Freitag, 23. Januar 2009, 14:13 Uhr von Felix

Friday I wrote my last exam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It was okay, because I already have some knowledge from my studies in Bamberg. My fellow Irish Computing students were not so happy. I am not sure if one was really able to do well in this exam without any prior knowledge. The lecturer, the class itself and the material were not very helpful. However, exam time is over; done.

Afterwards, all Erasmus students, InCuSo members and some of the Computing students went to the Fitzsimons in Temple Bar, where a pint is more expensive than a bar of gold and a cover band played great songs. They even tried Satch. But where was the Doktor? We sent him an SMS: „O Doktor, where art thou?“. His reply „Still in the universe“. Whatever that meant, he finally showed up.
Later, after Anna had accidentially wished Chris a happy birthday, we sang as loud as we could for our birthday boy Tom.

And suddenly it was time to say goodbye, because many people already planned to leave on Saturday. Some of the people I will probably never see again, some others I really do not want to meet ever again and then there are those that I already miss although they are just gone. Such as Tom, Stefan and Mr. Klaus. I really hope that I’ll meet you in Nijmegen, Kapfenberg, Derby or wherever you’ll roam (Bamberg?). It was very awkward to say goodbye and I am sure that I did not find the right words. Bye, guys!

Saturday, the leftovers (read: people who were neither already on their way back home nor had a hangover) met at Elodie’s flat for this semester’s last Erasmus party. Surprisingly, there were not many, but it was fun anyway. In the end, of course, time for more goodbye’s. Bye, everyone!

On Sunday Daniel, Herr Doktor and I went to Anna in order to help her moving all her stuff to Antje’s place in the city centre. The hard-earned prize: bruised shoulders, tons of food that she and her house mates were not able to eat before they left and a nice meal when we finally arrived. Tired and lazy we spent all the evening on Antje’s comfortable sofa before we had to say farewell to Anna and Antje. Bye, girls!

However, there was another mission to complete: we got a bike from Antje, but how were we supposed to get it from the city centre to our house? We thought it might be possible in the Luas, but the security staff in the orange vests just gave us a very unfriendly gesture to get lost. They did not even bother to speak to us. Just a gesture. Of course, not a single word about a refund. Where is a hero when you need one?

Herr Doktor offered to ride the bike home for us so that Daniel and I could take the Luas. Very nice of you, Chris! There’s our hero! When he finally arrived completely soaked in Kingswood, we said goodbye to our housemate and friend Daniel, who left on Monday at an ungodly hour. Bye, Bobo!

Bye, bye!

Good start to a busy week

Samstag, 06. Dezember 2008, 21:31 Uhr von Felix

Although the last week was as busy as expected, it turned out to offer quite a lot of fun, too.

On Monday, Immanuel and I handed in our CA in MOB. We were a bit surprised that we were the only ones. All the others said that the due date was Thursday. Nevertheless, as it was finished there was no need to keep it a day longer than necessary.

Tuesday’s CA in Innovation was pretty bad. Cash flow statements are not too hard, but adding up hundreds of decimal numbers is boring, tedious and error-prone. After two hours of hitting the buttons of my calculator like a maniac and writing down the results on a sheet of paper, my fingers and my neck hurt like hell. This is exactly the reason why people use computers and spreadsheet software nowadays. I still cannot understand the purpose of that CA.
After these wasted two hours Immanuel and I met Oleg and Viorica in front of the campus. We picked up their son from the after-school and went to their flat near St. James‘ Gate.

There, we had Lasagne and a glass of red vine before we sat down to work on our presentation for Thursday’s HRM class. Everybody added his or her slides to the pretty slick master file that I had prepared based on the ITT’s colors. Some fine-tuning and editing as well as two ad-hoc rehearsals later we were done, but our hosts did let us go before we had emptied several glasses of whiskey.

Tuesday evening was a perfect mix of business with pleasure. Oleg, Viorica, thank you very much for your hospitality. I had a great time at your place!

Time is Flying

Sonntag, 30. November 2008, 23:10 Uhr von Felix

Here’s the reason why I could neither go with the InCuSo to Cork, nor to Kilkenny:

CAs. Lots of CAs. So I spent most of my time in my room writing. Grr! I left the realms of eustress far behind, but I have to admit that there were some good hours, too.

Maria, Daniel’s girlfriend visited him and we celebrated her 25th birthday on Thursday with a yummy chili con carne and Immanuel, Anna and Georg came to our house.
On Friday, Chris and I played some games of pool (even worse than the last time) and met Dr. Strangelove, Ismael and the Spanish girls at Tramway Court. In their apartment, we had a few drinks (Calimucho, börks) and played a funny Spanish party game, which involved a hooker, a killer, the killer’s colleague and a policemen before it got weird, because people started dancing and singing and Chris faked a striptease. No, it was not what you know probably think it was…
Yesterday, we met Tom and Natalie, who took the plane from Copenhagen again, and went to the cinema, where we watched Changeling, the new movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Afterwards, Chris and I went to his flat where we joined Alejandro and his girlfriend Jane (from Northern Ireland) as well as Carmen and her boyfriend Pedro (from Spain), who chilled in the living room. Jeez, Daniel was damn right when he referred to these days as „the couple days“!

Time is flying! This week will most certainly be very intensive as I not only have to prepare myself for the tests in Software Development and Innovation & Entrepreneurship, but also have to meet with my HRM group to compile a presentation on our project, practise it and finalise the project in corporate social responsibility, which became a bit chaotic due to strange requirements by a very ignorant person (not one my group members). On Friday, I’ll be through with all my CAs for this semester.

Next weekend there’ll be a day trip with the InCuSo, then my friend Flo (a.k.a. Idefix) will come over from Germany for some days, the day he leaves I’ll probably go to Galway with the InCuSo, on the 15th there’ll be a Christmas party and shortly thereafter I’ll be sitting in a RyanAir plane that is heading for Northern Germany.
In a blink of an eye my first semester at the ITT Dublin will be over. Wow!

I’d really like to take some more time to contemplate the last days as well as the coming ones and what this means for me, but I guess I should better go back to work.
In case you already forgot how I look like, because I was sitting in my cave all the time, here’s a recent (decent?) photo:

Studying at ITT Dublin

Dienstag, 14. Oktober 2008, 17:49 Uhr von Felix

Finally, I have all my learning agreements. Althought some still lack a signature, I’d like to take this as a reason to tell you about my courses: Diesen Beitrag weiterlesen »