Days 100 and 101: Almost at Disney!!

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IMG_20141123_151017.   UhI gotta I’ve been feeling pretty lost these few days. Back at UTFPR, I would study like crazy for the last tests, and that isn’t happening here. I’ve managing my time very well. I’m doing tons of things besides studying. I know that’s a good thing, but it still doesn’t feel right… Yes, that’s word. It doesn’t feel “right”. I know as long as you are prepared, it’s okay for you to do other things and isn’t that what you wanted all along? I guess I’m just stupid or something like because I am adapted to the education system here. So (saying yo myself), Elvis, stop that, you have it under control. Just keep studying, finish the presentation tomorrow and you will be fine. Don’t worry about the small things because everything is fine.

Sunday I went to the Basketball game again and it was super awesome! This time, the team we played against put a tough challenge and I thought we were going to lose, but happily we didn’t. I had a very good time there and looking forward for the next home game after Thanksgiving.

Today two weird things happened. I woke up and someone had written my name on my fingers and a text on my palm. I couldn’t read the text because I erased part of it when I washed my face, though. I thought it was my roommate’s doing, but he said he didn’t even come here to sleep. The other creepy thing is that he said the woman he thought had given him the brownies actually wasn’t the person that had done that, so it’s still a mystery for both of was who was that white woman.

Today my awesome professor from CE 382 assigned his Indian assistant to lecture the class again. And again, I could barely understand what was being taught.

My MEA 200 professor is still struggling with my name and so am I.

I’ve started listening to Elvis Presley. He’s truly an awesome singer!!

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Days 98 and 99: I love my friends from FOR 220!!

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They are the most friendly Americans I have ever met. We make such a wonderful. I really like when we get together to do stuff that’s due, like, on the same day. Today we got together to work on 4 graphs and paragraphs that are due tomorrow and we had so much fun complaining about the professor adding too much stuff to the course and making us do the ridiculous things she asks from us hahahaha

Today I also learned I should, ALWAYS, review thoroughly the QUESTIONS and ANSWERS of the CE 382’s homework quizzes. This time I couldn’t finish the calculations because I didn’t remember how to do them. The exercise was very much like one the ones I did. I did the homework a day earlier. Everything is okay, though, because the professor will eliminate the homework quiz where we got the least grade. And another good thing I got from that is that I didn’t feel bad about it. I know it was my mistake, but what’s done is done and it won’t affect my grades at all. Studying here is definitely harder than in Brazil.

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Oh, and another thing. So on Wednesday, my Nexus 5 had its SO upgraded. A lot of things changed and I think I didn’t set up the alarm right because it was very different. It didn’t work and I didn’t wake up in time for the MEA 200 class. That sucks a lot because I didn’t very well in 2/3 of the tests (I got a C in 2 of the 3 them) and the professor always gives away some questions and answers for the next test… I will have to ask someone if they took notes from them and I think I know who to ask for them. I fixed the smartphone problem, though, and now everything is back to normal.

I gotta start reviewing for the finals, I think. Specially for CE 382’s. It feel so far away as it will happen more then 2 weeks from today, but I’m not sure I will be able to study while at my motel near Disney.

Days 95 to 97: Another Baskteball game + other stuff!!

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So I guess you could say the most interesting thing that happened during these days was the second Basketball game I went to. The game was against Hofstra (who?) and our team did worse than in the first match, but we still won. One thing I noticed was that NC State’s team need to train their free throws. They failed the majority of them in both games and aren’t free throws supposed to give you free points? The football team won the game against Wake Forest and that was expected. I didn’t go there and that was the last home game. They are now bow eligible, whatever that means (I suppose it’s some kind of tournament where they compete to see who wins the bowl). And oh yeah, this time I managed to sit in the first row and was able to watch the game with a much better view. I was even recorded by the camera (although I didn’t realize that until it was too late and a friend of mine was trying to tell me to look at the camera)

This is the last full week of classes and gosh, everything happened so fast. It didn’t feel like I was progressing from the beginning to the end. It still feels like I just started the semester. That’s weird. I never experienced something quite like this in Brazil. I guess it’s because I haven’t quite yet adapted myself to the way classes work here.

