Yesterday I registered for my masters programme and today was an orientation day for international students. There were some talks by the default set of people explaining how stuff works at Stockholm University. Nothing really spectacular, but it helps with the orientation. The SU has one large Student Union and several interest groups. My department looks like an exception to the rule with its own union. It's a bit confusing and I will ask the people in Kista (pronunciation: tjiiistaaah) about it tuesday when we have our departments information day.
I'm beginning to understand the privilege of living together with my girlfriend here when I speak to other international students. In the talks today was a slide about adjusting to different cultures and it mentioned an U-curve from expectation down to frustration and solitude to accepting and longing back. A fellow student from Belgium confirmed it, this was his fifth week and altough he had a language course, he had experienced the low point as well, because everybody he knows well are still in Belgium. Another girl was here for four days and said she had problems fitting in, and this was a pretty girl who can talk for hours I suspect. It just gets to you. When I come home (yes, it's home already), I can cuddle up to Tessa. I felt almost guilty "confessing" I lived in a two-person apartment with my girlfriend.
Anyway, the university campus is kinda cool. I'm used to a park-like campus like the one in Enschede, but the Frescati campus (the main SU campus) is at least equally beautiful and has some nice quirks. There are a couple of villas on the campus belonging to (as far as I can see it now) faculty groups, which are basically student associations. The name villa is not just a name, it looks like a villa, a wooden villa, each with its own colour. They have pubnights, events, etc. I like the fact that they are faculty groups.
As for my own little villa, we're still at the beginning. We have a couch (without cover :o), a bed, a desk and something to stand up to reach the ceiling. That's it really. The apartment already has enormous amounts of cupboard space. The curtains are a challenge, but we will sort it out in the next week. We'll probably buy some more furniture and inventory. Everyday we notice some other thing we took for granted. For example: we bought canned sifted tomatos for making dinner, but forgot we don't have a can opener. And the list goes on ;-)
I mentioned earlier to people that I would start on the 24th, but that turns out to be false. My first course is actually a week later, because the two courses I follow start in the second week of the semester. My first exams are at the end of october. So I have some time left to actually see the city I live in and not just the underground tunnels :P
Until next time! I'll try to make some pictures.