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Africa/Middle East

Time to say Goodbye

I was up packing until 3 am last night. It feels weird. Not sure how to respond to anything that’s really going on around me at this point. I don’t feel like I am leaving Cape town. Although, my room that I have been living in for the last 5 months is completely packed up, it still feels like I am just going on another spring break and I will return back to Cape town in just a couple weeks. This has become my home, so it’s weird to think I won’t be back here probably for a very long time. I’ve made this place my own. I feel like my family should be coming to visit me, not me returning to go back “home.” It’s a very hard feeling to really pin point a word for how to fully describe it. 

You really do grow up when abroad and not necessarily talking about maturity wise, but just learning everyday life things like learning at which grocery store contains your favorite cereal and which other one doesn’t or that the other grocery store has the best lunch meat, but then a completely different one will have the best banana bread. Or where you could go with your friends for quick, cheap drinks and great food and atmosphere. And to learn what is considered good deals and what is not. It’s just little things like that that one would only pick up on and learn at home which is what Cape town has become for me. 

When studying abroad there are so many little things that you learn or pick up over time. And each new mannerism subconsciously learnt or self thought all just builds up to a point where you now become completely comfortable in your new environment and it no longer feels like you are an outsider, yet instead someone who is now considered to be a local. It is a lovely feeling once you reach that level of confidence and comfortableness in your host country. Someone might ask what have I learnt while being abroad and there is SO much I could answer to that. I’ve learnt the obvious things like how to manage money, and to be responsible when it comes to class and school work. But I’ve also learnt some non obvious things too like to just laugh off condescending comments directed about Americans because I’ve come to terms that I can’t please every single person in the world and if someone isn’t going to give me the time of day just because I have the title of “American” then they aren’t worth my time anyhow. I’ve also learned that personal space is pretty non existent here and that I must be patient when out and about in public places. You learn so much while being abroad it’s hard to even describe in words, but I guess one way to put it is you literally learn how to live a different life. And that different life slowly merges to become your life and then soon when returning back home that will be the foreign country. The best advice that I would like to give to other students who want to study abroad is be ready for the best semester of your life. I’m not saying that the semester will be easy 100% of the time because more then likely it will be a challenge, but a good challenge. A challenge that I wish everyone could get the opportunity to experience. When abroad and on your own you really learn things about yourself that you never knew. It is an opportunity for growth and and most importantly to experience the world from a completely different view. Which in reality, it is quite impeccable.

My semester has come to an end and now it is time for me to start my long trek back home. My other home I should say. Time to finish packing and head to the airport. So, it is now time to say goodbye to this beautiful place; one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Cape town, South Africa, Thank you for providing such an exquisite place to study abroad to.

 Cape Town



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Daily words used by the South African Locals :D

I just wanted to write a little about the words and phrases that are used by the locals here in South Africa :)

First, they use the would “Shame” for everything! It could be used in a sentence as meaning a good or bad thing. For example, “I got a awesome grade on my paper!” “Oh Shame! Really? Good for you!” Or “Shame, you are looking good today!” and “Oh my bag is on your stuff! Shame!” In most senses the would Shame is used almost like saying sorry or that’s a pity, but really if someone where to throw shame either at the end or beginning of their sentence not even knowing how to use the word, it would seem perfectly normal. It’s funny because I have tried to ask some of my local friends how they would explain the word “Shame” in a context and they just laughed and said that they didn’t know how to explain it. They just say it.

Second, if they aren’t putting shame at the end of their sentences then they are putting “Hey.” Like “That’s pretty cool, hey?” or even something so simple like “The sun is really hot today hey” It’s like they use “hey” for when asking a question or even just making an obvious statement.

And Lastly, there are these phrases, “Now, Now” and “Just now”. These phrases would be used if I or someone were to ask something like “When will we be going?” Instead of giving a certain time frame they would use one of those two different phrases. So “now now” would mean that we are leaving in like 5-10 minutes. “Just now” would mean we are leaving in like 20 minutes – a half hour. Depending on how long someone would hold out the word “Just” in “Just now” would determine how long it will be until we were to leave, so if it was “Juuuuust now” Then we’d probably be leaving in like 30-45 minutes. Versus “Just now” would be more like 20 minutes. And if you were to leave at that very moment then it is simply “right now” :P

These are only a couple of main words and phrases that have stuck out to me while studying here in South Africa :D



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University of Cape town compared to Concordia, St. Paul

The University of Cape town (UCT) is magnificent! To this day I still walk around the campus in just amazement by the beauty of the school. The best way to try and explain it is UCT would be one of those colleges you see in movies and TV and think to yourself, “No colleges actually look like that.” Wrong. UCT is that college. Vines crawl up all the buildings completely covering everything. A fountain is placed in the middle of the court yard on upper campus with a stunning 7 pillared building labeled as Jamesons hall sits behind it. UCT was built about 120 years ago, so most of the buildings looks on the outside are very well designed, like Concordia.