I feel a bit nervous about the news presentation that will probably be this Thursday (the professor changed the schedule so many times I can’t figure out when it will be). I don’t like giving presentations at all, but I do my best when I have to. I’ve been doing them for such a long time and still, sometimes, I feel a bit nervous. It’s just a short presentation, so whatever happens, it will be quick.

I never managed to make any true friends from the classes I have been taking here. I suppose it’s because all the students that go to them already have their friends since they are not from freshman courses and the fact that Americans aren’t exactly interested in that sort of thing.

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Thanksgiving is almost here and soon I will have to buy the entrance tickets to Disney World. As I said, my plan on the first day is to find the place. If I have time and if I determine I can explore the surroundings a little bit, then I will do that. In the next 3 days I will be at Disney. I will only get out of there to go back to the Motel. On the last day, I will try to explore the city of Orlando a little bit, but since I will be with my bag, I’m not sure I will be able to do that. If I can find a good place to leave my bag at, I will definitely do that and roam the streets until I’m ready to keep waiting for my train. It’s gonna be a wild trip back to Raleigh because I right after coming back, I will have to go to class to do a quiz homework. Both going to Disney and coming back will be at night, so unfortunately I won’t be able to see much. That’s unfortunate because I was told the views from the train are always beautiful.

I’m a little worried about the finals. I have never studied for a test that cover an entire semester, so I feel very unprepared. What I do know is that CE 382 is going to take the most of my time, though at least I know to study for its final. Studying for Oceanography is tricky because I can’t rely on the slides since they are all just pictures, but it shouldn’t take me too long to review all the questions I answered, the main concepts and the older tests. CE 381’s final should be easy both to do (content covered was easy to understand) and to study for (all I will have to do is to redo the in-class quizzes). FOR 220’s final will be about the same as CE 381’s. It will just take some more time to study for it than for the other one. The long story short is that I feel confident with some of the course’s finals, but certainly not with all of them.

I do miss Brazilian food. I knew I would, but I was too stupid to admit it to my friends. I miss the dish with rice, beans, salad and meat, and a glass full of natural, healthy juice. I miss coxinhas, canjica, feijoada, a good lasagna, Brazilian pizza. I’m so gonna have as much as my stomach can when I go back!

I like my glasses now. They look sharp, shinny and I’ve gotten used to the design. I knew it was always just a question of getting used to it.

Days 92 to 94: Basketball!

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ah, the most interesting thing that happened the last few days was definitely the Basketball game. Wolfpack’s team played really well, even if the other team was a shitty one (I don’t know how good Jackson State is supposed to be). I have a lot of faith in the Basketball team and so I will be watching all their games from now on. Hopefully, they won’t disappoint me!

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It’s getting very cold here now, but it hasn’t snowed yet. That pissed me off. It’s snowing in COLORADO, but not here. The interesting thing, though, is to have experienced temperatures I could never experience in my city in Brazil. I was yesterday at the bus stop after the basketball game and it was 34ºF! That was amazing. I had a cold, so I was happy to get out of there, but it was truly unique experience.

I bought a lot of food for the Thanksgiving trip and have managed to read the book and play Amnesia recently. I have been managing my time really well. I like that! Shows how well I have adapted my life to this place.

Day 91: Grocery Shopping + Got the New Glasses Today!

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CE 382 today’s homework quiz was a little worrisome. I don’t know why, but I felt very agitated while doing it. I think it was related to having to go to the mall to get the glasses. Well, I finished the homework without any difficulties. It took me a while to get it done, unfortunately. I really hate this “finals” system they have here. Having to revisit all the previous contents sucks. That’s the biggest reasons I studied hard for every course in Brazil so that I would never have to deal with the Exams.

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Am I getting fatter? It doesn’t look like I am. The cardio exercises don’t make a lot of difference. I was doing them in Brazil just because I liked not to feel sedentary. The trick is what you eat and in what quantity. It’s difficult to have a healthy diet here. Almost all the campus food items are unhealthy and the healthy ones don’t kill your hunger. You are pretty much stuck with buying food at Harris Teeter (the only supermarket close by). And I didn’t buy anything healthy this time. I am still feeling agitated. One reason for that is that I had a really good day and it was very different. Having different days isn’t bad, but I feel calmer when a day is just like any other one. At Harris Teeter today, I used my credit card to buy all kinds of unhealthy food items I could imagine and wanted really bad: doughnuts (and they are so cheaapp!), chips, Nutella for the bread buns. Why do I feel agitated about those things? Well, I am always worried about my weight and I feel kinda forced to eat them before the validity date. What I need to do is to remind myself: don’t worry, eat them when it’s appropriate (replace the late nights meals with them and during the trip at Disney World). I gotta remind myself I bought them mainly because some times I get very hungry and there’s nothing I can eat, and I really wanted to eat them and that I don’t have to worry about validity at all.

