Saturday, February 16, 2008

My First Day of School

On Thursday night I baked a fresh batch of citrus burst muffins so everyone would have a little treat for the first day of school! Unfortunately, the tray slipped coming out of the 400 degree oven and I have a pretty nasty burn on my arm... but the muffins were delicious! My flatmates devoured them.

Friday I got up nice and early to get ready for my first day of class! I finally gave in and bought a hair dryer on Thursday, and let me tell you, I felt like a new person when I dried my hair for the first time in weeks. Actually, I confused my flatmates a bit because I don’t think they’ve ever seen bangs before and they were like, “What is this? Fringe?” I got down to the Jammie Shuttle with plenty of time for Murphy’s Law to kick in.

Sadly, and somewhat appropriately, it was kind of rainy, which was a bit of a bummer, but it wasn’t too bad. My first class was Developmental Psychology, which seems really awesome. I was shocked at how much chatter there was while the professor was talking, though! The professor said there’s going to be a lot of reading and everyone groaned. There is one paperback textbook. I sat next to this guy Ryan who is also studying abroad and I offered him a muffin. Of course, he’s gay. Like moths to a flame...

Next I had the course with the longest name ever: Introduction to the Political Economy and Foundations of Social Service Professions in South Africa. Woo! This was a much smaller class, maybe 30-40 people. The professor seems very nice and friendly and had everyone go around and introduce themselves. The population of the class is pretty overwhelmingly from Cape Town, but there are still a fair amount of international students and about 5 or 6 of us from the US. She did not hand out a syllabus or any course information, she just wanted to chat. There are actually two professors teaching this course. The second one came in late and spoke a bit about her personal research on the role of NGOs with out-of-school youth. I approached her after class and asked if she was interested in having a research assistant for the semester. She seemed intrigued and asked me to email her with more information about myself, so we’ll see how that works out.

The number of beautiful people on campus is pretty astonishing. Every you look there are people that look like they jumped off the page of catalog. It’s a little intimidating.

For my third and final class of the day, Conflict in World Politics, the professor did not show up. Ok then! Apparently, I actually had pretty good odds for the day. Some people sat around on campus for 6 hours and only one professor showed up. Now, if you’re not going to show up, whatever, but couldn’t you maybe send an email so as to not waste our time?

Today I lounged around the pool and tomorrow I’m planning on going to the Kirstenbosch Gardens for the day.

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