UCT is nestled in the side of the mountains so walking up to the very top of campus is a hike, but very rewarding needless to say. Walking from my student apartments to upper campus would take me about 45 minutes. Luckily UCT offers there own bus services, the Jammies,  which pick students up at different stops and dropping students off at multiple stops around campus.  The campus is split into three parts: Upper campus where most of students classes are located, Middle campus where most classes consists of technology and computer based and lower campus where college of music, dance, and theater are located. The Student population of UCT is roughly 25,000 students which is significantly greater then Concordia which has a student population of 1,500 at the most. Being that the student population is significantly greater then Concordia my class sizes are also very big in comparison. At Concordia my class size would be 15-25 students about. At UCT my classes are 300+ students. I am currently taking a music and dance class at UCT. Being that the college of Music and dance is separate from UCT my classes are also a little different. My class size for my dance and music course is about 35 students, so more like what it would be like at Concordia.

The meeting times of classes for UCT is different then Concordia. At Concordia most classes run on a block schedule meaning that my class lecture would either be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 55 minutes or they would be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour and a half. Here at UCT the class lectures are more like what they would be in high school. Where the class times depends on the period they are in, so period 6 meets Monday-Friday from 1-2 pm. It was hard to get into the swing of classes having them everyday, versus every other day. Also, on top of meeting up for class everyday at UCT they have these things called ‘TUTS’ that are mandatory. TUTS are essentially like having another class lecture except you meet up with your specific tut group at a different time then normal lecture and talk about what the main points have been in lecture that week. Tuts are nice because they usually are only about 15-20 students versus the 300+, so in tuts it would be the ideal time to ask questions about the lecture. So, for example, for my cell biology course I have lecture Mondays- Fridays from noon-1pm. Lab on Wednesdays from 2-5pm and my tut for the course is Thursdays from 10-10:45 am. My dance and music class I only meet 3 times a week, so more like how Concordia would run.

Another huge difference between UCT and Concordia, or I should say South Africa and the United States is the flip of the seasons! I left the US in winter and came to South Africa in the season of their summer which was amazing! But now all my friends back at home at Concordia are talking about the amazing weather as I am here and currently preparing myself, once again, for winter :P But it’s okay because Cape town is still breath taking :)

Another similarity of Concordia and UCT is that they both offer sports for people who weren’t recruited to play for a team! Concordia offers some clubs like Zumba and some intramural sports like volleyball and soccer. UCT offers SO MANY!!! Any club you can think of UCT has it. Different singing groups, dance groups, yoga, sports, drama, theater, hiking, surfing, gymnastics and so much more! And a perk of being a studies abroad student is that we get to do any three clubs for free. Any more after that we have to pay for. So I was thinking to myself, “What would be a better way to meet people then to join a club?” So, I joined several different groups! I joined The Art Of Living, which does sunset yoga on the beach. I also joined UCT’s surf and yacht (wind surfing not just sailing on a yacht) club. Being that the ocean is all around, several different water sport clubs were available. Which was AWESOME! And I also joined UCT’s Football team. Football as in Soccer team. I love it! I have meet so many cool people from joining the clubs and I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to join them :)

 

IMG_1576  Sunset Yoga



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A little glimpse of what I have been up to the last several months in South Africa! :)

The natural beauty of South Africa and Cape town in particular is just impeccable! I can’t even describe it, so instead I will just show you :)

AWESOME PICTURE    IMG_0889     IMG_0902  IMG_1086   IMG_1009Live on sun Sunset #2  Sunset Table sunsetTable CLiffClimbing table  SurfingAwesomeee  Lions Colorful houses

 



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Daily words used by the South African Locals :D

I just wanted to write a little about the words and phrases that are used by the locals here in South Africa :)

First, they use the would “Shame” for everything! It could be used in a sentence as meaning a good or bad thing. For example, “I got a awesome grade on my paper!” “Oh Shame! Really? Good for you!” Or “Shame, you are looking good today!” and “Oh my bag is on your stuff! Shame!” In most senses the would Shame is used almost like saying sorry or that’s a pity, but really if someone where to throw shame either at the end or beginning of their sentence not even knowing how to use the word, it would seem perfectly normal. It’s funny because I have tried to ask some of my local friends how they would explain the word “Shame” in a context and they just laughed and said that they didn’t know how to explain it. They just say it.

Second, if they aren’t putting shame at the end of their sentences then they are putting “Hey.” Like “That’s pretty cool, hey?” or even something so simple like “The sun is really hot today hey” It’s like they use “hey” for when asking a question or even just making an obvious statement.

