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First Day of Classes and My Week-a-versary

So today was the first day of classes, and I had three of my four classes… back-to-back. Biomedicine in the morning was fairly quiet. Partly because some are still recovering from jet-lag (the weak ones), others because it’s 8:30 in the morning in a hard science class. It was fairly dry, but the atmosphere got better as we all woke up a bit more. I felt really bad though for the girls who had to present study questions, on the first day of class, at 8:30 in the morning. In […]

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In the Beginning

My first few days here in Denmark have been wonderful! (Despite fighting the jetlag.)  My Danish family is awesome!  They have given me a nice room to myself, a bike, traditional Danish food, an authentic tour of Central Copenhagen, and more!   My host parents, Annette and Alan, are so friendly and nice – I am excited to get to know them better.  This week, Alan’s kids will be with their mom.  I got to meet Nikolai and Oliver during the first two days, but I will not see them […]

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Categories

Well, I am reaching a point in my year where I am feeling kind of settled and finding topics to blog about is getting harder and harder. I think I am just going to walk you through the random thoughts I have about a variety of things. Classes: They have started but not really; they were supposed to all start by this week but I have only had one actual class. The class, Portuguese, was a ton of fun and I walked out with a huge grin across my face. […]

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Rubia. Rubia. Rubia.

I am not sure how but it has already been a week; I completely forgot how fast time moves when you’re not paying attention. My week started off with two and a half days in Buenos Aires for orientation and basically just being a tourist. We saw all of the big attractions: La Boca, La Casa Rosa, El Cemetario de Recoletta, ect. Maybe I was just too tired and not paying but besides the language, Buenos Aires felt like another big city that I had yet to explore. Mentally, I wasn’t […]

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Scandinavian Edition: Chapter 5

The field trips here rock. We’re talking better than the 6th grade carpools to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes where you got to leave school early and your mom brought candy for your car. And this is saying something because we got to churn our own butter and taste it on this field trip. It was quite an authentic experience. We were fortunate enough to have company visits to the Google, Facebook, and Amazon WebServices headquarters in Dublin, the internet capital of Europe. We talked about the advertising communication of […]

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The Halfway Point

As the halfway point in my semester approaches and my time here in Dakar comes to a close, I think it’s only fitting that I give a short synopsis of what it is exactly that I have been doing and plan to do over the next couple of months. I spent the last couple of months here in Dakar, taking a full schedule of classes through my program (for those who don’t know, the program is MSID Senegal: Minnesota Studies in International Development.) My main classes have been Wolof, international […]

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Round 2

Hej, hello, and welcome back. I see that people do still look at this blog from time to time (wow, thank you!) and that warms my heart. So a little bit of a semester 2 update. Classes (a quick, quick overview) Watercolor: taught by one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is so on point with his critiques and his advice and he pays such close attention to each and every student. He puts so much time and conscious effort into his remarks and I really admire […]

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Brazlian Culture, Rio and Carnival, Oh My!

After exploring São Paulo and Rio, I find myself to be overwhelmingly, yet pleasantly surprised.  This whirlwind included a visit to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, block parties and nightlife of Carnival, gazing over Rio de Janeiro from Christ the Redeemer and so much more.  From these initial weeks, I’ve learned how to be friendly, what Brazil has to offer foreigners, and why São Paulo is the actually the city that never sleeps (at least during Carnival). Brazilian Culture If you haven’t heard it yet, Brazilian are some of […]

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My first full week in Toledo

Monday, January 18th – Thursday, January 21st: First week of classes To be honest, the first week of classes for me was very overwhelming and difficult. I feel as if I am still adjusting and trying to get comfortable here. I found it funny because on Thursday, I attended an optional 30 minute class called “Project Iceberg” taught by one of the program coordinators, and the girls in the class were at stage 2 – or at the low end of the happiness meter, whereas the boys were still at […]

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Of Goat Skulls and Mimicry

So far so good on the Spain front. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week and a half since I arrived – I feel like it’s all happened so quickly! I love Toledo more and more each day that I’m here. Classes have begun. I’ve got so many writing based classes, it’s insane, but I’m sure it’ll be fun. The highlight of this week was our day excursion to Madrid. It’s indescribable how big Madrid really is. We visited El Prado which was incredible. The coolest thing I […]

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Just a Sète Week…

First things first; France is awesome! I have to say I am really getting the hang of living in France. Whether it’s eating a baguette with cheese and coffee for breakfast, using public transportation to go everywhere, or even traveling, I am definitely very happy with the trip so far. This week was the first week of classes. It was actually really similar to “Syllabus Week” since what we mostly did was go over syllabi and introduce ourselves. My schedule consists of 5 classes: grammar, methodology, French conversation, Contemporary civilization, […]

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やっと!(Finally)

Greetings, It’s a little before 2:00pm here on Monday afternoon and I finally have my own wifi set up in my room. This past week has been quite a blast so here’s a quick update! Thursday was the first day of classes here at H.U., However, the HUSA students are allowed to try classes out for about a week before deciding whether or not to enroll in the class. I went to a Japanese culture class but after realizing that I’ve taken (pretty much) that exact same class already in […]

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One Month

Has it been one month already? Time really is going fast this semester. An update on my classes: Over the first two weeks of class I had the opportunity to try out my class selections. Originally I had picked 10 classes to try out, but I managed to narrow down the list, and now I’m officially registered and participating in the following classes: CS4023: Operating Systems CS4063: Digital Media and Software Systems 2 CS4115: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis BY4001: Biology 1 MU4135: Irish Traditional Music Operating Systems, Data Structures, […]

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I’m still in Uruguay.

I’ve most definitely been shirking blogging responsibilities. To the 4 people that read this blog, I’m sorry, but thank you. My own brother refuses to read it. The last two weeks were somewhat uneventful as I finally encountered my first round of tests here in Urugay. I have not gotten them back yet, but I am hoping everything went well. It’s difficult to tell here. When I arrived to my second test, I was feeling great about how the first one went. I slowly realized that the students on each […]

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天気は暑すぎる

About to wrap up another busy day here in Japan. Today started out at 8am with part two of our new student orientation, followed by a campus tour, library orientation, and now a HUSA welcome party. There are about 200 of us here and they’re making each and every one of us walk up to the mic and introduce ourselves, so… As you can tell it’s taking quite a while and I think we’re all ready for dinner. Tomorrow my student supporter plans on taking me to set up my […]

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