thoughts of a senior

Its here: Your final year. You are now a senior. You have been praying for this day to come Graduatewhile you struggled yourself through endless midterms, all-nighters, group projects from hell, and finals, and now its finally here. But you no longer want this day to come.

The day you realize that your life cant evolve around costume parties, beer-pong, game days, and taking 6 shots and staying up all night to see if you can get your crush to actually notice you. This is the day when you have to begin figuring out your life.

Just a year ago, it all seamed so far away. But now your college goodbye is waiting at your doorsteps. Soon post-college life will come knocking, and hopefully it wont completely knock you down.

These last four years of your life has broken your heart, served you C´s on your tests, made you gain 10 pounds, had you fight with you best friends, (as a member of sorority: given you lots of social probations..), thrown up your last shot of fireball and the domino you just ate. These years have had you tumble and fall, but it has also made you rise each and every time.

You have learned that when you heart is broken nothing can cure it like a hug from a friend (or a few drinks and texts from your other crush). That professors are people and that they want you to succeed, and that the C´s you get can with a lot of hard work turn into A´s. The pounds you gained may have made you more self conscious, but lets be real no one wants to look like a stick skinny freshman either, so I am sure you look way better with those pounds on (otherwise there is always the gym and low carb). And your best-friend will forgive you: Cause you are best-friends and its gonna come a day when she is gonna want you to forgive her to. For the throw up and Dominos: you just have to learn that the last shot you get is always a waste of money .. and so is Dominos 2 am..

We stumble and we fall and look forward to the day we suddenly are gonna turn into sophisticated individuals who loves drinking wine and go to art shows, but when senior year suddenly approaches: We realize its happening too soon. We wanna continue having Dominos at 2 am.

People dont one day wake up and realize they are adult human beings that now has to pay bills other than college tuition, its a process. We slowly grow into these people, and we do it through those epic nights out and the falls we have in life. Each time we fall and college life knocks us down, we had the courage to get up and grow up from it so that we hopefully dont repeat the same mistakes (if not we make the same stupid mistake until we DO learn).

Learning is growing, and throughout your life you are gonna learn and therefore you are gonna grow. If you managed to stand up after a night of endless stupidity and broken hearts, then you can manage to stand up and face adult life each day for the rest of your life.

So when post graduation and adult life do come knocking just know that you are gonna be ready, not because you have done it before, but because college taught you endless times to get up and fight for yourself, your friends, your grades, and your dreams. Believe me: you are more prepared than you think.

If not, then Dominos is always there.

Starting College: What You Should Invest Your Money In

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1: Computer: Surprisingly you will need a computer when you go to college. You can of course manage without, but in todays techno based world its gonna be a struggle. You do not need a big expensive computer, go for something light weight as you will be caring it to class each day.. Or you can actually do like me and buy an ipad to type your notes on. Other than that I would just like to add that Mac book air is amazing.

2: Bike: I go to a university that does not allow cars to drive on campus. That means a lot of walking, despite the fact that a lot of the classes are in different buildings across campus. If you are going to a similar university I would recommend buying a bike so you dont turn up 5 minutes late to every single class you have.

3: Microsoft word: There are hundreds of way to get this for free, but if you are really nontechnical and just have a lot of money then you should definitely invest in Microsoft word. Lets face its: there is nothing that can quite compare to it.. sadly.

4: A School bag: If you are a little more health oriented then a backpack is probably a better option.

5: Underwear: Laundry sucks.. so buy underwear so you dont have to do your laundry every week. Seriously, best advice my mom gave me!

 

Moving Away From Your Friends

I wanna address how it is to move away from your friends at home cause I get a lot of email regarding it.

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Yea, its hard. Especially in the beginning. During my first year I missed my friends so much I was talking to them almost every day, and if I was not doing that then I was telling my new friends in the States about my friends back at home. In other words: If I was not talking to them, I was talking about them.

However, even though I love all my friends back home, I can honestly say that I have lost contact with a lot of them. First of all I am a bad at keeping in touch with people Facebook stresses me out, especially in the beginning cause Norway is 9 hours ahead and I ended up having 24 hours of non stop communication with friends at home and friends here. It just became too much and I had to cut down. Secondly, I ran out of stuff to talk to them about. I would try to explain boy problems or school stuff to them, but for people who have never even visited me and seen how I live and what I do every day it becomes hard because they simply cant relate. Moreover, I cant relate to them anymore.

