101 Introduction to Student Life

Here you are, a teenager freshly out of school, standing in the middle of a fairly big and modern campus, totally lost in your thoughts and having no idea what it’s going to be like. Excitement and anxiety become your best friends and make a perfect blend because the first days15134292_1844374555849313_617695100_n are so intense that your mood swings from homesickness and depression to euphoria in the blink of an eye. New names mix up in your head, in fact, you end up introducing yourself to the same person over and over since both of you are not sure which name is right. But overall, you will never forget those first days stepping into the new chapter of your life — college experience. Looking back on the last three months, I realize how fast everything is changing, from the little things to a general perception. But having summed it up, I decided to write a little guide on the introduction to the student life at LCC.

1. Diversity – LCC seems to be a tiny place but it fits so many cultures, languages and mentalities! If you think you will become proficient in English,I’m sorry to disappoint you, but instead, you will learn some Ukrainian,Russian, Georgian, Lithuanian and might even get a glimpse of Korean. Also spending time at the dorm kitchen becomes like attending culture fair because most of the students are making whatever they are used to eating at home, so don’t loose the chance to try new cuisines;)

2. Cooking – The first thing you will probably start missing the most is your mom’s food. No matter how great you are at cooking, after a few weeks of doing it, the enthusiasm will start fading away. But if you are not a fan of the long meal-preparing process, make sure to check out the cafeteria;) The hardest part starts when classes get harder and your day seems to have less than 24 hours, not leaving enough time for eating or sleeping. Try to eat normally, though. You might have heard about “Freshmen 15” (gaining 15 pounds during the first year), and trust me, this is not what you want. So, enjoy homemade food until you can and take some notes while your mom is making your favorite meal.

3. Grocery shopping – Probably, my biggest challenge was going to the store and buying what I actually need, not what I think I need. All the shops around LCC have a good choice of products, so it’s hard to resist a temptation to try something new and tasty. #sweettoothprobs What really prevents me from drifting away and buying unnecessary stuff is approximate planning of what I want to eat during a few days or a week and making a list of products.

4. Sharing your room – I know, lots of people share their bedroom with the siblings or family members, but here you are living with a completely new person. Not only you have to get to know each other’s interests and hobbies, but also adjust your behavior and habits to avoid conflicts. Some might be early birds, ready to conquer the world at 7 am, while others are still up at 3 am with the music on. It might seem okay now, but you cannot even imagine how much you will hate it by the end of the first semester. So, get to know each other’s schedules and find the common ground on some rules to live peacefully.

5. “Sunny” Klaipeda –  One of the most important things to be aware of is the weather in Klaipeda. If you live in a warm sunny place, say hi from me. Even though, we were lucky this summer to get some really nice days, the fall is not that generous with them. At least, there is not a lot of temptation to go out and neglect homework😀. I hope these points will help you get a taste of what studying at LCC is:)

-xoxo Yulia Rusyanovska

Endless Opportunities

Before coming to university, a lot of freshmen are already anticipating the classes and tough work without any chance to feel THAT smell of freedom. I cannot say about other universities, but here in LCC, I feel so overwhelmed with different options where to spend my free time. (And thanks to wise organization, you will have it :)
You can explore the city: go shopping or organize food-related tour, you can find numerous Instagram friendly places here in Klaipeda🙂
LCC itself offers a lot of different activities that vary from the English club and to the basketball games!
Education here is not only in class, the main part of it waits for you outside of the classroom. Go, explore!

– Albina Golik

My First Month in Klaipeda

14202629_1199625046765528_2746086804608842295_nHow will I get to the university? Will I have good roommates? what should I wear on a first day? What if I will not like it, what if I will not have friends ? …. These are the questions which every freshman has when she goes to study in a different country, who should live with people she doesn’t know and who should do EVERYTHING on her own. She should buy food, do the laundry, check finances every time she buys something new… We all want to be independent and free from our parents and we feel excited when we go to study somewhere else, but soon we see that it is a bit harder than we thought.

