First day of school

Afb0064In the Netherlands, we have a word for when you are in the first year of secondary school. You’re called a ‘brugpieper’, and are typically lugging around a backpack weighing almost as heavy as yourself, have a lost look on your face and feel like an idiot half the time because you everyone else seems to know what they’re doing and you’re not. Apart from the bag (I’m moved on to a nice stylish handbag which fits my Johnnie (*Mac laptop) and the rest of my bits and bobs), I feel exactly like that. Stern is very different from LBS, much less of a small campus where everyone knows each other, and more a place where people come in for lectures and then jet off again. Or at least, that’s my perception now.

Afb0153Alright, let me start at the beginning. I’ve had two classes so far: Entrepreneurial Finance and Advertising Management, both of which I really liked. Classes are pretty similar to LBS, no surprises there. It took me a while to find the classrooms (the grand idea behind the numbering is as of yet still lost on me… I still haven’t been able to find my locker, or toilets on the 2nd floor and I can’t seem to remember which lifts to to the 6th floor and up and which don’t), and there’s a lot of Americans in the classroom (duh, I know, but I’m used to a very diverse class nationality-wise, so that’s very different). Cases are NOT free here, I shelled out $240 for 3 casepacks, see the picture at the beginning of this paragraph). I’ve got most of the paperwork for the visa, immunization and health care insurance out of the way, and I’ve got a cellphone (very clonky Nokia). So I think I’m sort of set.

So here’s what I like so far:
* the city
* the classes
* my apartment
* some of the food (like the lunchplace across from Stern who do great soups)
* my exchange classmates

Here’s what I don’t like that much:
* the Kaufman Management Center building, whoever designed it should be punished by having to attend classes! The layout is illogical and there’s not a lot of common space to hang out.

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4 thoughts on “First day of school

  1. Sorry to hear the difficulties finding the toilets (bathroom). But here at University of California, Irvine (my work), you’re guaranteed easy access to restrooms. I’ve heard rumors that british food is “slightly” lacking, so you gotta try some ethnic NY foods. hehe…

  2. TVU: that’s a myth… actually, I’ve never eaten better than in London! But I’m def going to give the ethnic NY foods a go ;-)

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