The End And The Beginning

Dear reader, I hope this blog post will find you on a beautiful summer evening when the sun is about to set. The past couple of weeks have been filled with beautiful evenings, and I have realized that Swedish summer can only be described as beautiful. I have spent my past three summers in North America, but know I am back in my home country.

I am however getting ahead of myself, as I do want to share a few thoughts regarding my “mock” graduation at Marquette University. I am still planning on graduating in December, however, there is no longer a graduation ceremony in December and due to that I had the privilege to partake in all that comes with graduating this past May.

Crazy fun off course, family came to town, bunch of events and the actual ceremony. For a guy who only had about 30-40 people in his high school grade the 20 000 who partook in the ceremony seemed massive. It was massive, just a crazy event that honors the students who know are suppose to start working etc. I guess me and a few other students were the exceptions since we still got one semester left. As a foreign student it was astonishing to just see an actual graduation ceremony as it is different from anything you might come across in Sweden.

Anyway it was so much fun, and just something I will remember when i’m in my olden golden days. Also, as it is looking right now I will be graduating with honors, 3.5 grade point average, and I have been chosen to be a member of a group for those athletes who also have been successful in the academic field. I am pretty sure I am not doing that award/honor justice with my description, but it is suppose to be kind of a big deal. Not to pat my own back to much, but I actually received a 4.0 this semester and I do not think that is to bad for a guy who has English as a second language.

Life is not all glamor and a dance on roses though, as I had planned to have a phenomenal summer in Sweden. You know tons of soccer, work outs, reading, and even had plans to climb the greatest mountain in Sweden. Well I have to put most of those plans on hold, during practice I injured my foot and to put it simply I will not be climbing any mountains in a near future. But now I can spend a lot more time reading, and watching movies. Luckily there are a lot of soccer games going on as well, so I can at least watch soccer.

As I am writing this I am on my way down south in Sweden, I am going to visit some family and just hang out. I have never been in a cast before, so walking around with crutches is showing to be a real drag. I hope it does not ruin my mini-golf game, but only the future will tell.

Since I will be less active than usual I will hopefully find more time to blog, and if I can find a decent camera produce and film a few shorts. Just glad I am able to spend time with family and old friends, oh yeah and my high school is having a little reunion. Cannot wait to see everyone!!

Here are a few pics as from the last weeks of my life, graduation, soccer, family, and love.

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Karen Olivia Photography

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Karen Olivia Photography

 

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Mats Andersson from LT.se

 

All the best,

Sebastian

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Christmas Time

Hello world, I want to start off by wishing all of you a merry christmas. It really is a magical time of the year, and now that I ma older and do not have the present obsession everyone seems to have as a kid it is easier to actually enjoy the holiday. For what it is really meant for, which is friends and family, at least that is Christmas if you ask me, and yeah this is how we do it!

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Last night we had a little family gathering or reunion or something like that, anyway whatever it might be called it is a great chance to catch up with relatives. My family on my fathers side really is a widespread of characters, and ideologies. Many that are different from me, and that is what makes it so fun and interesting. Even though I might not be a man of strong religious belief, many in my family are. The interesting part of them and their beliefs, is the contrast when I compare it to the people in the USA. Both religious, but the difference in their belief of Christianity is significant.

But I am not going to focus on religious beliefs solidly in this morning post, what I wanted to indulge your mind in is the chances and opportunities that presents itself in life through gateways that we had never imagined. I am a broadcast major and I want my education to lead me into the TV-industry, and yesterday a rare chance or possible future opportunity presented itself. My uncle is a man of faith, and he has been offered to have a TV-show that would be about him and his preachings in the churches and assemblies around the country. However, the channel he is suppose to work with, is a Christian channel and they …well let us put it like this, they would be in need of some development. However, that might be my job next Christmas when I come back to Sweden. Would be a great opportunity to get a lot of real life experience, and work with some fantastic people.

 

All of you do not be afraid to open doors to the unknown, who knows maybe a rainbow lays behind it.

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///Sebastian

Well Hello Sweden

Hi everyone it has been awhile, I can gladly inform you that I am back safe and sound on Swedish ground. It really is an amazing feeling to be HOME. Sweden truly is where I am from, and I am happy about that because I love it here. Everything is completely different from USA, I enjoy both of them but I cannot help to see the utter difference between them. It goes from everything between size of pizza to the actual behavior of people.

My first couple of days here has been spent with family and old friends, and not a lot of sleeping. Extremely jet-lagged, and therefore, my sleeping schedule is well let us face it non excitant. I go to bed at 2 and I wake up at 7, I cannot figure out why but hey 5 hours can keep a man going for a long time. I saw in Seinfeld that Da Vinci only slept 20 minutes every third hour, I guess this is my approach to finding my inner genius through a different sleep schedule.

The fact that my mom decided to by a last minute ticket (eight hours) to travel herself and her man to Egypt. I cannot say that I am not jealous, but now I got the house to myself. I guess that means I can sing in the shower as loud as I want and walk around naked (life complete?).

It is funny that things that you at first did not consider at all could turn out to a problem. When my parents got divorced, I never imagines that Christmas would grow to become a touchy subject. I assume that the child in me never considered the pressure Christmas brings to people. A holiday that is generally known as one that is suppose to be spent with family is one that puts a lot of pressure on people to do just that. That becomes hard when your family is built in to two different segments, built might have been a misplaced word. Since building something is intentional, I believe that developed into might be a more proper description. However, that has meant me spending Christmas with my dads family, and not until now did I realize how much that might actually hurt my mothers feelings. It is sad that a holiday that should be filled with such joy gets impacted with pressure like this. However, I am certain that we all will go on to have a merry Christmas. I wish that we all would remember that the presents are the least important aspect of Christmas, and that the people we are surrounded with on Christmas and more importantly all the others days of the year is what really and truly matters.

With those words of insight I beg you all a goodnight!

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///Sebastian

All I Need Is Right Here In Front Of Me

Good evening people, I hope easter weekend have been filled with a lot of fun, family, friends, and food and all other things people might have during easter.

I did something I believe is a real American tradition, easter egg hunt. Coleen, the wife in the house I am staying at hid 17 of them this morning. We all tried to find as many as possible, and I did do just that. I guess i just have an eye for finding hidden treasures, I managed to find 9 of them. Yeah I know pretty impressive, I would have been an awesome pirate back in the day. Except the fact that I cannot fight or sail, but still finding treasures.

As I sad before I was going to the Cubs game today, it was real nice got some certificates since it was our first game at Wrigley fields, pretty cool of the Cubs to care that much about their fans. Other then that it was a real nice weather outside, and that made the game a whole lot better. Could work on some tan at the same time as I watched the game, and luckily enough the Cubs won.

What was just amazingly exiting about today was the family we had easter dinner with. To just bring in two complete strangers to their house and make them feel as home, give them food and drinks without even a question. If everybody in the world was like that, we would not have any problems. I am just so appreciative that people like that exists and that I have been lucky enough to meet them. A plus side was the food as well, amazingly good and so much just so much. Still just amazed by the welcoming we got and how nice and fun they were, I hope I will be able to come back one day and that any one that comes to my home will feel the same warmth their home made me feel.

//Sebastian

Happy Birthday Little Brother

I just want to give a shout out to my little brother Oscar, he turns 16 today and I hope that his day will be awesome.

I really miss him, and I hope that he is able to do and fulfill all his dreams back home in Sweden. We have been trough a lot together both happy moments as well as sad, and we have always pulled through. Love you little brother!

//Sebastian