A big gap grows between you cause you never see eachother and because your life has become so different. But mostly the gap also comes from the fact that you are growing into different people. What we do, what we experience, and the people we meet influence us more than we think. I have never regretted moving to the states and I do really appreciate all the people I have met and made friends with cause I feel they have all made me into a better person. But having all these new experiences with places and people have made me grow, and thereby changed me. I am no longer the same person I was when I first moved here, and I cant expect my friends to be the same people either.

We change, and that is totally normal and okay, but because of it and the distance a gap grows between us. Relationships are built upon experiences. Those long nights chatting with your best friend during a slumber party, or that fun trip you guys had, and that “one time at bandcamp”.. All of those fun and close experiences you guys had binds you together and the glue becomes “oh! do you remember that one time..”. Its experiences you can relate to and talk about, but once you no longer have that the glue weakens and a gap begins to grow.

Its natural, and it will most likely happen. But you will meet new people that are equally as nice, fun, smart and amazing as your best friends back home. Dont ever forget your old friends and all the fun you had with them, but acknowledge the fact that moving abroad will forever change your relationships.

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Christine

 

How to prepare for a new semester

Okay, you have stuffed yourself with so much Christmas food that you are seriously starting to doubt your body will ever return to its normal state before cabo springbreak, your mom is starting to secretly hope you and your mess will depart soon, you have heard all of the different versions of uncle Phil’s stories from when he was in college, and grandmas kisses have gone from being annoying to something you openly fear! Thank God the holidays are over! Here’s the guide on how to prepare yourself for yet another semester:

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1: delete old mail if you are like me and never delete any of your mail in your student email, now is the time to do so. Start your semester with a clean slate and an empty mailbox! Your New Years resolution should also be to keep it nice and clean throughout!

2: order your books and also sign up for classes if you have not done so.. Never buy your books at the book store, learn that Amazon is your new best friend! Another idea is to also email the professor and ask he if has any extra books he is willing to lend out!

3: wash all your cloths nothing is more annoying than washing cloths in college. It takes time, effort and sometimes money.. So wash your cloths at home and arrive on campus with an entirely clean wardrobe almost as good as new!

Not this kinda calender..

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4: get a calendar and use it! My mom buys me a calendar every year and because of my goldfish memory I always use it! I swear I have been getting better grades after I started using it!

5: check where your classes are I always do the mistake of being too late for my first class cause I have no idea where it’s at! So please get a map and find out where your classes are before semester starts!

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Do you have any great ideas for how to start your semester?? Post them here!

5 student budget friendly ways to improve your skin

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1: use Cocosa oil as facial cream: this thing is magic! Not only is it super cheap:10 (?) dollars. But also works wonders on the skin. Since I started using it every day my skin has gotten so smooth and a lot of oldsunspots have even disappeared! scaring has disappeared. One of my

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2: use olive oil as night cream: cold pressed virgin olive oil is so good for you, both in your salad and as a night cream. Olive oil contains chemicals that smooths your skin and get rids of those pitches in the skin some of us have after acne. Amazing! But the oil is too thick to wear during the day so put it on before going to bed.
3: eat eggs: and get your b vitamins and protein! It’s really good for the skin! And also hair and nails! And they are really cheap!
4: green tea: I steal it from my apartment building, but a box of 50 costs 5 dollars at trader joes or so! Green tea I beneficial for a lot of things such as weight loss and fighting cancer! And the antioxidants in those 5 cups recommended every day will make your skin glow!

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5: a facial scrubbing brush: costs 10 dollars of sephora (or eBay for 3) and is cheaper than buying new facial scrubs every month or a clearosonic. It also is good to use everyday as it removes dirt and makeup. Use once a day together with you facial cleanser and you will quickly see results.
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Exercise: get sweaty and open up your pores to get rid if the dirt.
No tanning: seriously.. You know this!
Drink water: hydrate hydrate hydrate!

