fredag 30. september 2011

The American Way

I looked in my calendar today and saw that from now until exams period starts in December, I only have one week without any form of tests! How crazy is that?


I was ready for midterms and such, but this is really a change of pace.
I have three midterms in two of my classes, and two in my others. In Biopsychology I have a video assignment where I have to learn the class something about the brain. Then in Health Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology I have to write a term paper in APA, 10 pages, w/11 references. I Neuropsych we´ve been given a pretend patient with a condition (my patient's got a blow to a part in his occipital lobe) and we have to present for the class the severity of this condition, what he will struggle with, can't do, and how he can be sent bacl to his work (our guy is a ballet dancer who appreciates graphic design of course). Our prof. in Psychology of Learning just likes giving out mysterious test questions, like "a young man i hypnotized.........thinks he's getting burned with a cigarette, but it's a piece of chalk... discoloration and a blister appear where the chalk touched the young mans skin.... - how can you apply Pavlovian conditioning to this?"
All these midterms are approx 80 min, so that's not that bad. They differ from short answer, long answer, to multiple choice, definitions, etc.
Then from Dec 2nd to 16th I'm gonna have five finishing exams.


Last week I had two tests. One was in Neuropsychology, and required us to tell in detail what happened in our nervoussystem when we did a special movement (raised or left leg and slapped it with our right after our prof. snaps her fingers). The time went by soooo fast, but I wrote all the time. I got an A-!
That was awesome!
The second was in Biopsychology, and was with multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and definitions. Not as easy as you might expect. But I struggled my way to a B because I had memorized all the cranial nerves. I lost a lot because I hadn't put any effort in remembering all the neurotransmittors, and other drugs, and that covered the whole definitions section almost. :/


Like I mentioned before, next week I start it all off with a test in Health psychology on monday 3rd, then Psychology of Learning test on wednesday 5th, and a test in Evolutionary Psychology on friday 7th! Whooopey!
I also have to my outline for the Health Psych term paper ready on friday. I'm not sure, but I am considering writing about Hazards of alcohol, with focus on Korsakoff syndrome. But I haven't checked the amount of research articles out there yet.


The Outdoor club is going to Jasper for camping, and I'm staying home preparing for my tests.
Later today I'm going grocery shopping, and I'm actually really excited! o_0




xoxo

torsdag 29. september 2011

Apeshit on Ebay & Etsy!

Today I only had a morning class at 0830, so I was planning to read for my three upcoming tests next week.

That didn't happen.......
I am not giving up yet, because there's still a couple of hours until Greys, but I've
spoiled a lot of hours on just browsing ebay, facebook, etsy, and etc...
And I am not closing the windows empty handed. :/
There will not be any funny business or spontanous events for me for the rest of the semester.

This is what's coming my way:

Camera Strap x2


And since I in a way only have one camera that needs a camera strap
I bought a camera as well. A Canon AE-1 Program!

 And a bundle of different films......
(the ones on the picture, and one B&W)


I also bought a flash.
There was so much more that I wanted, but I'm starting to get poor,
so I hope I can control myself.



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I knew that it was a bad idea giving me 
my whole student loan 
at once..



But I'm happy!

Now I just have to learn how to take pictures. 

haha!

Tid kastet bort pågrunn av facebook!

Ja, du ser rett, jeg bruker litt tid på facebook. :p Skukke tru at kjernesunn ungdom som meg sitter foran skjermen på mac'n, men jo, jeg må nok innrømme det. Og med denne tida på facebook har det gått med mye tid til quizzer. Disse quizzene har vært en virkelighetssjekk og gitt meg et godt bilde av hvilke type person jeg er og hva jeg kan forvente av dette livet. Jeg vil gjerne dele denne "Eureka" opplevelsen med dere, så her får dere et sammendrag av hva quizzer har lært meg om livet:


