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Almost there!

I’ve arrived at my final assignment of the semester! It’s a paper written for the my independent study on The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Sounds fun right?

I officially just reached my five page mark, meaning that I am (more or less) half way there. To give myself that extra little boost, I’m posting this crowd-pleasing anthem of Queen.

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We can do it! A bond has formed between everyone on campus. People are complaining together (which makes it easier?…), sharing videos on facebook to enhance every moment of every study break (examples here and here), and we motivate each other so that when someone comes back from a final and wants nothing more than to take a nap, we stop them, and bring them out to study some more.

Finals Countdown

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That’s right. We’re getting down to the final moments of the semester. It’s flown by, and now all of campus stands on the precipice of two of the busiest weeks of the year. Some find themselves cramming a semester’s worth of review into these weeks. Others are sitting down to write those ten page papers that (we hope) are due in a week or so. Others find themselves preparing for projects on projects.

As always, Facebook becomes the easiest means of wasting time. But do you wanna know the worst part? The December weather has decided to act out during these busy days, blessing us with 65 degree days. I didn’t wear my winter coat all weekend, and even last night I was out on the porch chatting it up with my roommates. GAHHH!! WHY MUST WE BE CURSED WITH THIS INCREDIBLE WINTER!

In classic fashion, I decided to set up a scrimmage of ultimate today as a nice study break. Hopefully the rain that’s trying to become a factor holds off around 5 PM tonight. I still want to be active! Although who’s to say, if snow does hit us soon, maybe I’ll still be heading out to toss a frisbee around. The sky’s the limit.

Fontana di Trevi: Tradition

I’ve done it once before and I continued the tradition today, on my last full day in Italy. Going to the Trevi Fountain, I took a coin and facing away from the fountain threw it over my shoulder.

As tradition goes, this should ensure that I will come back to Rome. A necessary precaution to take. I did it when I was 12 years old and visited Italy for the first time, and I will do what I can to make it work again.

No photo record exists, thanks to me deceased camera.

I spent the final day here walking around, getting lost a little, and soaking in the Roman atmosphere. Gelato, cobblestone streets, tourists, pizzerias, churches, ruins, and more gelato. I leave this country contented with where I am, what I’ve done, and in what direction it has pointed me.

Ciao, Italia, ci vediamo fra poco.

Andrew? Andrew? …Beuller?

I’m coming to the end of my semester here in Italy. Well, quasi-end. I’m actually about to take final exams, but I will still have one more month of classes, which I will take at the next level (B2 instead of B1 which I have been in for the next semester).

And I must say that I am quite ready for the change. I made the decision before I came to study solely language here in Italy, and it has gone fantastically. However, there were a few things I didn’t account for:

It's certainly not the most brightly decorated room either.

-1 subject, as compared to the 5 or 6 I normally have at Butler University
-4 teachers, with 80% of my time spent with two of them
-Also, 80% of my time spent in the same classroom
-When I arrived, I was way behind. After three months of speaking Italian on a regular basis and devoting all of my studies to the language, I’m way ahead.

So I have my two final exams this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and how did I decide to spend the weekend studying? Well naturally I took a trip to Lake Trasimeno a half hour away from Perugia with my two American friends and two Korean friends. What proceeded was a lovely day of cultural exchange, a good amount spoken in Italian, all while appreciating the quaint town resting on its banks. (Turns out the Koreans have a game almost identical to Rock, Paper, Scizzors, but when you lose you get flicked in the head. On a related note, my forehead is sore.)

But all of this drives me to a slightly longer post today than the usual. For a period of the semester I was frustrated with the pace of my learning. With my friends, we would always imagine ways in which our learning might be quickened. Part of this comes from a massive stress that I am certain falls on every  student who decides to go abroad. The problem is simple. There is a infinite number of opportunities to pursue, yet all of them are limited by two thing: time and money.

The greatest stress for me is that all of Europe’s experiences are only a decision away, yet I know that I shouldn’t because if I, say, decide to take a train to Switzerland this weekend, I won’t have the time to go to Palermo at the end of April as I am also planning. At the same time, I couldn’t stand the thought of spending a weekend relaxing in my room, appreciating the city that I’m staying in. Why is that? Because I have only been given four months to live here, and I would feel as if I were wasting the little time I have. As it is, I have accepted that I will only spend my trips inside of Italy, to save on costs but also to enter as completely as possible into this culture that I have invested a semester of my collegiate career into.

NOSTALGIA!!!

Two weeks ago I became so dispirited (as my bank account plummeted viciously) that I longed for the weekends at Butler where I could just lounge on the mall for hours without worry. Yet, simultaneously with this thought is the realization that when I return to the mall, I will miss the hill country of Umbria.

In somma, I have had to deal with a number of disappointments, either with too-slow classes or too-limited travel plans. In the end, I need to accept all of this. Why? If I fail in this, I will end up tainting my entire experience with negativity. Attitude makes or breaks an experience. And always I can appreciate that I have so many opportunities available to me that I can’t take in all of them. Any economics class will teach you about cost-benefit analysis. As I enter into the final stretch of lessons, final stretch of time here, I’ve promised to myself to keep a positive attitude. Without this, I met as well as remain in my room for the remainder of my time here.

It's like this Bacione. If I tried to eat it all, I'd have a stomach ache! As they say, don't bite off more than your digestive system can handle.