...somehow I ended up reading about linguistics, and it was here that I came across a French word that immediately sparked my interest and proceeded to spread across my social media accounts. The word is déspaysement, and it means to feel disorientated in a foreign country - not in a good or bad way, but more in the sense that one feels like a fish out of water.
I'm over the halfway point in my exchange journey now! It truly has been just as beautiful and exhilarating as my social media would have you believe. The places, the people and the experiences are unlike anything I can truly express in words. This blog post isn't about all that, however.
Has it been that long already? How I've survived five weeks on my own in a foreign country is beyond me, but I managed to write all about how I've been coping with the changes and challenges it's brought.
There's no way of sugarcoating it - Valentine's Day is a bitch, for couples and singles alike. From someone who isn't all that good at either, here's a few words on one of the more polarising days of the year.
Studying abroad has been a dream of mine since I was in high school. It was one of the reasons I selected UOW and something I've been working towards my entire university life. This January, my dream became very real as I embarked on the trip of a lifetime - to study in Leeds, England for six months.
BCM311, you have been the toughest class I have ever taken. No exaggeration, no word of a lie. When I stepped into my first BCM311 class I could never have predicted the turmoil that was to follow. The truth is, this semester has been the hardest so far, regardless of my classes. To combat increased mental… Continue reading Bonds Formed on Tuesday Afternoons
The #MeToo movement is growing in response to the sexual assault allegations in Hollywood. But is the hashtag truly supportive or cathartic to the victims who use it to reach out, or does it do more harm than good?
My second coding assignment is inspired by the possibilities of the Perlin noise code. When we were first introduced to this code in our MEDA102 tutorial, I was fascinated by the way a computer can craft something so natural and realistic through coding. I decided to abstract this concept of the natural vs the man-made… Continue reading Naturally Digital
It seems that in terms of foreign exchange students studying at Japanese universities, the native Japanese struggle to understand how to cater for these visiting students, regardless of whether they are interested in engaging or not. This discovery is supported by the digital presence of Japanese unis, both of which leave much to be desired.
Since the beginning of brookiyuki I've subscribed to many of my friends' blogs. A part of being subscribed means that I get a cute little email in my inbox every time one of them composes a blog post - always thoroughly profound and enlightening to read. And every time a little push notification pops up with their newest piece, I feel just a little more guilty and a little more nervous.