Before I relinquish control of this blog completely, I thought it would be nice to summarize some of the things I’ve loved about studying at SLU Alnarp – so here goes.
SLU Alnarp is a relatively small campus, with around 700 students attending each year. This, in combination with the fact that the campus is located outside of the cities of Lund and Malmö might cause one to think that the campus is relatively “dead.” But that’s entirely false. The campus features activities year around, most of which are arranged by the two student unions here. These people do amazing things, hosting everything from dinner parties to “Swedish fika”-events, football tournaments, movie screenings, carnivals, and much more. And because of the relatively small size of the campus (as in, amount of people, not size per se) – it’s easy to remember people’s faces, and make friends. This is one of the best things about Alnarp, and one of the things I will miss the most when my studies end.
When I first applied to the university, I biked from Burlöv (the small municipality next to Alnarp) and walked around a lot in Alnarp – trying to get a feel for the place – and I immediately fell in love with it. Alnarp is magical whatever season you visit, and once people see the castle many new students are quick to compare it with Hogwarts (the school of witchcraft and wizardry in the Harry Potter universe). Alnarp has many different faces, including large green spaces, forested areas, gardens, tennis courts, the horticultural outdoor laboratory, bike paths and walking trails. In the spring, students run around photographing spring bulbs and early flowering shrubs and trees – whereas closer to summer, people can be seen eating lunch or sunbathing on the lawns or old tree stumps. If you’re there on a warm fall day, you’ll probably see retired people walking around, enjoying the change of colors on the trees, or looking for walnuts or chestnuts that have fallen from the age old nut trees planted in the park. Sound magical enough for you? The surroundings are incredible.
More in next post, ciao!