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10 May 2011 @ 04:47 am
Okay off of the bad news today comes good news.   I applied to these two classes offered in English through Humboldt University in Berlin this summer yesterday.  Today I got an email asking for a statement of purpose.  Today at 3am, after my nap, I wrote out a brief essay, and then around 10 minute later I got an acceptance letter.  I guess the stereotype that Germans are notoriously efficient is true!

I hope I can do this since I need one more European history class for my history degree at NYU.  I was looking into the NYU in Berlin program but it was so much more expensive: about $10,000 total including housing, plane fare and tuition for 8 credits worth of classes.  Two classes that equal about 4 credits US is 800 Euros, which is around $1200- ridiculously cheap to an American.  The only problem is they are 2 US credits each so I'm not sure how I'll be able to transfer that to NYU since I think I'm only allowed to transfer in 4 classes and I already have 2 from Boston College and one I hope to argue to count for it from Harvard.  Also there is the question of where I would live in Berlin, since I was only offered housing for 3 weeks, covering the period of only one of the classes.  I did mention this to my parents though and they approve since they love Germany and this gives them an excuse to visit after living there 20 years ago.   
I really hope to be able to do this!  There is, I think, a lot of paperwork I'd have to do and get approved, but it would amazing if I could go and study the history of Berlin.  
Girlsapphiredragon on May 10th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
Germany sounds fun! I am surprised to hear that your parents lived there 20 years ago. For some reason, I always forget that all Asian parents aren't like mine, and actually went to college and had legit careers before coming to America.
Jessicafierywaif on May 10th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
Your parents lived in France which as you know I find super interesting and impressive.

I actually always assume all Asian parents and overeducated lamers like mine. I think Christine's dad also lived in Germany before coming to the US.
Jessicafierywaif on May 10th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
Why are you awake this late anyhow?
Girlsapphiredragon on May 10th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
What do you mean? Why are you awake? You are the one who has school.
Girlsapphiredragon on May 10th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
By which I mean, why is anyone awake ~metaphysically~? I just don't get why people ask me that question, because obvs you are not the first. If someone is awake at an early hour, one can assume it is for typical insomniac/can't sleep/pulling an all-nighter reason. I don't think there's ever an especially exciting reason for why I'm awake later than usual besides the obvious reasons. I gave this lengthy response because I am honestly befuddled why anyone would ask kind of an obvious question. If I was awake for any particularly exciting or specific reason, I would probably have a more interesting story to tell from the get-go.

Anyway, yeah, these are my delirious thoughts at 5:30 in the morning.
Jessicafierywaif on May 10th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
I'm also delirious.

Today was the last day of classes. I do have to go to school today though, to write my paper, settle shit and pick up graduation tickets. But I'm going to nap before then.

Are you going to nap and become a night owl? I frequently am up the whole night but I always saw you as a responsible sleeper.
Girlsapphiredragon on May 10th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
I literally just re-read what I wrote in my comment and laughed like a loon, like I had honestly put so much serious thought to such a straightforward, simple question. No, I wish I was a responsible sleeper because I find that to be an admirable trait, but I have never been one, sadly. Sometimes I try to be and pull all-nighters to reset my sleeping schedule which works with varying degrees of success.

Oh wow, I can't believe it's already your last day of classes! Do you want to go to Yummy Village today and watch me beat the sushi challenge? Celebration for your semi-graduation and me picking up my diploma today (or technically yesterday) from Hunter.
Jessicafierywaif on May 10th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
It's weird! Honestly this whole 1 1/2 years has flown by. To think a year ago I was back at school after taking that year off (wtf did I do for a year?) and then I went to China for the summer and then back to school and then Europe and then now....time has flown by like a banshee witch on a broomstick.

I do have papers to write and shit I'd honestly am really really dreading doing. We shall see?
Girlsapphiredragon on May 10th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Cool cool. Call me if you want to.
Rah Rahmisspotter on May 10th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
cool perchance i shall visit you in berlin! would be a good excuse to visit europe.
Jessicafierywaif on May 10th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
If I end up taking both classes I would have a ten day break inbetween where I could hopefully travel or my parents could visit me. Ahhh this sounds so amazing! I can't wait!