The new glasses feel fine now. At first I was worried I didn’t like them because I didn’t feel buying them here was a good idea. I didn’t feel sure I was getting something on par (or better) with what I could have gotten from Brazil for the price tag I payed. It’s fine now. The frames are okay. So are the lenses. It’s better than the one I have.

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Surely, man. Don’t worry about the food you bought. That’s not why you bought them. Take them with you to Orlando. Eat them there without exaggerating. The left over you can eat when you come back or just eat when it’s appropriate before you go. Do what you feel is right. I can’t believe I’m telling myself these things, lol.

And no, there’s no such thing as an panettone here. They are known in some parts of the USA, but not here. I will probably not have Christmas Bread (as they are more commonly called here, I believe) this Christmas.

And my roommate is very ill. He didn’t want to get his flue shot at all. He should have gotten, but he’s kinda stubborn.

Also, there’s this guy. I’m not sure if I’ve talked about him, but he’s so nice and interested in me. Like, overly interested. I feel he’s gay and into me and is trying to figure out if I’m gay and feel the same way.

Also, how I hate the public transportation of this city. It took me the entire afternoon just to get the glasses and the food. I’m planning on going to Chapel Hill to visit the city, but of course I can’t do that during the weekends (the bus that takes people from Raleigh to there only works on weekdays). I don’t know when I will go there, but I will keep trying. I want to meet a friend of mine there, if I can.

Another thing. I love being a student from NC State. I mean, I already loved it before this, but being a student here means you are kinda important to the people from Raleigh. Today I was with my Engineering t-shirt and this old guy stopped and asked me “Which Engineering?”. He then talked about some of his relatives did Mechanical Engineering and were successful in life. The thing here with NC State is that most people studied here in the past and they love to see the news students. It’s just an amazing culture surrounding the university.

And okay, that’s enough. I have things I need to do. I didn’t study the whole day.

Day 90: Three Months!!

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So, three months have already passed since October 14th, the day I arrived in Atlanta, GA. Gosh, why does time have to pass? I want it to freeze. I don’t want to go back to Ibiporã and my life there. I have something much better. I just need to take my family here. I only have 9 months left. Damn this J-1 Visa. Give a permanent one already. I’m half American, after all and my name is Elvis.

But enough about that and more on what happened today. Not much happened today, I have to tell you. I tried making my parents understand how video chatting works, but it failed horribly in so many levels. I went to the College of Natural Resources 85th Anniversary at McKimmon Center and the good thing was that I didn’t have to sign up beforehand. I read the news the professor posted on the Moodle page and I found out I had to sign up for the lunch, but not for attending the event. When I read the news I said to myself “my god, why didn’t I pay attention to this before? Did I just fuck it up?”. But everything ended fine in the end. Well, not totally, I guess. I still have to write the paragraph on what I learned from the symposium. That’s a hard thing to do because the woman that was doing the presentation talked about her life, her family, her puppies, and everything else except about “Climate in Sustainability”. My paragraph will certainly be a very short one.

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I’m a little worried about MEA 200. The professor lectures are just so boring most of the time. I can’t pay attention because he speaks breaking the sentences. That makes my brain want to sleep so bad.

Day 89: Things went downhill with my roommate, but they are progressing

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I just hope they can go back to normal. I really, really didn’t mean what I said, and in a way it’s kinda unfair because more than once I did feel offended by some of the things he said, but I never made a huge deal out of them because I knew he didn’t mean them. For now, I’m trying to be as respectful as I can and help him as much as possible so that I can feel comfortable around him again. Maybe a few days from today, once he’s cured from the flu, he and I can be playful with each other like before.

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Today I finely finished the bulk of the Literature Review assignment from GTI 401. Gosh, I hated talking about it and I’m sure I’m going to add some sub-headers and new paragraphs, but it shouldn’t take too long for me to be done with that.