Jeg burde flytte til Stavanger(men er mentalt sett fra England), bytte navn til Cecilie, få meg en slangetatovering,
Og i yrke så burde jeg bli Servitør, Snekker, Sykepleier, eller Kunstner, eller en jobb innenfor rettsvesenet.
Jeg er en sangviniker, jordnær og effektiv. Alltid på utkikk etter muligheter i karriére og på fritiden! Du lever her og nå, og er flink til å utføre ting.
Etter 10 år i korps, så kan jeg fortsatt ingenting om det.
Avril Lavigne er min tvilling innen musikken, men jeg ER visst Lily Allen I musikkverdenen, 
og prikk lik:
Brooke fra ”One Tree Hill”, men også
Vilde fra ”Hotell Cæsar”,
Meredith Grey fra ”Grey’s Anatomy”,
Mokey i ”Fragglene”,
Aidan i fra” Sex og singelliv”,
Donna ifra ”That 70’s Show”, og
selveste Betty i ”Ugly Betty” (ikke noe glansbilde akkurat),
men i film-verden er jeg mer lik
Dronningen fra ”Tre nøtter til Askepott”, og
Nemo i ”oppdrag Nemo”


Jeg er pen på innsiden (derav Betty i Ugly Betty I guess).
Jeg er ei gutte-jente, 
Sporty Spice fra Spice Girls, 
og i Gresk mytologi ville jeg vært Apollo.
Men i Hollywood ville jeg vært ingen ringere enn Julia Roberts.
Meningen med livet mitt er å bli ”SUPERSTAR” og hadde passet godt inn i en tv-serie som Supernatural.
 Jeg tåler drikke mellom 50-80%, og stråler av god sjarm som alle faller for ved førsteinntrykk(ta den Magnus!! :p ).
Jeg kommer til å bli en kjæreste utenom det vanlige, og min kjæreste burde komme fra Storbritannia. Jeg Hadde vært lik Gudfaren i gangster verdenen, med en mental alder på 20 år. Jeg er allikevel små distré og klarer ikke helt holde styr på ting, og har et rotete hode. Hvis jeg mot formodninger utvikler meg til en seriemorder hadde jeg gjort jobben og vært som Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeg er en Hippie, og kommer til å bli en supermamma, men hører til den ondskapsfulle rase Vampyr. Jeg har intelligent-NRK-humor, men ville vært Linni Meister i Glamour verden. 
Jeg er ett kattemenneske, og er ukedagen Mandag med masse pågangsmot.
Jeg er årstiden Høst, og modig som en Hippogriff. Min farge er Hvit(rolig, med begge ben plantet på jorden, og også religiøs). Min mentale diagnose er kristen, og i mitt tidligere liv var jeg Jesus, men jeg burde være Buddhist med Born to be Wild som theme sang. Mellom å være prippen og nasty så er jeg tekkelig med en liten vri, og kommer til å få 2 barn. Jeg er morsom, og har rollen som den lille søte champignonen i soppeverdenen. Jeg er god på sangtekster, ville vært marijuana hvis jeg var ett dop, er totally random i venninne-gjengen, og jeg ER så smart som jeg tror.
Jeg har ikke hellet med meg, og ville vært Will Turner i Pirates of the Caribbean, og Arnold i Kalle Klovn(ikke den smarteste eller heldigte, men morsom og søt).
Skulle jeg vært en innvoll ville det vært endetarmen(tenker litt for mye på meg selv).
I Kiosk hylla ville jeg vært Tobakk- Jeg liker at andre liker meg, men er en person som enten blir elsket eller hatet..Men alikevel,er det mange som ikke klarer seg uten meg,som alikevel vil ha meg ut av livet sitt..Det er kjipt,men det går min vei om dagen,og til syvende og sist tjener jeg fett på det.. Og Gitar er jeg som instrument.

