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Viernes Already!

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This week, as with most weeks, has pasted quickly, but what a week it has been. On Monday I spent most of the day in classrooms without professors. In Photo II, the professor arrived nearly on time, but disappeared shortly thereafter, and only returned with fifteen minutes left of class. I did manage to explain to him my idea for my project after making eye contact with him while he was in his office. Later on in the day, the professor for Photography and Painting never showed up, but someone thought he mentioned in the previous class that he would later in the class. It’s like the professors don’t share the same concern of time as the students, or at least non-Spanish students do.

In other academic news, I attempted to go to a class called Foundations of Painting for the first time on Tuesday. Once I found out who the professor was I asked him if I was in the right class. His response was that class finished last semester, in January. And to think I had my schedule all figured out! On Wednesday I went to the Bellas Artes’ International Office to ask what was up. Their response was the same as the professor’s, and they told me I could take Color II, which didn’t work with my schedule and it was a higher level course than someone who has never painted should take. Also, I was attempting to take the foundations class because it was only on Tuesdays and fit well with my schedule. Luckily I heard from UMBC’s Study Abroad office the same day I emailed a question about credit transferability (unlike the UMBC Art Department’s exchange director’s lack of response for an email I sent a week ago). It turns out a class worth 9 credits here transfers as 4 to UMBC, contrary to my belief that they would transfer as 3 credits. So I don’t have to worry about Foundations of Painting or Color II or whatever it is and I will be earning 16 UMBC credits for the semester (one more than usual).

Also this week the idea of going to Dublin, Ireland popped into my head while looking at March on a calendar. I made arrangements to be in Dublin from Saturday, March 14 to Wednesday, the 18th, during the St. Patrick’s celebration. I won’t have class that week because of the local celebration of Fallas and I’ll be able to make it back in time for the incredible finale of that on Thursday, March 19. Hopefully the journey to Dublin and back via RyanAir will go smoothly.


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February 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Visado de Estudiante, Por Favor

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Within the next 5 weeks, if all goes as planned, I should have my passport returned with a student visa included.

So, now for some honest, lengthy backstory. Warning: Contains a good amount of venting…

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December 4, 2008 at 12:40 am

First Post

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I’ve created this blog to chronicle my possible journey to Spain as a American foreign exchange student in the winter and spring of 2009. It is my intention for this blog to continue to serve as a travel journal well after the semester ends.

The application is due by next Friday, October 31 by noon. I plan on having it submitted by Monday, the 27th, with all the fine-tuning being done this weekend.

Since starting the application process, a little over a month a go, I have been consumed by anxiousness and excitement, stress and hopefulness. Creating a new portfolio, writing a letter of intent, meeting with advisors and professors, obtaining letters of recommendation and ensuring a timely graduation have made me realize how much I want this.

Decisions will be made in under a week and notifications are to be sent out on Thursday, November 6. 

My fingers are crossed.

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October 24, 2008 at 12:19 am