What 2013 taught me

Jardin I love those end of the year lists everyone makes. Its a fun way to remember the year that has gone by and also see if there was any valuable lessons that I can take with me into the new year.

1: Try to live in a different city: Of course I am talking about this summer when I lived in Paris! Despite seriously having some of the worst moments in my life while I was there, I still met some amazing people that I still keep in touch with, and I seriously learned that idea of not caring too much about school.  A grade freak like me would before Paris have cried myself to sleep over a bad grade, but in Paris I learned that skipping the last 4 hours of class to sit at cafees with my friends were far more valuable than any grade! (I will make that lesson nr 2)

3: There is always a way: Gash I am back discussing Paris(france) again, BUT when I nearly missed my flight in Nice I did everything in my power to get on that plane, even though that meant hitchhiking with a complete stranger on the back of a motorcycle… When thing dosent go your way, you are obliged to do anything in your power to make it go your way. It is not over before the plane leaves the ground (literary).Antoniette

4: Beauty arises from chaos: I wrote an essay about hip hop and Blues and learned the connection that musical styles often grow out of social struggles. Blues from minstrel and slavery, and hip hop from the Bronx in the 70s. I think its an important message as life often fall down upon us and we sometimes struggle to see where our next step will be, and its therefore important to remember that better things can aspire out of the muddle we sometimes get our self into.

5: Sororities are OKAY! I taught I would be stuck with a bunch of airheads, but I ended up being stuck with 250 amazing, smart and successful women! Sororities have their stereotypes, and although a lot of them are confirmed I have kinda changed my view on the stereotypes. That smiling blond overly excited girl is now me and for all the right reasons as being part of a sorority has taught me about smiling, and appreciating things a bit more. And I seriously understand why they are all so excited because being part of a group makes the fun even more fun. its kinda like giggling over silly things with your best friend, but now you have 250 of them.

DG6: A smile can get you far, and not smiling saves you a lot energy..: A smile can brighten any day and I love walking into my sorority and always see somone smiling and asking how my day was. I also saw the importance of smiling when we visited an elderly center up in hollywood and one lady started crying because she just loved the christmas joy we spread (and the cookies). Smiles send so much love so remember to smile. On the other side not smiling keeps the freaks off you. gash some people cant take no for an answer, and therefore looking like a mad cow solves the issue as no one dares to approach you!

7: Learn to forgive…

8: College is possibly the best time of your life: this one speaks for itself, if not just google it.

1441287_652741371445359_411421617_n9: Take the opportunities you are given: I have really practiced the YES word this year. Said yes to a free trip to miami, free stay in cannes, yes to paris, yes to joining a sorority, yes to being a model at oslo fashion week, yes to new friends, yes to vegas, yes to free stay in SF, sooo much yes

10: have fun. Fridays are not meant for the library. Go out

11: be the person you want to be remembered as: being in college with so many young people it often happens that someone passes away at a too early age. I remember reading about one usc student who died tragically in Cabo last springbreak, and it struck me how such an amazing person he sounded like. He will definitely be remembered as a great guy. And off of that I think its important to remember that we dont live forever so therefore appreciate the moments we are given with people that you love and who loves you, and try to emphasize the good qualities within you so that people remember you as genuine good, (and not as a bitch to likes to control everyones life)

12: have a schedule that works for you. I like to sleep 12 hours every day.. and i therefore have a schedule that helps me with that.

 

 

Tips for utenlandsstudenter

1: Prisforskjeller: Som nordmann lever du ganske bra i andre land fordi alt er så dyrt i Norge i forhold. Derfor blir de 200 kr på en taxi-tur inn til byen regnet som billig, inntil du faktisk tar en titt på kontoen din og oppdager at den ENE taxituren er blitt til 20 og den sammenslåtte prisen en helt annen.

Det er så veldig lett å tro man kan leve som kongelig fordi man plutselig er i utlandet, men husk at du fortsatt har et lån og stipend å forholde deg til og at du som utlandsstudent bare får utbetalt EN gang i halvåret. Tell meteren på dopapiret, handle på salg og undersøk hvor du får billigst mat. Det tar tid å venne seg til en annen pris på en livsstil så ikke la deg lure.

