Hi Fellow International Lutes!
My name is Harald-Ferdinand A. Overå and I am a new
international admissions intern from Norway. This is my sophomore year
at PLU and I will be working with Scandinavian students while also
assisting on the ongoings of International Student Services (ISS).
I am studying Business currently at PLU and in my spare time I like
to be involved in clubs on campus, play intramural sports and travel
I am a business student because I think the knowledge is
valuable in all settings. Having that degree gives you an incredible
opportunity to live around the world, work and improve the lives of
others. I strongly believe that if businesses can protect their
resources and sustain the earth we live on the world will be a good
place to be. PLU teaches me the ins and outs of business and of how to
work with this in a global sustainable environment.
One activity I really enjoy on campus is my biweekly Norwegian
lessons with the Scandinavian Cultural Center on campus. The events are
called «Conversation Hour with Harald» where we discuss inquiries about
Norway and meet for an hour as a group. We drink coffee, explore
Norwegian treats and we are intergenerational conversationalists. For me
this has been a great experience since I started it in January and is
something I really like to do on campus.
One of the things I really enjoy about it is the opportunity to
connect the culture I am from to the culture I am living in now. PLU
gives great opportunities to mix your culture with the American culture
and the culture of other international students.
I have been trying to travel and do some fun things outside of campus
whenever I have time. From hiking to biking or kayaking, the Pacific
Northwest gives amazing opportunities for outdoor activities. Some of
the highlights of my travels has been Zion National Park in Utah,
Garibaldi Lake in British Columbia and driving down Highway 1 from San
Francisco to Los Angeles. For me I really like to surround myself with
like-minded international people who want to explore the world. I am a
very curious person and I want to get to know the world better through
friends and adventure.
For me, working with ISS gives me a wonderful opportunity to
provide new students with great experiences and be their "welcoming
committee» to PLU and to the world that awaits as a Lute. I am loving
every minute of the Lute life and I am excited to do my best to help
others feel the same way.