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The Quick Approach of Finals

Posted by on Thursday, December 8, 2011 in Academics, Study Abroad.

I have learned one thing: no matter where you are in the world, the approach of finals will always induce stress, regardless of how little actual exams you have.

Of course, I guess it doesn’t help that the only two exams I have are actually in Polish as opposed to English. You see, I prefer essays and papers as opposed to exams anyways. So the fact that two of my final exams are in my second language? Nerve-wracking.

One of them is my actual language course, so that shouldn’t be too surprising. Although, to be honest, this is the first time I’m learning Polish through an actual course, and I’ve come to learn: Polish is rather difficult. There are so many little rules and exceptions and 7 tenses. Yeah. 7. Or something ridiculous like that. I still love the language, but I’m finally learning its inner-workings are just as difficult as it seems while I speak the language. Aside from that, I also have the course I’m taking in Polish about the ethnic history of Polish lands. Although, I feel less stressed about it thanks to the fact that my professor is awesome and understanding.

What’s the point of this post, you ask? Well, I just wanted to mention something else that should be considered for those planning to study abroad. At Vanderbilt, you have dead week, where you can’t have any exams and you have a study day completely free of classes. Here, however, since I am leaving the semester early, I still have to attend classes, and therefore, I cannot spend all of my focus on my upcoming exams and papers. Different? Most definitely! If it were the true end of the semester, it’d be different, but due to school schedules, it lines up differently for us and we have to take care of everything early. The plus side of this? I have less lectures and material to worry about for my two exams! Thumbs up!

Good luck to everyone going through finals week at Vandy!

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