And Lastly, there are these phrases, “Now, Now” and “Just now”. These phrases would be used if I or someone were to ask something like “When will we be going?” Instead of giving a certain time frame they would use one of those two different phrases. So “now now” would mean that we are leaving in like 5-10 minutes. “Just now” would mean we are leaving in like 20 minutes – a half hour. Depending on how long someone would hold out the word “Just” in “Just now” would determine how long it will be until we were to leave, so if it was “Juuuuust now” Then we’d probably be leaving in like 30-45 minutes. Versus “Just now” would be more like 20 minutes. And if you were to leave at that very moment then it is simply “right now” :P

These are only a couple of main words and phrases that have stuck out to me while studying here in South Africa :D



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University of Cape town compared to Concordia, St. Paul

The University of Cape town (UCT) is magnificent! To this day I still walk around the campus in just amazement by the beauty of the school. The best way to try and explain it is UCT would be one of those colleges you see in movies and TV and think to yourself, “No colleges actually look like that.” Wrong. UCT is that college. Vines crawl up all the buildings completely covering everything. A fountain is placed in the middle of the court yard on upper campus with a stunning 7 pillared building labeled as Jamesons hall sits behind it. UCT was built about 120 years ago, so most of the buildings looks on the outside are very well designed, like Concordia.

UCT is nestled in the side of the mountains so walking up to the very top of campus is a hike, but very rewarding needless to say. Walking from my student apartments to upper campus would take me about 45 minutes. Luckily UCT offers there own bus services, the Jammies,  which pick students up at different stops and dropping students off at multiple stops around campus.  The campus is split into three parts: Upper campus where most of students classes are located, Middle campus where most classes consists of technology and computer based and lower campus where college of music, dance, and theater are located. The Student population of UCT is roughly 25,000 students which is significantly greater then Concordia which has a student population of 1,500 at the most. Being that the student population is significantly greater then Concordia my class sizes are also very big in comparison. At Concordia my class size would be 15-25 students about. At UCT my classes are 300+ students. I am currently taking a music and dance class at UCT. Being that the college of Music and dance is separate from UCT my classes are also a little different. My class size for my dance and music course is about 35 students, so more like what it would be like at Concordia.

The meeting times of classes for UCT is different then Concordia. At Concordia most classes run on a block schedule meaning that my class lecture would either be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 55 minutes or they would be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour and a half. Here at UCT the class lectures are more like what they would be in high school. Where the class times depends on the period they are in, so period 6 meets Monday-Friday from 1-2 pm. It was hard to get into the swing of classes having them everyday, versus every other day. Also, on top of meeting up for class everyday at UCT they have these things called ‘TUTS’ that are mandatory. TUTS are essentially like having another class lecture except you meet up with your specific tut group at a different time then normal lecture and talk about what the main points have been in lecture that week. Tuts are nice because they usually are only about 15-20 students versus the 300+, so in tuts it would be the ideal time to ask questions about the lecture. So, for example, for my cell biology course I have lecture Mondays- Fridays from noon-1pm. Lab on Wednesdays from 2-5pm and my tut for the course is Thursdays from 10-10:45 am. My dance and music class I only meet 3 times a week, so more like how Concordia would run.

Another huge difference between UCT and Concordia, or I should say South Africa and the United States is the flip of the seasons! I left the US in winter and came to South Africa in the season of their summer which was amazing! But now all my friends back at home at Concordia are talking about the amazing weather as I am here and currently preparing myself, once again, for winter :P But it’s okay because Cape town is still breath taking :)

Another similarity of Concordia and UCT is that they both offer sports for people who weren’t recruited to play for a team! Concordia offers some clubs like Zumba and some intramural sports like volleyball and soccer. UCT offers SO MANY!!! Any club you can think of UCT has it. Different singing groups, dance groups, yoga, sports, drama, theater, hiking, surfing, gymnastics and so much more! And a perk of being a studies abroad student is that we get to do any three clubs for free. Any more after that we have to pay for. So I was thinking to myself, “What would be a better way to meet people then to join a club?” So, I joined several different groups! I joined The Art Of Living, which does sunset yoga on the beach. I also joined UCT’s surf and yacht (wind surfing not just sailing on a yacht) club. Being that the ocean is all around, several different water sport clubs were available. Which was AWESOME! And I also joined UCT’s Football team. Football as in Soccer team. I love it! I have meet so many cool people from joining the clubs and I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to join them :)

 

IMG_1576  Sunset Yoga



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A little glimpse of what I have been up to the last several months in South Africa! :)

The natural beauty of South Africa and Cape town in particular is just impeccable! I can’t even describe it, so instead I will just show you :)

AWESOME PICTURE    IMG_0889     IMG_0902  IMG_1086   IMG_1009Live on sun Sunset #2  Sunset Table sunsetTable CLiffClimbing table  SurfingAwesomeee  Lions Colorful houses

 



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