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From US to New Zealand learning

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

Well courses have started. I’ve been in classes for a week and wow it is completely different. All of the courses are videoed and recorded then put online to our online learning center called “learn” within an hour. In most US universities you need the professors expressed permission before recording them in lecture.  All of the professors so far seem really relaxed, one who teaches my geodynamics and geohazards class honestly looks really intelligent inside the classroom while he is teaching then when he leaves he looks like a rapper (but he teaches complex material, what is this). The lectures run for only 50 minutes, man does class go by fast, I’m used to 90minutes.  Not all courses require books, and the ones that do (at least that I’m in) give them out as study guides so that we don’t have to pay for them, which is amazing.

In an overview of what’s happened this past week; I’ve started classes which are looking to be a blast, plus hard. I’ve gone to the beach in Sumner and visited Corsair Bay, which was beautiful. I’ve joined 4 clubs on campus fishing, hunting, rock society, and student volunteer army. I think I will be having quite a full semester of both work and fun. Next Saturday I’m headed out on a caving adventure with some people I met here, and on Sunday the IFSA-Butler group is going white water rafting. Don’t worry Leslie Tuovinen(UAA study abroad advisor), I will most likely get hurt and come back injured, I’m just kidding, I’ll try not to get hurt.

New Zealand is a different learning system, but I think I like it better than the US system that I’m used to. Adjusting to New Zealand learning style should not be that difficult seeing as I have already had to learn the University style in the US, how hard could New Zealand really be.

Though the important thing that I will mention in this post is that I may not miss California, I do miss Alaska and my Alaskan college family.



One Response to “From US to New Zealand learning”

  1. Kiana M. Says:

    You won’t have to miss 50 minute classes when you come back. UAA is switching to the UAF calendar!

    And see, I finally wrote a comment.

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