Today was my first day of classes. I had one class today, Scottish Literature, which is at 10am Mondays Wednesdays with a discussion that I have not been assigned yet. For the week this is what my schedule looks like as of now:
Monday: 10 am Scottish Literature
Tuesday: 10 am Literature discussion
Wednesday: 10 am Scottish Literature, 2-4pm Exploring Scottish Culture
Thursday: 4pm-6pm Bagpiping
Friday: 10am-1pm Black and White Photography
So the classes I ended up taking are all very focused on the Scottish culture, since I figured, where else can I take anything like these? My class today was super interesting, we learned all about the different books we will be reading and the papers and projects that will be due throughout the semester. It is a class of about 100 people, but we will be broken up into smaller discussion groups once a week. After class I met up with a few of my friends and we headed over to check out the gym and the bookstore. I didn't buy any books yet, but will probably go back soon to get what I need. I will also be headed back to the gym tomorrow to return my completed paperwork and hopefully get started in some kickboxing classes they have to counteract all of the potatoes and fried food they seem to love over here in Scotland. After these errands and exploring campus a little, my friend Sam came back to my apartment for lunch before he headed off to his class. Then at 5:30 I met up with Sam and Ian, the two boys here from BC with my at Glasgow, and headed to Peperino's, an Italian restaurant to meet with our advisor from BC, Rhona. Rhona is about 27, and works with all 150 international students, but especially closely with the three of us since BC gives her money to run a program with us. So she took us out to dinner tonight to discuss our trips for the rest of the semester. Over the pasta and pizza we got for dinner, we chatted about what we would do with the money BC gave our program. We decided on: a weekend trip to the highlands of Scotland, a football game (the boys requested a Rangers game), trips to local museums and attractions, a distillery tour and a traditional Scottish dinner out at the end of the year. I am beyond excited for all of these trips. After the dinner we said goodbye to Rhona, and the three of us headed to a near by pub to get a pint and watch the football game that was on TV. We stayed there for quite a while and discussed our weeks plans. I didn't really know Sam or Ian before coming to Glasgow, but we have hit it off quite well. They tease me a lot, and often call themselves "the brothers I never wished I had", but its all in good fun and its really nice to have two people I have some ties with here with me as I settle in.
So thats it for this entry so far, its getting late and I am going to head to bed. Tomorrow is a day full of errands and other fun things, and then we will see how the rest of my second week in Scotland goes:)