Long time no seen
I have been really bad at updating my blog lately, which is kinda shitty as my creativity disappears together with the time that flies away in quarantine.
I’ve been struggling a lot with studying since the Slovak government decided to close all the schools. I don’t know but I guess that I’m that kind of person who needs someone (aka a prof) to explain stuff, I’ve really realised that.
Anyways, as I mentioned; I’m struggling a lot with studying by myself, and also with the fact that I cannot find a suitable routine. It sounds so wierd to say, but I really miss school. But actually now after almost three weeks spent between 4 walls, I managed to start doing something and out teacher gave us some tasks to do, and I think all of us in the year appreciate that. The tasks we get gives us at least some guidance to what we should focus on and also we HAVE to read through the material we get as we have deadlines for them.
I really hope all you other people out there are healthy and are having a higher level of productivity than me! 🤓
Take care, be healthy and WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! 🖐🏼
Este mes si hice Bullet journal, esperen el video en mi canal 👀
thursdays outfit ft. the book I just finished reading this morning 💚
little reminder: be gentle with yourself during this time, it’s okay if you are not being as productive as you’d like, be patient and find what works best for you taking your time
be safe, françoise 🌿
— HUNGARIAN —
Kedves barátaim, ismerőseim, és blogomra látogatók!
Üdvözlök mindenkit a blogomon, a The Braai of Erasmuson. Ez a blog azért születik meg, hogy megosszam az eddigi és a leendő külföldi tanulmányi uta(i)m élményeit és tapasztalait.
Nagy Kristóf vagyok, a Pécsi Tudományegyetem nemzetközi tanulmányok mester programjának hallgatója. A következő félévre az Erasmus+ kreditmobilitási program keretein belül nemzetközi mobilitást nyertem el a Stellenbosch University-re, ami a dél-afrikai köztársasági Stellenbosch városában található. Korábban CEEPUS ösztöndíjjal tanultam félévet a Karl Franzens Universität-en Grazban (2017), majd szintén félévet a Nazareth College-on, a new york állambeli Rochesterben, Campus Mundi ösztöndíjjal (2019).
A dél-afrikai mobilitás 2020. júliusában kezdődne meg. Mindenkiben felmerülhet a kérdés: hogyan alakul egy külföldi mobilitás a koronavírus idején, amikor már olyanokat is olvasni lehet, hogy a nyár elején fog csak tetőzni a válság? Ha röviden válaszolnék a kérdésre, akkor azt írom: könnyen előfordulhat, hogy a mobilitás nem fog megvalósulni, és halasztani kell / teljesen elmarad.
Ennek ellenére, a blogom nem csak a várható mobilitásról fog szólni. Szeretnék megosztani tanácsokat az eddigi tapasztalataimból azoknak, akik a jövőben terveznek hasonló utat. Többek között olyan témákra gondolok, mint a ‘Mire érdemes figyelni’, a ‘Hogyan intézzem a pénzügyeimet’, ‘Hogyan készüljek fel előre’ stb. Ezeket a tanácsokat ne vegyétek készpénznek, mert mindenki esetében más lehet. Emellett blogom azoknak is szól, akiket érdekel, hogyan néz ki egy ilyen program.
Vendégposztokat szívesen fogadok!
A blogot főleg magyarul tervezem írni, magyaroknak. Az idő függvényében lefordítom ezeket, vagy kizárólag angol nyelvű posztokat írok. We’ll see.
— ENGLISH —
Dear friends, acquaintances and visitors,
Welcome to my blog The Braai of Erasmus. This blog is born to share my former and future experiences of my study abroad programmes.
I am Kristóf Nagy, international studies master’s student at the University of Pécs, Hungary. For the next semester, I have been granted an international credit mobility at Stellenbosch University, South African Republic. Previously, I had been a CEEPUS grantee at Karl Franzens Universität, Graz, Austria (2017); and a Campus Mundi grantee at Nazareth College, Rochester NY, USA (2019).
