It was finally time to start classes on Monday morning and, since Otago does not have online registration, the group got up early to go pick up our course approval forms and head out to each department for their signatures. Unfortunately, because we had arrived so late on Friday, our forms weren't ready yet. Instead, we learned about the timetable for our classes and where the buildings were located. At 11:00 I went to my first Natural Resources Economics class. Although I wasn't technically registered, I didn't see the point in missing any more classes if I didn't have to. Since I arrived at class very early in fear of not being able to find the room, I ended up talking to a fourth-year girl named Jess. She was a Kiwi and very nice and understanding the entire situation. She kept asking questions about living in New York and then my experiences in Christchurch so far. Then we shifted to talking about the class and the professor. Jess volunteered me her notes to copy after class on Wednesday and said I didn't really miss much so far. She also warned me that the class moves very slow - and I soon learnerd she was right. His name is Professor Mohammed and he reminds me very, very much of a professor I had at geneseo for statistics. (For those of you that know who I am talking about, mainly my mom, you know this is not a good thing) BUT, I will learn to survive because luckily I can understand his handwriting. After I really didn't do too much. We couldn't register for any classes or even get our ID cards yet so the group met back at the flat and hung out with our two friends Steve and Alex that had just arrived from Chch as well. We all watched Criminal Minds and then The Hangover. Eventually, Mike, Kevin and Steve started playing with Kevin's camera and we all started taking random pictures using the light. It was something I had never seen before so it was interesting before we all ended up falling asleep.
On Tuesday, Mike and I both had off from classes and we needed to register. We picked up our forms at around 10:30 and started heading to the different departments. It was semi frustrating when dept chairs weren't there and we had to head back later but, in the end, it all worked out. Only the Commerce chair looked at my transcript which makes me think that Community Behavior Analysis and Developmental Psych won't be too hard of classes. After classes, I went for a run downstairs and then we heard the good news that we would be moving in tomorrow! It is a 23 person house to be exact and so far there are 16 of us moving in. Luckily, about 12 of us are already friends so I don't think this experience will be too terrible. Everyone is giving us different information about timing and when to sign the lease but I'm sure it will all work out tomorrow. For now, we are all taking advantage of the free laundry here and packing up our rooms. Tomorrow is definitely going to be a long day but I am excited to finally get settled.