Again the majority of the past few weeks have been busy filled with coursework. Here are, roughly, the events of the last few weeks:
Dwi’n teimlo fod angen ail ran i’w gael o’r blog diwethaf oherwydd bod cymaint yn digwydd, mae’n anodd meddwl am bopeth a’i fynegi mewn geiriau.
Dwi wedi bod i America dwywaith ond hwn yw y tro cyntaf i mi fod yn Ohio. Disgrifiaf y lle fel cymuned glos, debyg i Aberystwyth. Yma, mae yna lefydd bwytai, archfarchnadoedd, siopau dillad ac wedyn mae’r cefn gwlad gyda’r ffermiai, caeau ŷd, melinau gwynt. Felly mae yna elfen o Gymru yma gyda mi.
I feel like there should be a second part to my previous blog because as I said; there is so much happening, it’s hard to think about everything and cram it all into words.
I’ve been to America’s twice but this is the first time I’ve been to Ohio. I would describe the town as a close community like Aberystwyth. Here you have a town with restaurant, food store and clothes store and then you have the farms, the corn-field and the countryside so there is an element of Wales here with me.
So last weekend, here at BGSU we had Homecoming weekend! For those who don’t know what it means- it’s a weekend during which university alumni come home to visit the uni and there is a big game on Saturday! Of course in America everything is exaggerated and this means there is million other events going on at the same time!
Wow it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve arrived, and already just like any other year at uni it has had its ups and downs. Fall is here but it’s still warm I’m beginning to think that it never gets cold here. Since my last update I’ve had my first two dreaded midterms (on the same day, since it seems the schedules are identical apart from the material), which I still can’t get over how much I’ve already learnt. Continue reading
I just can’t believe I have been here in Bowling Green, Ohio USA for more than a month now. It must be true what they say, when you have time of your life, it just passes so fast. The funny thing is for the first time in my life I don’t feel like needing change. Things are just perfect the way they are.
Felly mae amser yn rhuthro’n gyflym a gan fod cymaint yn digwydd dwi’n cael trafferth i ysgrifennu popeth yn y blog.
Felly fe ddechreuais ar fy ngwersi lle bu rhaid i ni gyfarwyddo ein hunain a dweud ychydig amdanom ni ac yna fyddai’r darlithydd yn mynd trwyddo’r maes llafur. Roedd hi’n ddiddiwedd ar nifer o weithiau rhaid i mi ail-adrodd fy enw ond dwi’n deall ei bod hi’n anodd dweud y dwbl d. Dwi wedi cael Heidi, Heleth, Helith, Heled, Helet. Roedd Starbucks yn meddwl taw fy enw oedd Pheledd (er i mi sillafu fy enw wrthynt) a phan weiddodd un o’r staff fy enw, roedd hynny yn swnio fel Phela. Mae un o fy narlithoedd ond yn dweud hanner cyntaf o fy enw cyntaf ac yn tawelu cyn dod at y dwbl d.
Dwi wedi dod ar draws nifer o bobl sydd heb glywed neu ddim yn gwybod lle mae Cymru ac wedi gorfod dweud “Na, dydi Cymru ddim yn Lloegr”. Roeddwn yn siarad ag un myfyriwr gan ddatgan fy mod yn dod o Gymru, lle ddaru ymateb a “Felly, os gen ti acen o’r Alban. (Saib lletchwith). Mae’n medru bod yn ddoniol weithiau i weld beth mae pobl yn meddwl dwi newydd ddweud wrthynt oherwydd fy acen er enghraifft sudd olewydd (olive) yn lle sudd oren (orange), yna archebu pizza gyda ham, chaws a phinafal gan feddwl fy mod wedi gofyn am Gyw iâr ond yr un fwyaf rhyfedd dwi wedi cael yw gofyn am Spaghetti gan feddwl fy mod wedi dweud Mac and Cheese.
Time is quickly whizzing by and there is so much happening it’s a struggle to say everything in this blog.
So I started my first week of lesson where we had to introduce and tell them a bit about ourselves and then the lecturer would go over the syllabus. I have endlessly repeated my name, but it can be quite difficult to say if your not a Welsh speaker because of the double d. I’ve had Heidi, Heleth, Helith, Heled, Helet. Starbucks thought I was Pheledd (even after spelling it
out for them) and when my drink was ready, another staff shouted my name (which sounded like Phela). One of my lecturer (which everyone thinks it’s hilarious) only says the first half of my name and dims down the double d. I’ve found many people who don’t know where Wales is and I keep referring to say “No it’s not in England”. I was introducing myself to a student, stating the fact that I’m from Wales, to which he replied, “So, do you have a Scottish accent”? (Awkward pause) It can also be quite entertaining to see what people think what I just said because of my accent. For example olive juice instead of orange juice, but then ordering pizza with ham, cheese and pineapple, thinking I wanted chicken pizza, but the most bizarre one is ordering Spaghetti and the waitress thought I said Mac and Cheese.
First off, I’d like to apologise for this post being 9 days late. This can be attributed to assignments, lazy brain cells and runny noses.
As over two weeks have now passed, I’ll update you on what’s happened and how I’ve been settling in! 🙂
During my first week, I got lost, saw Lupe Fiasco live and my classes started. Uni here is definitely more intense; longer lectures & more classes. I’ve already had 5 (small) assignments!
The first Thursday I went to a place called The Loft – it’s a bar in which you have the choice of over 700 board games to play – where we played Ticket to Ride & Cards Against Humanity (first time). One of many quirky things about the Loft is that each person is given a tab (first time) & can choose any name at all. As our group decided to go with Harry Potter as a theme, I named myself Sirius Black. I had a great time and I’ve since decided that I’ll be dropping out of uni and starting my own board game/bar business when I get back.
The first few weeks at university went by unbelievably quickly and from the very first lectures, I`ve noticed that Canadians and in particular the Canadian students are all very hard working people!
They have to be, because the amount of material even at the start of term, is more than I was used to in Aberystwyth. Continue reading