Thursday, January 14, 2010
On Sunday we moved into our dorms. It's pretty basic, but totally fine. We sleep with mosquito nets and it is extremely hot. The campus is HUGE. Barnard's campus takes about five minutes to walk from one side to the other; here, it takes possibly an hour in the scalding heat.
Yesterday began registration for classes, which is an incredibly stressful situation. First of all, you must walk from department to department and wait in line and write your name on the list. The lines can take forever and you need to just wait. But meanwhile, as you wait in line to sign up, you don't know the times of the classes so you could be signing up for conflicting class times. There's no way to know beforehand. Also, there are finals on Saturdays and they make absolutely no exceptions. Seventh Day Adventists sued the university over this a few years ago and lost. A preliminary schedule will come out in a couple weeks when I can still drop and add so I will have to chose my classes based on that. There are many more complications with choosing classes, so the end result is a big headache.
Yesterday night I had quite an exciting evening. I came to Ghana thinking I would have extremely little food. I was a little unsure how I would survive. But my friends and I ventured to the "western supermarket" and found TONS of kosher food. It was truly unbelievable. We were ecstatic. They had everything from yeast, to pasta, to soy milk, to cereal and much more. There is even cream cheese!!! Then, we made our first supper. We had omelets and yams and oranges. It was the best meal I have had in over a week.