“I had always wanted to study abroad outside of Asia, then I discovered Denmark could be one of my options. Denmark is known as one of the leading countries in terms of sustainability, and that made it the most attractive choice for me. Aarhus University also turned out to be one of the top universities in the world with great accreditations, which made it even more appealing.” Najlaa explains, when asked why she chose Denmark as her top destination.
“It has been nice, though the curriculum design here is a bit different. For example, do we almost always have a project for each course, so the learning process is designed differently from what I am used to – with more group work and practical exercises.”
“Definitely the weather: The drastic weather changes, having opposite weather conditions from one day to the next, and experiencing multiple different seasons in one has been a lot for me. I have never been used to very cold weather, and I came here for the first time during winter. My first arrival here was the most challenging time for me. But surely I will get used to it in time... well, I have to.” She laughs at herself. Najlaa’s advice to others: “Just know how to layer your clothes, and you will be fine!”
“After having lived here for almost a year, my favourite place is Dokk1. I love their complete collections of books, the nice studying/working corners, and of course, the beautiful view of the sea that you can enjoy from there!”
“I have been learning the basics by myself, but now I am officially taking the Danish language class this semester.”
“There are job/career fairs provided by the university and career-related workshops that I like to attend. These events are the starting steps that can help you prepare to find a job.”
“I am currently working in a non-academic job at a restaurant I found on Facebook.”
“As my current job does not relate to my studies, I cannot say much about it relating to preparing me for a career. However, one thing I can say is that it gives me a glance at the work culture in Denmark. The way everybody smiles and helps each other… it’s really encouraging and a great environment to be in,” Najlaa says, smiling herself.
“I am always open to any opportunities that would allow me to travel outside of Denmark, to experience more of the world – life is a journey, and I just know that I want to work in a job that contributes to help change the world for a better future.”