I apologize for being MIA for so long! Two weeks ago, we had midterms, and since then it’s been a whirlwind of activity.

Midterms were difficult to say the least. My school is certainly more European-style than I am used to and I found my midterms to encompass much more material that I usually study and most of them were essay-based. I am not a huge fan of essays on exams, so this was something I was absolutely dreading.

Luckily, I found that everybody at my school continues to be super nice and I studied with both friends from my program and lovely full-time students who helped me ‘learn the ropes’ of exams here at Vesalius College!

I’ve received many of my grades back and am happy in how I did. I was worried that the amount of travel I’ve been doing would detract from my studies but I’m happy to report that isn’t the case this time around

School hasn’t been something I’ve been super happy about here, I went into Study Abroad thinking that I would have an easier semester here and be able to focus on assimilating to the culture and travelling around Europe. That isn’t the case–in fact, I would say this is one of my hardest semesters! At the beginning, while I was struggling along with hours of readings while I heard about my friends programs and lack of long hours of class and homework, I was very jealous of these friends. I wasn’t happy that I had to do all this work. However, I would say my viewpoint has shifted. I’m so lucky to be here, and learning from amazing students and professors from all over the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. VeCo (as we so love to call Vesalius) is truly an incredible place with very curious, ambitious students. While I may be working harder than ever, I am so lucky to be doing it here.