Fresher's Week

Trip Start Sep 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 20, 2008

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Yesterday I went to the King's Buildings for my meeting, only to find out that there was a missprint on the schedule, and indeed my meeting was the day before.  Not a good start to my time here... Fortunately, it was not a big deal.  All I had to do was sign up for a meeting with my DOS (Director of Studies) on Thursday, similar to advising meetings at NU, and come back then.  Before leaving, I found the shops on that campus and picked up a free mug from one of the bookstores.  After I came back, I headed to Bristo square to get some free lunch, but ended up signing up for membership in the pizza heros group.  3 pounds for a membership and a 'free' personal pizza from...dominos.  I know, it's Domino's, but I was hungry, and I do love pizza...even from Domino's.  Plus, I had paid almost as much for much smaller meals before, so I think it was a good deal.  I also spun a wheel at the vitamin water stand to try to win a free drink.  The space I landed on was a picture of a monkey, and the spokeswoman there told me I was a cheeky monkey and had to act like one to win a bag.  So I did, and got a free bag and drink.  Sweet.  Then I headed back to my flat to drop off my winnings and walk over to the sports centre next door for the fair.  I was wearing my cubs cap (Go Big Z! dad informed me he had a no-hitter!) that day, so when I first walked up to the rugby booth, Nikki, who was one of the girls who played in Germany with the NU team, didn't recognize me, and asked me if I was interested in playing rugby.  All I said was, 'yeah' with a big smile, and then she realized who I was, gave a shout, and hugged me.  It was great to have that sort of welcoming in a foreign place.  Thanks to Jen for inviting all those girls to play with us on tour!  I get to get stared with that on Friday.  While at the fair, I also accumulated fliers for surfing/windsurfing, boxing, judo, and hillwalking.  Then I sauntered over to the societies fair next door to the sport centre, and took fliers for the chocolate soc, wine soc, and whisky soc.  They all get together and taste what the name of their soc is, for a price...  It is going to be tough to narrow it down to only participate in a few things.  By the time I made it back to the flat again, I had received my address confirmation letter in the mail, so I went to the bank to open an account.  I am supposed to get everything by post in a few days, so hopefully that will let me avoid fees every time I need money.  Then, I returned to the flat and just hung out and tried to help my flatmates set up their internet until dinner.  For dinner, my flatmates and I have decided to eat together, which so far has worked out well.  A little pricey so far, but it's like we're a nice little family.  We ate homemade pitta pizzas and leftover salad this time.  The night before, potatoes and salad.  Maybe I will learn a thing or two and actually be able to cook for myself when I live off campus when I return to NU.  After dinner, we all just listened to some music, watched part of a movie, and went to sleep.

Today, I went to my DOS appointment, and found out when all my classes are...unless I decide to change some of them, which I might.  I asked my advisor about research, and he pointed me in the direction of someone who was much more helpful in terms of thinking about what classes I might actually be interested in, and also getting involved in some research.  I came back, went to the Arcadia office to pay for a trip to the Highlands, then had some lunch.  I didn't do much this afternoon, just checked mail, read about potential courses if I end up not likng one of the ones I am initially signed up for, and planned some short trips to check out some of the museums in the area.  As of now, the classes I am taking are global environmental processes, typically taken in the first year, natural hazards, typically taken 2nd year, and nature-society geographies, typically taken 3rd year.  The second, more helpful person I talked to earlier told me that none of these courses have a quantitative aspect because of the earlier specialization in the British school system.  I am not sure if i should try to take a class with more of that just so that I won't be rusty when I return, or if I should just take the classes I want for fun, despite a lack of quantitative analysis incorporation into the syllabus.  We'll see how classes go when they start on Monday.
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eddad24 on

You Cheeky Monkey!
Good post! In a perfect world however, I think you should have just tackled your Rugger friend to let her know you were there and ready to play.

Cubs lost yesterday, so Magic Number is now 4, and Sox lost too, but their Magic Number is 9.

We'll keep you posted - if you keep US posted - and you're doing great... for a cheeky monkey!

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