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Q&A with Annamarie Moline

May 2, 2016

Get to know second year student Annamarie Moline, one of GSD’s exemplary students and an active member of the University of Minnesota Swedish club.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, and I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in nutrition with a minor in both leadership and Scandinavian studies with an emphasis in Swedish.

What made you decide to come to the University of Minnesota?

I came to the University of Minnesota because of its amazing reputation. I wanted to go to a university with a wide range of resources, many areas of study, and challenging academics. I feel that I’ve been able to create my own path because the school holds many different studies that I’m interested in.

What do you like the most about GSD? What inspired you to become involved with GSD?

I grew up to my grandfather telling me stories of how our early relatives traveled here from Sweden and made a life for themselves in Minnesota. My family started to dig more into our Swedish culture, and we learned about our Swedish ancestors through documents, visiting their grave sites, and contacting other relatives. My older brothers studied abroad in Sweden, and suddenly my whole family became proficient or fluent in the Swedish language. I jumped on the band-wagon and immersed myself in the Scandinavian community here at the University. I love the many different resources, opportunities, and areas of study involved with GSD. I have met a few students from out of state who specifically came to school here because they wanted to be involved in the GSD department. I’m starting to realize that I hit a goldmine and am lucky to be a part of something so great.

How do you feel that the GSD courses you've taken have set you up for the future? And for a career with a degree in nutrition?

I am studying abroad in Sweden during the fall 2016 semester. Despite my poor sense of direction, I feel more than prepared to navigate around, communicate with locals, and immerse myself in the culture. My GSD courses add a twist to my education by giving me a broader world perspective, and I am certain this will benefit me in my future endeavors.

How will GSD/Swedish will benefit her future career in nutrition?

While taking Swedish language courses, I started to learn about Swedish culture along with their diets. The Scandinavian diet is extremely unique; They lead the world in consuming coffee, and they have distinct eating habits, such as eating fish with their breakfast. I was instantly intrigued by the diet differences between Americans and Scandinavians. My goal is to become a registered dietitian. General registered dietitians receive their degree, take a year for an internship, and eventually settle into their job. My goal is to do all of these things while having a larger world perspective and experiencing a variety of different cultural diets. I want to be a well-qualified dietitian prepared to treat any patient who comes under my care.

I understand you are very involved in the Swedish club… Can you describe what your role is in the club and what kinds of stuff you do? And what do you like most about the club?

I absolutely love the Swedish club and serve as the co-president. We plan many different activities for students at the University of Minnesota to become involved in the Swedish community, even if students have no relation to Sweden. We plan activities such as Fika Crawls, Julfest, and Lördasmys. Fika is a Swedish tradition of gathering in the presence of coffee, tea, and little treats to talk and relax. We hold Fika Crawl events all around the Twin Cities, mostly at Scandinavian coffee shops such as IKEA or the Norway House. We held a Julfest this past Christmas, which involves bringing different language clubs from GSD together and celebrating Christmas with many different foods, songs, and traditions. Lastly, we are in the midst of planning Lördasmys, which is a knock-off of Fredagsmys in Sweden. It is an unspoken tradition for Swedish people that involves coming home on Fridays after work, dressing in comfortable clothes, and eating good food.

Our club also holds a conversation hour every week on Thursday in Folwell Hall. This is an opportunity for people who are learning, practicing, or even brand new to the language to converse and learn more about the Swedish language and culture. All of these opportunities give students the chance to meet other students with similar interests.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would just like to remind all University of Minnesota students that we are lucky to have a department like GSD. Take advantage of it!

This story was written by an undergraduate student account executive in CLAgency. Meet the team.