Classes are in full swing here. I guess we were going to have to start sometime, but it was fun getting up every morning to go explore the city. There seems to be new parts of Bergen that we discover all the time.
I figured it would be fun to kind of explain how things work here. School is different than it is in the U.S…. as expected. The students here refer to college a “university”. They don’t really understand what we mean when we talk about college. University is not as time consuming as it is back home. I only have class 3 days a week right now. At the end of September I will only have class Monday’s and Thursday’s. I am in three classes and I am still a full time student which does not happen back home.
I want to explain the final exams because this is something that is very different compared to home. When you sign up for classes here, you also sign up for your exam at the end of the semester. At UND all/most of the finals are during finals week and you don’t have to sign up for them. At UIB it varies from class to class. One of my classes gets done in the middle of October, one is done in the middle of November, and the other is done at the end of November. The semester officially ends December 20th so I planned to come home the 21st. So that means a few weeks of no school… 🙂 As of right now I still plan to come home then because my friends and I want to travel to one place in Europe and then just bounce around from country to country. We’ll see how my mom and dad feel about that when the time comes! 😉 Anyways… most of the tests are written exams. This could mean a take home 4 day essay you have to write about the class, a 6 hour in person written exam, etc. Lucky me, one of mine is a 6 hour written exam in person!! 🙂 Pray for me…
While I am here I thought it would be fun and a good idea to take a Norwegian language course to learn a little Norsk. This class has been helpful and my favorite so far. For this class I have an oral and written exam and it gets done in October. This summer while getting ready for Norway I used Duolingo… its the best lanuage app ever. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to learn ANY language out there. It makes it easy and fun. John and I would spend hours practicing and making it a competition to see who was better at it. He would say he was better than me but thats not true. 🙂
Some things I have learned so far in Norwegian:
Hva heter du? What is your name
Hvor kommer du fra? Where are you from
Hvor mange sprak snakker du? How many languages do you speak
**I am the only one in my class that only knows one language 😦 **
Snakker du norsk? Do you speak Norwegian
Hvilke sprak snakker du? What language do you speak
I’ve learned a lot more but those are some of the questions we have been practicing a lot. I still can’t understand anyone in public that tries to speak Norwegian to me but I hope to get to that point by the end of the semester.
With August coming to an end, I can’t help but get excited for all that is in store for September and October. September means some more hiking, a fjord cruise with my friends, and the highly anticipated visit from my mom! We have lots of fun things planned and I can’t wait to show her around Bergen. I know she will love it as much as I do. Once she leaves I get another visitor from home… Syd is coming! Elin (our Norwegian friend) and I will meet Syd in Amsterdam and celebrate Sydney’s 21st birthday and do some exploring. Time is going to fly but I have been taking in every minute of this place and continue to do so.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge”- Proverbs 18:15