2: Facebook: Meld deg inn i grupper relatert til skolen din. På denne måten kan du bli kjent med eller bare se hvem du faktisk skal gå på skole med. Det er også lettere å finne noen å bo med på denne måten.

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3: Sånn som på film: jeg tror det er lett å tenke at college eller universitet skal bli slik vi har sett på film og tv. Og det første som kommer til å slå deg er at alle ser betraktelig ynger ut enn på tv. I usa er de bare 18 når de begynner på college, du som nordmann er 19 eller 20 og kulturelt mye mer voksen enn de du begynner på skole med. Dette kommer av en annen kultur rett og slett. Grøftefylla som du holdt på med på ungdomsskolen og videregående er standard første året på college, og mange unge prøver alkohol for første gang.

Men selv om de kanskje ikke er HELT slik du så for deg så vil du oppdage at når du er ferdig med skolen og ting faktisk var ganske likt sånn som på TV.. Etter å ha snublet deg gjennom en fireårig amerikansk bachelor vil du oppdage at du plutselig har blitt del av en college kultur, en liten boble som beskytter deg mot omverdenen og når du står der med graduation hatten på hodet og diplomet i hånden vil du plutselig se ting litt annerledes. Du skjønner det når du står der 😉

4: Ta deg tid: Som nevnt over så vil du plutselig en dag stå på gradution podiet og høre navnet ditt bli lest opp for avgangsklassen din. Du har gledet deg til denne dagen gjennom alle de fire årene, men så er du plutselig der. Det heter seg at det ikke er destinasjonen som er målet med reisen, det er det du opplever frem til du når det. Ta deg tid og nyt den studietiden du har nå. Det haster ikke å vokse opp, karakterer betyr ikke all verden og du kommer til å angre hvis de eneste minnene du kan mimre om er de mangfoldige timene du tilbragte innerst inne i kroken på biblioteket. Du kommer i mål en gang, men frem til da så haster det ikke.

5: tid til skole også: Selv om du skal nyte studietiden så må også studier passe inn. Det er ingen nytelse å stryke på eksamen, eller få en dårlig karakter så finn et balansepunkt der du får til begge deler.

Lykke til

Christine

Praktiske tips ved ankomst til Los Angeles

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Du er endelig i Los Angeles, the city of Angels! Men hva nå? Hvor skal du bo? Hvordan kommer du deg rundt? Hva med mobil? Bankkort?… jeg har stått der selv og her er mine tips til deg:

Bosted: Jeg visste ikke hvor jeg skulle bo når jeg landet i Los Angeles for to år siden. Jeg hadde bare snakket med to jenter på facebook (les mer om å finne roommates her). Vi tre sammen gikk å så på leilighet og hvordan vi fant vår leilighet kan du lese her.

Hvordan komme seg rundt i Los Angeles:

Bil:Los Angeles er byen laget for biler og derfor er det lettest å komme seg rundt med bil. Trafikken er forferdelig, alle blir redde når det regner og kjører kjempe sakte, and forvent at alle er høy, fulle eller begge deler etter kl 11 om kvelden.

Los Angeles is a city made of cars and therefore you will get around the most easy by car. The traffic is horrible, everyone gets scared when it rains, and expect every one to be either high, drunk or both after 11 pm.

Bus og tog: Ja det finnes bus og tog i LA, bare ingen vet om det.. LA er som sagt bilens hovedstad og svært få bortsett fra de aller fattigste og europere bruker det. Les mer her om bus og tog i LA.

Taxi: Ikke så dyrt for oss Nordmenn, men etter å ha bodd en stund i LA som student vil du skjønne at kontinuerlig taxi kjøring kan bli veldig dyrt. Her er noen generelle priser: Santa Monica til Hollywood: 40 Dollar

Downtown til Hollywood: 20 Dollar

USC til Hollywood: 25 Dollar

Har ikke taxi sjaføren på takstameteret be han skru det på, se etter bevis på at han FAKTISK er en taxi sjafør. Noter deg nr til sjaføren. Virker prisen urimlig så er den ofte det. Husk å tipse godt for gode sjafører, vanlig er alltid 10% og 20% for god service.