My first day in Lithuania was normal. I traveled from my country with a girl who I met in airport, I played with a little Lithuanian girl on my way from Vilnius to Klaipeda, she actually liked me and hugged me when I came from the car, so I took it as a good sign. Me and my new friend were so tired that we decided to stay in our room and do nothing. My head was full of pessimistic thoughts when I lied in my bed. I thought that it will be difficult to live, study and meet new friends here, I don’t know I think that after leaving hometown everybody has these kind of thoughts. So I was very nervous about the next day. But my pessimistic thoughts were changed by optimistic when I met new friends and immediately went with them on the beautiful beach of Klaipeda. The first unwritten rule here in LCC is that you should be open and friendly, you will immediately have some friends. Sometimes you should cross your comfort zone, make first step, smile and everything will be all right.

University started and everything changed, nobody has time for the beach or for the walk in the woods. It is difficult to study something new in a foreign language, to cook and eat normally, I can say that life got difficult for me. But after two weeks I started to like it. I thought: if I was in my hometown everything will be the same, I would go to university, then come back home with my sister, do homework, play with my cat and go to sleep…. But now I can do anything I want, maybe it is hard to study, maybe sometimes I stay up all night but this is a new step in my life. I have new people around me, new home which is near to the sea, amazing trips in Europe which will happen in the future. Twelve years of routine is over and now it is time for something new. I don’t have time for whining, I have so much to do, so many places to visit, so many things to learn. Well this was the big wave of positive which hit me and sometimes even when I’m sleepy or when independent life gets even more difficult, I think that this is something new and I should not give up. Life gives us so many possibilities we should go and get what we want and in the end this sleepless nights or the hopeless moments in study room or the moments when your friend comes to your room at 1 am and asks you to go with her in the street in PJ, will be the greatest and brightest memories that we’ll have.

 

Sofia Rukhadze.

Orientation Days

“It is14233114_1181987135191732_766853859480521899_n higher than me. I will never overcome it”. It was my first thought when my parents who gave me a ride to LCC, left me in the dorm. Right after they went to Palanga to spend the night there, I decided to prepare some mashed potato for dinner to show my parents that I’m able to feed myself. The potato was awful.

I didn’t know what to do, how to behave, where to start. Everyone seemed too cold and hostile. I had a crazy feeling that I will never find any friends in LCC. But on August 25, the first day of Orientation for freshmen, everything changed.

I still remember those days as the honeymoon of my student life in LCC. Everything from sorting all freshman students to different categories, First Year Seminar groups, to the trip to the Smiltynė beach, Klaipeda part of the Curonian Spit, were like a big unbelievable dream. Same people who on my very first day made me doub about my college choice, made the best days of my summer 2016. They changed everything or maybe just I changed?

I think this short video will tell you 43 times more than my (even deathly interesting) words.

P.S. I don’t know why 43, I just like this number.

Albina Golik.

Survival Guide: How to Life


I know I have not written anything for a noticeable amount of time but I had my reasons and I hope you did not judge me too much for it. I have been thinking about an issue for a while and since I feel like I found a solution for it I thought I would share. This is basically a story about me finding a power to rationalize and prioritize some of the things that I was doing in my life that were causing me anxiety and bunch of other issues. Without further adieu, let’s begin. 

Us, students, a12002925_10204902203614728_2848630196565968695_nre pretty magnificent. We are expected to be adults, but at the same time we are not allowed to do many things because we are financially or physically depended on our par
ents or just people who have higher authority. And our strive for this power can be immense sometimes, at a point when we do so many things together to make ourselves feel important that we just end up damaging ourselves greatly. At the end of the day we are just sitting somewhere in the corner, like an empty shell filled with anxiety and hatred. And trust me I know this because this was me last semester.

