Two worlds and a common thread
Christoph Jappsen
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
August 4th, 2017


I have thoroughly enjoyed this summer – not only have I had the pleasure of catching up with old friends from back home, I have also had the opportunity to hang out with some friends from university in new environments outside of campus. However, more importantly, the most fun have been doing both at the same time.
I think that one of the main reasons why studying abroad is so cherished is because it grants you a unique opportunity to explore yourself. I can definitely second this – exposing oneself to different environments develops character. It also has its drawbacks though; as the academic year waned I started to grudgingly accept that St Andrews and back home were two different worlds. People from back home would never really understand who Christoph in St Andrews was, and people from St Andrews would never really understand who Christoph from back home was. Of course, one acts differently when put in a different environment, but at times the two personas simply felt too distant from one another.
However, as my friends from university came to Copenhagen in order to attend Distortion 2017 with me and my old friends, I realised something important. My friends from St Andrews immediately blended in with my Danish friends and before I knew it they were making jokes about me and were laughing at quirky things I seldom notice about myself. In other words, they were talking about the same person, albeit expressed in different settings – they weren’t talking about two different personas. This was very reassuring to me and the two worlds started melting together so to speak. Needless to say, Distortion was a lot of fun as well as a cool way to see Copenhagen for my foreign friends.
It could also merely have been the good vibes and cold beers that gave me this new perspective on things, and since I have the rest of the summer to test out this hypothesis I will make sure to capitalise on every opportunity to do so.
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Two worlds and a common thread
Christoph Jappsen
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
May 17th, 2017
I have thoroughly enjoyed this summer – not only have I had the pleasure of catching up with old friends from back home, I have also had the opportunity to hang out with some friends from university in new environments outside of campus. However, more importantly, the most fun have been doing both at the same time.
I think that one of the main reasons why studying abroad is so cherished is because it grants you a unique opportunity to explore yourself. I can definitely second this – exposing oneself to different environments develops character. It also has its drawbacks though; as the academic year waned I started to grudgingly accept that St Andrews and back home were two different worlds. People from back home would never really understand who Christoph in St Andrews was, and people from St Andrews would never really understand who Christoph from back home was. Of course, one acts differently when put in a different environment, but at times the two personas simply felt too distant from one another.
However, as my friends from university came to Copenhagen in order to attend Distortion 2017 with me and my old friends, I realised something important. My friends from St Andrews immediately blended in with my Danish friends and before I knew it they were making jokes about me and were laughing at quirky things I seldom notice about myself. In other words, they were talking about the same person, albeit expressed in different settings – they weren’t talking about two different personas. This was very reassuring to me and the two worlds started melting together so to speak. Needless to say, Distortion was a lot of fun as well as a cool way to see Copenhagen for my foreign friends.
It could also merely have been the good vibes and cold beers that gave me this new perspective on things, and since I have the rest of the summer to test out this hypothesis I will make sure to capitalise on every opportunity to do so.
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