Today was enrollment day at Hochschule Anhalt. Tomorrow will be my first day of classes. After an afternoon of presentations from the teachers about what their projects will be, I battled with German students to sign up for my picks of the projects. Who on earth thought it would be a good idea to post the signup sheets on the small landing of a staircase and then have students fighting for sheets? I couldn’t even find the sheet for one of my choices for a while because it was circulating hand to hand, instead of posted on the wall. I’m not totally sure whether I got the projects I want because there was disagreement among the Americans whether we automatically get into our first choice projects.
In the end my first choices were: Kurzprojekt (short project): some sort of dynamic information presentation project, Großprojekt (long project): film promo for a book, and elective project: presenting the idea of glamour through photography.
I talked to my flatmate Natalie this evening. She and her boyfriend Micha are going to a Middle Ages Market at the end of April, and I’m excited to be going with them! They’re a little hard to understand sometimes, but they seem pretty cool. Maybe as I get used to hearing naturally spoken German I won’t need people to enunciate and speak simply as much. They asked me lots of questions about the US vs. Germany, which is a little hard, because I don’t really know what German life is like. I haven’t really experienced enough of the culture yet.
They also tried to explain the washing machine to me because I’m running out of pants, but explaining in rather high-speed German that I could only wash dark clothes and then light ones in that order didn’t really work too well. I may end up with my pants all turned green… Hopefully Janine can explain a little more clearly what the problem is with the washing machine tomorrow. It seemed like a foreign concept to Natalie that I only brought about a week’s worth of clothes and that I’d rather not buy more… :(