I started of second year of my university career very motivated. I wanted to grow as a person, fight my weaknesses and get over some of the insecurities by stepping into some of the things that made me feel uncomfortable. Because that was the best way I knew how to do it. I wanted to impress people, feel important. So I just ended up doing probably 5 or 6 things at once that were equally time-consuming and required a lot of physical and mental energy from me. In the beginning  it was all great, running from one meeting to another, attending 5 events a week, leaving some of them halfway through to get to another one, basically having no weekends because they always ended up being booked…sounds chaotic, right? Well, it was. And I thought I was happy. All the people around me seemed impressed, I got compliments over my achievements. But then I started wondering, is this what I truly wanted? Because man I was exhausted! I constantly felt sick, I got dark circles under my eyes, my body felt like it was shutting down and overall feeling was not as satisfying as I thought it would be. Moreover, it is physically impossible to do so many equally important things and be equally productive in all of them. We are only humans.

I started to look at things differently after a time management meeting we had about a couple of months ago. There a speaker talked about her own example of struggling with time management in her life before and what kind  of struggles she was going through at that time. And it was like a slap in the face for me. I needed to hear this from another person, definitely. Doing exhausting amount of things to make yourself important does not make you important! It makes you look like a person who is not efficient in anything, because your supervisor of that one thing does not care that you are tired because you did 10 things before getting to that meeting.

I used winter break to kind of think through everything and decide what I wanted to do with my life. It is a great idea to write down all the tasks you are dealing with, list them with the level of importance to you and cross out couple of them. This will help you get rid of some of the stress in your life and also concentrate on things that matter to you better. Yes, it is hard, but it is for the greater good. I ended up leaving 3 out of 6 tasks in my life and it did feel irresponsible to give up some of them, although it was not irresponsible at all, but it gave me a lot of mental and physical freedom. Now I’m just left with some things that I love doing and I am efficient enough in them to truly feel important.

What I was trying to say is, don’t exhaust yourself with tasks that you can not withheld. We are students, we deal with things that we simply didn’t have to face before and many things add up to one huge ball of stress that occasionally hits us in the face. Therefore better keep healthy, concentrate on things that you enjoy and try to impress yourself before you impress others.

You’ve got this, bae!

Veko.

Salutations Republic!

12248738_498855123625703_1970742166_nIt’s been a while since we last spoke, and I left you on a somewhat apocalyptic note. The situation really wasn’t worth the drama, because of course we all survived and the grades were fine and much pizza was had afterwards. There was much learned from that experience, and this knowledge will lay at the foundation of this post. Not so much a survival guide, just observations, myths and suggestions specific to the life in our glorious republic.

