Long time no post…T – 1 week
Hello blog and friends,
It’s been a while, and I promise I didn’t forget you–I just got very busy (and am still busy now!). I officially have only 1 week left here in Norway…whoa. Where did the time go? I leave next Thursday, June 10 at 10:40 a.m. from Trondheim. Fly to Oslo, then to Iceland, then to Minneapolis where my beloved parents and a couple amazing friends will be waiting to welcome me back to the states! I can hardly believe it.
I have a few posts that are half-finished and sitting in my drafts, and I probably won’t get around to finishing them until after I leave seeing as I’m pretty busy right now. They include one about a tatoo I got while here :D, the visit I had in March from my boyfriend and his mother, as well as the 10-day trip around Norway visiting family I took in the middle of May with 6 family members/friend. Needless to say, it’s been amazing, and I have a lot to write about, I just have been neglecting my duties (which is something I promised I wouldn’t do, so I’m sorry!). It’ll be fun for me to have something to do to reflect back on my time here however when I get home.
Right now I’m studying for finals. I’ve already taken one, have one tomorrow, and my last one on Monday. Finals are quite different here in Norway; grading is completely different from what I’m used to. In my sociology class, which is my test tomorrow, my final exam is literally worth 100% of my grade. The exam I took for my political science course on Tuesday was worth 1/3 of my grade while a 20 page paper I wrote is the entire other 2/3, and lastly for my Norwegian literature course, my grade is 1/2 a paper I wrote and 1/2 the oral exam (all in Norwegian) on Monday. So basically, there is very little wiggle room; no daily assignments, no midterms, no extra credit assignments, etc.etc. which I’m used to at St. Olaf. Here’s it’s just very comprehensive and a big one shot or nothing haha. We’ll see how my grades are affected because of this!! I’m not too worried though. I figure whatever experiences I’ve taken away from this semester are far more valuable to me in my life than a few more good grades–so if I don’t fare well in the grades department, so be it.
Anyways, sorry this is not a very exciting post, I was just thinking about you and decided I should give a quick shout out! I’ve been very bipolar recently. One second I’m jumping for joy and can’t stop smiling thinking about seeing all my friends and family when I get home, and the next I’m laying in bed bawling into my pillow talking out loud to myself about how I never want to leave here haha. I know, sorry, I promise I’m not a crazy person, it’s just quite overwhelming right now so I’m going kind of nuts! Not to mention I literally get ZERO real sleep these days because of the constant light outside haha. I just don’t have the right shades! But considering sunset is somewhere around midnight and sunrise somewhere around 3 a.m….well, there’s just not a lot of night-time to be had.
I was just going to go into a big spiel about my friends here and everything but I’ve decided that since it’s quite late, I have an exam tomorrow, and I don’t feel like having a big emotional outburst at the moment, I’ll leave that to the next post (which I promise will be within a week) :)
Peace, love and happiness! Hope everyone is enjoying their summers.
xoxo Emma K
P.S. I’ve added a couple random photos!