It seems that I am never able to consistently upload content here, which I apologize for. I understand that to build an audience, posts need to be posted frequently on a schedule, but I never seem to stick to it. If any of you have any suggestions on how I am able to manage my posting better, please let me know. Now onto the fun stuff!
A Small Overview
So since I last posted, I moved to Switzerland, started my freshmen year of university, and travelled around the country. I've met a lot of amazing people that made my transition a bit easier. I got here around the 21st of August and had a week of orientation. It was exhausting mentally and physically going around town and visiting buildings, meeting teachers, meeting new people, etc but in the end I had a lot of fun and made great memories. After orientation week was over I had the first week of classes which mostly consisted of ice breakers, looking over the syllabus, and discussing some topics. The classes I got this semester were Inventing the Past, Ethics and the Environment, Intro to Drawing, The Stories We Live By, and French 200. It's a good mix to start off my journey of discovering what I want as a job. I thought I wanted to major in International Relations or International Business, but now that I am here I have been reconsidering a lot of my options.
On the non academic side, so far I have visited Lugano, Lausanne, Geneva, Fribourg, Broc, Gruyéres. It was a small over the weekend trip and I had a lot of fun. There are loads of things to do here, up the street from my dorm there is a pub called Irish Pub but all the kids call it Kadime's because that's the name of the Founder of the bar. He's a sweet man who always welcomes us students or locals with open arms (and sometimes two for one tequila shots). He has great veggie options for us vegetarians, the prices for food can be daunting, so my roommates and I only go there for food on special occasions. We usually go there ritualistically every Tuesday, as does everyone else at this school. The nightclub scene is okay here, I've only been to one so far and the atmosphere is fun but the prices are ridiculous.
Emotional Stability in the First Month
Since I have arrived here, even though I have had a lot of fun, my emotions are at an all time high, thus my anxiety has spiked immensely. I find myself missing the most minuscule and unimportant things back home. My dogs smells (regardless of pleasant or not), the smell of cooked rice, sushi, the smell of my dad's cologne, my mom's grey hairs, my entirely messy room, my car (which was recently sold), being yelled at, and the chores I hated the most in the world. But talking about all of these issues with friends or my roomies has really helped. My stress levels are off the charts, because a lot of things seem to be falling apart around me. My old study habits for some reason ceased to work once I landed in this country, and I feel as if I'm scrambling to get assignments done. I've only been here for a little over a month so one has to expect that over time things will get easier and a plan or exercise will hopefully become a ritual. But don't get me wrong, I know I have just said a lot of somewhat negative and daunting things, but I've had so much fun as well. My friends here make my day that much better, and being around such positive, fun people really benefit my over all spirit.
Roommates at University
I remember before I got here I bought two books on roommates and how to become friends with them, be cordial, understanding of space, and what not. Now that I am here and have known my roommates for a month, I really didn't need those books. Which is saying something because I am the most typical introvert, I have cold face, and apparently look like a bitch. I really value my roommates more than I ever thought I would. They have really helped me in numerous ways, whether they know it or not. I always always grateful and indebted to them for all they've done for me. I'm not sure if they want they're real names, so from now on if I mention them I will call them by pseudonym's Ross and Miri.
Ross is someone who can always lift your spirits and always makes my day better. She offers great intel on various topics varying from Edward vs. Jacob, to issues with peers. She is so genuine that it is almost entirely difficult to not feel like she's your quote on quote mom or older, wiser self. She pushes me to be a better person to not only others but myself as well. I really appreciate her, and I'm going to sad when we have to part ways in May.
Miri is just as influential and amazing as Ross. Miri is fiery, motivated, and ready to tackle anything. She inspires me to work harder, have more passion, and take advantage of any situation. She is a bit like me where she is more confronting than some, but that is something I believe useful when needed. She laughs and smiles constantly, and I have to say it's really contagious. She's just as sassy as she is caring and sweet, and always look out for me and Ross as if we were her younger siblings. I'm going to really miss Miri when I have to leave her in May.