  1. Time Management – is not a thing. People with schedules scare me, because in my world schedules are lies we tell ourselves. We feel confident and inspired at first, but those naïve illusions about our ability to make adult decisions inevitably get run over and crushed by the procrastination train. True time management is knowing when you are most productive. For me it’s no earlier than 10pm, which isn’t at all convenient, but I make it work by finding ways to catch up on sleep during the day. Speaking of which…
  1. Sleep – DO IT! All-nighters will happen, and that’s fine. You know what isn’t fine? Every-nighters! You will soldier through for a while, but remember that you’re only human, which means you will not rise past the third day. Remember my last post? Yeah, didn’t sleep well at all that week. It’s hard not to REM through an 8:30 class as it is, and you want to do it on two hours of sleep? Forget it. Of course, there are people who think that they can cancel the effects of sleep deprivation with…
  1. Coffee – is not your friend. During my freshman year I regarded coffee as fuel. It isn’t. It’s an anaesthetic that delays the consequences of your imprudence. Listen, I know how it goes. The scenario is all too familiar to me: You sit all day watching the procrastination train bulldozing through town, followed by the decimation of hurricane Panic, which can only be mitigated through all-nighter protocol coming into effect for the 17th time this semester. And you think to yourself “Oh! You know what will make it all go away? A cup of coffee! I’ll be fine!” Haha. Hahaha. No. You’ll feel like a soggy cheeseburger that has the ill-fortune of being awake.
  1. Textbooks – are read only by the chosen ones, the ones who are skilled in the art of textbook reading. Personally, unless I’m reading something I actually like, a textbook is wasting my time. Granted, some authors really do make it their job to include only the essential information, however, I feel those are a dying breed. So many textbook authors like to add a vapid introduction, a story, some dad jokes, maybe a poorly drawn cartoon, and only then after thoroughly insulting your intelligence do they finally arrive at the point. The author might be delusional, but you and I know it’s a not a novel, so look for italics, bolded text, headings, definitions. But for the love of chicken enchiladas don’t read the whole thing! If the author is a total noob and didn’t bother to make their work readable, then don’t bother. It isn’t anything some Googling can’t fix.
  1. And finally and most importantly ATTEND!!! I cannot. Stress this. Enough. In LCC coming to class is essential. You can afford to not do homework every once in a while, but you cannot afford to skip class. The thought “I should skip class because I’m tired” is the spawn of Satan! A lot of people revise the day before the exam, and do well, but they revise what they were taught in class, not learn everything from scratch! In addition, some exams questions are specifically designed to test how attentive you were in class. It doesn’t matter how much material the teacher makes available online, every class will always have “exclusive content”. Even if you’re a mess wearing crocs, a panda onesie and your signature “don’t talk to me” face
    – be there.

Heed these words of caution and you shall emerge victorious on the other side of the academic year. This is not a comprehensive list and I’ll be sure to add anything else I may come up in the future. May Goliath the LCC printer never fail you!

Nik

First Impression Experience

Talking about LCC experience I can say that even from the first semester I feel myself inspired by all things that happened to me. Have patience I’m going to talk you about beautiful things that might happen with you if one day I’ll choose LCC University to study or maybe it has already happened with you so you are lucky person.

During the road to Lit12204682_795683310542314_695519146_nhuania I felt that I come to the new step to my life. I knew that university life is that thing that is complicated to get used to, but I was prepared for this cause I know that when it is hard for you, only than you are accepted to get knowledge and understand all aspects of life, only by getting out of your comfort zone.
Arriving to the LCC I was really impressed by beautiful nature: by sea, forest with adorable pine trees, cycle paths in the forest and people that are always involved in sport: cycling, roller skating and running. When school life started, I was plunged in studying and books. I felt that studying in the university gives me not only knowledge but also great experience of the daily life. I met a lot of new friends that later were my support. As I was far away from home I felt remoteness from my parents, but I tried my best to adapt to independent living. For me, as for every other person is important to find right friends, that fit to your soul and that will give you support not worse that your parents give you whenever you need it. The more you devote your life to friends the more they thank when your difficult moments come. During the first semester I got used to cooking along and to living with four person in the common room. It is hard, but these things make you part of the community: when you ask for help or propose your help to somebody, when first you arguing and then you recognize you love to your roommates. And this life become your second home, where you want to return every time. Also I realized that I shouldn’t forget about studying as it is more interesting to get know more and more and discuss it with your friends in comparison to stay on the same stage and go with the flow as the dead fish. So as the university studying is not anymore as easy as high school study, it is difficult to keep place with important events. I understood that to do important things in time it is important manage it. This knowledge prompted my friends that have already gone thought it. So one more lesson that I carried out during the first semester studying is that you should never hesitate to ask people question or advice.  Also there is always time for things in your life that you have decided to be important, as today is the best time to do our best so in the future our knowledge will work for us. Today is the best day to develop ourselves as we are young, we have a lot of energy and time in comparison with that we will have in future lives. So our future depends only on us and our treatment to all things that happen. But it go without saying that LCC University gives us a lot knowledge, experience, and the way we may perceive information that is given for us, so that in future we can treat all things that happen in the right way.