Orientation came quite early this morning. About 30 of us gathered outside the residence building today to make our way to the Metro station that would take us to our new school. Packed in like sardines, we debated over which stop we needed to get off at. Luckily, after about a 30 minute ride, we all chose the correct stop and made our way, like ducklings, over to the university building. While walking to this building, the rain came pouring down in buckets. Once the walk was over, we all looked like we had gone for a morning swim in the canals. Even the ones with umbrellas and rain jackets were not so dry. I will have to invest in some serious rain gear for this semester.
Our classes will all be held in one building, which I found to be a rather aesthetically pleasing setting. The classrooms were not as big as I had originally anticipated; they’re actually rather comparable to Champlain classrooms.
Our tour groups were broken up by nationality. I kept being mistaken for Canadian. Then I’d say, “What are you talking aboot? I’m American, ey?” Just kidding on the last part, but in all seriousness, I do tend to group myself with the Canadians.
I think the transition from Champlain to HES will be quite easy. The library offers similar online databases as Champlain and everyone at the school seems very helpful. HES is also very business focused, as is Champlain. Classes start on the 30th of August, and though all this free time has been very nice and relaxing, I am quite excited to start classes again.