Topic 2b: My Spanish professor found out that I was not accepted to Argentina. I had emailed her to ask for advice as to which country to visit and if she had heard of any good language immersion programs. She wrote back to say that she had a little chat with someone at the centre for International Programs (well, she didn’t call it that but I hope that’s what she meant) and I can go. I’m supposed to ask her tomorrow. WHAT? It doesn’t work like that does it? And why me? There were 26 or so other people who were not accepted either. You know what is the weirdest part? I’ve gotten myself so worked up about the idea of another country, a cheaper program, a homestay family, I’m not sure if I want to go on a university exchange anymore. Sigh.
Topic 3: I have recently begun turning to another source for my news. I started regularly checking CBC website for news. Then I added BBC for a broader picture since it caters a bit better to world news than the CBC. Now my new pal is Al Jazeera. I must admit that when I heard that it was a popular and credible news site my first reaction (ok, i’m ashamed) was “I must have heard wrong. How can a credible global, news source come from the middle east??” So I rejected it right away based on my own biases. I decided to give it a chance this past week and I must say that it is not as extensive as BBC in terms of number of stories but it has to be the least biased news source I have encountered and has as wide or greater coverage in terms of countries and geographical areas covered as BBC. I recommend.