Sist men ikke minst: Jeg er en PERFEKT VAFFEL!!

søndag 25. september 2011

Life as a Uni student



Life is good! 
Sometimes it just hits you how good your life really is.
Yeah, you're missing a house, a car, a man, and your cat,
but you have so much more. You have your friends, you have family,
you can study, you can travel, you have food etc. etc.

Yesterday I almost didn't go out of my room. We went down to College Heights and bought some stuff. More exact some scrapbooking stuff (now I just have to develop some pictures), and a booster juice. And then we went back and I brought out my books, but saw about three movies instead.
Then I felt bad because I wasn't out being social.
But you know what? That's how I am. I Can sit inside for a whole day alone without having contact with other people. Why can't I just embrace that?
So I am. I'm embracing it. No more, I was so tired, explanations. I sat in my couch all day because I felt like it. I can read, draw, crochet, scrap, ++

I don't know why I started this ranting. Maybe I'm still trying to convince myself.
I was going to write about my two tests that I had last week.

It was an experience. ;) 

You have 80 minutes to do your best.
In Neuropsych we had to write about how the nervous system works when you "move". Like specifcally every sensory system, how it works, were its "circuits" are, in a way. I had brought pens so I could draw and stuff, but I never got the time. After what felt like 15 minutes she said "5 min left", and I almost broke out in hives. So I don't know how it went. At least I wrote alot, but I might have been to much of a storyteller, focusing alot around the facts.
In Biopsych we had multiple choice, name definitions, and fill in the blanks. I'd decided not to be the "foreign kid" in class, but after this test, I think the prof know. He had to first tell me to cross out my letters at the sheet, and then when I tried to hand in the second time he saw that I just circled the answer.
I now know that you have to color them in.


Stupid foreign kid who hasn't had a multiple choice test before!


So after a weekend with movies, wine and Grey's Anatomy, and going to 
the pub in our slippers and PJ's, it's time to start reading again. One week, and
then there's new midterms arriving. w00p! 
And I have to find a theme for my term papers. 
Reminder to self: Do it soon!

G'nite!

tirsdag 13. september 2011

Random Rantings


Jupp, that's me. Early, with mah brand new jacket. Went out shopping on sunday, and was just getting a canadian sim card, but I got totally canackas. ;)
The bad thing is that I got all my money right away, so I have to distribute it myself. Yeah, I'm as worried as you are. :p Money + my fingers = money slips through. I found out that I can't use more money this month. :/ oh-oh!

I saw Aurora Borealis on Friday! It was awesome. We also went out to a lake yesterday, in hope of seeing it again, but the only thing we saw was a full moon.
I didn't really fully enjoy it, eventhough we we're a bunch of cool people. All I could think was that I should be studying. I went here to study, but I hope I can be a bit social as well. I'm already starting to fall behind, because my profs. races through chapters like they were milk cartons.
Everyone is so social, and I can't see when they get their reading done and stuff like that.

Next week I have at least two tests already. In BioPsychology and Neuropsychology.
So no socialness on me the rest of the week. Every spare hour is Library time.
On mondays I have four classes, wednesdays three classes, and tuesdays, thursdays and fridays I have one class. Everybody with a full course load has that much, but I like to think that I am the only one and that I'm doing a aweful lot. (the star of my own sit com)
From a few classes a week and one assignment to classes every day, three tests in each course (at least), presentations (even a video assignment in one course??), and reports, and a term paper. This maybe sound more than it is, 'cause it is totally doable, I just have to readjust myself. No Greys Anatomy marathons when I feel like it. No skipping class because you want to sleep longer ( then you'll miss vital chances for extra credit).

Yeah, UNBC is good. ;)
Now that I'm finished ranting I'm gonna get myself a new cup of coffee.

torsdag 8. september 2011

What's it gonna be?



First class in Neuropsychology, Biopsychology, and Psychology of Learning is over, and it has given me a notion about how this semester will be: Awesome, but hard!

