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!

 

Best Memories of LA

I have written a similar post before but Ill do it again!

Rush/recruitment:

1375824_10201078798545446_796449144_nRush or recruitment is when guys and girls go through the week-long process of joining a sorority or fraternity. As a international student all I knew about rush was from the movies or TV shows like Greek and such. In real life It was kinda similar, it was equally as scary and intimidating and despite promising myself to not get really involved I ended up crying when I got the house that I wanted Delta Gamma. The entire nerve wreaking process and getting my bid was one of the best memories from LA.

Paul Orfaelas class:

Paul Orfaela is a professor at USC, but also the multi billionaire creator of Kinkos (coopying store in US). I has a class at USC that is extremely difficult to get into, and you have to apply for it and write an essay. I got in as every thuresday for an entire semester we ate dinner at one of the nice restaurants on campus. A dinner he paid for while we discussed current events and news. At the end of the semester he invites his students to his country club in santa barbara.

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1554527_10152371451455242_8442500854697717908_nIt was a MESS. I had no tickets and snuck in two days for 80 dollars a day. Sketchy as f*** and I am for sure being tickets next year! But we had soo much fun!

Cabo:

The ultimate college destination! I have no words.. Ill give you pictures.

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Moving back home?

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December 12 I am moving back home. I should I say I am moving away from home. I have spent the last 3,5 years in Los Angeles. Its been ups and downs with crazy roommates, difficult classes, busy schedule, best friends, nice restaurants, great partylife, and tons of fun.

I have created a life for myself here and moving back to Norway in the middle of the winter is going to be an extreme contrast to what I am used to here.

I have been waking up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back into sleep, just thinking about whats going to happen when I graduate. I thought I would never move back. But now I am. And its scaring the shit out of me.

Why did I really move to the states?

I dont know. What made me wanna move all the way from little Norway to California to study? To be honest, it could have been NYC or Miami which was other places I was looking at. But I choose California cause my Brazilian friend Diego told me California was the ultimate college state. It was as simple as that.

But why USC? I came here when I was 16 to watch a USC football game and I remember driving pass the university and the row (the street where the fraternities and sororities are located) and it looked just like the movies. The college spirit was so visible that it gave me goosebumps and I got that insticitve feeling inside me telling me that this was right.

10155575_10152336945359605_1980129340386378334_nBut couldnt I just have stayed in Norway and gotten an education there? I was tired. Tired of cold winters, a life that was just always the same, and I honestly felt a bit different from everyone else. Everyone wanted to become lawyers and psychologists, and I choose something completely different like Communication and entrepenourship.

I needed something new in my life, and I also had an urging feeling of wanting to escape a bit of the past.

When you have had the same friends for several years it becomes difficult to change because they already have you in this tiny little box, which makes changing hard cause it will disrupt their image of you. But I felt the need to meet new people to discover myself again.

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Did it help? Yes. I did find new sides to myself. By traveling and moving here I have discovered that I am honest at heart, loyal, trustworthy, nice as a person, have a big and open heart, is an excelent small talker, can recognize peoples faces easily, that I am smart (honestly I spent almost 13 years of my life thinking I was stupid cause I am terrible with math and couldnt learn to read before I was 7.. )I also discovered that I am very unpatient and that my sarcasm is not a universal type of humor.

Traveling has allowed me to rediscover myself. It has let me see myself through the eyes of another culture, I have grown strong principles that I try my best to always stand by. It has made me better, and also made me into a more complete human being. Moving to the states has allowed me to grow and opened my eyes and soul. And that is the reason why I moved to the states: Cause I wanted to spire and grow.

chris

Coachella, DG invite, Exchange and all that social life

Hey lovelies!

Its been a busy month and its not getting any less busy.. Finals are here and I am slightly panicking over a paper thats due tomorrow.. I am just such a slow writer..

Anyways! Here is my life the last couple of weeks:

I got a boyfriend.. yea well timed and all.. its like 2 weeks until I am going home to norway haha. Ill will refer to him as tall guy cause he is 6,4 (195 cm). To put the height difference in perspective: I am 6,55 (168cm)..

I went to Coachella! Best time of my life!

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We had our last ball of this semester:

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we had our last exchange this semester and my dearest little london friend turned 21!

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Ill give you more later!

lots of love

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