Only four weeks left…

…until my semester in Australia is over. It has really gone by fast, it feels as if I arrived at Tullamarine Airport just yesterday and I met my house mate Matt for the very first time, when he picked me up. I guess these four weeks that are left will go by even more quicker!

Since I last blogged a few weeks ago a lot of fun stuff have been happening – I have been both to Tasmania and Indonesia, which both were great! I will write more about those trips in another post, but I will devote this post to the academic part of my semester. I don’t think I have written much about the differences between studying in Australia and Sweden and this info might be useful for those of you who consider going on exchange!

The biggest difference between my Malmö uni and my australian one is that I study four subjects and the same time. I have one lecture and one tutorial (what we in Sweden call “seminarium”) for each subject, each week – 8 “activities” all together, per week. Another difference is that you have the exact same schedule for one semester, which made at least me feel that the school became way too much of a routine. Unfortunately enough I also ended up with lectures and tutorials that started at 8 am every day….

Another difference is that you have assignments due almost every single week, where as you in Sweden usually only have a hemtenta or salstenta at the end of a subject and then a few group presentations during a seminarium. Anyway, at ACU I have had assignments due almost every week. They consist of reading responses or commentaries, which means that you in about 180-220 words should summarize the key points of one of the required readings for that week but also provide a bit of analyze yourself. My experience is that word limits are pretty rare in Sweden, we mostly use pages, but at ACU word limits are what guides your writing! I thought it sounded really hard at the beginning, getting to say all of the things I wanted to say AND draw conclusions on top of that, but now I like having to adjust to a word limit, it makes my points and ideas much more clearer and straight forward and I actually feel that the things I write holds a high quality even if it’s only 200 words.

So, reading responses/commentaries are one form of assignment. Another one I’ve had was a mid-semester test in philosophy, which consisted of 20 multiple choice questions, which I’ve never had before in Sweden. It went really well – sorry for bragging but I was the only one in the whole class to get 20 out of 20! It was my first test of the semester so I was really happy about that. My studies are paying off…

Yet another assignment type is an annotated bibliography. This one was for my Global change & development subject and we had to choose from around 10 different topics provided by our lecturer and then find four peer reviewed articles. We then had to write around 1200 words which should include why that article is valuable for our research essay (which will be based upon the topic and articles you chose for your annotated bibliography), which theories the author uses, which key points the author makes and so on. This assignment also went really well for me and I was so proud of myself since I haven’t had any experience of writing academic papers in english before my semester in Melbourne.

I have had to do research essays in two different subjects. One was for the Global change subject, which meant that you used the articles from the annotated bibliography for your research essay. I chose a topic where I had to discuss how neoliberalism has affected volunteer tourism as a development practice, which was really interesting to write about. In the essay I had to argue for my position, but of course always with support from the articles I had chosen. The research essay was more like a normal paper that I am used to in Sweden, but the annotated bibliography was useful to have done as well, since that really is what you do when you write a B- or C-uppsats in Sweden – arguing for why the literature you have chosen for your essay are valuable and how it is related to your own position.

The other assignments I’ve had are essays, which were around 500 words each. You got a few questions to answer and it was pretty straightforward as usual – always support your own thoughts with the arguments found in the literature for that subject.

This friday I have a philosophy essay due, which is 1200 words. You had to choose between different topics such as sexual freedom, abortion, punishment and so on, and develop your own ideas of why the arguments provided by a specific philosophical branch are, or are not, valid arguments, which was really interesting.

As you might tell, the assignments are always very short in regards of the word limit but I really find that you get a lot said with a low word limit.

Puh, now I’m done with this essay/blog post and I will treat myself to some wine and movie in bed! This is my last week of lectures, before my three final exams in june 2nd, 16th and 18th. Wish me luck…

FINALS

Nu är det inte lång tid kvar här i Ghana, det är med blandade känslor som jag skriver det. Som jag har nämnt i tidigare inlägg så är livet här i Ghana helt fantastiskt. Jag har märkt hur jag personligen har vuxit som människa under tiden jag har varit här. Jag har blivit en individ som är nöjd med sig själv och det kommer jag ta med mig hem till Sverige.

