|The good life|

It has been a while since my last blog post but I have just simply been busy and haven’t had much to write about. :/

It’s getting to be near the end of the semester so when I’m not working, I’m studying for upcoming tests, working on projects, reading, and of course getting things ready for studying abroad. 🙂 But with summer getting closer, I’ll be posting more!

Its cliche to say but this school year has flown by. We’re weeks away from “freedom” and sunny days! All of us college students just have to keep that in mind while we suffer through the next few weeks.

A quick update on the last few weeks…

  • The sorority I am in, Kappa Delta, had our philanthropy event to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). We had a successful weekend with that and it was so fun to see people come together for a great cause.
Some of my amazing sorority sisters at our philanthropy event
  • Distance relationships still stink but Skype is still the best invention. Can’t wait for a summer with my favorite guy!
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Missing summer with you
  • I spent a beautiful week with my second family (aka with Lauren and her fam) in California enjoying the amazing sun and getting some much needed vitamin D. We also spent some time feeding a giraffe, walking around downtown Palm Springs, and getting copious amounts of ice cream… I’m not sure if anyone loves ice cream as much as I do! :/
    • ATTENTION!!! Lauren is running a marathon at the beginning of May and is raising money for Girls on the Run. Help support my best friend by donating to this great cause. She is a rockstar for doing this! There is only a few weeks left and she is close to her goal! You can read more about it and donate at this link. https://www.raceplanner.com/donate/Lauren-Kraft
cruising around in the beautiful La Quinta, Ca
A yummy brunch in downtown Palm Springs
Hanging with my new friend! 🙂
  • I had a study abroad orientation that is getting me so pumped and anxious for my time in Norway. I received some very helpful information for when I travel. It’s also super helpful that one of my best friends, Sydney, and her awesome Norwegian roommate, Elin, studied in Norway last spring. Sydney is planning on making her way to Scandinavia to do some traveling with Elin and I. More about Norway is to come… 🙂
  • Easter was spent with my brothers girlfriend, Judith, and her mother. Judith is from Australia and is going to school in Moorhead to run track and that is how my brother met her. Her mom was up to watch run and to celebrate her birthday and it just so happened to be around Easter. We spent a day in Canada acting like tourists and enjoyed a great Easter Day with great company.
Crazy sunglasses in Canada with our moms!
Exploring downtown Winnipeg 
Excited for the day!
  • And my awesome dad was promoted at his job and it was well deserved! He is the best guy I know and I am so lucky to have him as my dad!
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Love this amazing dad of mine ❤

Getting things ready for Norway has made me realize a lot of things. A few days ago I was talking with Sydney about how I just wanted to leave now. But she kept reminding me that even though this is an exciting thing coming up, enjoy the time you have with your friends and family right now. She’s totally right. I need to remember to slow down a little and make time for my family and friends right now. Being in a foreign country will make it hard to keep in touch with people but making time for my close friends will be important when I am gone to help when/if I get homesick.

Maddie, Sydney, Elin, me, and Judith at the beginning of the school year. Elin and Syd have been so helpful with preparing for Norway

Another thing I have continuously been told is how studying abroad will change me. People say it will change the way I look at life. It will change how I view the world and what I think is important. From what I have been told, Norwegians are very calm and relaxed about things. They are never really in a hurry. I’m currently the complete opposite. :’) So I have a good feeling that living with Norwegians will help me slow down in life and not be so caught up in the little things. I think that the changes that may happen to me will be good ones. I feel like this experience will give me a better perspective on life and who I want to be. I have to make decisions for myself without any input really for 5 months. And I’ll have to put faith in myself to make the right decision about big or small things. Thats something I struggle with right now. I won’t be looking for the ways I want to/might change while I am their, but I do think it will be fun to see what I am like when I get back or even year from now.

I am putting some things in my life on pause to have this adventure of a lifetime, but I couldn’t feel more confident that this is what I need to do right now. I get to live in Norway  for 5 months! That is so fun to think about.

So pre-departure advice to people who are thinking about studying abroad or going on a big adventure in life… do it! I promise it will be worth it and you will look back and be so happy that you made that decision to have fun while you were young and able to. All of those things that may be holding you back will still be there when you get back. That is one thing I have to remind myself every once in a while.

P.S. Since this blog is mostly for when I study abroad, so get ready for more and more blog posts about Norway! 🙂

I thought I could share some about Bergen, Norway!

  • Bergen’s population is about 277,000 people
  • It’s on the west coast of Norway
  • Bergen is known as the city of seven mountains and is also surrounded by some of the best fjords in Norway
  • Plus it is super cute! 🙂
Bergen, Norway

I’m excited to share more about my upcoming adventures and the fun things God has planned for me!

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” -1 Corinthians 16:13

4 Comments Add yours

  1. jkvorachek says:

    Sooooo excited for you Rachel! Norway is breathtaking! You will have so many memories!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rachecloehr says:

      Thank you, Julie! I am excited for everything to come!


  2. Steph Bauer says:

    Love hearing your thoughts! ❤ So proud of you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rachecloehr says:

      Thank you so much, steph!


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