If you've been keeping up to date with my blog, you know I haven't left for Germany quite yet (9 more days!) I get a lot of questions about what I've been doing for this incredibly long winter break of mine. I know that my school as well as a lot of schools across Asia have later start times than here at Mānoa, so it's important to figure out a way to occupy your time while you're waiting to depart. For me, I've been keeping busy with work and a couple classes here.
I've been working a lot of extra hours with my job as an RA as well as doing a lot more cross stitching for 99 Stitches. It's good to build up some extra spending money so you can really enjoy your time abroad. But I figured now would also be a good time to knock out some writing intensive classes since my schedule is a lot more flexible now than it will be next year. I'm taking two classes here at Mānoa, LTEC 448 which is completely online as well as LING 102 which is self directed. I made sure that I told my professors at the beginning of the semester that I will be studying abroad, and this is really vital when you're trying to figure out if you can manage an online class (or classes) as well as your studies once you're abroad.
Fortunately, a lot of students studying abroad have taken LTEC 448 so it's been a good class to fulfill a writing intensive AND ethics requirement! My linguistics class is self directed, which means I read the textbook on my own time and I go in to take quizzes on each unit whenever I'm ready. I have two quizzes left to take and then I'll be done with all of the in-person work. I've already written four essays for that class, and there's a final paper due closer to the end of the semester. All papers are submitted digitally, though, so I'm confident I'll be able to manage. I highly suggest doing an online/self directed course or two if you have a later start time at your university abroad. It's been a good way to stay in the mindset of school and I'm glad I'll get these extra credits.
I still haven't registered for my classes at Tübingen, but I'm really excited for those too. You get to attend an orientation with your department before deciding on classes so I won't fully know my schedule until mid April. I did submit a bunch of course petitions through Shidler (make an appointment at OSAS if you need help!) using the course catalog Tübingen posted online. My university isn't a Shidler partner school, so there were no existing course equivalencies. If this happens to you (or if you find a class at your school that isn't listed with an equivalent on the Shidler website), then try to submit a course petition! You don't want to get back after a semester and find out nothing transfers.
Anyways, barely a week until I leave! I'm really excited for this new adventure... time is flying by!