 Norwegian students on campus now and they enjoy their lives here very much. She also enjoys the life in Twin Cities. “Things are much cheaper here in Minnesota and I love the casual and relaxing feeling here”
Andrea is proud of her home country – Norway. Every 17th of May is Norway’s National Independence Day to celebrate their independence from Sweden. On that special day, Norwegian people, especially women will put their traditional dress – Bunad on. Andrea is also proud of Norway’s national sports, “Norwegian people are born to ski. All Norwegians can ski. We are now doing pretty well in Winter Olympics. That’s kind a huge event to us back in Norway.”
Life is going on, so does Andrea’s future plan. Andrea said that she would love to move back and forth. There is always positives and negatives between two countries. Since she is a dual citizen, she would love to do international business in America and back in Norway. She is interested in working with make-ups and skin products. Hopefully everything will go well for her life in St. Thomas and America.