That Awkward Moment

The Awkward Moment
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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,

That Awkward Moment is not as awkward as when the guy who first discovered milk tries to explain what he was doing with/to the cow,2014-11-29 20.46.55
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.

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Weekly Agenda

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Since no big events happened this week on campus, I will share with you a normal week of my life at LCC, which would have been the way to start; however, the launch of the blog caught me at a very busy time of the year.

I used to wake up at 8:30 for the usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday class of 9:45. Now, 9:00 works just fine. Brush teeth, wash face, take the first thing from the wardrobe and ready to go. I have Rhetoric and Communication with Sanna Karosas, which is a fairly easy morning class. Some could see it as a good time to make up for their missed sleeping hours, but forget about that as long as Sanna will still be teaching this course. Her acting skills, priceless face-expressions, good jokes and energy are the perfect way to start the day.

10416574_369362549898197_8503481502107311766_nLater, internship hours start. I stop by the reception, take key number 20 and run to my office. I am currently working for the President’s Cabinet as the recipient of a scholarship that covers full tuition. I am assigned different jobs that the department is responsible for, but I may tell you about what I exactly do in another entry.

I have a quick meal at the cafeteria and then I run for Lithuanian class, which is another favorite of mine. Radvyda (the instructor) delivers such a positive energy through her lecturing and exercises. For some reason, we are always laughing in this class. She is an adorable person whom a lot of students love, even though she gives weekly “testukas”.

During these days, I am finished with classes around 3:00. That’s when most of the dynamism starts; this week especially was crazy. As member of the Student Council, I have to take care of the organizing of Talent Night – happening next Friday – and as part of the Albanian community, I will celebrate Albanian Independence day – next Wednesday.

10393727_372357556265363_8253688864872748858_nIf we usually have StuCo meetings only on Tuesday and Thursday, this week we met every single day. Auditions for the male host and for the participants, preparations for the decorations and the stage, search for sponsors and script writing committed my afternoons to StuCo office. On Friday, we had a video shooting, which was a 4-hour job but turned out to be quite entertaining. However, I cannot share any more information until Talent Night is over. Stay tuned for the next week’s blog.

And then, the thing that I love getting tired about: Albanian Independence day preparations. I am extremely enthusiastic about having this opportunity to present my country to LCC. We have some very interesting traditions and historical facts that people need to know. Please join us on the 26 of November for more details.

1544406_372357489598703_4232745429973525471_nTuesday and Thursday are the days that tolerate my sleeping until 10. My classes beggin at 1:00, but I have to finish internship hours and stuco office hours first. Quantitative Reasoning and Literature are next on the agenda. They present their own challenge, but still… can you imagine what am I going to say? I love them too! Dymitri, the math teacher, likes to connect a lot with his students. He has learned some Albanian words and never misses a chance to bring them up. And well, literature is literature. Did you know that reading reduces stress better than listening to music and eating? And that’s exactly how I like to end my day; with a cup of tea, my personal light on, and a good book.

It feels so home-like here! At least, till the alarm decides I have already consumed my sleep hours.

A big week awaits for me. See ya next time fellas,

XOXO

Arilda

Your Albanian Acquaintance in LCC