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.

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“Fine”

Salutations, Republic!unnamed I was going to talk about the innovative method of contacting intelligent extra-terrestrial life by launching buckets of fried chicken into deep space, but frankly I’m not in the mood for serious scientific discussions.

This mood thing has been something of an issue, naturally for the end-of-semester season.

One of the questions you hear a lot from family members and non-university friends is “How was your week?” The usual reply is something to the effect of “fine”. What that means is that either you have no memory of the last seven days, or that you’d rather be talking to someone else. But this week, “fine” just won’t do…

Because this week has been the most depressing arrangement of misery I have experienced in my academic career. I’m not simply stressed, no… I can no longer afford such frivolous pleasures. I am done. The mere recollection of the last seven days gives me heartburn. This week has been so perfectly dreadful, that not even suicide seems like a sufficient solution. If tomorrow the press tells the world that there is an asteroid the size of Pluto inexorably headed for this cursed hapless ball of cosmic garbage, it would not only be a solemn testament to the existence of God, but also to that He is, in fact, of the merciful variety. For this would not be judgement, but an act of love; not murder, but euthanasia. We are not a victim but a patient, with an illness beyond cure and suffering beyond mitigation. And heaven on earth will reign only when the dead ground is silently precipitated with the ashes of the freshly incinerated living…

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<takes a deep breath> So erm… yeah… that mood.

But this abysmal emotional state has come about almost exclusively by virtue of my own choices. I’ve left everything till the last possible moment, and signed up for my presentations in a way that they all converge on the same week. And that’s because when it comes to college work I’m motivated only by the most powerful force in the universe – panic. I’m not one of the people who can sit over a book for 3-4 consecutive hours and actually study, three days before the test. I can’t do it. Well, I mean, I can, but I’ll have twelve nervous breakdowns along the way.

Unless I feel the impending apocalypse breathing down my neck, I will hopelessly procrastinate. And if I attempt a task in advance, I just end up wasting time daydreaming about doing all of the things I could be doing instead. Like for instance, examining the imperfections on the wall, or taking a five hour bath – far more exciting and important than 10-20% of my semester grade.

Unfortunately, these 3-4 hour study sessions are unavoidable, since that’s what’s needed to do well on the tests. And no amount of dividing it up into sections will change the fact that for the duration of the experience my face hole will be gushing expletives at everything I don’t immediately understand.

So those of you who feel the same way – congratulations on the ability to feel anything at this stage. That is an achievement in itself. And for those who are on the outside of the experience – you know how my week has been by my bloodshot eyes with bags under them, so don’t ask out of politeness. You know what would be more polite? Pizza. Speaking of which, donations in the form of coffee, green tea, dark chocolate  ̶c̶o̶c̶a̶i̶n̶e̶ and, of course, pizza are appreciated like never before.

Stay strong, Republic, this too shall pass and so will you!
Nik

That Awkward Moment

The Awkward Moment
Hi fellows! Back on track with Stanie P. from Zimbabwe. We are still on our way following the trail that we just started. In case the morning coffee failed today, unnamedthere is something to cheer you up and brighten your day or perhaps the entirety of your stay at LCC International University. Want a smile on your face-check LCC Republic now!
I was made to believe that school days are the best. Some even say that if you are to ask the President of your country today what his/her best days in life were, they would point back to their school days. If I can look back at my high school years I am tempted to say that they are the best years yet if I could find a postern gate into yesterday then I would say university years are the best of all. What I have experienced so far explicitly explains that my time in Lithuania will be marked with joy and laughter. This is as plain as the nose on my face, university years are accompanied by joyous and momentous occasions, but on the other hand there are also some moments that you would never want to space. Among them are such moments that make me sad as they come to pass but if I would look over the whole scenario again a couple of weeks later I cannot help it but put a smile on my face and lighten my spirit as I anticipate more tragedies and tremendous moments in this life-a continuous journey into the unknown. Help me recall what kind of a face I would wear upon recalling…

That Awkward moment when you are dog-tired and you want to sleep but your Ndisiye ndirareroommates are so loud, they are playing their music so loud in languages that you do not understand, or they are so glamorous and want to share their experience for that day with you. You don’t want to disappoint them, yet you want to sleep in order that you can be wide awake in class the following day. “You then feel too old to cry and it hurts so much to laugh”-Abraham Lincoln.

