WE NEED MORE OF THAT

Yesterday was a great day. We went to Eidsvoll, which is where our Norwegian Constitution was written in 1814. We listened to a presentation about the background and what happened during that year. Afterwards we went into the building where the men forreal wrote the Constitution more than 200 years ago. Imagine sitting where they were so many years ago? It`s crazy. I just wish they wouldn`t re-construct museums, buildings and places like these – why can`t they just clean them up and make sure they remain the same? I don`t know, I just find it a little too sad, haha… I want to see it the way it used to be. Nevertheless, it was nice to have a short student trip for once and visit a place which is relevant for what we`re learning now. Yes to more of that. 🙂

IMG_1669.jpgIt snowed quite a lot yesterday, but the rain has washed most of it away. Therefore (as you perhaps can tell), this picture is not from today. 

I studied with some girls today for 6 hours, and I think all of us thought we aren`t really that prepared, haha. Especially not for economic anthropology. Tomorrow it`s time for my first exam – I`m so glad it`s a home exam. Not as though as a school exam.

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NERVOUS AND THANKFUL

Today I had my last lecture in social anthropology for this semester. I`m a little of nervous about the exam in economic anthropology, as economics isn`t a strength of mine. But, I`m trying my best to understand the syllabus. I`m doing three exams in one week, guys. How crazy isn`t that? I`m re-doing one course so that should be okay, but still. Can`t wait till I`ve handed in my last anthropology exam for this semester on Thursday next week. I`m excited about tomorrow, as we`re going to Eidsvoll. It`s a part of the history course, and I`m glad we`re for once doing something social and different. Hint hint social anthropology.

Since I don`t know what other pictures to post, here are some from my trip in Amsterdam this summer. I wonder what it looks like there during winter. This reminds me: part 2 about Amsterdam will be up either on Thursday or Friday. Finally!

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Before I end this post, I want to thank everyone who reads my blog. I`ve got more than 100 followers now. What matters to me is being able to be honest and inspire other people, and it feels good to know you guys like that.

BUDDY WEEK

Ah, guys!! There haven`t really been updates from me. As you know I`ve been a buddy this week and it`s been so much fun! I definetely recommend everyone to be buddies for international students – meeting Norwegians wouldn`t have been that fun. It`s been so nice to talk to people from everywhere – people who`ve been living their lives somewhere else and have their experiences and baggage. I and S (I`ll call her that on here, she studies with me) were buddies for a group and so there were social events every day that we went to together. We taught them about Norway, about Oslo and about our kind of world – and they taught us about themselves. We met them at Monday and showed them the campus at University of Oslo and some parts of Oslo. At Tuesday we had this “Russe-party” at Sognsvann, at Wednesday we went on this hike (which was amazing, by the way) and at Thursday it was time for the “Blindern games” and a quiz. Friday was great as we did fun challenges together and Saturday was the last day, whereas I and one of new students hang out in Oslo and had fun together. I can`t believe it`s already over?! I miss it all way too much, I`m not ready to forreal start the second year and focus on my studies. Hopefully it`ll be easier than it looks like right now.

I find it so weird how we didn`t even know who they were one week ago, and now we do, We had yet to meet them at this day last week, and now we`ve already met then and talked to them. I bet they were excited, thrilled, amused, nervous and perhaps a little sad about leaving their family and friends for some few months. I really hope they`ve enjoyed the Freshers Week and that they enjoy their stay here in Norway. ♡

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A huge thank you to everyone who made the past seven days great! Now it`s time to get back to old routines and old habits. First lecture is happening today! Hope you guys have an amazing summer and are ready to go back to school and work. And if you`re still enjoying your vacation – keep enjoying it. I already miss mine.

TIME PASSES BY

Good morning, guys! How are you doing this Friday? I`m pretty much “back to business” today – I`m off to school very soon. Since I`m going to be a “buddy” next week (an experienced student who helps new students), I`m going to a course today where we`re going to get all the information we need, in order to be great buddies. I`m excited, as I`m going to be a buddy for international students. I met some last year and find it so cool to get to know people from other countries and other experiences! Hopefully I`ll find someone to stay in touch with. 🙂

For days it rained here so much, that I started to understand what it must be like to live in the UK and encounter rain pretty much all the time. Not that I`m complaining – it hasn`t really been cold outside. However, it`s sunny today. I`m wearing my new skirt and new sweater, which is making me so happy. Amsterdam vibes, haha.

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Summer in Amsterdam. Crazy how I`ve “already” been there and how time passes by.

I better get running now, talk to you later! Have an amazing day. ♥

 

IT IS WHAT IT IS

Hey HELLO guys!! How are you doing? Ah, I rarely stress , but if I`m stressed I`m REALLY stressed. Take today for an instance, because of the exam. I`m so glad I`ve handed it in, but I`m so insecure about it. I noticed some few stupid writing mistakes that shouldn`t really affect my grade, but God, where was my brain when I was reading through the exam? It is what it is, I can`t do anything about it now apart from pray that everything works out well. But seriously – I couldn`t even print out new examples, so I had to stick with the ones that I already had. I just hope I had enough theory and examples – that should do. Note to myself: Be a little more effective and make sure everything with the printers at home and school are okay and working because you never know!

Phew, okay. Just as I handed in the exam, I could relax. Breathe. And guess who said she prefers “home-exams”? Haha, now I`m kind of looking forward to the last two school-exams that I have – one`s already next week and I`m a little nervous, but also a little excited.