Fast nu är ju tiden här nere inte helt över ännu så jag behöver inte fokusera på resan hem riktigt ännu. Allting har sin tid. Idag är det dags för att skriva min första FINAL (slutprovet 70% utav det slutgiltiga betyget) jag behöver inte skriva att jag är nervös? Sömnen har varit sisådär under flera nätter nu, då oron för proven har kommit mer och mer. Nu är tiden snart här och jag ska göra mitt bästa. För att förbereda mig har en utav mina “kursare” varit här och hjälpt mig att studera. Det är en fördel att få hjälp utav en person som har varit med om dessa prov innan och vet hur man ska läsa inför proven, det är verkligen annorlunda gentemot Sverige. Här i Ghana är det inte så mycket tänka själv utan mer komma ihåg allting på power pointen. Det har både sina fördelar och nackdelar men mitt minne är inte på topp då jag börjar komma upp i åren ;).

Att studera här i Ghana har varit intressant. Jag tror att majoriteten personer som väljer att åka på utbyte inte gör det för att förbättra sina betyg utan mer för upplevelsen. Det var så för mig iallafall  Att fokusera på själva studerandet här i Ghana har varit svårt måste jag erkänna. Det händer så mycket hela tiden. Utflykter hit och dit eller det faktum att bara genom att gå ut från sitt rum och vara omringad utav helt fantastiska och roliga människor gör att det blir en svårighet att fokusera på kurslitteraturen och power pointens. Fast nu kan det ju vara så att jag saknar lite self-control (Jag kan iallafall applicera lite utav kurslitteraturen på det verkliga livet ;)). Det är bara att hålla tummarna för att det går vägen.

ÖNSKA MIG LYCKA TILL.

Lite bilder från tiden här. Man får vrida lite på huvudet för internet är inte helt samarbetsvilligt när det kommer till att vända bilderna.

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Fantastiska vännen Lina på besök från Sverige.

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Ghana tar det fram det bästa av mig.

Nu får ni vrida på huvudet….

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Solnedgången här är magisk.

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En termin här…

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Har varit fantastisk.

Wine tour in Mornington Peninsula.

Hello!
Yesterday I went on a wine tour in Mornington Peninsula with three of my american friends. We found the deal on Groupon and for 70 dollars you got picked up by a mini bus in the city (with seven other people that were also going on the tour) and then taken to five different vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula region. We started off at a dairy farm where they made different types of goat cheese, from the goats that lived at the farm. Then we drove to our first vineyard – we got to taste about six different wines at every vineyard and you could, of course, also buy some wine if you found something special – which I did! I bought a sweet moscato that I tried last night after getting back from the tour, along with the two goat cheeses I bought at the dairy farm. The wines and cheeses were pretty fancy but I thought that I would treat myself since I’m going home to Sweden soon. Anyway, one of the wine bottles I bought is perfect for saving a few years, so I really hope bringing alcohol back to Sweden is legal and that it will survive the almost 25 hour flight back home…

Here are some pictures from the tour! The tour guide Jason was really nice also and having a good tour guide is really important to fully appreciate a tour, so if you’re going on exchange to Melbourne, I can highly recommend this tour! We booked through Groupon for a special price, but you can also book straight through the company here.

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Vamos a la playa!

Terminen på University of Ottawa må vara slut men tiden i Kanada är inte slut ännu. Datumet på flygbiljetten hem visar 30:e maj så tills dess så kommer vi att undersöka denna sidan av jordklotet.

På långfredagen slog vi till på varsin väldigt förmånlig biljett till ett varmare land.
Vår destination står högst upp på bilden nedan…
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Svårt att se?!  Här kommer en chans till!

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Yes!! Vi ska till KUBA!!! Aaaariiiiibaaaa!

Känns helt overkligt eftersom detta har varit en dröm för oss båda att åka dit och nu sitter vi på Montréal flygplats och ska snart checka in vid Cubana Airlines disken.

So yes, nu drar vi för en veckas sun therapy!