Thursday, September 23, 2010

University Post: 2nd Article

My University of Copenhagen has closed down the international degree program for Economics, leaving me and my fellow Danish and International friends disappointed. I interviewed the Head of Studies, Peter Erling Nielsen, for questions regarding why so.

Here you can read my second article on University Post, but yet the very first official article as a reporter! It's official - I'm a reporter :D

http://universitypost.dk/article/english-language-economics-degree-slashed

Another Danish site, Altandetlige.dk has also published my article!

http://www.altandetlige.dk/studiet/no-more-bachelor-of-economics-english-463

Monday, September 13, 2010

BOOKS I'm Digging to Read



* ACCIDENTAL GUERILLA by David Kilcullen on War on Afghan
* WHY WE DISAGREE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE by Mike Hume on COP 15
* ULTIMATUM by Mathew Glass
* TOO BIG TO FAIL by Andres Ross Sorkin on Financial Crisis
* HOW MARKET FAIL by John Cassidy
* STORM OF WAR by Andrew Roberts on WWII
* WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel


RELATED TO SCHOOL

* THE RETURN OF DEPRESSION ECONOMICS (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1999) by Paul Krugman on Asian Crisis
* GLOBALIZATION AND HISTORY: THE EVOLUTION OF A NINETEENTH CENTURY ATLANTIC ECONOMY by K.H. O'Rourke & J.G.Williamson
* A PRIMER IN GAME THEORY (Prentice Hall 1992) by Robert Gibbons
* AN INTRODUCTION TO GAME THEORY (Oxford University Press, 2004) by Martin J. Osborne
* A GUIDE TO MODERN ECONOMETRICS (Wiley, 4edition) by Marko Verbeek

!!!

* ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE by Nick Hanley, Jason F. Shogren & Ben White
* ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS by David Romer
* POLITICAL ECONOMICS, Explaining Economic Policy by Torsten Persson & Guido Tabellini
* A FAREWELL TO ALMS, A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark

MEMOIRS

* DREAMS ABOUT MY FATHER by Barack Obama
* MY LIFE by Bill Clinton
* LIVING HISTORY by Hillary Clinton (Half read it, want to continue...hehe)
* PRISON DIARY 1&2 by Jeffrey Archer
* THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM by Nelson Mandela
* THE BLAIR YEARS by Ali Campbell

Monday, September 06, 2010

Pictures

Pictures can make you smile, make you laugh, make you think, make you regret, surprise you, make you sad, make you cry and make you feel all the feelings you can imagine. It frames the past, shows how you were in the past or capture you in present for the future. It's nice to take photos, but at the same time it can be dangerous too for those who mustn't see. Pictures can make people do crazy things out of happiness or vice versa, jealousy or sadness.

Also pictures may become the only thing left for those people who have lost their loved ones - grandma, grandpa, dad, mom, sisters, brothers, friends or love. People live their lives and pass away - that's life. Some in a very unfortunate accidents or some from old age or incurable disease and sickness.

I think people who die, they are somewhat lucky, because the people who are left behind alive become the most unluckiest and miserable people ever. To feel someone to be missing from your life forever is a feeling that can't be cured. Time will heal, people say, but it really doesn't. Families and friends who are left on Earth always get hurt and emotionally or psychology damaged, because a single picture from the past can make them cry and ruin their whole day or weeks. It is not about been weak or not strong, but it's simply a broken love - a love that can't be expressed to the deceased but crying after them. It is very sad, yes. But that's life.

For those people who are damaged by loss, i write this to you, because it's a feeling that we all share - emptiness. When you miss someone, nothing can make you feel better. You'll always miss him or her - because they can't come back from dead. Chocolate and sweets, which usually cheer me up from anything when i was a kid, no longer does the trick. A hug from a relative, friends and family makes it even worse, because you cry even more. People say cry it all out, and i did, but it never finishes, tears never finish! Tears can come out on and on and on and on. It's amazing. It will come out as long as you're breathing! Psychiatrists say share how you feel to your family and friends, but really?