We will have tests (about three in each class I think), reports, assignments, etc. etc.
I already have three or four assignments.
And next to those I have to keep up on my reading. 10 chapters in the next two weeks, and that's just one class!! In biopsychology I also have to do a video assignment!! Say what? I haven't handled a camera in my entire life! (almost)
I tried to start reading today, but I was in my room and didn't get my focus on. My perfect study spot is somewhere on campus, I just have to find it.

It may seem like I'm complaining, but acctually I like this system. It forces you to do stuff throughout the semester, and the final exam isn't everything. I think it counts about 30-35% in most of the classes. The other % come from the tests and assignments. In biopsychology you can even to some extra work and get extra credits (hell yeah!).


There are a lot of social events that you can join and meet new people, and that's good, 'cause you don't really get the feeling of belonging in class. You get in class with random people on every course. There's not a core group who has the same subjects or nothing like we have back home. You can be in class with someone in their 2nd year, or 3rd year, in economics, business, or biology etc.
There's also very small classes. We're about 15 in neuropsychology. Good for not getting neglected, not good for trying to slip under the radar in class. ;) You will be seen.

Tomorrow I have Evolutionary Psychology. I heard from someone who took the class last year that it was great, and changed their view on the world (or something like that), so I'm looking forward to it.
After that it's a barbeque at noon, and a concert in the evening.
Hopefully I maybe find a good study spot in the time between. I need it. :)

One more thing I have to mention is the way I wake up so early every morning. I wake up before the alarm every day! It's amazing! ME! Who easily sleeps til noon no matter when I go to bed. I hope this continues.

mandag 5. september 2011

First Day


5am: Wide awake! "This is not happening!" So I forced myself to sleep a couple of more hours.
At 10am I had a Campus Tour, so now I know where my classes are, and have a basic knowledge of the Uni layout. :p Tomorrow is the premiere, so we'll see if I remember. I also got my books today. Four big ass books, and a fat reading packet.

UNBC is maybe about the same size as Agder Uni, and has the same layout as Lillehammer College; Wood and glass. So there will be a couple of days in getting lost and then I will be fine.
The Uni is placed on a height, looking out on the city. It's about a 5-10 min bus drive away. An awesome thing is that Busspass is included in tuition fee. :) You get a UPASS and that includes a buttload of stuff like busspass and gym privileges etc.


This is UNBC Campus. The Campus Residence is the houses at top left, and I leave in the house at the top, and as far left as you get. Keyoh is the name of the building, which means "our community". It can also mean "territory". What I love, already, about Canadian Uni is all the social events. Norway can really learn from this. Presentations, Barbeques, Lunches, tour of Campus or City Bus tour, Movie night, Field House Games, etc etc. And it doesn't stop after orientation week. There are theme events, local Soccer games, Farmers' Market, Fund Raiser's, and soo much more. They also have a bunch of clubs that you can join with a large variety of hobbies. Lillehammer do as well, but not like this. ;)
I have 5 courses this semester, which is quite a lot, but I really want to join one of the clubs. I think they will have a presentation next week. So I'll get back to you on that.

The courses I'm taking is Psychobiology, Psychology of Learning, Neuropsychology, Evolutionary Psychology, and Advanced Health Psychology. 
The bookstore also has a wide variety of UNBC products like sweaters, travel mugs etc. Sweater and travelmug are the two items that I most likely are going to buy so they are the ones that stuck to my memory. ;)

At noon we did the roommate agreement, where we decided some ground rules and stuff. I think that's great. Then we have something to go on, and we talk about our habits and such. Our fourth roommate, an exchange student from Sweden, hasn't arrived yet, but the two others are lovely. Baljit is from up north, and Sarah is from Nova Scotia. They are both on my age and seem like nice, cool girls. Baljit has indian origin and likes to dance, so I'm gonna see if I can learn some Bollywood moves. :D That would be so cool! 

