The first part of my day was led by registration activities at the university. There was so much paperwork to go through, but it is a relief to have it all over and done with for now (there is more to do before I leave). It's so strange to have yet another new student card to add to my growing collection and a whole new marking system and such to get used to. We'll have more information over the next few days but so far it appears they have a marking system of 1-10, with 10 being the highest grade. So long as I am surpassing 5.5 (the pass mark) I will be pleased. It makes me determined to work harder than ever so that I might achieve the grades I dream of maintaining.
It can be really stressful to begin some place new as I was saying yesterday in relation to moving. With your paperwork, what I suggest is that you have an important documents file and just take it along with you. Having pretty much every document with my name on with me today saved so much time, as did keeping up to date with emails and knowing exactly what I wanted to talk about.
|Exploring Amsterdam - Image copyright CLSS 2017|
It also surprised me just how much of the city I remember from the few days I visited last year. I was actually able to maneuvre us around the streets with little to no trouble at all. Wandering by the canals I can remember summer of 2016, eating strawberries and following a map to the bloemenmarkt. There was this one moment, sat on the dock outside of the centraal bibliotheek when I remembered saying 'I wish I could enrol at a library this amazing'. And now ... here we are. It can be difficult to imagine where the future will take us. I am glad it brought me here, but could not have foreseen it then.
|The Amsterdam sky line - Copyright CLSS 2017|
Learning about art here is fun because there is Rembrandt and Van Gough by the canvas full. These were painters who knew so much about thier trade and exactly what it was they wanted to capture with their oils. Certainly for me, it is a big part of what the Netherlands has to offer in terms of history. From their lives and the ideas they set out into the world, there is so much to learn. Sometimes it can just take one small idea to spark something so much more, whether that be impressionism or a book series.
|Exploring + my new oil paint pen - Copyright CLSS 2017|
It was really difficult to say goodbye to my mum at the airport though - the last of my goodbyes this week. And it really struck home because it made me realise that this is it. This is really the beginning of something that is doubtlessly going to be hard and complicated and amazing and inspiring. I am excited but also afraid that the person I become as a result will not be the person I am now or even close. I want to get home and still be recognisable if not an even better person towards all those I care about.
So my last act of the day was to quickly do some sketching of Van Gough myself. By going through those brush strokes with my own pen and talking to those who care, I have managed to start feeling a bit better about things. This is a great opportunity like I say and hopefully soon things will start to be easier and less overwhelming. For now, Doei!
|My rendition of Starry Night - Image copyright CLSS 2017|