i didnt have time to post this, but it is actually about my 23rd birthday 2 weeks ago.. and how grateful i am to be surrounded by amazing people :)
so my friends here gave me a surprise lunch (that was supposedly a picnic, but too bad it was drizzling that afternoon)…
yup that’s me looking surprised :D
that’s what they have prepared for the lunch! if only it was sunny! but i couldnt ask for anything more :) i’ve got the best people here!
and when i returned home, my housemates have prepared some gifts on the table… reallyy sweet of them :) and they insisted to lift me on the chair…
(and note the ancient poster on the wall that still has DM currency! :D)
and in the evening we had ice cream partyyyy :D
Besides that i skyped with my parents and sister too. and also some other friends :)
above all, thank God for the amazing people around me. i even have my third home now in Germany :) (after Jakarta and Singapore hahaha)
"but i’m on exchange!"
How does being on exchange give you the excuse to do anything stupid/wrong/unhealthy? People keep using the phrase “but i’m on exchange!”. I’d answer in my mind, “yea, so what?”
I don’t think being away from home ever gives one the excuse to do all the silly, useless things. It’s really part of growing up, knowing how to discern which one you wanna do from all the opportunities laid right in front of your nose! especially when you’re being outside your comfort zone or social circle.
Besides that, so many people have been saying that you can slack and do whatever you want and enjoy life during exchange! I have nothing to say against it. But when I choose to actually study and try to do well, why do some people have to give me the judgmental stare and wondering what’s gone wrong in my head. Not that I actually need to spare some time to entertain these people with my reasonings…but sometimes I do that, just to let them know there’s another perspective to it.
I realize that when I go to school, spend time doing group project etc, I actually have two options: 1)to anyhow do it, but not learning anything but being a pain in the ass for my groupmates. I will end up just wasting loads of time of my life here during exchange. 2) the other option I have is to be attentive in class and really do proper work for projects and I will end up learning so many new things with the same amount of time spent.
So I chose the 2nd one. Coz that only makes sense. (well at least that’s what I think)
Believe it or not, the best class that I have ever attended in my University life is actually here during exchange. When I managed to learn so much and get really interested in the subject. The best and most comprehensive report I’ve ever done is also written during my exchange here. One of the best groups I’ve ever worked with is also found here during my exchange :)
About partying… that’s just not my thing. full stop. I don’t mind going to a party once in a while (read: not every week..). I don’t understand how people could go to party a few times in a week! that’s just crazy. I have nothing against it, you can do whatever you want, really.
One of the most common conversation I have:
A: are you coming to the party tonight? (you can pretty much find a party every day)
me: erm, i dont think so.
A: why? (mostly will look rather surprised
me: I don’t really like it. (sometimes i really cant make it coz i need to study for exams or simply need to have enough sleep)
A: you should come! you’re on exchange (again!-.-)
me: hmmm ya, just not my thing. I’d go to the important ones (like welcome party and probably farewell party haha)
… (and the conversation continues…. they trying to convince me, me sticking to original plan and sleep early haha)
I just can’t enjoy party so much. for 1 or 2 hours is fine… but for the whole night?? I can’t understand it..
oh wells.. that’s just my 2 cents and some rambling of things that have been in my head for some time :)