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Dunkelheit

Alright, it’s been a while. At first there wasn’t much going on to write about, but then entirely too many things happened in rapid succession and I didn’t have time or energy to write. I still don’t, really, but I feel like I’ll go nuts if I don’t say something about all of this. Classes began a week ago (last Monday) at the university. The whole system is very loosey-goosey, chaotic, disorganized, and overall is the complete opposite of what I would expect a German university system to be like. […]

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Studium und Sprache

For our program, we actually arrived 6 weeks before the start of the German summer semester. The first 3 weeks are taken up by an intensive pre-session language course, then we have a 3-week break, then the semester begins. After an online placement test, we were sorted into small classes based on our proficiency level. It’s all very approximate, but higher-numbered classes are supposed to be higher-level. I’m in Deutsch 11, and have colleagues who are as low as 7 (though he really should be higher, from the sound of […]

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Feeling a little…Danish

I spent today almost entirely by myself. The orientation session’s today were for phone set-up and transportation. My phone works, so I didn’t need that, and I feel pretty comfortable getting around now. So all I needed to do was pick up my books for the semester. The train ride there was smooth, and rather empty since it was around 10:30. Ever since I arrived in Denmark, I’ve made sure to be as observant as possible. I read as many signs as I can and try to learn the language. […]

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Spring Adventures

I’ve been going on lots of adventures! Most notably, I visited a portion of the great wall in Tsingdao. People were shocked when I told them I had never been to the great wall, considering I’ve been here for eight months now. The reason is actually deliberate.  In general I don’t enjoy tourist attractions, especially those set up for foreigners. I think in order to experience the real China your time is better spent elsewhere. I am saving the touristy part of the great wall for when my girlfriend comes to visit […]

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Daily Life

I live pretty close to school, only a 20-25 minute or so walk, but all up hill on the way there – it is good exercise! I also have the option to take the bus. I usually spend the day at school, eat lunch at school, and return home when my classes end a little after 6. My school is right in the Casco of Toledo, which is so beautiful, so I usually go on a walk each day between classes. I have plenty of time to finish my homework […]

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Studying while studying abroad?

I have to be honest. When I first looked into studying abroad, I didn’t look for somewhere that has world-class academics and a great program for my major (although coincidentally UL has both). I looked for somewhere that I thought I would enjoy the culture and people. So I ended up in Ireland, and I love it! With all this traveling and exploring new places, I forgot half the reason why I came here. To study. It’s in the name, study abroad, but when I first looked into it, my eyes […]

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Back to school!

It’s Friday afternoon and I have finally received my wifi username and password from the university. Unfortunately my dorm room won’t be equipped with wifi for about a month but at least I can keep in touch from any building on campus! Japan is great but way too hot and humid. I’m one of only 5 Americans living with 32 other international students from all walks of the globe. I’ve been in orientation all day learning how to register for classes, open a bank account, sign up for health insurance, […]

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First Week Shenanigans!

For this first week of class we had a substitute because our teacher was still on vacation. We did a quick review on all the tenses of the indicative mood. We mostly focused on reviewing the dreaded passato remoto and the trapassato remoto/prossimo. It wasn’t too bad, I actually preferred having this slow start back into learning Italian. So far, so good. My class is awesome. We have classmates from all around the world! Nigeria, China (Score. I get to practice my Chinese all time now!), Croatia, Holland, Germany, Gabon, […]

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Procrastination

Many of us are too familiar with procrastination, the series of compromises which leads most college students to Netflix or naptime. It’s the reason I’m writing this instead of working on the essays I am responsible for. Not to worry though, this last week I have been a recluse working on the final essays of this semester. I cannot believe that these will be the last I write as an undergraduate! I did take a break this weekend to go for a nice hike on saturday, and walk around the […]

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First Few Days

Hola todos, Well, I’ve been in Spain for exactly 3 days now and it already feels like I’ve been here for weeks. It’s been so exciting these past few days (and tiring!) seeing new sights, exploring the city of Toledo, and meeting new friends from all over the world. When we arrived on Saturday excited and jet lagged we took a bus from the airport in Madrid to the city our school is located in- Toledo. The bus ride was about an hour long and I’m not ashamed to say that […]

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Unusual Experiences

I have a had the busiest three weeks. All this time has passed and I’m not really sure how. I am going to begin by saying that so many things have happened that I can’t possibly fit it into one post. It would get long and boring so I will just write several posts. Hopefully, that will make up for me not saying much for the past several, severalllll days. I have seen many, many non-touristy places and buildings because of the field studies that I go on and projects […]

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Catching Up

I apologize for how little I’ve posted in the last few weeks. Between schoolwork and utter laziness/Netflix, it hasn’t really been a priority. Easter break is next week, and I’ll be in Berlin and Paris for the whole week, so there’s a possibility I’ll be positing more often when I’m in the hostel at night with nothing but my phone for company. Levi came and visited this past weekend, and we spent the entire weekend seeing the city, much of which I hadn’t even done yet. I’ll post a couple […]

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Sorry for the Delay in this Post!

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted! School is pretty crazy right now with all of my classes only having a couple of weeks left! It’s crazy I only have three more weeks here and one more weekend in Sydney! Last Friday, I went to visit Cockatoo Island. Cockatoo Island is the largest island in the Sydney Harbour, and in the past it hosted a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory, shipyard, and jail. At this time of year, it is also a major venue […]

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A Few Things

1. The way classes are run here, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned a couple times, does not agree with me whatsoever. Having only one or two assignments that are graded the entire semester that have to be passed to take the final puts a lot of pressure on those brief assignments. The biggest problem is that all of the recommended problems that are given during the week are never checked and no definitive answers are available for the students. So in the case of students who don’t know anybody else […]

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Accepted to Grad School

So I officially got the notice from the U that I got accepted into grad school! Starting June 16th, I’ll finally start taking some education classes, rather than the tedious and unnecessarily difficult math classes I’ve been stuck with for the last few years. Of course this is all pending passing the three classes I”m taking over here, which is appearing to be a bit more of a chore than I had anticipated at the beginning of the semester. In any case I’ll have almost exactly 40 hours from the […]

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