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 :D. I hope these points will help you get a taste of what studying at LCC is:)

-xoxo Yulia Rusyanovska

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.