That Awkward moment when you have early classes today but you retired to bed late last night. You are still feeling tired to an extent of feeling the tediousness of the previous day even in your sweet dreams. All of a sudden ‘WAKE UP-WAKE UP-WAKE UP IT’S A NEW DAY!!!” goes your alarm. rara hakoYou forget that your phone is so luxurious, you don’t even remember how much you bought it because it was so expensive. As you lie awake in your bed you are thinking if you should get up or snooze it for ten more minutes. You are still very tired to a depth of forgetting your name. The alarm refuses to let you have your peace, it continues to torture your ears. You knockout your alarm because of frustration. Now that you are fully awake you realize that you almost broke that expensive phone-it is even left with some marks on it because of your ruthlessness.

That Awkward moment when you wake up despite the alarm that tortured your ears you still fill happy and joyful. You prepare for the day and can’t wait to be in your first class of the day. Fit as a fiddle and ready to go, both textbooks and notebooks already in your backpack you head out for the door. As soon as you step outside you feel the unsympathetic Lithuanian weather that bangs against you and makes you realize that the world is never fair as it is said that anticipating the world to be fair is like hoping that when you encounter a lion it won’t eat you because you do not eat it. All the joy then melts away leaving traces of gloom. As you continue the struggle one step at a time towards Defehr you also remember that your first class is the one you like the least. The weather always has unpredicted ideas, your happiness is gone-that awkward moment,
That akward moment when you are late for classes and you are running just so that you may not be completely absent as it is said that rather be late than absent. As you track towards your class room, you meet one of your favorite professors on his/her way to the residence halls or to Michealsen Centras. They also cherish your presence, they seem to be blind of the fact that you were running-it means you are late. They want to exchange words with you for a minute. To make the matter worse you do not even have the confidence to point out that your are late and you would definitely see them later during the day – that awkward moment,

That awkward moment when you are preparing for a quiz but you did not take notes in class because you thought that the material that the professor covered was just trivial. You now realize your folly because the professor said that the quiz will have either positive or negative effects on your final exam grades. As this thought tumbles in your mind you eventually realized that the lecturer said you can study the third presentation uploaded for that class on Moodle. You only have three hours before this quiz gets underway so you decided to spend these few hours thriftily by preparing for this quiz. Time flies when you are having fun. You are so excited that you will make the grade with flying colors because you feel prepared for the quiz. Time comes, here you are sitting with your fellow classmates-full of anticipation of what this quiz would consist of. The professor gives commands, “Make sure that no one is sitting on the next row in front or behind you neither should there be anyone on the next chair to your left or right(in Neufeld).” He goes on to mention that his classes are hard in training but easy in battle. He says that he hopes that the presentation he uploaded was helpful. He goes on to give the title of the presentation, but to your bewilderment the title is unfamiliar to you. You start to wonder if he said the wrong one or you studied the wrong one. You start to write the quiz and definitely realize that you scrutinized the fourth presentation instead of the third one – that awkward moment,

That awkward moment when you do not quite hold up with a classmate because he/she is so picky. This classmate of yours seems to also criticize your perspective every time you have group assignments. It’s not that you are always incorrect but that they always find funny when you say something. You show up in class only to find out that the professor had a group assignment scheduled for that day. You are still there warming your chair because the Lithuanian weather is not always cordial. As the professor explain this assignments you are thinking if she will put you two in one group. You cheer up yourself saying that it will not always be the case that she will put both of you in the same group. As she calls out the students that would comprise a group you find out that you have been put in a different group with this your classmate. Each group comprises of seven students. You are so happy to share all your ideas because you are feeling more comfortable today. You are even happy. As you start saying something, the teacher points to your group and says that it has six students instead of seven so she politely asks your least favorite classmate to kindly join your group and she agrees – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you like a certain dish so you make it like three Makaronaitimes a week but you fellow floor mates end up making fun of you due to the fact that you are always having the same dish. They even say that it is the only meal you ever prepare – that awkward moment,