And Baljit came to my rescue! As I said yesterday, today is Labour Day(celebration of worker's economic and social achievements), so there where no buses running. BUT, Baljit has a car and was taking her brother out on some shopping. 
We went to this big ass store, where I almost got lost! I had planned vegetables, pasta, rice, chicken, bread, etc. Came out with Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts, Frozen burgers(like Hold It), and Granola Bars. I got some healthy food stuff as well, but I could hardly make my way around that store. It's awesome, but too big when you don't have the lay of the land. Fortunatly they have a smaller grocery store that's closer to campus, and where the bus stops just outside. 

The Winter Garden

That's basically what my room looks like. There are drawers under the bed where I can put my clothes, and a place for hangers. Very basic, but totally livable. I live with four people, and we share bathroom, kitchen, and a common area. Literally we have to bring everything, but since I'm an exchange student there's a limit to what I can bring. Luckily two of the girls came prepared and said I could borrow all pots, pans, microwave, toaster and such, so that's awesome. 

Kitchen

Layout. I live in bedroom 4. :)



So far, so Good.
Soon I'm heading out for a roommate bbq with the whole lot from 
campus residence. I'm hungry! ;)

<3 

søndag 4. september 2011

O' Canada, PG, BC

Oh my Gosh! I'm sooo freakin' tired!
This was supposed to be the, oops I'm back from Namibia, here's some pictures and fun facts, but this will be the Wow, I'm in Canada and I'm falling to sleep post.

To try and explain my tiredness, I can start by saying that I got up at 3am after roughly four hours of sleep. My journey to Canada began. I was in Prince George at 16:15pm. Ah that's only 13 hours or so you say, but then I remind you of the 9 hours time difference that you can add to that 13 hours. That means 22 hours! An I couldn't go to bed then. Nooo, I had to call for a cab, and get my stuff moved in at campus. And THEN we had to have a residence meeting with loads of general information for you wellbeing that you forget as soon as you leave the room. So in Norway its 5:53 right now. That means almost 27 hours without sleep! :/ I'm gonna crash!

But, apart from me being at the point of coma, I had a good couple of flights.
Four movies and some Mike & Molly episodes, which is hilarious btw, is the reason that I didn't sleep on the flight from Heathrow to Vancouver. Probably also the guy sitting next to me (window seat), who always had to get up right after I had been up and put on another movie or something.
He was really bugging me, but I still liked having an aisle seat. I was sitting in the back where there's only two seats at the end, so there you don't get that disrupted.

Canada: Beautiful!
It was awesome seeing Vancouver and the Rockies when I flew in an itty bitty Jazz plane to Prince George. The city with the mountains in the background: Gorgeous! I saw this winters first snow. ;)
I so wanna see Vancouver and some of the mountains while I'm here.
Prince George reminds me a lot of Norway, but it's more flat. It has mountains on all sides, but they're quite far away. At least it looks like it. :)

Tomorrow I will get a tour of the University so I can get the lay of the land and locate my classes.
Then I have to go shopping! I miss everything. Tomorrow is Labour Day so I might have to wait until Tuesday to go shopping. I need Shampoo, I need food, I need books, I need it all! :p

But first: Sleep

Norway! Bah Bye....

EDIT: LOL! I was supposed to post this when I went to Harnas, Namibia, BUT I forgot, so you get it now. ;)
I'm back from Namibia btw, and now in Canada.
Crap I'm a bad blogger. :p 

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I’m coming home
I’m coming home
Tell the World I’m coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
Tell the World that I’m coming

 
The cutest fennec fox

Yep, I'm off peeps!
Today is the day I leave for Namibia.
My stomach is chucked full o butterflies,
so I am not travelling alone. ;)

Oslo - Frankfurt - Johannesburg - Windhoek
and THEN: Gobabis - Harnas!! 

If there is a possibility I will
post some pictuetures and tell som anecdotes,
but if not I will hopefully have 
something awesome to show and tell you when 
I get back.