Everyone wonders, what's the point of living if you just die anyway? You eat, drink, pee, poop, sleep, shower, go to school, go to work, get a family and get old with her or him, and die from age if you're lucky and healthy. So, is it love? To love and be loved is the point of living? What's your point of living? To have a successful career? To be respected by all? Get wealthy? Find a true love? So 6.8 billion people on earth are just looking for love, good job and career, and why so many single, lonely people all around the world? Why so many unemployed sad people on the street? Why so many divorced, drunk and suicidal people who has work? How can we satisfy 6.8 billion people? You simply can't. You may make a world a better place, maybe, but it's impossible to satisfy all. Because some things that makes people happy, always makes another mad and sad. There's always a two sides of the story.

It's just that why people are so horrible and mean to one another? They smile to their face, but badmouth them on their back. Where did the trust one another and i can't find the word, oh, morality go? Waiters and waitresses cheating one another with tips or fighting over tips (it's just a money!) or people fighting for a queue or children stealing and wasting or partying with their parents savings. I'm not trying to be Dalai Lama, but seriously, just be nice to a person passing by. Say sorry if you bump into their shoulders and just wave atleast. Be nice. There's no point of making other people's lives horrible, just because yours is not perfect. Accept what you've got and accept who you are, and be happy with what you've got or try to improve yourselves, instead of dragging down another person who is succeeding a little. Support one another, and support comes back to you. A single, horrible move of you represents WHO. YOU. ARE. Remember that. So think before you say anything 'small' or do anything mean to someone. That just shows how small you are, how little your world is and how little your future becomes. Stand tall and be tall (it's a metaphor, you don't have to be tall to stand tall, if you're short, you still can stand the tallest you can atleast :P)

I'm just writing for the sake of people who are sick and tired of being nice to annoying people. Don't change who you are. Don't be horrible, just because others are horrible to you. Just walk away.

And once again, pictures can remind you of people whom you've disliked and loved, but capture them nevertheless because that's all you get, pictures and memories, when you get old.

I've lived with my grandparents my whole childhood and grew up playing cards with grandmas and chess with grandpas, so i sometimes think like one. It's crazy.

Anyways, hope you all have a nice day.

You've just be batzuled.
Cheers,
B.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

MOVIES

FREAKONOMICS have become a movie!



INSIDE JOB on Financial Crisis of 2008



FAIR GAME on Misleading Nuclear Weapons



WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September 1, 2010

Or should i say Happy 30th of August? It was very refreshing and nice to see all my classmates, new classmates, my old school, its garden and all the other familiar polit faces. I'm at my 4th semester (last semester of my second year), and i felt old looking at the freshmen beside me who were so excited and buying books also on the first floor. It made me think, omg, i'm half way through my bachelors! It also made me think what i did and ACCOMPLISH since i became a freshman at my university. Some memories made me smile and some made me regret; and here i decided to share some of my pasts at school.

BEING A TUTOR



Here is one of the best funny/cool/stupid videos Tutors make to welcome the new comers.

I remember the first day at school as a freshman clearly. It was winter, Jan 2009, where i had to come to the first introductory days and presentations. Looking back at my clothes, i was very neat and so young [not that i'm very dirty or old now, but you know what i mean, right? - younger]. I was a baby, who came straight from parents caring home and so it was thrilling to be at different country away from family support and most importantly, it was a very independent step. Nevertheless, back to the point: what is tutoring? That's what i first thought too. At first i didn't know what a tutor was, and so i assumed they were young teachers welcoming freshmen to school, but instead they were simply elder students welcoming us with warm hearts and crazy parties to help breaking the ice. They are usually 10-11 tutors for 100 students in summer, but for us, the internationals, we had 11 tutors for 19 of us, so we had one tutor each (almost). Although it was so few of us, we got to know one another very well, and what's more, i wanted to be a tutor too. It was very stupid initiative, since i was not a Dane and most importantly couldn't understand Danish....how on earth can i tutor others? Nevertheless, i applied to be a tutor - and shockingly i got chosen! i gave it a shot and surprisingly RUKO thought why not have a one international tutor. But i didn't know what i got myself into, because it became a rollercoaster life all of a sudden.

