The orientation week here is much better than anything I had my first week as an international student at Cal.
Here is the program from the official orientation welcoming event.
They had music programs in between talks! Performed by University of Oslo’s students and staff. I found it amazing.
Before you arrive to Oslo you are organized into buddy groups along with other exchange students. They are called buddy groups not only because you become ‘buddies’ with your group people but also because you get one or two ‘actual’ buddies who are exchange students who have already spent some time in Oslo prior to your arrival (usually a semester) or actual, true Norwegians. Wow. These buddies will act as one of multiple resources that the university provides for you to make your adjustment smoother. All because you can ask questions and they can answer!
I was put into a buddy group that was consist only of Psychology students (I’m a Psychology/Sociology major). There were other buddy groups that were organized via different principle as well, but you basically end up with exchange students from your own department. If you wanna meet people from other departments, try going to student events, parties, or attend a Norwegian language class. That’ll help!
The Orientation week here is called Buddy week. The name is different but the essence is the same–many events, and if you attend all of them you’ll be pretty occupied. Still, try. We had ice-skating events (at an open-air rink in between buildings in the middle of Oslo), pub crawls, and movie nights. Pick and choose! My favorite was half a day sightseeing tour on a bus, to which I was late but still enjoyed seeing the city. You get to get off at a few places, which is nice. They say during summer they had events like barbecues by the lake, which sounds amazing but does not mean that the Fall semester is better than Spring, of course.
All in all, very enjoyable. Highly recommended not to miss and to come on time for the orientation.
Today’s poem is by Olav H. Hauge for a change.
It’s the Dream
Translated by Robin Fulton
It’s the dream we carry in secret
that something miraculous will happen,
that it must happen –
that time will open
that the heart will open
that doors will open
that the mountains will open
that springs will gush –
that the dream will open,
that one morning we will glide into
some little harbour we didn’t know was there.
More on Olav H. Hauge here.