In this week's post, Casey talks about what assignment week is in Dublin and what college life is like during this time, including the projects she has worked on so far!
I’m in shock how fast time has flown by. It is officially midterm time and assignment week. This means there is only a month and a half left of my time studying abroad! For those of you who don’t know, assignment week is a week off for us students. It is supposed to be used to work on midterm assignments that are due the following week. A time where you do all your research and hope it’s enough to get you a passing grade on the assignment.
Not to say assignments aren’t important in America, but they’re way more important here. Between my two Griffith College classes I have a total of five assignments for the entire semester. I have three essays for my Film Studies course, each worth 33.3% of my final grade. For my Visual Communications course, I have two assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%. I have no final exams at all this semester. Also, grades don’t go up to 100 here, they go to 70. This means that I need a 40 overall in my classes to pass, or I fail. Talk about stressed, right?
Focusing on film studies during assignment week.
Luckily, I don’t know how to procrastinate that well, so I started all my assignments way ahead of time. I like to think that I’ve done a good enough job that I should get at least a 55, but my aim is always for a 70. My main midterms are an essay discussing the film City of God and creating a brand logo using Adobe Illustrator. These projects have by no means been easy, but I will say I’ve learned a lot by doing them and now I even feel like I can add a program like Illustrator to my skills list on my resume.
Wrote an essay on this film.
One thing most students do for assignment week, instead of actually work on assignments is travel. I have friends that spent time in Paris, London, and Florence, and some who even went all the way back to America for a few days. Me, I chose a slightly different location: Naxos, Greece. I will be spending five days in the beautiful country of Greece with my gorgeous roommate Joanna. We decided we would work on assignments the beginning of assignment week and then halfway through, we would treat ourselves and go on vacation. (Tune in next week for a blog about our adventure).
Working on a logo design in Adobe Illustrator.
Sometimes we have to remember we are students first. It’s a balancing act of having fun, enjoying freedom, traveling, and also working on assignments and studying for tests. Studying abroad definitely tests your time management skills, you will most likely come back to America better at it than when you left. It’s stressful at times I’m not going to lie, but with the support you can get from your roommates, professors, and everyone at CAPA, you will get through tough times like midterms. Also, just drink a lot of tea and eat a lot of Oreos, that helps too!
Sharpening my skills in Illustrator!
Much love to my family and friends!
Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
Casey's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.