I had to attend classes at school, first, and i also had my danish class afterwards, plus i had a part-time job....so tutoring or should i say partying really changed my grade scale completely. Be careful what you wish for! My first semester grades were excellent, but after tutoring they were close to passing grades and it made me really sad, because it was really hard to fail on a grade. Basically, i have learnt to fail and fail better simply. It may sound pathetic, but i realized grades were simply interpretation of another person judging you. What is really important is ofcourse your life experience, friendship and happiness. I was drunk with this thought for awhile and now i'm thinking again differently: i can do better grade than that.

I maybe making no sense, but basically what i'm trying to say is, it really showed me how choices can change your lifestyle and how it can lead you to different directions. Planning your study time, working time, partying time and ofcourse your own relaxing time is crucial. Which one you weigh more is your choice of lifestyle; and so this year on my second year, i chose not to tutor. it WAS an awesome trip, tutoring, and it WAS a great experience, but i wanted to do more. School was getting tougher and life busier! And hence with this experience, i'd recommend freshmen to tutor on their first year only (from my perspective atleast)

CONFERENCES & CURRENT BRAZILIAN WATER PROJECT

I have studied International Relations for 2 years at my National University of Mongolia, so i have a deep interest in world affairs and latest events. Even in Mongolia, i had attended a lot of international or Asia-Pacific conferences regarding various issues, and when i came to Copenhagen, COP15 preparation was already on, and i couldn't help but thinking - this is AMAZING! Luckily, besides my tutoring, schooling and working, i had managed to attend pretty much most of the climate conferences in Denmark, sitting next to mayors, learning about new innovations, meeting great minds and other volunteers from various backgrounds. It assured me that i was at the right place and i had made the right choice to come to Denmark. But after the COP15 wave, life in Denmark were getting back to normal slowly. However, friends i've made at conferences now still write once in awhile and give a heads up on new projects or even ask for help. Currently, i'm helping my friend hook Brasilian mayors with Danish Water Companies to help Brazilian citizens get a cleaner and fresher underground water, and i hope it succeeds! It's a great project and it would make a lot of people's life a lot easier and healthier if Danish Companies can work with this Brazilian mayors who are willing to invest greatly.

BEING A MENTOR

Like i said, i've decided to keep a low profile and focus on my self and study more, but my heart couldn't help but beating to make me do something else instead: mentoring. Mentoring is different from tutoring. Mentors pick you up from the airport, help you find your apartment in Copenhagen, help you get registered in the system and help you if you get lost or give heads up on where to buy cheap books [economic books are crazy expensive!] Anyways, i've got a German mentee who doesn't need my help at all, and so we have simply become nice friends instead. There's no 5 days of drunk trip or days of introductory presentations, instead you meet your mentee at a cafe or have a beer in the garden and just talk and share your thoughts and ask about the first days in copenhagen. it's very cute :D

RE-EXAMINATION

I proudly admit that i have failed exam. But i've promised myself that i'll never fail an exam again, because the re-examinations were even more harder as if it was made to punish you for partying too much and failing to pass. It was annoying to prepare for an exam in wonderful sunny summer holiday and it was stupid of me to fail or submit my exam blank. Don't repeat my misstep, lads!

TAKING A BREAK

In order to take a break from school, i was considering, you need to have 60 points, which means you must have completed all your first year's courses and have passed your exams. check. on top of that, you needed to leave denmark, for those who are not danish, as soon as you stop studying, so you needed to report to the school and immigration office when you're leaving and show them your plane ticket. What's even worse, if your visa gets expired during your break, you can't longen your visa, instead you have to take a whole new visa, same procedure all over again. So i'm glad i didn't take a break.

NO MORE ENGLISH BACHELORS FOR ECONOMIC STUDENTS

Thanks to recession, Danish GDP fell, as well as the percentage of GDP amount that goes to education, so Uni. Copenhagen had to cut some costs, and that was unfortunately the international line. But i will finish my degree here in University of Copenhagen. I will finish it with a great ups and downs and great accomplishments and great failures as well. But what i get in total is a great EXPERIENCE.

I hope you all choose your ways wisely,
Never stop thinking or asking, and never be afraid to express yourself and let me know if my blogging rocks or sucks!

See you again folks,
Sincerely
Batzul