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Scholar Highlights for Week Ending May 18, 2012

May 21, 2012

Kamille:

“So this week is my first final. Exactly on May 15th. It is my chemistry exam that I have been studying vigorously for. At this moment I feel very prepared for it. I do not have anything else to study for. I just keep reviewing my notes over and over again. I feel like I memorized everything through my notes at this point. So now I’m just relaxing and living life.

After my final, I felt relieved. It was pretty simple compared to what I thought I was going to have to face. Either I was really prepared or I really bombed that exam. BUT I really believe that I did pretty well on that final. Now I only have one essay and a final to tackle before I am on the plane back to the United States. I am really counting down the days until I can go home. I am tired of school and want a break. Also I have an internship for the summer that will start next week.

With only two classes down and two to go. Life has been less stressed. I’m pretty much almost done with the essay and therefore I have more time to relax while studying for my last final. Now I only have to discard the food and things that I wont pack to take back to the United States.

As for research, this week was my last week of working. It is bitter sweet actually. Time went by really fast while working with my supervisor and the lab. I really hope that my work has added to the overall project and that they are able to publish soon. I am going to miss everyone that I have met while staying in London. I would love to come back soon to visit and see everyone. I can believe time has flown by soooooo fast!!! It has been an awesome experience for me.

Toodles!”

Shekiaya:

“13 days left until the end of term. I cannot honestly say that I am sad for the end of term, as it means I have no more lectures and get to travel. However, as I have mentioned in my previous write ups, I am sad to know that the end of term means June 9th is quickly approaching, and I will be leaving London soon. I think I am mostly weary of leaving London because I will miss being here, but also because I do not have plans in line for the summer. It has been difficult to do so mostly because I will not return to the states until June and most opportunities begin in early May. I do not know where an opportunity is going to come from, but I’m just going to believe God and keep applying!

So, on to travel plans. I am officially going to Amsterdam and Paris. I am very excited to go although I wish we thought about taking the ferry to Amsterdam instead. Taking the train from Amsterdam to Paris was sort of a “no-brainer”. My only hope is that I am not too wiped out from school to even enjoy things in the beginning. This has been a very involved three months and I hope to get the chance to relax the way I should during break. I also want to visit Rome and Barcelona before leaving. So hopefully, I can set aside some time to do some more digging for bargains and make this a reality. I know that I will be back to Europe, but I do not know when, so I believe it is best I explore as much as I can, while I can.

On another note, I was interviewed about my experience in London and Queen Mary by Ceri Bevan, a study abroad officer her on campus. I am always interested in giving feedback on any program I am involved in, so it was great to share my experience. It was also a plus to know I’ll have a spot on the Queen Mary page for prospective international students to use as a reference. Not to mention everyone who reads the reflection will know about Spelman College. I believe the page will be up by the time I leave London, but if I receive any more information about it, I will be sure to include it in a future post.

There were many other things happening on campus this week, but because of how my schedule turned out, I was not able to take part in all of the things I was interested in. There was a climbing wall in Library Square that I really wanted to climb, but I lacked time and energy to do so. I also missed the weekly Every Nation meeting this week for similar reasons. Still, I am hopeful that next week will go fairly smoothly. If it doesn’t, it is just another bump in the road that I will have to get over.

In regards to my research, there are a few dynamics at this stage. One is that I do not feel ready to make a 20-minute presentation seeing that I have only done research for 2 months (while studying, experiencing London, etc). Another dynamic is that I do not feel I have enough content for the 20-minute window. My mentor seems to be fairly optimistic about the situation. However, when the time comes, I am the one making the presentation. I truly believe that if I continue to practice, things will go fine, but I have to admit I am quite nervous. I am, however, comforted by the fact that I can only gain marks for the presentation. The presentation will not have a negative effect on my final marks. So that is truly a plus. I have finally finished my code, so I can completely focus on making this presentation. Please keep me in your prayers. I really want to do well! I want to represent myself, Spelman, the States, and by default my race, in the best way possible.”

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