I survived the first week of college classes, and I definitely got to experience a lot! I thought I was skilled at time management in high school, but balancing everything this week was pretty crazy. I'm sure it will only get more difficult once more clubs and extracurriculars get started and tests/assignments get going, but just familiarizing myself with a completely new routine and class schedule took a lot of planning. I'm still figuring things out as I go along, but it's pretty fun.
|Who says you can't bring stuffed animals to college? Stella, Powderpuff, and Finnick are along for the ride.|
|"Authentic Taste"... I laughed so hard at this|
Then, as of now, I have multivariable calculus (MVC). There was some confusion this week as it turned out that a handful of us freshman engineering students were placed into an MVC class for Econ majors, because the Engineering MVC section was scheduled at the same time as our required programming course. So, depending on a wait list, I might push MVC to spring and change to a different class, but I am still waiting to find out.
|Books! Books! Books!|
Here are some highlights of the week:
Had to go to the government office at 6:15 a.m. to get fingerprinted for my visa. This was about as exciting as it sounds. [yawn]
Piano Master Class with Nik Bartsch
I got to observe a master class with this really awesome Swiss pianist who came to visit and perform at the campus this week. He uses unconventional techniques such as holding/tapping the strings of the piano to create different sound effects and percussive rhythms. I really learned a lot about expression and arm/wrist position from watching him critique the students who volunteered to play for him. He was able to simplify each song down to its core melody and rhythms, and then help the students connect with the musicality of that little piece of the song.
|Nik Bartsch is my spirit animal|
Went with a group of friends to get some amazing food at a place called Bait El-Khetyar in downtown Abu Dhabi. We walked around a bit trying to find the restaurant, but it was well worth the adventure to get there. Hands down, it was the best falafel I have ever had, and amazing shawarma and hummus as well. Salad, roasted tomatoes, and flatbread by the bucket. My goodness, we ate so much food. Then followed it up with Cold Stone ice cream for dessert, because there's always room left for ice cream :)
|Tomato, hummus, shawarma, flatbread|
|Veggies + Falafel, fantastic fabulous falafel|
Sunset at Corniche Beach
Got to go swimming, play frisbee, and walk around at the Corniche Beach with some friends, which is about 15 km from campus (Saadiyat Beach is closer). The water was warm and more salty than most ocean water I've been in. It was really fun! Definitely a great end to a busy week.
Life is good. God is good. I feel so lucky to be here.
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