The South African mobility is scheduled to start mid-July 2020. The question might arise: is such a mobility viable in the current corona crisis? The answer briefly is that due to the circumstances, the whole mobility might not happen at all, or at least not in the close future.
Anyhow, this blog’s goal is not only to tell about the experiences at Stellenbosch University, but to share study-abroad experiences and tips in general to prospective students on how to prepare and go through such a programme.
This blog will mostly be written in Hungarian, at least in the beginning, as I want to primarily focus on preparation, on-the-go and after the mobility tips for Hungarians. Some of them I am willing to translate to English as well, but many tips might differ for people living in other countries than Hungary. Thus, please, always take the tips and recommendations with a grain of salt. Anyhow, I will try to indicate who is the target audience of specific posts. Hopefully, I will make it to Stellenbosch University so that I can write more posts about the experiences in English as well.
I welcome guest posts from guest writers! Share your own blog, thoughts and experiences! Please text me on Tumblr.
with self-isolation, I am currently unable to access a textbook I really need for class :( (it’s really expensive as well and I can’t afford it)
if any of you have access to Vold’s Theoretical Criminology (7th Edition), please dm me 💕
Thank you for tagging me @seraphiclanguages
Rules: You can usually tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and list the first ten songs, then tag 10 people. No skipping!
1. Zombie - Cranberries
2. The show must go on - Queen
3. Paint it black - The Rolling Stones
4. Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
5. We’re not gonna take it - Twisted Sisters
6. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Shots - LMFAO, Lil John
8. Shotgun - George Ezra
9. Hollywood - Lewis Capaldi
10. Nothing else matters - Metallica
Amidst all the uncertainties that come with applying to college, taking the next big step in my journey to adulthood, I knew one thing for certain: I wanted to study abroad for a year in South Korea. I was given rejection after rejection but I persevered and kept my head held high, because if I could just achieve this one goal, it wouldn’t matter where I went to university. I got into a school, that I love now, but that was my one and only safety school, and my absolute last choice. The first thing when I got my acceptance was rush over to their study abroad website and see where they had programs. They had several programs in South Korea and I was overjoyed. I enrolled in this school, my major still undeclared but my eyes set on studying abroad. I eventually did pick a major, political science because my dream job is a diplomat for the United States, and I started taking Korean classes. The first few weeks of classes were difficult to say the least, adjusting to university life is never easy. Add having to learn a new language with a completely different alphabet within the first month, well it’s safe to say that my mind was spinning.
But once again, I persevered, and I got a handle on the language. After each class I found myself becoming more and more intrigued. If we’re being honest, the main reason I wanted to study abroad in South Korea in the first place was to attend fansigns. I still want to do that, but just thinking back to that time makes me laugh. Fansigns are expensive! Where was I expecting to get enough money to attend a SEVENTEEN fansign where you need to buy at least 150 albums to have a fighting chance of getting picked? And what was I expecting to do for the rest of the time when my favorite groups weren’t having comebacks? I couldn’t tell you. But after learning more about the Korean language (whose grammar, I believe, is much simpler than that of Romance languages) and Korean culture, my desire to study abroad was reinforced with different interests. I want to experience Korean university life, everything from festivals and MT’s to classes so ridiculously long that professors have to give you a break in between. I want to explore Seoul, but I want to go to as many cities as possible. From popular destinations like Busan and Daegu, which is Atlanta’s sister city, to cities as far south as Jinju. I want to try all the foods Korean has to offer, especially their multitude of seafood dishes. I’m excited to try dishes that are unorthodox by Western standards, such as live octopus and raw beef. I want to have seafood soup on my birthday and celebrate surrounded with amazing friends. I’m looking forward to meeting so many people while I study abroad, both Korean and non-Korean. I hope during this program I can forge friendships that’ll last a lifetime.
