Archive for March, 2010

no regrets.

Dear Lindy

Unfortunately, there will not be a new beginner class in April. We only start new beginners in late January/early February and in August.

Cheers
Birthe

So, I think this means that there will be no Danish classes for Lindy. And I was really looking forward to them too! Oh well.

Next step is to go to the library then, and borrow the Teach Yourself Danish thing that I borrowed a while ago but never really looked at, beyond thinking how HARD Danish was going to be to learn…

I should have applied earlier, but too late now.

No regrets.

It’s something I’m going to try to remember throughout this entire experience.

Besides, I’ll be doing a three week intensive course before the actual semester at UoC starts. AND I’ve been told that it isn’t essential to learn Danish, since most people speak English anyway. I think, though, it’s just a part of becoming a little more immersed in the culture…

Anyway, instead of learning Danish, we shall look at some pretty pictures!

Østerbro (from: Classic Copenhagen)

misselty

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Kollegiet Sofiegården

How lovely does it look? It’s a bit of a dream place to want to stay though!

Just to jot down a couple of things (as always!).

  1. OS-Help
    It pretty much works like HECS does, and now that there is no loan fee or anything, I might as well. It will let me go that little bit further with travel and stuff.
  2. Housing
    I’ve been looking up housing, as suggested by the UoC website. I’ve been on the Kollegiernes Kontor site, which is one of the accommodation offices in Copenhagen, and applications for a lot of the kollegiums (like dorms) are done through there. You’re not really bound by anything, so I’m just looking at distances from UoC and price and such. It’s pretty fun. There’s another similar site that I’ll get to looking at.
  3. Travel
    I did a dream list of all the places that I want to go. I think I need to settle down and do a little bit more reading up on places. BUT I did find this 24 day Contiki tour that pretty much covered all the places that I wanted to go to! But I’m just not sure how feasible that’s going to be if you do it on your own…?? Hopefully meeting up with B to head to Barcelona, and talking tonight with R about her coming over… HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE?! I am also up for other visitors if you like!
  4. Beyond UTS
    I was looking around the Beyond UTS site online, and apparently there are grants for participants of the program for doing activities overseas! So I shall definitely have a look at that. (Double checked just then, and the form isn’t up yet!)
  5. UoC application
    I finally got the confirmation of receipt from them, but my status still says that I didn’t apply for a mentor when I did… Now it’s just the big. long. wait.
  6. Unbound Party on Tuesday
    I was supposed to RSVP by Friday, but I didn’t. All these things are taking so much out of me, that I figured, my going wouldn’t really be all that fun anyway. I guess I still have to get out of that sometime antisocialness of mine… I also have work Tuesday, so I’ll probably be pretty dead by the end of the day anyway. There will be plenty of other opportunities anyway, so it’s ok.

That’s about it really… I’ve got to concentrate on passing Equity and Trusts, so that I can actually GO!!

misselty.

slow progress.

from: Classic Copenhagen

Not much has been happening by way of preparations. Uni work has really gotten a handle on me, not to mention work and various other events, like seeing Dear John and going to Taste of Sydney.

So, just a short update:

  1. ESAC: The first event ever on 4th March turned out to be pretty ok, but I haven’t gotten out of the social comfort zone yet… No matter. The only thing, meetings are held on Wednesdays while I have class, and most of the social events seem to be happening on Thursdays, when I’m not at uni…
  2. Travel XPO: Headed to the Travel XPO at Olympic Park last Saturday. It was exciting again, collecting brochures and thinking about all the possible destinations, picking up freebies (!!) and just being able to talk to some people about realistic options while I’m there. Also did some new passport photos, which I’ll need for visa, ID etc etc. They look funny though!
  3. UoC Application: Finally got around to submitting this last Sunday. I keep checking the status though, and it says that it is still yet to be received. I sent the International Office an email, but no response so far…
  4. BUILD program: I got the acceptance email on Thursday! YAY! I guess it doesn’t really have anything to do with Exchange, but exchange has something to do with it, so it’s nice to keep it in here.
  5. Language classes: I think I have decided that I want to do these. The next term starts the week of April 19, so I should keep up to date with that in the coming weeks. *note to self* I should get a Danish widget… Hah!

Other than that, there hasn’t been that much going on. Just getting through uni, and that’s about it… How sad! :(

misselty.

i hear the bells.

photo: by me

I’m not doing so good making this a weekly thing, but not much has happened really…

Scholarship

I have FINALLY finished this. It should not have taken so long, but that’s what happens when you procrastinate. Now, I’ve gotten some awesome references from Georgina and Sabrina and so it’s looking totally awesome! I really dislike writing about myself though… Handing it in tomorrow!

UoC application

Speaking of procrastination, I was neglecting this for a while, seeing as there was some error, but that’s fixed now. Had a scare the other day though, when it told me that the housing window had been closed. It turned out there was just a technical error, so I can breathe again!

Still writing up my (min.) 300 words, which is proving to be interesting. I’m not exactly sure what kind of things we’re supposed to be writing, but I just do what I can.

Also, thanks to Steven, there’s nothing that we have to send off to Kate.

BUILD

Application for this was done and submitted. I actually received an SMS confirming receipt of my application, and that results will be released next week. So, fingers crossed!

Exchange and Study Abroad Club

I joined up with ESAC at O-Day and the first event is on Thursday! Hopefully Steven and I can suss out who else is going to UoC, because it would be good to get to know them before we go.

Travel research

This has been kind of fun, going around to travel agents and stuff and making enquiries about flight quotes and picking up lots of brochures. It’s making me really excited about all the places that I could potentially go to, but I don’t think I’m being so realistic about time and travel and stuff.

All of this venturing into travel agents has made me appreciate the ‘good’ ones. Dad and I went to Escape Travel at Hornsby Westfield, and the people there were really friendly, and genuinely so. It makes you feel so much more comfortable and accepting of what they say. Compared to, say, a particular student-focused travel agent that I went to at Town Hall Square, where it seemed like they were just out to get their extra commissions by recommending their preferred airlines.

But I digress. In terms of flights, there isn’t much difference if I’m determined to travel by SIA, so we’ll see about that…

I really have to draw up a list of the cities that I really want to go to around Europe, and think about how feasible it would be, how much it would cost etc etc. All the bus tours and train tickets seem to cost way too much, and seem to last for more time than I’ll have… Most people have said that cheap flying is probably the best option… Hmmm…

Everything gets more and more exciting every day. =) Except for…

Savings

I keep second guessing everything now when it comes to spending on things. I mean, I should save as much as I can so I can get the best out of my going overseas, and like, actually have a roof over my head and food to eat! It just kind of sucks sometimes, but hopefully SF works out!!

Next post will probably end up being a month later, at the rate I’m going!

misselty.