Her er noen taxi hjemmesider:

LA Yellow Cab

Bell Cab

United Independent Taxi

Mobil: Ta med deg I-20, pass og penger for å fikse mobil. Du må finne en mobil levrandør og møte opp i egen person for å fikse dette. Finn et selskap som tar internationale studenter. En av dem er T-mobile.

Jeg er ikke fornøyd med T-mobil, de er dyre og servicen dårlig, men det er en av de få jeg har kunnet få mobil abonnoment av uten Social Security Number.

Et tips er å kjøpe en ulåst mobil og heller kjøpe separat abonnoment. Anbefaler da verizon. T-mobil har også tilbud.

Vær forberett på at bindings tiden i USA er 2 år, du kan betale deg ut, men det er dyrt. Du kan også komme deg ut av avtalen ved å si at du er international student, det er egene regler for dette som ikke jeg har så veldig god kjennskap til.

Bankkort: Som international student uten Socical Security Number (SSN) can du ikke få debit kort. Debit kort er hva vi nordmenn bruker som regel, det vil si at vi bruker penger vi har ikke mastercardet. Du vil istede få et credit card av banken. Jeg brukte Bank of American og har vært fornøyd med det, men har heller begynt å bare bruke mitt norske. Vær forberett på at du ikke trenger pin kode i USA og dermed kan alle bruke kortet ditt mange steder som ikke krever id, selv ditt norske.

Slik går du frem:

– ta med deg Pass, 1-20 og penger

– gå til en bank

– og si at du er international student og trenger bankkort. De vet hva de skal gjøre. Som regel…

God tur og lykke til!

How to find cheap tickets

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Since I am a frequently traveler (I love traveling), I have become very good at finding cheap flight tickets. Here are some tips that I hope can help you on your way:

1: Kampanjer og nyhetsbrev: reiser du titt og often lønner det seg å melde seg inn i de ulike fly-og reiseselskapens kundeklubber. På denne måten sparer du opp litt poeng her og der, itillegg kan du få tilbud om gode kampanjer! New York tur-retur 2999 anyone?

2: Velg riktig utreise og hjemreise dag: Tirsdager er billig utreise, søndag er dyr hjemreise. Når de gjelder storbyene er often langhelgene dyre, da kan det lønne seg å heller reise midt-uke. Tillegg er tidlig morgenreiser ofte billigere enn ettermidagen.

Billige utreise:

– tirsdag, onsdag, torsdag, lørdag, søndag

Billige hjemreise:

– Mandag, lørdag, torsdag

3: Hvilken dag og tid du bestiller billetter: Visste du at flybilleter øker i pris i løpet av uken og at morgenen er billigere enn kvelden. Flyselskapene måler interesse ved å se på antal søk på ulike flyruter, og dermed regulerer de prisen. Bestill derfor alltid om morgenen og på dager slik som mandag, tirsdag og onsdag. På torsdag og fredag gleder man seg ofte til helgen og ferier og flere drømmer seg gjennom sydenturene på nett.

4: Antall dager før reisen: Skal du fly 1 August? bestill billett den 25 Juni. Det er en gyllen regel at desto tidligere du bestiller desto billigere er billetten, det er ikke alltid sånn dessverre. Flyselskapene legger ut såkalte prøvebilletter god tid i forveien for å se interessen, deretter regulerer de prisene og derfor kan noen billetter ofte være litt dyrere i forhold til interessen når de legges ut og det kan være en god ide og vente litt. Idealt og skal vi følge statestikken er de fleste flybilletter billigste 35 dager før avreise.

5: mot strømmen: London rett før jul? kanskje ikke en god ide når de kommer til pris. Som sagt billetter blir prissatt av interessen fra oss forbrukere, velg heller tyrkia i høstferien og Dubai i sommer (om du takler varmen).

6: Lett å lure oss nordmenn: Nordmenn er vandt til høyepriser og når de blir for billig da blir vi egentlig litt redde.. Mitt kanskje beste tips er å forandre søkesidene fra .no til .com og språk og valuta fra NOK til USC eller Euro. Av en eller annen merkelig grunn blir ofte prisene litt billigere når man går vekk fra NOK. Test det ut selv, og prøv på andre nettbutikker.

God tur!