This week I had 4 finals and a paper standing between me and summer vacation.
Last week was “dead week”, the last week of classes before finals, and in general a lot stressed out people and never ending amount of work to get done. Around this time it is not uncommon to find people studying or sleeping in the weirdest places. The library is open 24/7 and there are yummy snacks every night at 11pm!
17th of May is the Norwegian Constitution day! The Scandinavian students, students studying Norwegian and many of the schools staff and former students attended a Norwegian breakfast with speeches. Later that day many students made they way to Ballard, Seattle for the 17th of May Parade! There were so many people at the parade and I was proud to be walking with such a great group of PLU students! And I finally got some Solo (norwegian soda)! It was so good! :D
To get through these weeks you may have to lock yourself in the library for a while, but don’t forget to have some fun in between. Let your brain relax every couple of hours. As my German professor would say: “ Kein Stress!” Don’t stress, you can do it!
Other than the overbearing amount of work, I actually really enjoy these weeks because people are so understanding of each other. For example you can go to the library looking like a hobo and everybody understands; its dead week and you have other things to worry about.
There are also a lot of events that you can go to as a study break or for stress relief.
My dorm, Tingelstad for example, brought in therapy dogs during dead week for all the stressed students to cuddle and play with. There were so many types of dogs, all different sizes and degree of fuzziness. It was really relaxing and helped me forget about the overbearing amount of work that I had to do for a little while. I have really been missing my dog back home in Norway and this event made me miss her even more.
Packing up to go home has been quite a struggle. I don’t understand how I have managed to accumulate this much stuff on such a short time and I came here with so little. How did this happen?! The walls look so bare now with all my pictures taken down and somehow I have managed to fit most of it into a few boxes and bins. You can store a little in the dorms over the summer which is very helpful. The rest is going to go into storage. Many people have offered to store stuff for me as well over the summer which is really nice of them! :)
I am very excited to be going back to Norway this summer. It has been 329 days since i got on the plan PLU-bound! I am definitely ready to see my family, friends and old classmates again! I have missed them a lot! I have also missed some of the food from home! When people came to visit me I would ask them to bring me back my favorite Norwegian snacks :)
I am excited to come back next semester to see all of the awesome people I have met here again. After a year I feel like I know the school so well and have become very comfortable here. I definitely consider PLU one of my many home-away-from-homes.
Here are some pictures from my first year at PLU!
|Outdoor Movie Night!|
|2013 Color Run|
|Spring Soiree - Swing Dance Club|
|Tingelstad goes to the Mariners Game!|