After a long delay, I’m writing my first blog in almost 2 months. I’m trying not to be so hard on myself for ignoring the blog for so long.
So what have I been up to? How were finals, you ask?
Finals turned out ok. IE has a curve grading policy, so even if I came out of an exam feeling ok, I still wasn’t sure how I fared compared to everyone else in my class. I just had to wait. But in the end, I wasn’t #1 and that’s ok. I’m happy with where I ended the first term.
What I loved about finals was how many of the students came together to help each other out. I can’t remember camaraderie and fellowship quite like this as an undergraduate. During the period leading up to finals, the study rooms and hallways were abuzz with people studying. We have a certain number of hours per term to reserve a study room. I’m so glad I saved those up, because I used them ALL during this time!
One thing that I quickly learned was that I need time to study alone before I started collaborating with others and even before I sit in the same room. I need absolute quiet time. I picked the room on the top floor, furthest from the elevator. It was nice and quiet and I found myself most productive in that scenario. Once I was comfortable with a subject, I would join my friends and review.
And in true Madrid fashion, upon finishing our last exam, we headed to a bar near IE. I didn’t take many photos, just a few which I included below. But you can check out more photos at my friend Miko’s blog where you can get a good feel for how much we took over that bar. I would estimate close to 70-100 people were there. After celebrating at 10:30 am with champagne, I walked home and took a nap before heading to La Terraza that evening for an IE gathering. La Terraza is inside the famous Bernabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid soccer team. It was a great way to end our first term!