Sasha Valgardsson is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the German language stream. She is studying at University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany. (All students in the BIB program are required to study abroad for their third year at one of our partner institutions.)
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:
Museums, mountain tops, and making people smile are a few of the things that make my heart happy. I am an artsy, quirky, dork, who can’t hit a volleyball to save her life (I don’t even think that is the right vocabulary, oh well) but can play the piano and violin and do a pirouette (Not all at the same time.) When I’m not exploring the lovely city of Ottawa, I am in sunny Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan a.k.a. home. My current interests include going on urban and outdoor adventures, making videos, exploring new places, the world of independent eyewear, slack lining, and throwing the disc around. My number one goal for this exchange is creating a life I love on the other side of the word. This dream life would include meeting wonderful people, going to beautiful places, and eating ALL of the delicious food.
Why did you choose your language?
I’ve always been interested in European culture and since Germany is right at the heart of Europe and international business as a whole, I thought it would be a perfect fit.
Have you ever traveled overseas before? If so, where?
Since I have close family in beautiful Beirut, I have been fortunate enough to visit Lebanon several times. I have also spent some time scooting around Egypt, a few cities in Italy, and Paris.
What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?
1) SPECS (sight might come in handy)
3) A spirit that’s ready for adventure!!
What are you most looking forward to?
THE PEOPLE!! Having homes in numerous places has really taught me that it isn’t the buildings or the scenery that make a city, it’s the people. As much as I’m looking forward to exploring Germany and Europe and immersing myself in the German culture, making connections with people from all over the world from countless different walks of life is what I’m looking forward to the most.