#7 MIA, Denmark

Mia Nielsen, 24, Denmark


Mia stayed the 3 first months of the Spring Term 2018 as a student. Credit Photo : Nam Le Cat Phuong

“I grew up in a very small town. My life was always very stable – at least seen from the outside. I was a good student, had good friends and a loving home. My brothers are much older than me and moved away when I was still very young. Because of this I always felt more like an only child. Even though my life was very safe and easy I remember feeling quite stuck growing up. I always knew that there were more to the world than the small town and as I became older I was longing to move to a bigger place. A place with more opportunities, more diversity.. a less ordinary place. I have always been a curious soul. At the same time I was always rather insecure and I thought it was best to stick to the things I was good at instead of finding out what I was passionated about. I had one gap year after high school and after that it seemed like the right thing to do was to start studying. During my studies I was very confused and very much in doubt if this was really what I should be doing. I got some close friends and was loving the social aspect of it and looking back I think this is what made me stay. Also I didn’t know what else to do and again I felt stuck. I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to drop out if I didn’t have a well thought-out plan B. I feel bad saying this because I know that the system in Denmark gives me so many possibilities. Possibilities that people from other countries can only dream of. I do feel extremely lucky and grateful but sometimes I also think that young people in Denmark gets stuck in the “Don’t waste your potential” way of thinking. Instead of trying to figure out what really makes them happy. It has now been two years since I got my bachelor degree and I still have not found “my career path”. Some days I feel lost but I have become better at saying to myself that there is no point in rushing and that just because other people do it a certain way doesn’t mean it is the right way for me. I am no longer forcing myself to take the safe road, because I realised that this would actually keep me from reaching the full potential of life. Instead I decided that I should try out as much as possible and this is also why I chose to come to IPC. I still want to explore more about myself and the world and I have learned that there is no deadline for this. I choose to see life as my own experiment.”