Reading this over, imagining everything I’ve described and everything I haven’t, my heart is filled with excitement and anticipation. Which is why it breaks my heart to think that I might not be able to go abroad this year. I’ve been planning this experience from the minute I received my high school diploma and threw my cap up in the air. I know that this pandemic is so much larger than me and that it’s affecting so many people severely. Too many people have died and too many people have had to suffer through the losses of their loved ones. It’s insensitive of me to be whining about not being able to study abroad when people are dying.
But I want everyone to know, whether this pandemic is affecting you on a monumental or minuscule level, I stand with you. Maybe this pandemic is preventing you from having that family reunion you’ve been planning for years or meeting a friend you haven’t seen for a decade. Yes, there are horrible things that are happening because of this virus, and I’m not trying to minimize their severity. But you deserve to have your feelings validated. This situation sucks. It sucks whether you’ve lost someone to the virus or you’ve had to cancel all your plans. But now is not the time to attack someone for feeling sad because their loss isn’t as great as yours. We need to stand together, because that is the only way we will get through this pandemic.
march 24, 2020
remember to wash your hands!!
Day 9 of lockdown || 200323
Its now the 2nd week of monday y'all
Ive been gazing at the mountains that I can now see since the lift of pollution through my binoculars.
I also love spicy instant noodles too much. I can see stomach cancer in my future.
Currently looking at some universities to apply. And I gained some motivation to work on my visual novel game.
I revised 3 lectures of physiology !and I still have one more … then I will finish one anatomy lecture then connective tissue in histology 🔥🔥🔥🔥💕
An abandoned Children’s Hopital in Berlin—one of many places that make this city so special!
Neuschwanstein Castle ✨
Thanks Miss Rona: Still in Berlin!
Writing this at quite an interesting time for people around the world. To be honest, I haven’t had the space, time, nor presence of mind to type out a blog post, and this seems even more true now given the state of things. Nonetheless, the show must go on, and quarantining/Spring break has lent me quite a bit of free time.
Where do I begin?! So I came to Berlin after a crazy winter break traveling up through Vietnam and spending time in India for the most beautiful wedding ever. Arriving here [Berlin] after laying over in balmy Singapore was quite a shock (it certainly doesn’t help to come off the plane with shorts still on).
Settling in here was pretty natural, though a few weeks in, I think I started to get some kind of culture shock. It just seemed like a flood of feelings came crashing down around me about Korea. I don’t mean this in a bad way, as even my (ahem) more interesting moments in Korea still make me chuckle at the sheer insanity of what has happened to me. I mean it in the way that moments that you never thought would hold so much importance turn into things that give you butterflies in your stomach. Tiny things that I can now say I took for granted, make me both smile and also wince.
There’s honestly been no time to dwell on them, as I have had, for almost two months, Berlin and Europe at my fingertips. From Prague and Dresden, to Munich, Vienna, and even Bratislava (!), I’ve been busy exploring with a whole new set of amazing friends. I will say, in a lot of ways, my life here is more laid back. Living with my host, Marc, having early classes, and an insane amount of readings, have caused me to slow down my partying habits. Thankfully in Berlin, every night out is truly one to remember (and I’ve done a pretty good job at remembering them!)
With everything closed now, thanks to the virus, things are certainly different. I’m eternally grateful that when my dear, dear lover/soulmate/life partner Kayla came to visit me, we were able to get into the infamous Berghain. It was a night I’ll cherish, and a weekend that really was something else.
Being in Berlin feels like I’ve finally come home. I think about the places I’ve lived and visited and this city finally checks off everything on my list (Public transportation, people, art, cool buildings, etc.). This is a tough pill to swallow for someone that might not be allowed back in the EU for five years (refer back to when I got arrested in Spain).
As everyone left because of the virus, I was faced with a multitude of problems all essentially tying into: what life am I going back to in the US?
A question I guess I’ll have to address eventually.
For now, I’ll stay in Berlin, where I have a place to sleep, exemplary health insurance, and momentary bliss.
March 21 2020
Work day. Happy Saturday!
Reading a book during quarantine…
studying essentials in quarantine
~ wave after wave ~