Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rain, rain, go away, come again another...NEVER!

Seriously though, rain go away and come again another year because grown up me wants to study!
I dont think this is a feeling special to me; when ever it rains I wana grab a cup of hot chocolate/ soup or anything warm, cuddle up by a fire and day dream or just sleep. I have found myself having a wrestling match with this said emotion and yearning and I must say, so far its 1 all, but I bet you, I and studying will win this one. :)
its been a confusing week, one of sunshine and rain and ofcourse my poor poor body got really confused and in the end lost to a cold. a terrible one I must add, however, thanx to a concoction of things I cant even beging to explain to you I am well and almost good to run a marathon (not that I have any intentions of doing so.) I just had to write about this one thing that has been bugging me since I arrived. i know im not 15 but OMG, the amount of fabric allowed on one's body here is definitely a lot smaller than i personally can deal with. No judgement, people have a right to wear and do whatever they deem fit. I was just taken a little by surprise thats all- I guess this is the culture shock that everyone warned me about. I thought after several years of travelling, I thought I was pretty much culture shock resistant. oh well!
my very own flu pharmacy

So back to the rain. Everyone looks so depressed and are forced to cover up when it rains and the minute the sun come out, then BANG! them legs come out! its so funny how fast it happens, i mean, I was in the bank for like 2 minutes and when i came out the sun was out and i saw girls already on them shorts. It must be nice to have those kind of reflexes :)

In other news, im sitting by my window enjoying a great view and nice weather while also doing my home work. Its been crazy, 6 hours a day of Calculus and statistics! I still cant believe that im back in the classroom and thats why its still fun to be integrating and differentiating :).
yes! the view

Till i write and till you read again,



Monday, September 24, 2012

Strolling down the Bright city, Brighton

Its not often that while you are seated, busy at work that you realize just how blessed you are. one week in the University of Sussex, im in an Analytical methods for Economics class and for a second i had an out of body experience....where was I sitting and what was I doing? The dots were all starting to come together.

3 years ago I completed my Bachelors in Economics and I set my self a life plan: work 3 years, go abroad thereafter to do my Masters and well...the rest is for me to know and reveal later :)
Its been 3 years since that moment, I have marched on to make my dreams come true, during that period I had several rejections, some opportunities in paths that I didnt have interests in exploring (particularly as I thought they would derail me from THE MASTER PLAN!), I kept my eyes on the ball.

what a city at night!
Its been an amazing journey and how awesome is it that today I am a Chevening scholar ( Anyway, enough with the emotional stuff. Here is my story in the University of Sussex, week one!

On  Sunday 16th September I arrived in the UK, recieved a warm welcome from the University and found myself a very cosy flat which I share with other students. The best part about the flat is my room, it has one of the best views of the university (atleast I think so) and I have to walk up about a 100 (yes, one HUNDRED stairs) every time I go to my room, if i dont get awesome legs from this Id be very pissed :)
the view from my room...its more beautiful live

I spent my first day with a South African World Bank Scholar, who I'd met at the airport, running around buying stuff for the room most importantly bedding. On the same day I attended the Welcome party by the students union which I have to admit (through all the fatigue and going there by myself) was 'rad'! (Im actually not sure if thats how its written or if I used it properly but I could have sworn I heard almost all teh freshers using that expression! haha).

fireworks after the welcome reception

The following days were filled by more house stuff shopping, food, ID collection, inductions and more welcome receptions. The most notable welcome reception by far is the one by the School of Business Management and Economics; we were served some wine, beer etc while we chatted away and met some new and interesting people. from that night alone I made what I hope will be solid relationships. I have already met 3 Chevening scholars in Sussex, I think there is about 10 of us and I should have met all of them by the end of this week.
We also started class on Thursday and for a week we will be doing 6 hours a day of Maths before starting other courses.

In between all the first week madness I found time to take several strolls down in Brighton; enjoyed the sound of the ocean, played for 2mins at the pier, walked through the old Brighton town 'Lanes' and bassically just goofed around. Week one down, many more to go! so far so good, lets see what Sussex has in store for me, il keep you posted. In the mean time, enjoy some pics (PS: taken with my blackberry!).

one of the top tourist attractions in Brighton: The Pier
The Royal pavilion
Yes! real people I have met :p


The Road to Success-WhAT? sUssex!

DRUUUUUMMMMMM ROLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! yay! and its finally official, Im a Chevening Scholar! August 16th will forever be remembered as a day I joined a league of GIANTS (not the kind that can be defeated by David, haha).

We had our pre-departure briefing where I met the other Chevening scholar for the first time and as it turns out..he's going to University of Sussex. Its not suprising that we are both going to Sussex, its a good university,

I will be doing an Msc International Economics. I am very excited!!!