17th of May at Falmouth University

For my course I also had to make a vlog, so I decided to film throughout the day as we celebrated our national day here at university. It is a very personal day for us, and I wanted to show you how much fun we had even though we are away from home. If you want to read more about it, click here. I recommend to watch in high quality.

I hope you like it!

Amanda.

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Norway’s constitution day

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Yesterday was the 17th of May, which sounds just like a regular day, but for Norwegians it is the best day of the year. Having national days are always fun, but it seems as though Norwegians celebrate it a lot more and is more passionate about the particular day.

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A home away from home

My first year at Falmouth University is coming to an end. Looking back, I am not sure where the time went. I was lucky enough to get along with my flatmates, let alone have them as my new best friends. Of course, we added a few sweethearts to our group and our journey together throughout our first semesters have been nothing but fun.

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Application Process

When I started my application for universities in England, I found student reviews very useful. It is always nice to know how other students find their university, how they like it or dislike it. I quickly found out it was hard to choose, especially since people seemed to have mixed feelings, which is only natural as we’re all different.

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Me and my guide at University of Roehampton.

At first I only looked at universities that had literature degrees, of which is quite a few. Then I looked at where they were and how easy it would be for me to get there, as I can be a very anxious traveler. In the end I chose four that I found interesting:

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How to: Be a tourist in Norway

There is no right or wrong in being a tourist in Norway, but sometimes a little guide can help you understand how the habits or social behaviour of a Norwegian is.

I think the most important thing to highlight here is that if you ever encounter a Norwegian who does not talk to you, greet you or even look at you, they are not trying to be rude. Believe me. As I pointed out in the last post, our politeness is quite different from British people’s for instance. We focus more on not bothering anyone with our presence, unless we have to. Thus, if we’re met by someone who actually do break this personal space that is created by silence, it is as if we have forgotten how to speak at all.

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How I got here

Why would you want do study in England, when it’s less expensive in Norway?

Let me tell you this: I am richer now than I have ever been.

Of course I do not mean this money-wise, but I am richer in experiences, memories, friends, knowledge and so on. That is what is important to me. Therefore, choosing between a cheaper education and a more expensive one was easy for me. The latter, studying in England, was an exciting decision I made in hopes of gaining new experiences in a different culture with a different language. I took this chance, this risk, because I needed to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone.

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On my way to England!

It all started in 2012 when I happened to stumble upon a website that turned out to be the personal page of an organisation that helped students apply to University in England, I was immediately intrigued and ordered their magazine right away. I also told my parents about it, but knowing me… they did not really believe it would happen. I had 2 years left in upper-secondary and anything could change, and it did.

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