Posted by: Holly | May 19, 2009

Those little things called classes…

It is a strange feeling to think I only have 2 more weeks of classes in Spain. Unfortunately, when classes are over it doesn’t mean school is…I have to wait an additional two weeks until I can take my finals…which will take up all my energy. The courses in Spain generally just have one big exam at the end, and that one test determines everything for the course. Although this might sound appealing to some, I am a big fan of having cushion assignments and or tests throughout the semester. Call me a nerd, but I like having an idea of where I stand in relation to the subject matter…and because I prefer it this way, I am pretty nerviosa about taking my finals in another month here…

In my first week/month of classes in Valencia, I thought I would never be able to figure out the way things worked at the university, or get rid of my constant headache that was, without a doubt, a direct result of trying to understand even just  half of what my professors were lecturing on. However, I am starting to get the hang of things.  Although there is a very high possibility that I might not pass all of my classes… the satisfaction I have gained from being able to understand my professors better, take legible notes in Spanish, knowing where to go to get the materials I need for class, and gaining the confidence and ability to talk to my professors about the  doubts I have,  are all things I have failed to see were happening until recently.

I completely underestimated how hard classes would be in another language, and I must say that it has been quite a roller coaster. I am and always have been a very conscientious student and  prefer a good challenge, but I think I have also come to realize that studying abroad is not so much about getting that A, but more about learning how to be thrown into tough situations and being able to persevere and come out stronger than you ever thought possible.

I have a presentation to give on Thursday in one class, and then I am on the downward spiral!

Hasta Luego!

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