Things in Europe I did not expect as an International student.

Before coming to Europe, I had visited a couple times when I was younger and I presumed I knew what to expect. However, here are some things I did not expect as an international student studying in Europe.

The very confusing-mostly cold-weather

Prior to me coming here , I had never used or found weather forecast useful. Back home, I believe we have raining season, dry season and Harmattan. Now here I am checking the weather prediction before leaving my room. The thing here is, just when you think it’s really cold, It gets colder. I was really surprised the day it was really cold outside, yet I could feel the heat of the sun. It is really odd.

It gets really dark fast in the winter

This was something that took me a while to get used to and I’m still not used to it. During the winter period , it gets dark very early. I’m talking by around 4pm the sun is no were to be found. This actually messed up by sleeping pattern because I started sleeping by like 6pm.

People smoke a lot

I think this one shocked me the most. Partly because there is a lot of stigma around smoking in the area I grew up in. So It took me aback because my teachers were smoking, my classmates were smoking, there are cigarette bins almost everywhere, there are smoking areas in a lot of institutions AND behind the smoking packet it says SMOKING KILLS.

A lot of homeless people

This is based on my stereotype of Europe though, I guess that is why I did not expect it. There is a certain way a lot of people from western countries talk about most African countries in regards to poverty and homelessness. So I had assumed these countries had no such thing. So I was pretty shocked when I saw a lot of homeless people here. I also think this might be due to the area I live in Europe, but the amount of homeless people I see on a daily basis is shocking.

People refer to Africa as a country

Throughout this post, I have intentionally referred to one country in Europe as Europe when I can. This was inspired by a lot of Europeans(I mean across the the continent not one country), that I have talked to, that refer to one country in Africa as Africa. I find it odd and in certain instances disrespectful. In many of the conversations I have had with Europeans , I have asked them questions about their country but they would somehow reply with a question asking me about Africa. Even though I have clearly stated I am Nigerian. Odd isn’t it?

Anyways that’s it for this post! See you next week!

The Most filling Bagel Breakfast: Student Approved.

Growing up ,foods such as bagels and other bread varieties were never a vital part of my diet. When I came to UK , I would always purchase food that I ate back home or were at least similar to them. None of them were bagels, ofcourse.

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When I saw a video of someone eating Bagels (and having a good time), as a self-proclaimed enjoyment minister , it was only right to try it. So I went to the the store and got sausages , Bagels and eggs because I had something in my head that I wanted to attempt.

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I added a picture gallery of the step by step process of making it. I don’t think you’re here for the recipe so let’s keep it pushing.

My thoughts on bagels

I like them. I think they are almost chewy in a way,if that makes sense. Unlike sliced bread which is softer and lighter, Bagels are more dense and I like that which is why I tend to use it as I would, a burger bun.

My Thoughts On This Bagel Breakfast

This meal took around thirty minutes to make. This may vary depending on people’s speed in the kitchen. Personally, I enjoy eating fried eggs. It just has this unique taste and texture to it . The diversity of eggs and what can be done with it. AMAZING. Also,I’ve found it goes really well with bagel.

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I think this can be an everyday breakfast or mid-day snack. If you take out the sausages and stick with just eggs,it cuts down a lot of the time and calories in this meal. Overall I’m happy with it and It is definitely a budget meal for Me!

Question

Have you tried bagels before? What was your first impression?

What is the colour of your problem…Laziness or Procrastination?| Student life

Last Updated: 03 March 2022

If you’re reading this ,then my answer to the title is procrastination or at least more of one than the other. I don’t think I’m lazy but I’m just realizing while typing this, that being lazy may be what leads to procrastination…sometimes.

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I almost forgot. Okay I didn’t but anyways.

Welcome to my Blog!

This is my first post and I’m super excited for this journey. I don’t want to take too much time so yeah yeah yeah love you bye.

Also ,I plan to upload once a week on Wednesdays. So there’s that.

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Anyways, welcome and let’s get back to the post.

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For those unsure. Google is here to help!

Laziness is a state where you don’t want to do anything, you’re are totally unwilling to spend your energy. When you think doing a task is very difficult and even impossible for you this state is known as laziness. It’s your desire to do nothing and remain idle like a lifeless body. –Mittal

Whereas,

Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. –Wikipedia

So here is the thing for me. I know that they are obviously not the same thing but I think I have the feelings of Laziness with a procrastination mindset. So the procrastination is because I’m delaying the work and the Laziness is because I don’t want to do anything at that particular time. If that makes any sense.

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As an active student , this is something I really struggle with. At first, I thought I had too much on my plate but now I see that I might be demotivated or fearful of failure. There’s a lot going on in my head right now, a lot to think about.

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Mindtools Articles has been really useful with ways to address procrastination and some other habitual issues. Also , Procrastination.com is a really good one. Their article on this was insightful. I couldn’t read the whole thing but I’ll be sure to read it later.

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For my action plan, I am going to write my goal for the week on Sundays and then come back to it on Saturdays to see what I achieved. Look out for that in Wins-day. Wednesday wins!

Self Reminder:

If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done

and

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do, the more he is able to accomplish

Okay! That’s it for me today. Tell us which you fall under Laziness or procrastination, both ,none?

Thanks for stopping by!. Let’s have an amazing week, shall we?

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Ebitimi from the future here!

I had a similar feeling of this recently and wrote about it. You can check that out here (Dealing with lack of Motivation| Short rant and poem).