Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Maggie Skjelbred #2

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Margrethe (Maggie) Skjelbred is a rising sophomore on the George Washington volleyball team. This summer, she will be traveling and competing as a member of the Norwegian Senior National Team and will be blogging about her experience.

Since my last blog post I have been pretty busy with non-volleyball activities. After training camp with the National Team, I went back to my hometown of Bodo which is in northern Norway, about three hours north of the Arctic circle. Whenever I explain the location to someone in the United States, I just say it's about the same latitude as Alaska.

I started working immediately when I got back from training camp at the office of a music festival that is held in my town every August called Nordland Music Festival. The first thing I did was translate all the information about the artists into English. It was fun being able to use one of the things I learned over the past year in America, even though I am not majoring in translating. 

In the two weeks since I have been home the weather has been beautiful! It has been very hot, around 65-75 degrees every day, which is not normal for this time of year. It has been great being able to do activities outside, like hiking and playing beach volleyball!

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Picture taken while hiking, you can also see these mountains from my house. The bridge you can see is world famous, because it goes over saltstraumen, which is the strongest tidal current in the world!

One great thing about living in Bodo is that we have the midnight sun and I have been able to experience the 24 hours of daylight multiple times since I have been home.  

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 So Beautiful! I just love being home when it is like this!!


When I was home I was also able to play volleyball with my old club team which was so much fun! It was great seeing all of my old teammates and how they have developed in volleyball. Two of the girls on the club team used to go to my high school, ToppVolley Norway.

This week I am going down south again to visit my old school.  I am so excited to see my former classmates and catch up with the students that also have been studying in North America like me. 

I resume training with the National Team in a few weeks and then we head to Poland for our first tournament. 

Keep Raising High!




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