Adapting to Life in England: Interning at BAO

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Hej! To give a brief introduction, my name is Rikke and I am a Graphic Design Intern at By Association Only.

Don’t be freaked out by my name. I am Danish, and it is not my fault. I had to get a new English name though, it’s now Ree, nobody has a clue how to say my real name. Everyone also thought I was a boy, yeah, I am not!


So basically my boss asked me to do a blogpost, which of course I don’t mind, even though English is not my first language and it scares the shit out of me. So I’ll base it on things I know something about. To be precise, two things I have experienced first hand; Firstly, to get a perspective on how it is to be a viking in England and secondly to show the reality of going from university, to doing graphic design in a real, grown-up business. Don’t be scared of the word ‘’grown-up’’. I still wear slippers at work, and my bosses have no problem spitting out my Danish candy, like little babies, without even pretending to like it.

That’s the thing with English people. They are so polite at the beginning but as soon as you get the know them, they reveal their dark sarcastic souls. So if you want to make them do something, like eat your weird candy or not spit out your badly made tea, you have to do as soon as you meet them. And yes, seriously, they drink a lot of tea! It’s not just a prejudice – with sugar and milk in case you ever need to impress an Englishman.