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Sofee

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ArgHHHH I'm tearing my hair out at this whole international exchange process. If I did something common like business or maths, everything would be over in a week, there would be hardly any meetings with important people at my university, emailing back-and-forth with multiple American universities, all the DECISIONS (x10 worse for a girl). But nooo, I have to go and do god damn Geographic Information Science, that takes an eternity to say when people ask me what I do at uni, then repeat it when they don't understand it the first time, then watch as they nod confusedly and say 'that sounds...interesting'. Not exaggerating, 9 out of 10 people do this. And I have a very BIG sample size to come to that conclusion.

 

I'm wondering if this is all worth the trouble. That, and the travel & accomodation fees. I spoke to some people who went on exchange to American universities and said it was the time of their life, it was the best decision they made, they had unbelievable fun and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 

I think it's gonna be worth it. I really hope so. Or else I wouldn't still want to go through with this.

 

At first, there was the whole 'which university do I want to go to?', then eventually the 'which university actually has GIS?', to 'which university has higher level GIS courses?', which narrowed it down to about 2 or 3 universities. Bear in mind that these universities are the ones that my uni has an exchange agreement with, not just all American universities. These are the University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University and Southern Illinois Uni Carbondale. It's looking like the UO is the one I'd go to, most likely. So, anyone know much about these ones?

 

So I had to look over every single GIS course these universities had, and try to match them with the courses I'm taking at my university. For those who don't know, that's how it works - the courses I take in America need to be extremely similar to the ones I'd be doing back in my university. Problem is, the American universities only have GIS minors, whereas I'd be doing my final year of my GIS major. tldr they don't have stuff advanced enough for me. But, after much deliberation, I came up with a few options that can solve this problem, all of which involve me extending my degree for another semester, which is fine by me - it won't hurt in the long run. After meeting with some of my coordinators, it seems like everything will be okay with my university, and that my options are fairly safe. Options being plural though, it's so hard to choose, none of them 'have it all', it's either decide if I wanna spend more money and have more fun there, or have a safer education, or have a more 'laid back' learning with risks.

 

I've also decided that I'd be going next year, Fall semester. I'd probably do some holidaying there after I finish the semester in Summer, so uh, anyone live in Oregon? :P

 

Anyway yes...a lot has been done for this exchange business but there's still a lot more to go, it isn't even finalised that I'm going, but god dammit I want to, and I will.

 

/endrant



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I spoke to some people who went on exchange to American universities and said it was the time of their life, it was the best decision they made, they had unbelievable fun and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

it's called Stockholm syndrome, look it up

 

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Better get organised fast if you really want to get there.

If Trump wins he'll be building walls all around the place & his personal apocalyptic bunker even faster.

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Only school I know in your post is Oregon. Oregon has a good football team. I'd go there. Not sure how Oregon (the state) is though, the northwest is known for having eh weather.

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HEY SOFee WOW

 

I'm planning to go overseas to america to study next year! not sure if ill have enough money

 

have you figured out a budget for accommodation and food and all that?? i would like to know because I'm lost with how much money ill need

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I spoke to some people who went on exchange to American universities and said it was the time of their life, it was the best decision they made, they had unbelievable fun and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

it's called Stockholm syndrome, look it up

 

;)

 

Mm yes, even more relevant if Trump puts up that wall...

 

Better get organised fast if you really want to get there.

If Trump wins he'll be building walls all around the place & his personal apocalyptic bunker even faster.

 

From what I've heard, he seems like a dumber, richer Hitler.

 

Only school I know in your post is Oregon. Oregon has a good football team. I'd go there. Not sure how Oregon (the state) is though, the northwest is known for having eh weather.

 

I'm pretty interested in this American football business, I don't really know the rules thoroughly but I do love watching sport, and it seems like something I'd be able to get into. And yeah I've heard that the weather is the low point of the state, especially in the colder months, meh.

 

HEY SOFee WOW

 

I'm planning to go overseas to america to study next year! not sure if ill have enough money

 

have you figured out a budget for accommodation and food and all that?? i would like to know because I'm lost with how much money ill need

 

Omg yay are you :D Haven't figured out a budget and all that yet, I'll do that when everything is finalised so I know I'm 100% going and what I'll be doing there. I'll stay in the on campus housing if I go, but off campus housing is probably cheaper. And food, well, worst comes to worst, ramen isn't so bad if you make it right...

 

The worst thing will probably be flights...that would cost a fortune ._.

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Hey sofee, what is your opinion on arc and erdas?? Not had the most fun with them so far

 

Never tried Erdas, but arc is alright. It takes a bit of getting used to and learning all the tools. I haven't done much programming in arc though, so god help me when the time comes for that.

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Conspicuous, on , said:

 

Hey sofee, what is your opinion on arc and erdas?? Not had the most fun with them so far

 

Never tried Erdas, but arc is alright. It takes a bit of getting used to and learning all the tools. I haven't done much programming in arc though, so god help me when the time comes for that.

 

yeah i wasn't really looking forward to using arc more, so i changed my gis module from remote sensing to statistics based(thank you based spss)

 

good luck in the states, oregon sounds like an alright state

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Arianna, on , said:

 

Be careful, because no one's going to notice you'regon

 

 

booo

 

 

*throws tomatoes*

 

Mmm statistics-based is interesting if you're more the mathsy kind. I'd prefer that over remote sensing any day though.

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I don't know about your major, but experiencing ANY new culture is fun and awesome. The hard thing about America, though, is if you don't live in the city, driving is hard, and the public transport isn't that great all the time.

 

Otherwise, though, it conveys all the benefits of a modern country and the people are (most of the time) nice, so go ahead!

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I don't know about your major, but experiencing ANY new culture is fun and awesome. The hard thing about America, though, is if you don't live in the city, driving is hard, and the public transport isn't that great all the time.

 

Otherwise, though, it conveys all the benefits of a modern country and the people are (most of the time) nice, so go ahead!

 

I'd be staying on campus and not venturing out of uni unless there's some event going on or I'm eating out, so transport probably won't be much of a problem. Gosh, the American public transport system sounds pretty bad from what I've heard >.< I hope it'll be as fun as I think then!

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Why do you think the American public transport system is bad?

 

It's just what I've heard, from Americans, don't have anybody else to trust :P

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It's tough to say that American transportation in general is bad. With a few exceptions, public transportation is run by the municipal government and hence is different in every city. Some cities are going to be bad, but others are going to be fine. So don't look to that guy who spent one week in New York City for Oregon public transportation advice.

 

It's probably not as bad as everyone says but I don't know, maybe you guys got it really luxurious or something.

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It's tough to say that American transportation in general is bad. With a few exceptions, public transportation is run by the municipal government and hence is different in every city. Some cities are going to be bad, but others are going to be fine. So don't look to that guy who spent one week in New York City for Oregon public transportation advice.

 

It's probably not as bad as everyone says but I don't know, maybe you guys got it really luxurious or something.

 

It's probably more of a problem with cities that have a lot of urban sprawl. Maybe like LA? Understandably, America is huge, with a pretty huge population, so the public transport can't be expected to be world class.

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