Arrival days: 18 & 19 August 2010
Introduction at the School of Economics and Management / HES (compulsory): 23 August 2010
* This is the academic stuff. You know, typical student orientation where you meet and greet and learn about classes and the campus.
ISN Amsterdam introduction period: 24-27 August 2010
* This is more about life in Amsterdam. It is more of a culture orientation and includes more than just my school. http://www.isn-amsterdam.nl/
Start of the classes: Monday 30 August 2010
I get about 10 days of fun before I need to start worrying about going to classes and studying. The question is: what should I do with those 10 days of freedom? I am a young American set free to explore Europe. Oh the possibilities…
From the United States, I can’t see the canals of Amsterdam or the Van Gogh museum. I can’t see tulips or architecture or Dutch speaking people roaming the streets. All I see right now are hefty amounts of bills and fees. This is all a bit unsettling.
Soon enough I will actually BE THERE. All I have for the next 5 weeks are my perceptions. I will tell you what I know so far:
My Flight Itinerary:
In total this cost me about $1,000 U.S. (round trip) including the 2 checked bags I planned to bring. Who knows, maybe I can pack light (doubtful, considering my age and gender).
Poeldijkstraat Room 149 (8th Floor)
Floor plan layout: http://bit.ly/904nUW
Some information provided by the housing registration website:
“Information building and surroundings: In total there are 98 studios in Poeldijkstraat for foreign students. Poeldijkstraat is a large 12-storeyd building. A small number of Dutch citizens live in the building too.
Internet: Internet is provided by Utelisys. There is an access in every separate room.
Studio / Apartment: Your apartment is completely furnished. It is important to know that the studio is not allowed to be occupied by two or more persons; the apartment is suited for one person only
Surface area: The studio is in total around 20.60 m2.
Intercom: To open the entrance door to the building when you have visitors, you can use the intercom in your apartment.”
Studying abroad is a very curious thing. Where will I be living? Who will I meet? What do the locals like to do on a Friday night?
I find myself asking more and more questions every day, but I really don’t have answers to any of them. The only thing I can do while I’m still in the United States is look into books, videos, and websites on what the Amsterdam experience is like.
I found this video while browsing the internet, and I thought it gave an interesting summary of what I could expect:
For now, my perceptions are all I have. 5 weeks from now, I can explain in my own words, through my own senses what I am experiencing first hand.
Hello, my name is Brittany Leaning. I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Advertising at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. In the Fall, I will be studying abroad at HES (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A solo exchange student left to 4 months of learning and exciting adventures.
My flight departs on August 18th, 2010 (approximately 5 1/2 weeks from now). I will take you through my pre-departure challenges along with daily adventures abroad.
Though I will be residing in Amsterdam, I plan to see England, Sweden, Switzerland, and many more places along the way. I arrive back in Massachusetts on December 24th, 2010.
Please feel free to comment and…
Wish me luck!