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.

Can I have a pencil?

Hello fellow students and basically everyone! (I am not discriminating). I have not blogged in a while because of reasons, but now I am back healthy and motivated. I had an honor to attend the Lit Expo in Vilnius for three days. It is an education fair with a lot of international and local universities trying to inform prosper students about the academics and opportunities. And this was my job from LCC perspective also, which of course I did. But from my point of view I was studying the people I saw there, and let me tell ya, I met some interesting individuals there. I will try to break down the education fair in three days Okay lets start. 

We left LCC campus at 6 o’clock in the m10897924_873242772697608_9043427062356671446_norning on 5th of February, which meant that we would get to the Lit Expo just around the right time. The fair opened at 10 am and although it was Thursday, still a lot of people showed up. Out stand looked like the lobby of LCC, which was very comforting and welcoming not only for us, but also for people coming over. (I mean, who would not want to hang out on comfortable couches?). We had all the brochures spread out on the tables in case people were interested in details and also some pencils or pens hanging around to fill in the contact information. So basically we were all ready to go. 11007708_10203654143414003_1725578105_n

I have been going to educational fairs almost my whole entire life, because I found them interesting. But I never really appreciated how much work people put in them and how exhausting they are. But one of the challenging part is the weirdness of some people that come up to the stand. There are some of them here:

  1. The pencil collector – this person does not really care about what you’re saying. They just want you for your pencils! They will listen to you, love you, take you out on a date only if you give them that darn pencil. You are standing there, explaining all the smallest details about your university for half an hour non-stop and in the end they are like “Umm, can I have a pencil?”. I have no words to describe my emotions now.
  2. The brochure lover – basically you are standing there, waiting for someone to appear and they do. You smile at them, say “Laba diena!” and ask them if they are interested very politely. Then they just grab a brochure and tell you they are not interested. This does not make sense friend. Are you lost?
  3. The competitor university – these ones are the funniest. These people just come up to you, trying to hide traces of their identity and ask you questions secretly. Like, I still see your logo on your collar. Why would you hide it? It is not a shame to get known to other universities. Staph that.
  4. The Mimes – they just…annoy you. No words on this. 10979338_10203654143494005_638287286_n
  5. The couch surfers – these guys just love hanging out with you. And you should be happy about this. Although you have like 10 people to talk to and are stressing out. And this all happens while some random dude comes and sits on your couch. You would assume that he is interested and start talking to him and then he’s like “No, I’m just tired”. Well, does LCC stand look like a resort? Because it’s not. Go get your darn couch, that’s rude.

Well yeah, these are the types of people I had opportunity to interact with. On the third day my mouth was not pronouncing words such as “International”, “business administration” or “toefl”, and most likely I talked about our campus in my sleep too. But it was a lot of fun. We recruited more people than last year, which is amazing! (Heads up yo!). I made new friends from LCC had a chance to get to know them.

I am thankful for this opportunity and I think everyone should try this experience at least once. Mostly to realize how much of a hard work it is and stop stealing the pencils without any purpose.

Love you guys!

Yours,

Veronica.

“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

LCC Offers Free Ice-Skating

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I was initially thinking of writing something about Talent Night or Albanian Independence, but I realized my impressions from the organizer and MC’s standpoint would not give you a clear idea as a spectator. Therefore, I will leave this to one of my other blogger friends, except Veko who was also in the position of a performer and could tell us about how she felt, but not how the program went. Ivan, Nick or Ausrine, I dare you to leave your comments about the show, preferably for my host performance! 😛

There was however this other super exciting thing that happened this last week on campus. It is what I call nature’s magic. The pond froze. (The cold finally did something of good.) Coming from a warm Mediterranean country, I had never seen such a phenomena and I was amazed as I watched from the window the shining sky-colored surface.

10628606_375679952599790_5287989854968441777_nIt happened Saturday night, but on Sunday it was still dangerous to practice our talent. It was not until Monday that with great bravery I stepped on it. Performance is yet to come. When I buy my skates, I can finally start practicing those television moves: jumps in the air, “piruets” and swift sliding, while playing “For the First Time in Forever”. Elvis, my bestie (the guy on the picture) claims that this new ability of walking on water makes him feel like Jesus. Interesting viewpoint!

Living aside the beauty, that’s what I call free ice-skating my friends. I recall when I first stepped into an ice skating area; I barely stoop up on my feet for more than 2 minutes. My father was joking: “That’s what it means to spend money to see your children getting bruised.” Now I joke with him: “Dad, I get bruised for free now.”

10689475_378342362333549_7591171655112063395_nThis recently opened park had us welcome visitors from all over the place, especially little laimingas kids who have spread around campus an early Christmas joyfulness. How wondrous to see people finding entertainment even in temperatures below 0. 🙂

The moral: Everything happens for a reason, even freezing cold.

Till next time buddies,

XOXO

Your Albanian Acquaintance in LCC

Arilda

AweSad?

Why Hello, Hello there sweethearts, once again from1a1 Ocean.

I know you havent heard from me in a while…. Honestly – i was blank on what to tell you guys next. I am not the kind of person to fill you up on anything, just to write a blog, i was waiting for something to strike me. And well, this week, it did.
I guess you are wondering what kind of weird title for this article is ? Well i just made up my own word (yes, i do that sometimes!) to perfectly discribe how i feel – AweSad. The LCC situation im gonna talk about is exactly that – Awesome and Sad combined.

This week my dear friend (Past LCC student) from Ukraine visited me. He was one of the first LCC friends i got , even when i did not go to LCC yet.

Even though he visited for 3 days only, i rembered what amazing times we had. And, well it made me SUPER sad. Why? Because in LCC it always happens like this!

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Valerie Boyko, Me, Denys Andrushchenko. Denys, you are always missed here in LCC. ❤

In LCC you meet the most amazing people in your life , loving, caring, fun and comfortable. It is a different kind of friends, you just can not describe it. Here, your friends make you grow. You change with them. You grow with them. Sometimes you do silly things like wrap yourself in toilet paper and act like a mummy at 3am. Yet, every time, all of us being from different countries, you have to say goodbye, either for a christmass break, or for years to come. You never know when you will meet that person again, or maybe never again?

Honestly this is the only downside to a multicultural-international community of LCC. The people here are too amazing, and its to sad to let them go!

I guess its not the worst downside a univercity can have, huh? Haha!

Untill next time,

Bisous,

Dame de la Mer.


P.S with finals arriving , may the odds be even in  our favours.

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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,

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.