Studying and working abroad

Many people in Norway consider studying and/or working abroad after 13 years of school. This is a good way to make new friendships and learn more about foreign cultures. In this blog post I am going to look at different reasons why studying and working abroad is either profitable or unprofitable.  

There are many similarities between studying and working abroad. You get to improve your second language because you are forced to speak it regularly with potential friends and co-workers. You also get to learn more about foreign cultures in both cases.

When studying abroad you get the chance to learn a subject and at the same time improve your language and meet new people. The disadvantage about this is that you won’t get any money if you don’t have a job in addition. This is a problem for people who don’t get any help economically from parents or friends and has to provide all their money themselves. In this case a job is needed and many students don’t have time for that. A working year abroad is however not always a very good way to earn money either. Many internships are unpaid and won’t help you economically. There are some internship that give you payment, but these are few.  

I would love to study abroad because of the excitement of it. You become very independent and get to meet people from all over the world. This is a lot more exciting than studying in Norway where you might even get to live with your parents for five more years. You learn how to pay your own rent, wash your clothes and clean your apartment by yourself. This is a great experience for all students.

Also working abroad is a great experience, but I would rather work in Norway than in a foreign country because of the payment. Like I said above, there are very few internships with payment and this is a disadvantage for pre-students abroad. In Norway the payment is very good especially if you have a fulltime job. 

There are also other people in other countries who would love to study abroad. My school have contact with children in Lesotho who also would love to study abroad. On a Skype call with many of the children some of my classmates are visiting, they told us what they would want to be when they grow up and where they would want to study. Some of them wanted to study in Australia and some even wanted to study in Norway. It is important to know that children in other edges of the world have the same wishes that people in Norway do.  

Sources:

http://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2012/09/21/third-year-abroad-pros-and-cons-of-working-abroad/

http://www.moneycrashers.com/reasons-why-study-abroad-benefits/

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The Raft

The raft is a short story by Peter Orner which is written in a young boy’s perspective that gives the story a subjective point of view. The consequences with using the 1st narrator are that the story only gets the 12 year old boy’s thoughts on the acts in the short story and no one else’s.

In the story we meet a young boy who visits his grandparents. He is a little intimidated by his grandfather because of his previous participation in WW2. Every time he visits his grandfather tells a certain story about the war. He does however, not remember he has told him about it before because of his memory problem. At the end of the story the grandfather pulls his grandson into a closet. The young boy feels like he is in a confession box because his grandfather tells the rest of the story like he is ashamed of what he did. The story is very overwhelming for the boy.

I had a hard time finding anything ironic in the story, but the part about his grandfather is a bit ironic. He was once a valued soldier who did what he was told but turned into a grumpy old man filled with regret.

I would say the climax of the story is when the grandfather has finished his story. The little boy gets an entirely new perspective of both the world and his grandfather. He learned that all people sin and that his grandfather isn’t such a hero after all. The young boy can never erase the knowledge he has received and nothing will be the same. I would say the main theme in this story is growing up. It is never easy to learn about the injustice in the world and the sins people commit, but it is all a part of growing up. 

Think Before You Act

Think before you act is a website that presents a family who meets difficulties on the internet. It   includes videos, games, texts and much more. The website is very interactive in a sense that it lets you make the decisions. When someone in the family gets a problem on a social media the viewers are asked to make a decision for the person (your  answer is either “yes” or “no”). After the viewer has made a decision the video continues. The videos are made in a comedic way, but the subjects they are amplifying are serious.  The main issues they are addressing are sharing, scams, ordering, distractions and spam online, to name a few.  

There are also texts bellow the videos that contains additional information about the issues listed above. The can give suggestions on how to behave online.

I think the web page was very original and funny, but at the same time very informative. The layout is very professional and well arranged. It is easy to understand the purpose of the site which is a very good thing. I would recommend all of my readers to visit the page because it is both funny and interesting. It could however be distracting at times with all the different sounds.

