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 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

 

CABO BY NIGHT

Cabo by night.. is maybe not equally as fun as Mango Deck during the day, BUT it can be fun if you are ready to drink questionable shots, dance with drunk teenagers, fight with taxi drivers, hook up with randoms and stand hours in line to actually get your shots..

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I recommend buying JustColleges pass for 100 dollars so that you get to cut the lines at the clubs.

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The place to be is Squid Row, but go to Mandala next door and use your JustColleges drink tickets to avoid stading hours in line at squid row (Seriously that place has 5 bars or so but the line is never ending) OR bring a flask!

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Squid Row is fun, but you do a lot of walking around. Try getting one of those balconys that you see in the picture above. It allows you to dance with your friends without having creeper guys come up to you and try to seduce you with their horrible dancemoves (seriously Americans.. Grinding is not dancing..).

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Remember to have tone of fun with your friends. Cabo go by sooo quickly and when you get back you will sit on facebook for three days straight checking everyones cabo albums and openly wish you were there.

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Check out the Nowhere bar too! Fun place with crazy songs. I went a little insane with my moves when California girls came on..

xoxox

Christine

Mango Deck CABO

Hey my dearest!

So here are some more updates on all the fun I had in Cabo! Ill try to explain specifics a little better.

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The place to be during the day is Mango Deck. A huge day bar at the beach. It has about 4 different bar areas and the line is equally long everywhere.. (buy your drinks at the other bar two bars down.. Cheaper and sometimes they have 10 for 10$ shots.)

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Other things to do than stand in line waiting to use either your bankcard or you JustColleges drink tickets, is to mingle with the same people you see at your college every Thuresday night, but this time you are in cabo AND thats TOTALLY different..

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But seriously, this is so much fun actually! Have a few shots, build a sand castle, cover a innocent/passed out person with sand and take a picture, have a water fight in the ocean, buy a henna tatoo or try to get the cheapest headband from one of the sellers that constantly push their products in your face, and try to have as much fun the few days you are there!

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Back from Cabo

I have had THE most amazing time in Cabo and I am having some serious withdraws from it. It was just so warm and sunny all day long, even in the night.

We always started at Nikki Beach at the ME where all my friends were staying, then we would make our way to Mango Deck which is this crazy fun day club where everyone hangs out.

After Mango deck I would recommend to ALWAYS nap before you go out. If you live in LA like me and are use to the clubs closing at 2, then you should be preparing for going out until 6 am..

Places to go in the night: Mandala, The Nowhere Bar and Squid Row (worst trashy fun place ever).

I would recommend looking into JustColleges deals if you decide to ever to go Cabo for Springbreak. You pay a certain price for getting free drinks and a wristband that gets you infront of the line every day! And also 25% of meals and stuff, cause Cabo is NOT cheap (except from cabs).

It was amazing and Ill tell you more about it, but here are some pictures!

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Struggles of a International Student

I just have to point out this hilarious article on buzzfeed!

I recognize myself in so many of them! Seriously I have been drinking for years and now you are telling me I cant drink legally anymore?? And the constant search of a green card husband and always asking friends “Can I get deported for this?”… its a struggle being international student and you would think I would end after a few years, but believe me the struggle continues…

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My British friend Eve and me

Heres my list of struggles:

Paperworkssss..: Seriously.. is all these documents necessary? Do I really need a 120, a visa, fill out hundreds of documents disclaiming my right to my own life.. also you want me to get an apartment and a car.. but you wont give me a social security number?..

Identification: In Norway we have our ids on the back of over debit card (in the us, our debit card suddenly turns into a credit card of mysterious reasons..), so wherever we go we dont have an id. Therefore my solution have been taking my passport our every time I wanna go to our local college bar.. or even get a money order at CVS (a piece of value paper international students pay their rent and sorority with).

Checks: Like.. what the hell is this? A third world country? who uses checks anymore? It was so confusing the first time I had to pay my apartment rent with a check. I think Europe stopped using those in the 80s..

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Getting my green card guys! .. no I am not; just have presents at my sorority

Distances: “omg. its soo far”.. no its just your LAZY LA legs that dont like to put one foot infront of the other and MOVE. A walk thats longer than 5 minutes is considered a hike, and the car is considered the only method of transportation. Stairs are also unheard off, and in my apartment complex I see people take the elevator down 1 floor to go to the gym (this is not normal guys.. heard about leg day?)

Food: No it is not normal to have desserts or something sweet after dinner every day.. (okay I know they do this other places than Europe, but in the rural country of Norway, sugar was considered luxury during WW2 and a lot of our grandparents/parents grew up believing chocolate war only meant for Saturdays)

Also the food size is just ridiculous. I actually tossed out my dinner plates here cause they were seriously bigger than my head.

 

Being a international student has its perks and its downsides, and I always run into funny and awkward situations where the most ordinary things for americans just sound so weird to me. The other day I noticed accustomed I had gotten to americans pregame: 6 shots in 30 min before you go out, compared to a bottle of wine during a 4 hours long pregame in Europe.

Its an adjustment, but its a fun one, even tho it can be quit frustrating at times.

Good luck guys.. you will need it!

Christine

 

 

 

 

Trumpsta Music Video in the Making

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During the whole time we were sober and to be honest partying while sober is kinda hard and I felt awkward the entire time.. Regardless of that, It was still so much fun! I got to meet an amazing production team and some amazing girls!

Also I chose to be in the video cause it was my friend who produced it and because the team making it was professional, and because the team of the movie was funny, and also because I explicitly told I would only be in the video if I dident have to be in a bikini.. I just wanna point that out!1899905_10152590977773916_833594059_nnon of these pictures are mine. They are all from Max Bards album.

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..

Not this kinda calender..

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!

Plans for 2014

Can you believe it’s 2014 already? I had just gotten used to 2013… 2013 was such an amazing year where I felt that many parts of my life finally fell into place. I moved in with my best friend, I spent the summer in France, I joined a sorority, met some amazing girls! Then ended the year in Vegas with a bottle of champagne in my hand surrounded by friends! Despite a breakout and living spring semester with a roommate from hell I believe 2013 was the best year in my life and I can’t wait for 2014 to start! Here are my plans for the new year:

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I tried to think of more, but life is just great now as it is so nothing really special has to happend:)! Lots of kisses from Christine