It’s been about four weeks now, that all of the MHMK Students arrived in San Diego. After a short Orientation Week at the National University, we had another week off and could relax on the beach, enjoy the warm weather and discover the city.
The National University (NU) is the second-largest private University in California. The university has five schools and one college, including the School of Business and Management, School of Education, School of Engineering, Technology and Media, School of Health and Human Services, School of Professional Studies and the College of Letters and Sciences. Most of the Macromedia students are enrolled at the School of Business and Management. The NU provides a special program to study. So that’s why we have just one class per month. It isn’t that bad, because you can concentrate the whole month just on one subject, but four weeks are a short time and so you have to learn a lot in that period. Because we are so many German students, we just have the classes together and weren’t mixed up with other international students. In our eyes this is a little bit sad, but the NU organizes a lot of activities, where we can meet other international students, i.e. a trip to the San Diego Zoo or a fishing trip.
Now I want to introduce San Diego to you. San Diego is the second-largest city in California and is also named as “America’s finest City”. The city is multifarious and there is a lot to discover and to do here. San Diego is famous for some attractions like the Balboa Park, its fascinating Zoo and especially Sea World. Besides the extensive beaches and the harbor, you can see a lot in the different districts. Every district has its own character and style. In Oldtown you can meet a lot of Mexican people and it’s also a historic park. As an other example the Gaslamp Quarter is located Downtown and is in a way the “Kiez” of the city. There you can find a lot of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. You can also see the beauty of San Diego during a harbor cruise. Then you have the chance to enjoy the view on San Diego’s skyline. Additionally you can meet some cuddly sea lions and get some interesting information about the city.
The great thing besides the perfect weather is the attitude of the inhabitants. Everyone is very laid-back here and this is very contagious. You feel always very relaxed and the stress you’ve felt in Germany is forgotten. With the sun in your face and the ocean in front of the apartment every day feels like vacation.
We all are very excited to stay for the semester in San Diego and are as safe as houses that we will have a great time here.