That awkward moment when your roommate goes home for the weekend and you are too lazy to go to the market. Maybe you are too lazy to go to the market because you know that there is extra food! You decide to eat this food hoping that you would replace everything you devour before your roommate returns. Your roommate returns sooner than expected and he is not okay with this your idea of asking yourself for his food and giving yourself permission to his food – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you share with your friends a joke that is common in your home country. After saying all you intended to say none of your friend laughs. Finally you find out that it is not because your joke is not hilarious but rather offensive in their culture – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you have an assignment to print out. You are so busy that you decide to print the paper on the same day that you are to produce a hard copy of your assignment in class. You pop up in the library twenty minutes before your class but the computers are so slow that after printing your paper you realize that you are seven minute late for your class. To make matters worse, you have been later for that same class four consecutive times now – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you are not so sure of word pronunciations but would still like to use some words in a conversation. Good, you have an impromptu speech today – the opportunity you have long been waiting for. As a result of your uncertainty you use the word “vulnerable” instead of “venerable”, you use “imminent” instead of “eminent”, and “impotent” instead of “important.” There is a big grin on your face – satisfied with your accomplish only time see it append on your grades that you really have to work on your vocabulary – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you are not feeling pretty well so you write to your professor and give a reason for missing class that day. You therefore spend the whole day sleep and relaxing.As dusk approaches, you decide to go outside for the first time. You decide walking to grab a few items at the shop and there you meet your professor. He is not close enough that you can talk to him but he just intently looks at you, waves, and walks away – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you are learning some new vocabulary in Lithuanian. The words are so tricky that you end up composing a chorus with the words just so you may master them. All day long you are humming this chorus and your friends or roommates who notices that asks what song is that and you can’t explain –that awkward moment,
That Awkward moment when you walk from class after receiving your grade on a recent quiz and you are so blissful. You are teeming with joy. You see your friend about 20 yards ahead of you and you call them out aloud to tell them of your success. He/she doesn’t answer and you think maybe they just did not hear you so you call even louder. To your shock, you find out that it’s someone else who did not answer simply because it was not their name that you called – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when one of your good friends invites to join him/her for dinner. The table is set and the prayer has already been said. Your friend is sitting at the side of the table opposite to you. You are so shy but you start a new topic just so you may be less shy. Your friend and his/her friends unconsciously continues your topic in their common language (for instance you speak only English and they are now using Ukrainian). You see that they are saying something interesting because they are all giggling but you don’t anything – that awkward moment,
That Awkward moment when one is too tired to do his/her homework so he/she goes ahead to take a siesta, but he or she cannot sleep because the mind is busy trying to figure out when he/she would do that homework. So you lie awake the whole two hours – that awkward moment,
That Awkward Moment when you quote the Bible in trying to help a friend solve his problem. He points out that you have quoted the Bible incorrectly and he convinces you to believe that you are wrong for sure and you feel like you are the one left in the predicament – that awkward moment,
That Awkward Moment when a friend borrows 15 litas to buy cigarettes and after smoking they bring back 5 litas saying that’s all the money you lent them – that awkward moment,
That Awkward Moment when a friend comes to you with lips dry and you assume Smoking hutthey are hungry. They want to borrow money and give it back the next day. You give them the money and ask, “So what are you going to buy?” and they reply in a voice soft and low, “cigarettes.” – That awkward moment,
That awkward moment when you go to bed very late know that you don’t have early classes the next day. As a result of the four other roommates that you have, you cannot sleep adequately because one of them has a lecture at 8:30, another has a lecture 9: 45 and the last two have their first lectures of the day at 11:00 and your lectures begin at 1:15. None of them woke up as soon as their alarms were going. They snoozed their alarms at least twice – that awkward moment,
That Awkward Moment when you do the best that you possibly can in cleaning the kitchen because you have kitchen duty only to wake up the following morning and hear the R. A affirming that you have ONLY two days more for not taking the trash out – that awkward moment,2014-12-02 15.21.07
That Awkward moment when you get used to going to your friend’s room. You and your friends are in each other’s good graces that you don’t knock on each other’s door because you are good friends and you are both of the same sex.That awkward moment when you call your friend and enter his room only to hear him answer from the next room. You just entered a wrong room and the residents of that (wrong) room stare in utter shock –that awkward moment,

That Awkward Moment when the receptionists say they don’t have any token for the washing machine. They tell you to go and ask at the other residence hall and there you get only one because that is all they have. You come back and put your clothes into the appliance, put the coin as well and it’s gone for good. Nothing happens and you can’t retrieve it – that awkward moment,