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IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN

Hey, guys! How are you doing? I`m okay, just a little worried about the exam I`m writing right now, because I don`t really know where it`s going. I`ve realised that even though you think your exam is very good, the examinators don`t think the same as you. It`s kind of weird, though. I`m 19 and my exam will be judged by people who`re at least 40++ and they expect me to know how to write academically and all that, like how and why? We haven`t even really been taught how to write a proper exam – I just feel like the teachers speak in codes whenever I ask them what you should do to get an A or a B. Well well, I`m sure I`ll learn but it`s just nerve-wrecking to know you`re doing well, but it might not be good enough for the examinators. Does anyone else feel the same way about exams and the evaluation? Can`t wait to hand in this “home-exam” – afterwards I`ve got two exams left and I can focus on one at a time.

I bet some of my followers are revising too these days, because it`s that time of the year again, and are nervous/excited about exams. Good luck, everyone. Give 100 % – I know you can. 🙂 tumblr_moux9jyZQ91svc7fpo1_500

 

WHAT TO DO AFTER HIGH-SCHOOL?

I joined university about seven months ago, so I thought I`d share some tips/advices with you guys! I thought I knew what it`d be like to join the university, but I was taken by surprise and that`s why the first semester was a little hard for me. Here in Norway we have something called “university college” – I know some people only call it “college”, but basically it`s not exactly a university. Anywho, I believe at least some of these advices can be noted down by all students out there SO here are some things I wish someone had told me last year. Also, sorry I didn`t post this yesterday – I slept 3 hours two days ago, so I had to catch up on some sleep. But better late than never, right?


First things first – University isn`t like high-School. “Oh, wow, what a surprise – NOT” you might be thinking, but for someone like me so many people are way too many people, haha. I went from seeing perhaps 50-75 people in high-School to seeing more than 200 people every day. Perhaps even more than that. The thing is – a university is not “personal”. There are people everywhere, doing their own thing and I find that both a negative and a positive thing. When I joined high-School, everything was so new the first month, but after that I felt like Nannestad became “my place”, if you know what I mean? I don`t think that`s ever going to happen at the university, haha… I think it`s important to know that university won`t be like high-school at all. My greatest advice for you will be to visit universities whenever they`re having “open days” for high-school students or people who`re considering joining a university soon. Ask the professors as much as you want to – don`t be scared. No questions are stupid questions – they`ve been students theirselves, so they know a lot. You`re new to this. I don`t know if other universities have those, but we had small lectures so we could get a little taste of what the course`s like and what we`ll learn. Do as much as you to find out what you can do and talk with people who know what they`re talking about.

For a long time I had an idea about what I wanted to do in life. I`ve always wanted to help people, but as I became more socially engaged, I became more aware of my interests and what topics attract me. So, last year I realised I find different societies, cultures and human beings interested. I wanted to find more about how people think, I wanted to seek knowledge about different ways of living and understanding the world. I had and still have SO MANY interests that I don`t know where to begin, so when I finally applied, my list included various courses: sociology, social anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology.. All ending with “y”, haha. Anywho, for a long time I was standing between sociology and social anthropology, as it was hard to tell the difference between these two, but as you might know, I ended up with social anthropology. I did a lot of research, talked with people and called the university because I wanted to be sure about what I`wanted to do. Maybe that had something to do with my wish to not waste any time and go for exactly wanted I wanted, instead of being insecure and just see if it was something for me. If you`re not like me when it comes to that, then it`s alright, but no matter what you do: Do what YOU want to do because YOU want to go for it. I recommend you to do a lot of research online. Know what you can do, what opportunities you have. I had no idea I had the option to study the democrazy, hindi or criminality. So please do a lot of research, because in case you haven`t found your dream course – who knows, it might exist without you not even knowing?

If I end up doing a master in social anthropology, I`ll end up with the title “anthropologist”. Many don`t know what exactly an anthropologist can do and to be honest, I had no idea either. But, now I know better. You can be a professor, a teacher, a researcher, a councelor, a journalist. Or you can work in different organisations such as Amnesty. Some people have told me that I won`t get a job with a degree in anthropology, but I just think that people should chill. Way too many people are worried about money, the future and jobs – I believe people should be more worried about their dreams, hopes and wishes. Worry more about the knowledge you`re seeking. In today`s world there`s not really a road which is “straight forward”. Most people know that a PhD in medicine gives a person the title “doctor” and most people know what a doctor does. But with many other courses, especially social sciences, it`s not that easy. As a therapist you can end up at a place you never had imagined. The same goes for sociologist, anthropologists. When I visited the university, I met a woman who had a master degree in history. I thought she was working as a researcher, or maybe as a teacher. I was therefore taken by surprise when she told me she was working with TV. She was offered a job, which included that. So the lesson is – it`s natural to worry and think of it, of course it is. But not let it worry you that much, that it stops you from doing what you want to do. In today`s society you don`t really know where you`ll end up in the market and you don`t know what doors will open up for you. The key is to be open-minded and chase your dreams – the rest will settle down on its own.

I`ve given you some advices now, but no matter what you do – the greatest advice of them all is: Follow your heart, not your brain. Thinking “Oh, I`ll become a doctor, because I`ll earn so much money then”, might give you money, but it won`t give you a long-lasting happiness. It won`t give you that good feeling every morning, when you wake up and have to get ready for a new day at work. Reflect not only upon the future, but now. Reflect upon what you want to learn and what you can do with that knowledge. Education isn`t only education and a safer way to get a job – it`s knowledge. Learn what you want to learn, do what you want to do and make the world a better place.

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PS: If you have any questions – do leave a comment below and I`ll answer.