Dear Friends,

            Welcome! This blog was established specifically to inform and inspire others by a wonderful opportunity I received late in February this year. During that month, I applied and was interview for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Scholars' Program. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a truly wonderful and inspiring event that brings the five Lutheran, Norwegian, Midwestern colleges (Augustana, Augsburg, Concordia in Moorhead, Luther, and St. Olaf)  together for a weekend forum advocating, discussing, and preparing for peace around the world. The Scholars' Program of this Forum selects two students from each of the five colleges and sends them to study at the University of Oslo and the Nobel Institute over the summer.

            I was wonderfully excited to receive this fantastic opportunity. Along with my fellow Augustana Viking and good friend, Thad Titze, I will be spending seven weeks in Norway. Together, we will have our minds and hearts stretched as we dive into researching peace advocacy. Additionally, as a student of history, I will be exploring Norwegian history through as course at the University of Oslo. While I will be journaling extensively for my own, personal enjoyment, this blog will allow you to keep track of my journeys, experiences, and thoughts about my travel experience.

            So my friends, welcome to the fjords!

Michael Seeley