Ylva (24) from Tromso survived the terrorist attack carried out by Anders Breivik on the island of Utoya while she was attending an AUF (Workers' Youth League) political camp in July 2011. She currently works as a journalist. In the autumn of 2021, Ylva will begin a master's degree in global development theory and practice. During the massacre Ylva hid by the 'lovers' path' She was shot in the shoulder, her stomach and in both of her thighs.
'My main struggles in life now are common 20-something's problems. I stress about existential questions, such as not knowing where I am in life and where I am going. It feels a little small. If I go through difficult times and face challenges, I tend to say to myself - You could have died as a 14-year-old. You're facing problems now, but the alternative could be to not exist at all. It puts things into a bigger perspective.'
Her advice to herself: 'You will meet an incredible number of nice people in the future. You will take the chances you are offered and you will travel, work and get a bachelor's degree. Remember that there is not one way to deal with trauma, and that you should not have a bad conscience if you feel happy. When you get some distance to the terrorist attack you will get annoyed with little things in the same way as you did before. But that doesn't mean you have forgotten about it, you just remember it in a different way.'