About Me


Hej! Welcome to Sweetly Sweden a blog a following my experience studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden.

I am excited to share my adventures studying Public Health as my core course at DIS Stockholm during the Fall of 2019. My classes this semester include Psychology of Loneliness, Medical Ethics, and a course where I am a Research Assistant looking at Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Organ Removal.

My name is Kayla Bilderback. I am originally from New Prague, Minnesota,  a small Czech town that’s in the grey area of rural and suburban.  I go to school at St. Olaf which is a small liberal arts college in Northfield, MN, that’s not too far from my home town or what we Minnesotans call the Twin Cities.

Northfield, the town I get to call home during the school year is best known for its “Cows, Colleges and Contentment” I haven’t seen very many cows but between the two beautiful colleges, the smell of the Malt-O-Meal factory (the air frequently smells sweetly of cereal or chocolate chip cookies) and the lovely downtown area, it’s quite easy to feel content here.

St. Olaf College campus in Northfield, MN.

I am currently a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I am really interested in public health and more specifically reproductive health and microbiology.

I have a passion for music as you may notice as the semester progresses. Back home, I have a radio show that I DJ for at KSTO, my college’s radio station, called Make It Someday where I try to find new and upcoming artists and highlight some of my favorite local Minnesota or Midwest artists or bands. I love finding new music as well as singing and writing my own songs and going to as many concerts as I can. I am excited to be apart of the DIS Music Exploration Living & Learning Community and can’t wait to share all of the amazing music I come across (Which you can listen to on my Spotify playlist, Sounds of Sweden).

Meeting the band The Wombats before their concert at the Fine Line

Come along with me as I discover Scandinavia and the rest of Europe for the next four months!