Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What did I learn in school today?

 Original date: 08.10.2013

As the title of this post says, our task for today was to write what we learned at school today, or to be more precise, what we learned during our English class.
A quick and short answer to this question would “Peace One Day” and Jeremy Gilley, but a longer and more detailed answer is that we have learned what the charity “Peace One Day” is and what it works for, and that Jeremy Gilley, who is (was) a British actor and a film maker, is the one who founded it. And believe it or not, we have also had a chance to speak with Jeremy via Skype. It was a very exiting experience because he is (was) after all an actor, and he is also known worldwide for his work and accomplishments with “Peace One Day”. I think that we are in fact the only ones at this school who have had the chance to speak with Jeremy on Skype.
So, now that you know that we have spoken with Jeremy Gilley, you’re probably wondering what we were talking about. We asked him some questions about his charity and their progress so far. He seemed very prepared for the conversation and he managed to answer our question with both precision and detail. And you could see that he was a professional actor because he seemed relaxed when we were having the Skype conversation with him.
I think that this is all I have and need to say about the day today. If you want to know more about “Peace One Day”, you can visit their website by clicking this link: http://peaceoneday.org/

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Studying abroad - a good or a bad thing?

Studying abroad can be both fun and interesting for some people, while other people can find it boring and frustrating. I think that studying abroad is a great opportunity for you to meet people from all around the world. If you are a student from Norway, for example, and you wish to study in USA for a couple of years, I can guarantee you that American students aren’t the only ones that you will meet. In USA there are a lot of people from other countries, too, so there is a big chance that you’ll meet someone from e.g. Sweden or Russia while you are studying in the US.

Meeting new people isn’t the only thing that you’ll experience if you are studying abroad. Your English skills are most likely to be improved drastically if you’re studying in a country where classes at the school are in English. If you study good enough, you’ll probably be fluent in English by the time you come back to your homeland.

These are the positive sides of studying abroad, but, unfortunately, everything that has its up-sides also has to have its down-sides, too. As for this topic, one of the negative sides of studying abroad is that you can be miles away from your friends and family, but thanks to Skype, Facebook and various other communicating tools, you can get in touch with your old friends and family whenever and wherever you want to as long as you have an internet connection.
Another con with studying abroad, which probably is the most frightening one, is that it can be frustrating getting known with the students and the teachers at your new school. But  also this can simply be solved by getting to know those people by yourself and not waiting for them to get to know you.
I would personally recommend studying abroad, especially if you like traveling and exploring new countries. Many people that I know have been studying in the US and they said that it’s the best experience they have ever had. They also told me that they have improved their abilities in both writing and speaking English. So, again, if you are a student and you like traveling around the globe, studying abroad is definitely something for you.