Halloween, football, food, and international case competitions!

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Most exciting news of the month (for me at least) first: I’m moving to my own room on November 1st. I had the “real” American dorm experience for 2.5 months but I am glad that I can move to a flat style dorm now. I will share 2 bathrooms and a kitchen / living area with 3 other UNC students so I will also be able to cook my own meals again. I haven’t had a bad relationship with my roommate but I can now say that am just not made for sharing a room.

My team for the case competition

My team for the case competition

This month I flew up to Connecticut with three other Kenan-Flagler students to take part in an international case competition. We weren’t put in a team with students from our university but worked in a group of 4 students who were from different universities. We had 22 hours to work on a recommendation about what Gillette was supposed to do with its products on an international level. We stayed in Storrs, Connecticut for 5 days and the first day started with team building and a trip to Mystic Seaport. Unfortunately we did not make it to the top three but it was a great experience and I certainly improved my Power Point skills.

Team building at CIBER Case Competition

Team building at CIBER Case Competition

During the 4-day fall break I went to the North Carolina State Fair with a girl from my Handball team. Former exchange students have definitely not exaggerated when they told me that people in North Carolina simply fry everything – from Oreos and Snickers to Butter and salty foods.

North Carolina State Fair - if you can eat it, you can fry it!

North Carolina State Fair – if you can eat it, you can fry it!

I also worked at the Football game in order to raise money for my Handball team. The atmosphere at American Football games is simply amazing and even if you don’t understand the rules of Football and actually think of what the Americans call “soccer” when somebody mentions Football, you should go to a game if you have the chance.

Volunteering at a UNC Football game

Volunteering at a UNC Football game

I had one major group project and two large assignments this month so I had some sleepless nights as the deadlines were approaching. I’ve just started a new class two weeks ago because my Strategic Management class was only a half-semester class so now I’m taking Real Estate Development instead. In the middle of October we had midterms and the final exams will take place in the 2nd week of December so I can actually enjoy my Christmas break without worrying about exams.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

Halloween is also a really big thing in the States. Some people have been planning their costumes for months and on the 31st the roads in downtown Chapel Hill will be closed off in order to celebrate this holiday in the streets. We still have about 15°C so the weather is perfect for a large outdoor Halloween gathering! I already carved my pumpkin and the other day I went to a farm where I fired paintball guns at Zombies (so American!).

Shooting Zombies

Shooting Zombies

My “language problems” seem to persist as well. Not only did my lecturer ask me five times what I meant with “car” – Apologies Professor Ravenscraft for pronouncing this word the British way. But I also didn’t get the chips I asked for when I ordered a Burger and chips; needless to say that you will get crisps in the USA when you order chips.

Something random at the end: Just today one of my English friends here said to me that somebody should mention in their blog that you cannot get spray deodorant in the USA , so I thought I’d share this information with you 😉

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