That awkward moment when you don’t have time to iron your clothes so you stretch them nicely on the dryer in the laundry room and go for your classes.Hembe You come to pick your clothes up at the end of the day and you find them all dry and stacked on one corner (in a way that they now need ironing) because someone needed to use the same drier to dry his clothes since yours were dry –that awkward moment
MbachaThat Awkward Moment when you buy the token and trust the washing machine to do your laundry as you take care of something else only to find out that the job had not been done perfectly because you were in a hurry and did not pay close attention to what kind of clothes you gave it to wash for you – that awkward moment,
That Awkward Moment when you do not feel like eating anything in the morning so you just go ahead and go to class. After sitting in the classroom for twenty minutes, your stomach decides to ask you in public why you deprived it of food. It growls so loud and everyone looks at you – that awkward moment,

That Awkward moment when you sleep in class and finally you wake up because everyone is laughing at what you said while you were sleeping (you soliloquized). You ask a friend sitting next to you what exactly you said and he/she says that nobody understood what you said, all they know is that you said something out loud – that awkward moment,
That Awkward moment when you don’t want anyone to know you grades but your friend asked what you grade was. You just tell him simply because he is your friend. An hour later he when you meet at the Cafeteria in Michealsen Centras he just shout to you and says, “I grade was 4 because you did not understand the Fibonacci sequence, I will help you with that.” Good he is willing to help, but now everyone else is now aware of your grade – that awkward moment,

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Yes, that AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN you are so happy that you ask your roommate to lower down his/her volume because you want to read a text message on What’s App. Woot!

Allow me to call the whole thing to a screeching halt right here.

Remember life is but a breeze – one moment you feel it, the next moment it’s gone. Owe no man anything except love. Make the most out of every opportunity. Show genuine love to all your friends, classmates, roommates, and everyone else. Don’t forget to take good care of your loved ones. Till we meet, it’s bye bye for now.

Which period of your life marks your best days?

ps. Don’t forget to share your awkward moments with others.

Fashion..ish

Hello, Republic! Nik here. Today I’m going to teach you how to cook with napalm! (Absolutely not!)unnamed

One of my co-bloggers, Veriko, has recently revealed to me that there is such a thing as campus fashion. I feel compelled to weigh in on the subject of fashion, since I have absolutely no competence to be talking about it. Logic. Yay.

Few things about me when it comes to clothes:

I’m a man of simple taste. I like black, with pockets, spacious, abrasion-and-weather-resistant. In other words: work wear. I have no desire to baby a pair of white trousers, fretting about them staining. Let Kanye do that.

I hate shopping. Its a chore for me, to go into a store and browse the hideously overpriced selection of things that are not black. Trying to convince myself that I want or need them. I don’t. I’d much rather purchase everything I need on the Internet.

I wouldn’t know a fashionable item if it hit me in the face with a Versace spanner.

Marketing people would have us believe that clothes are a medium of self-expression. Perhaps… The way I see it, fashion is a visual language, and some are quite eloquent and use it to skilfully convey a mood, an attitude towards life, an allegiance to a sub-culture. But not everyone speaks that language. I envy people who can purposefully communicate that way. The only thing I can purposefully communicate through clothing is that I own pants.

And what I’ve noticed is that there is a great degree of difference in the way people shop, depending on whether they speak fashion.

When I do go shopping, my process is painfully simple: I think of what I need to buy, in what quantity and for what purpose. Then identify a place that sells it. On location, browse the aisles and pick something that looks fairly decent. Begin analysis: Does it fit me? Does it fit my budget? Does it have pockets? Is it black? (If I’m feeling particularly festive that morning – dark grey). If all of the above are a “yes”, splash some money at the cashier and expeditiously exit the premises.

That pretty much settles the matter.
Fashionable people can seldom follow this method and this goes especially for women. Because men go into a store to buy a thing; women go into a store to buy the thing. Men in general just buy stuff to wear; women make strategic additions to their wardrobe. A woman’s wardrobe is a carefully selected collection of rare exhibits that co-exist in perfect harmony, the fragile balance of which must be maintained with mathematical precision. Wizardry is what that is.

But lets get back to campus. Winter is coming and with it – exams. Many people are polishing up their final projects, trying to raise their GPA and contemplating important questions like “Why God, why? Why me?” and “I wonder if I can still eat this?” So set your priorities straight and realize that the only person that really cares is you. Take care of yourself, invest in comfort (wear UGGs if you wish to summon the wrath of Veriko), and think of other people’s opinions only if you really have the time for it. High heels don’t help balance the accounts.

Stay safe, Republic. May the pizza be with you.
Nik