One whole week of school done
Now I've offically had one week of school and I went to my first class of GE2226, which is a class on the culture, geography, politics, religions and everything else in Southeast Asia. The difference between this class and my engineering classes is it is full of exchange students. We have a field trip scheduled for the 27th, through the historical parts of Singapore.
I have to do group projects, write papers and the final exam isn't worth my entire grade! Basically this class has everything that my engineering classes are missing, and is much different from the classes I am used to. But I think it will be interesting and I hope to learn a lot about the region before I leave.
In my first class I already learned much about the countries in the area. ASEAN, or Association of Southeast Asian Nations is made up of 11 countries, including Singapore. Indonesia is by far the biggest, in terms of land and population, and as a result anytime a new president/prime minister gets elected in the neighboring countries, they will visit Indonesia before anywhere else. We talked about the differences in flora and fauna due to the land bridges and waterways in the ice age, and where the sea levels had dropped to.
Overall, it seams like it will be a very interesting class.