My First Day of School.

Stressful would not be the word to sum up my day yesterday.

On discovery of my class timetable last week I had ended up with classes which a) I’ve already studied b) have no interest in studying, had been given c) 4 instead of 5 classes and d) no marketing or advertising classes (hello! That’s why I came to study here!) This was due to big mix up mainly on my home university’s end. Still I thought “it’s ok I’ll just swap some about and pick up another class it’ll be fine.”

No no. You see they have this thing here at Marist called “ad/drop” it’s where a certain carnage assumes itself from7:30am Monday morning where students anxiously sit at their laptops (or in my case get to Registrar office at 7:45am because i find out my account wasn’t yet working online) wait to frantically add and drop classes and hope they get the classes they want. Classes are mainly a maximum of 30 people per class so they get full VERY quickly. Very different from my 100+ business classes at home!

So yesterday from 7:45am I spent the whole day running around like a mad women, looking for professors, getting lost every 5 minutes, attempting to swap classes and refreshing the webpage every 20 seconds to see if the full classes i wanted had had a drop out, etc etc..

At about 5pm I left for home, I had managed to luckily swap a couple of my classes, dropped the ones I didn’t want, emailed the professors I couldn’t find, been made to take an “Art” class, as apparently you must always have 4 courses minimum for legal reasons (scary) seen my advisor 3 times and was eventually instructed to go home, wait for email replies and try again tomorrow. On top of all that, as I walked home I got massively rained on. Insult to injury to sum up my first bad day here.

Today, however was a complete turn around (YAY) after several emails last night I was greeted with 2 emails this morning: both to say I could study the 2 advertising courses I wanted to study. (Yes!!)The first Professor also invited me to the 1st class of Principles of Advertising today and so I had my very first class.

First Class: It rocked! My Professor (i love the fact we have to call them Professor!) is from Queens, NY has dreads and for an example of “What is Publicity” brought up the YouTube video of Miley Cyrus’s shocking performance at the VMA awards. Such a dude. There was about 32 of us in the class and it felt alot more personal and more like school compared to University back home, which i really like. We also had to do a “show and tell” and say what are names were, where we were from, interesting fact etc and everyone was of course again amazed that I’m from England (I literally don’t think I’ll ever get bored of that, or of how many people think I may have met Prince Harry. Lol)

I also had a message today to say my 2 friends are currently staying in NYC tonight and asked if I wanted to meet up with them and go out. So, as I don’t have class till 5pm tomorrow I’m now sat on the train on my way to Grand Central station, NYC for my first proper night out in New York City.

Man I love living here.

Sam x