Meet Golda from Sierra Leone

Golda Fania
Golda Fania from Sierra Leone studies at the VIA Global Nutrition & Health programme.
Golda thinks it has been interesting to learn how much of our health is actually related to our nutritional status.

Name: Golda Fania 

Home country: Sierra Leone 

Study start: 2012 

1) Why have you chosen to study at the bachelor programme VIA Global Nutrition & Health? 

I have always been interested in the field of health, particularly public health. Once I read the programme description online, I became highly interested. When I found the programme I was still living in the US and it was exciting to discover a Public Health programme in English offered in Denmark! 

It offers exactly what I was looking for: a focus on disease prevention and health promotion from a global perspective in a class room setting with students from all over the world.

2) What do you think of the programme? 

It has been interesting to learn how much of our health is actually related to our nutritional status. I have previously been in a pre-medicine/nursing programme with a focus on health treatment. However, I am amazed how this programme offered courses that were diverse in terms of being interdisciplinary, and also from an international perspective. 

I really appreciated how they would always have us consider how we could apply the theory we learned into practice as health professionals. There were times when we were a bit confused on why we should take certain courses such as philosophy, but now I have come to understand the important of an interdisciplinary perspective when implementing an effective health intervention. 

3) What do you think of Denmark? 

I love Denmark. It is not what you expect, but it is a serene country. There are lot of open fields and opportunities to explore nature and diverse cultures, especially as an international student. The winters are cold and dark, but the summers are warm and lovely. In Aarhus (where I live), there are many cafes, a few beaches, and a vibrant city life. There are always some events that are announced on Facebook. 

4) What is the biggest cultural difference for you? 

My biggest culture shock was how reserved and introverted people are. I come from an outgoing and open culture in the US, so it was a bit hard for me to adjust in the beginning. However, I found out that people do want to talk, they are just waiting for you to make the first move! I was pleasantly surprised on how giving people can be. People give away anything from furniture, books, clothes, you name it! All this on Facebook page, where you just have to be a member, make an appointment, and pick up! That has really helped many international students settle down. 

5) What is your dream job(s)? 

My dream is to work with an NGO in Sierra Leone that can implement effective health interventions and improve the maternal and child health status of the nation.