Wait, I actually have to study while I'm studying abroad???
01.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
My classes began at the beginning of this month, and I was hit with the sad reality that there would actually be work to be done abroad. Unlike the business students, as a German student I have class every week from Tuesday-Friday. It definitely makes traveling with the business students a bit difficult sometimes. Some trips, like London, are easy to tag along on later, but others don't work out so perfectly on the weekend. Nonetheless, I'm so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I've received on this trip so far! My first weekend in March was spent in Germany and the second in England. It's crazy to think how much can happen in a month!
Classes beginning was definitely a bit of a reality check-what's homework again?? The majority of my classes have the same work load as they would back home-homework, papers, presentations, and exams. All of my courses this semester have been in German so far, and I can't believe what a difference it has made for me! I understand so much more now when listening to German, but my speaking still needs some work. German grammar is a bit more than my brain is ready to wrap itself around when I speak. In the last month I've done numerous homework assignments, given a presentation, written three papers, read a novel, and taken two exams. It's crazy to think about how far I've come with this semester!
I can't believe that two months have already passed since I've been in Austria. It makes me sad how fast time is passing and thinking about having to leave in June is something I'm currently refusing to do. I wonder how long it's going to take for me to stop trying to talk to people in German...
Unfortunately I've had some experiences abroad that I was hoping not to have to have. Two years ago I slipped a disc in my back, and of course now is the time that the slipped disc decides to make an appearance again. The Austrian medical system is definitely different from the one at home. The first thing the doctor asked me to do was take off my pants. After looking around the room and not seeing a paper gown my response was absolutely not. I haven't been here long enough for that to be normal to me! After getting a cortisone shot and a few pain killers I was happy to be out of that doctor's office! My teacher was even nice enough to call and schedule my MRI appointment for me the next day. The health insurance here is awesome-free MRIs? Sounds like I didn't pick a bad place to need medical care! I'm not letting my back keep me from making the most of my trips though!
A few nights ago I went to a dinner organized by my professor where I got to meet some of the Austrian students who will be studying abroad at the U of I next semester! After exchanging facebook accounts (because who wants to deal with all the international phone numbers), we all left excited for the next semester! I met up with one of the girls last night for a few drinks with her and a couple of her friends. Nothing feels cooler than a successful night spoken entirely in German. I'm so happy to have met people to work on my German with and who have the patience to listen to me trying to work the German grammar out when I speak!
Monday my mom and I leave for our spring break adventure! I can't wait to see what the next five countries and two weeks bring us! Here's to adventure!