As my first semester of university came to an end, I can confidently say that I have learned a lot from these past few months and grown tremendously as a person. It was very challenging time but I see how much I have changed myself from the last September.
First of all, the key point to finish a semester with good grades is systematicity and hard-work. I have never seen more motivated and hard-working students before, as I see here in Canada. They are very smart, hard-working and they always do their best on assignments and exams. It is extremely motivational because when I look at them I want to be as good as they are. As the University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in the world, mostly all of students are bilingual and they are taking some courses in English and some in French. I can also say that I have improved my French skills a little bit, as the all informations are given in French and English. Also I have some friends from France who are also on the exchange and in the first semester I used to live in Gatineau – the other side of Ottawa, which belongs to the Quebec province so I have met many “Quebecois”, and their first language was French.
I have decided to come with this new format of posts, which will analyse and compare my expectations of American college life I had before arriving here (Bowling Green State University) and how they turned out. I think it can be very interesting to go back and see how ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ I was, and furthermore how I culturally adapted to these differences.
My ever first post then will be on the Life in a dorm and Course work! Of course there are many pictures to illustrate things I will be talking about!
In the past couple of weeks such a lot has happened!
As you probably heard, there was a shooting in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 22nd, where a soldier was shot while he was on duty standing guard at the war memorial in the centre of Ottawa.
After shooting the soldier, the gunman went into the main Canadian Parliament building just a few 100 meters away. There was more shooting until a security guard finally shot the gunman.
While all this was happening, I was studying in the university library which is quite close to Parliament hill, when suddenly the library building, like all other public buildings in the area went into so called “lockdown” mode. Meaning, no one could get in or out. After a few nervous hours glued to the Web trying to find out what was happening outside, we were allowed to leave the library, but not allowed to go back in again. When we got out of the library all the shops were shut, and the busses weren`t running through the city centre anymore. It was a very sad day for this peaceful city. Continue reading →
I have exams every week. Sounds scary, but if I focus during classes I don’t have to revise much. Ufff, love my memory!
Ok, so I can say that my life here is pretty much a good comedy 🙂 So many funny things happened that I sometimes wonder if it’s even real.
I’ve also joined the Western Horse Riding Team. I had to dress like a real cowboy and actually ride a horse in a show. I managed not to fall off, so I felt like a winner. haha The funny things happen also in the Vet Hospital. Most recently I was walking a dog from a medical ward to the examination room and he managed to escape…yes, I had to chase him through all of these corridors and everyone was looking at me. So embarrassing!! hahah Continue reading →
Time is passing so quickly and lots of things are happening here. I have already had two midterms which went… I have no idea how, I am still waiting for the results. I am having a reading week now, but I have decided to stay in Ottawa, because even if I have no classes this week, I have three other exams next week and I have to study hard for them + I am busy with my work. (btw. Zoey visited New York City last week, so I am pretty sure she will post something nice here :D) Anyway, I am also enjoying my time in Ottawa during the reading week. The weather was perfect till yesterday, so I was hiking a lot. Once with the people from the University, and many times by my own or with my host. You can see some pictures below. Even if it looks like a recreational trip, there were many demanding and steep parts of trail where I had to climb and push myself to get to the top, like Waterfall Trail in Gatineau Park. It was worth the effort, because view from the top was absolutely breathtaking.
I hope all of you are having fun on your exchange and I am waiting for your posts as well ! I am going back to my assignments but I hope to be back soon 🙂
I still can’t believe I am here. After a 10 hours long flight, I’ve finally arrived in Montreal. I remember my excitement when the plane was about to touch the ground and I when relized that I was on a different continent far away from Europe. In one second, my tiredness had gone away. After leaving the plane I applied for a study permit which took almost 4 hours of waiting! Once out of the airport, I got a taxi to my host from the couchsurfing site, because I thought it would be nice to see Montreal before coming to Ottawa. My time in Montreal was amazing to say the least. My host made me feel comfortable at his place, he was very carying and he took me and two other awesome couchsurfer’s (from Brasil) on a trip to the Mont-Royal where we had a nice view of Montreal , as you can see below.
I’m very sorry for posting later than promised. The university work is consuming most of my time but I finally found a space in my timetable and an inspiration!
Picture from my senior prom, Southwestern Wisconsin High School
As many of you probably don’t know, this isn’t my first time in United States. I have already completed an exchange program back in 2010/2011 when I was in high school. Many things I experience now are similar, bringing back memories yet some are just totally different. In this post I would like to go back 4 years and try to compare how similar and different these experiences are.
Do you know that feeling when the moments that you hate drag so long but the ones you enjoy go fast as light?
My first week in Bowling Green, Ohio USA has passed, the next one is already in the middle and I didn’t even fully realize what happened. I have so many new experiences, memories, new friends and I would love to share few of these with you in my posts every other Thursday. I will start generally posting about the life in USA, but I will probably concentrate one way as I progress with writing these blogs. How that happens will also depend on you, so please let me know any suggestions in the comments.