Learning for Life

What Should I do Next?

This is the dilemma that faced Anna of Madison, WI when she graduated high school. Just like many recent graduates she didn’t know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

10-9learninglifepg.jpgHaving visited Norway once before and having been involved in Sons of Norway, she decided to try something different from many of her college-bound friends. She enrolled at a Norwegian folk school, or folkehøgskule. “Folk schools are about learning for life,” says Anna. “A lot of kids graduate from high school and it’s a cliché to go straight to college. But there is so much out there. To be out of my comfort zone was hard but it was the best year of my life.”

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What are Norwegian Folk High Schools?

folk_high_schoolYou’re graduating from high school and have plans to work or attend college, but aren’t sure what you want to do. Have you considered taking a gap year and have a break from the cycle of study-paper-exam for a while? A Norwegian folkehøgskole or folk high school is a great way to do this and set yourself on a path of personal development and learning for learning’s sake. The goal is to reflect on who you are and what you want to be. Other traits that may be built in the process are confidence, creativity, maturity, cooperation, attitude, and self-knowledge.

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Folk High School Spotlight: Anna Grinde

grinde_2.jpgName: Anna Grinde

Age: 19

Hometown: Madison, WI

Folkehøgskule: Seljord in Telemark

Linje (Course): Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life)

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

My sister had gone to Fredtun Folk high school 4 years before and I visited her while she was there. I was able to visit her there and I was so impressed with the atmosphere of the school and her positive reaction to the year. I wasn’t sure what where I wanted to go to college yet so I decided to move to Norway.

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Folk High School Spotlight: Sigrid Arneson

bio1Name: Sigrid Arneson

Age: 19

Hometown: Stoughton, WI

Folkehøgskule: Hallingdal in Gol

Linje (Course): Idrett

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

Not fully knowing what I wanted to study in college and where to go, I thought this was perfect transition year to do something that was different and fun.

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What are Folk High Schools?

folk_high_school_1.jpgFolk high school literally translates from the Norwegian work Folkehøgskule. Folk high schools are not like a high school in the states; rather they are a one year gap year similar to a boarding school mixed with a fun camp. There are over 70 folk high schools scattered all over Norway and each school offers a variety of non-traditional and non-academic subjects. Students live in dorm style buildings and live together in a small school campus. The idea of folk high schools is to create Learning for Life opportunities and experiences.

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