Wow! Its already December (I know, its the 9th of December...so I am a little slow that is all)
Its hard to believe that I have been here for over 3 months! Its gone by so fast, and as all the other students prepare to go home, I am very glad that I am staying another semester. Maybe its because from the beginning I was mentally prepared (or at least was pretending) to be here for a year, but I feel that I have so much left to see and learn that I am not be ready to go home just yet. I am defiantly ready for the semester to end, to see my family (15 days!!!) and to have snow. Some of you may think that its great to not have snow, but I don't feel like its Christmas time without it....hopefully there will be plenty of it in Chatel, France!
I don't have much to tell about what I have been doing the last week...homework and such. University has gotten a lot harder, with the end of my semester approaching. Its just like back at Carroll, too many exams/presentations/projects due, and not enough time. Here they are big on end of the semester group projects. I hate them, because there is NEVER time for everyone to get together. And of course because Spanish people are always late, and like to put things off until the end of the semester (including the professors) everything is piled on to these last weeks. Planning ahead or providing semester plans is so overrated. *said with large dose of sarcasm*
I have learned a lot about myself, and noticed how I have changed since arriving in Madrid. The biggest thing that I have learned is independence. When you go off to college there is a sense of independence and doing everything on your own, but for me that was nothing like the independence I have experienced since I arrived here. I am also a lot more self-confident in my abilities of going somewhere foreign, and figuring it out, on my own. Its a pretty cool feeling, when I look back at the first couple weeks here, and realize how much I have learned, and how much I was missing out on before this experience. I am grateful that I have another semester to study here, and a summer to work here. :)
Now I am off to the office to meet with my future boss and discuss the details of my internship! (a little nervous...my first "real job" interview, yikes!) until next time...