Well, O-week has officially ended. Although I can say I made it out alive, I cannot say in full health. Having contact with people from all over the world is a germy business. And having a severe cold the first week of classes is no walk in the park. But, I can no way skip class so early in the semester (hopefully I will make it to every single one). The process of choosing classes flashes back in time as we had to stand in line after line, waiting impatiently for the advisor to quickly sign off the paper (course) on our course approval form. After standing in four lines, one for each class, in three different buildings, I then had to stand in a 25 minute line to obtain my student id. This all occurred towards the end of O-week, and was a brutal process hungover from the previous nights festivities. All in all, I enjoy my classes so far. I came here thinking I would take a collection of random theatre and film classes. Although that is my area of study, I was going in with the intention to just have fun. However, an epiphony hit me. I transformed my timetable to take courses to extend my opportunities for a Fine Arts career path. I decided to take my first ever Marketing class, Marketing Management. I am also taking a Design Communications class in which I will learn the Adobe programs wayyyy better then I did in my DDF class sophomore year. I figured I could learn new things that would allow me to work for a marketing firm using graphic design and marketing techniques to pitch commerical film ideas. Hopefully, no not hopefully, I know I will find a career that utilizes my creative juices!
Anywho, back to Otago after my dream-job rant.. So the way papers work here is that you can indeed have a timetable clash. Aka, you can have classes over lap in time! You can decide which to go to, switching back and forth, or do half and half each class. Most kiwis get away with barely going to class at all and passing, and its the way things work here! No attendance taken, no being called a slacker, its just not a big deal to miss lectures. Many papers also have workshop sections and tutorial sections which are basically recitations. Again, kiwis make things so much more complicated, yet they are laid back about it all!
There is a burger joint a few blocks into town here that has famously delicious large burgers, buy one get one free Tuesdays. As I have said, everything is oober expensive here, so when my flatmate who happens to be in one of my classes asked me to go, I couldn’t turn it down. I have been here a month and have yet to try Velvet Burger! I figured a long week of drinking, and the start of classes, I deserved a treat. We decided to get the traditional burger called Velvet Burger (go figure). After getting a drink and my flatmate getting fried, we ending up paying the same price for the full burger each. Rookie Americans! So much for the save on cash. When it came out on its large succulent bun with fried pineapple, Velvet relish, spicy mayo, and lettuce, it looked worth it. After scarfing down half of the burger, I realized the meat was different. I reread the description on the colorful chalkboard, venison…deer meat! I promised Bambi I would never! But how expensive it was, and how good it tasted, I had to munch on. First time trying deer meat, check! I was full for the rest of the night.
I live in a flat that is in a courtyard of 8 other flats. We are a rowdy bunch, and very versatile. We have mostly US citizens, then the 9 kiwi hosts, and a few people from other parts of the world: France, Switzerland, Ireland..and an Aussie who doesn’t technically live there. We have a few adopted internationals as well who always come over and attend out events. Crazy things going on during O-week in the court yard have included but are not limited to plate throwing, bottle smashing, and naked laps around the courtyard. I did not partake in any of these in particular, but they were interesting to watch. Laying in the sun on bean bags drinking scrumpy and wine out of the bottle occurred daily, and will all semester. Last night about 15 of us girls went to see Safe Heaven for a girls night at the movies. It was adorable, many girls cried. And we all fell in love with the main guy character of course.
I already have homework to do that I am behind on. #collegekidproblems. But I am going straight to bed when I get back from classes to kick this colds butt goodbye! I need to be ready for Paradise this weekend!
Ahhhh at least I have Fridays off :).