Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I cannot believe it is week 7 of 10 for the autumn semester. So much has happened but there is so much more that I want to do. Lewes Bonfire night was the scariest and greatest night ever. It is defiantly my new favorite holiday. Sadly no where in America would that much fire be allowed. Ireland this weekend! I'm so excited to go, as a little kid I always wanted to move to Ireland.

The past couple of weeks have been great. I've started two of my final papers which is almost an odd feeling. I am a person who always waits til the last min but with 3 papers and a composition to complete it would be difficult to wait. Any time I have down time I try to complete work, I don't want to miss a single opportunity to go out in Brighton, London or anywhere else. I don't want to leave. All of us here have joked about purposefully missing our flights back. Coming here has changed a lot of what of thought about doing with my life. I always wanted to stay in NY for school but coming here for grad school is now one of my top options. It's also given me a different perspective on America. I thought coming over here that people hated Americans but that really isn't the case, they almost paint a caricature of us that makes you really think what do we put out to the world, and how could we even begin to change it. Its even odd going to the clubs hearing mainly America music that they all know but then hearing British music that we in America never hear. Being here has also taught me to take risk and go for as many opportunities as you can. Never before has the phrase you only live once been more appropriate.

To sum up this whole post this is the best place I have ever been lol. If you are reading this and have the chance study at University of Sussex!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So busy, but in the best way.

I realized today that I haven't updated in while. It didn't seem so long with everything going on. Societies started up. I'm currently in show choir which is just amazing. We are performing almost all broadway numbers and it makes me wish we had that club at Stony Brook. Societies here also have weekly socials. Last week we went to Pav Tav (the pavilion tavern) then to nine room karaoke one of many karaoke bars here that have student nights where a private room is free for a couple hours. Tomorrow we are going to one of the many clubs along the beach front called Collation where the Sussex big band is playing. Classes have been pretty good. They don't really take midterms or finals here we just have our final essays due the second week in December so, so far the work load has been light which is good for enjoying England.

Brighton is just amazing. Oct. 30th for halloween the city held a Zombie parade and then there was a Zombie flash mob that a couple friends and I participated in. The at night they had this event called white night. White night is a celebration of the clocks turning back (a week earlier then in America) which involves art exhibitions, interactive shows, shopping, movies, and clubs that all go til 7am. It seemed like the whole city was out and in fancy dress (the British term for in costume). I feel like I have finally fully adjusted to their terms, money, and odd food and know that I'm going to miss it when I back in America.

I can't believe I only have a little over a month left. Friday the 5th is the British holiday Guy Fawkes night and the biggest place to celebrate is in Lewis for bonfire night, which happens to be a 5 min train ride away. Since it's a very local event and involves a great deal of fire our guides from the September program offered to take us to make sure we don't get loss. Then Nov 20-21 a friend and I are traveling to Dublin and the next weekend to Edinburgh. I'm excited for this month and looking forward to seeing my friends at home, but I could defiantly stay longer if I had the time.