C34

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I’m in the airport right now, waiting for my plane to get here in about three hours. My plane’s a red-eye flight, leaving at 1:30 AM and getting to HK at 5 AM HK time. That’s a 15 hour flight. Nobody’s here yet, since it’s so early, and since I have plenty of battery to burn and nothing better to do, I figure it’s a good time to summarize my thoughts.

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Rushing

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The last few days, and next few days, have been and will be absolute chaos.

I only have two more days of work left. I should have quit a week earlier, given the amount of work that I have to do before leaving… not to mention the amount of non-work I have to do with my friends before leaving!

I’ve been preparing forms, checking and double-checking flights, buying HKD, electrical adapters, unlocking my phone, you name it, and still have loads more to do.

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Nevermind on that.

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I got a spot in residence.

 

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

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Panic

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I finished the chart I was talking about at work. Or, more bluntly, I’ve paid for the predicted barebones cost of living in HK for a year: two plane tickets, residence, and food. A couple days after that, I bought my one-way ticket. I leave August 23rd at 1:40AM, and arrive on the 24th at 5AM. The flight’s 15 hours, crosses the international date line, and goes over 12 timezones, which is the reason for what looks like a 29 hour flight.

All that’s kind of been spoiled by the fact that I didn’t get into residence.

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Residence Concerns

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Sorting out school, or at least, the education part, seems like the easiest thing to do at this point. Like I said in the last post, I’ve been accepted – my home school knows I’m going to HKU for a year, and HKU knows I’m coming there for a year. No problems there – they’ve apparently mailed my visa sticker, which I hope to get before I leave. The problem now is residence and transport.

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Finally accepted (for real!)

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Wow. It’s been 10 months or so since I first entertained the idea of studying abroad, and here I am signing and scanning a form that’ll enroll me at the best-ranked university in Hong Kong SAR, China – 12580km away. I think the farthest I’ve ever travelled (that I remember) was to Florida for Disney World when I was 6. Out of trips I can remember, New York City was 829km – and the closest place in my country is Toronto at 192km away.

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Mid-Summer Update

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Hi folks, it’s been a while! I figured I might as well post an update since it’s been almost one and a half months since the last post. I kind of wanted to wait until I got my letter of acceptance to HKU, but I’m still waiting on that – so I’ll make do with what I have for now.

So I got a job – possibly one of the most unsatisfying jobs ever – but it pays the bills. Short version: I put tape on cups 8 hours a day, 5 times a week. Long version: I’m working in the glass department for a small printing company. I put tape on glass, my super sandblasts, I take tape off the cups and wash them in a sink, dry, wrap them, box them and repeat all day. It’s minimum wage, but hey – it’s a job. Doesn’t stop me feeling exhausted all the time.

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Paperwork

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I remember applying for university when I was in 12th grade. I remember thinking about all the paperwork and deadlines and marks I needed to get, and all in all, it was pretty overwhelming. I also think that I was dead wrong on that.

In the last month, I’ve finished getting (most) of my courses approved – April is exam month, though, so I’ve not been able to do much (in fact, I had a calculus exam earlier this night). I’ve gotten the OK from the exchange coordinator, so I filled out the actual HKU application online and sent in visa forms. I’ve also gone public on Facebook about the exchange, so that’s kind of big!

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Exchange Social & Dean of Science

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It’s been an eventful week so far! On Monday, the Dean of Science from HKU was giving a seminar in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy – the actual dean from the university I’m going to, in my faculty, in the year I’m going on exchange. Wednesday, there was an exchange social function for all exchange students. Finally, I got some of my courses pre-approved. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Pre-Departure Orientation #2/3

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Just got back from the second and third orientations, and I have to say, they were pretty boring. We went over Health and Safety, and then over Academics, and I now know that I have a lot of forms to fill out and a lot of notifications to make.

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