after approx. 2 months of studying abroad at the Oregon State University in Corvallis I would like to give you a short update.
When I started my semester abroad 2 Month ago, I didn’t really know what to expect and how my life will change. But I have to say I’ve only had positive experiences so far! I like it a lot. You get used to everything so incredibly quickly and I can’t really imagine that it will soon be over!
In my first update for the semester abroad I already described that the university is huge and has a lot to offer so it never gets boring here!
But except of all the possible leisure activities that are possible at Oregon State, the workload of the lectures should not be underestimated.
You always have to do something, whether studying for a midterm, preparing a group presentation or doing graded homework. This system differs a lot from the DHBW, but I will only have two final exams, which makes the end of the term a bit more relaxed.
Despite the stressful university life I spend a lot time with the people from my dorm. The dormitory is specially designed for international students, so you live together with many different nations. I’m very glad that I made the decision to move to this dorm because I’ve had so many great moments here and made so many new friends.
We mostly used the weekends to travel around. We were camping and hiking at the Smith Rock State Park. The hike was very exhausting (12 km) but the view from above was just breathtaking!
We visited Seattle for a weekend and used Memorial Day to visit Los Angeles. I’ll send you some pictures of our trips. It was definitely a lot of fun!
Unfortunately, there is no football season at the moment, but we had the opportunity to watch a spring game of the Oregon State football team. Even though I still don’t understand the rules, it was fun to watch. You can definitely tell that the students are very proud of their football team and the university in general. Almost everybody wears “Beaver” (mascot of the university) or OSU clothes.
Also, the weather has improved a lot! At the beginning it rained almost every day and it was not very warm. Now it gets warmer and warmer and it only rains now and then. We often use the nice weather to do barbecue or play volleyball.
Generally speaking I am so happy that I made the decision to do a semester abroad. It’s just fun to meet new people and do a lot of things together!
I’m also looking forward to my West Coast trip after the term. If anyone has any tips for the round trip, please let me know.
Many greetings from Corvallis