Link: http://www.thinkb4u.com/

Espen Barth Eide- a visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs came to visit our school, Sandvika. Two hundred students and teachers gathered in the gymnasium to hear what he had to say. He spoke about many different subjects concerning foreign affairs, all of which were very interesting.  A subject he really elaborated on was the conflict in Syria. At the end of the lecture there were many questions regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as his personal opinion on the conflict. He was a good speaker and engaged his audience, making it easier for you as a listener to approach the situation. He was well opinionated, but you could see clear ties to his labour party background, and to his post as Minister of Defence.          

 

Espen specifically emphasized the importance of foreign politics, and how it affects us in the long run. Politics on a domestic level are not nearly as decisive for our place in the international society as foreign politics. A relevant point of view presented by Espen Barth Eide, was the alleged fact that; foreign politics lay the premises and foundation for domestic politics. Without strong relations and alliances between Norway and the world around us, we would in no way be able to uphold and improve our already prosperous living, economy and democracy. According to Espen Barth Eide; a change in government would mean less foreign politics overall. Is this what Norway needs?

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Erin Brockovich

On Tuesday I watched a movie called “Erin Brockovich” together with my English class. The movie tells about a strong and hard working woman named: Erin. I won’t tell too much about the movie in case you want to watch it yourself, but I highly recommend it to all of my readers.

Instead of telling about the movie I would like to talk about Erin Brockovich. She was born in the United States in Lawrence, Kansas and is a legal clerk and environmental activist. In 1993 she managed to construct a lawsuit against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company with help from her boss Ed Masry. There were many reasons why she won the case against the PG&E and some of them were her incredible engagement towards the case, her compassion for the affected victims, her admirable guts and her likable personality. I absolutely love the way Erin treated the case, she never gave up and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

On her webpage (erinbrockovich.com) Erin said that the movie is about 98% accurate and because of that the movie can be used as a source when discussing the lawsuit. We have already got too many sources of error and we don’t need another one, don’t you agree?  

If you are interested in Erin Brockovich and her life, you should really check out the movie. It is very educational and is also very inspiring! 

The Butterfly Circus

The butterfly circus is a very moving short film about a circus called: the butterfly circus. During their travel through America, they discover a man, Will, with a huge disadvantage: he doesn’t have any limbs. Because of his circumstances he suffers from a great depression. Later in the short film Will learns that he can swim even though he doesn’t have any arms or legs and because of this extraordinary talent, he becomes a part of the circus.

Now that you know a little about the short film, I would like to talk about some of the characters. My favourite character in the short film is Mr. Mendez. He is played by Eduardo Verástegui and I personally think he does an amazing job. What I like about the character is that he is very real. He does not pretend to be anyone else and he does what makes him happy. I think Mendez is the reason why the Butterfly Circus is filled with happy performers and has a great working environment. Another reason why I love this character is that he doesn’t pity Will the way many others do. Of course he feels sorry for him, but he still thinks there is hope for him. Mendez believes in everyone and that is a great quality to have.

Will, the main character, has a mental growth during the short film. In the beginning he believes all hope is gone and that life has not given him the chance he deserves. Why did he have to suffer the way he did, when so many people can live a normal life?  It is not until later when Mr. Mendez tells him stories about the difficult life of the other circus artists; that Will starts to believe in himself. I love this character because of his courage and motivation. He used his disadvantage to something good and that is something many people can learn from.

I really encourage all of my viewers to see the short film. It only lasts for 20 minutes and is really worth your time!

Expectations for the New School Year

My name is Stine and I live in Norway. I am attending an English class at Sandvika high school with many other Norwegian students.

Being a young student in Norway gives you many options when choosing different subjects. There are particularly many subjects on Sandvika high school compared to other schools nearby. Many different personalities attends Sandvika: some students might want to learn about science and mathematics while others want to learn more about social science and economy. In Norway you can choose exactly what you want to focus on.

Because I have chosen to focus on science this year I expect it to be a little difficult but at the same time very educative. I hope my new teachers are knowledgeable and good at explaining difficult subjects, especially in physics.  I have also chosen English as a subject because it is such an important language in today’s world. I hope the lessons will teach me to write English better than I currently do and to speak English better in a spontaneous conversation.