Long story short,
My alarm goes off at 7.30 am, I turn it off … 8.00, still ignoring it … 8.15, I open my eyes … 8.30 I am up wondering if attending classes isn’t a waste of time since the lectures are online. Truth be told, I prefer to study and to research on my own, in my sweat pants, sitting on my comfortable chair, from home. Then it hits me … despite appearances, sometimes professors tell us valuable information.
After rushing my morning routine, I am on time for my morning walk. Either it’s extremely hot or cold, raining or swooning, windy or a light breeze, I always walk to uni. No, no … I am not that athletics! I just live less than a kilometre from campus.
First challenge of the day: THE stairs – these steps will be the end of me – my classroom is on the third floor of a 19th century building. Spiral stairs with high steps! – I am out of breath, all sweaty … but I made it to the top!
Usual seat, friends are all here, laptops on, biscuits ready to share, we are armed and ready for two hours of “cooperative strategies”. The professor is a 72-year-old man, who doesn’t know the word retirement. He always has funny stories and anecdotes to tell. Honestly, he makes Monday mornings less depressing.
Then it’s lunchtime. I am trying to lose weight, so tell I myself: “today, you eat healthy!” … But when I make it to the office – I am a member of AIESEC. I spend my lunchbreak at the association’s office helping applicants out. – and my colleague is eating all kind of junk & I forget about my salad.
Second challenge of the day: economics of quality. 1 hour … 2 hours … 3 hours … 4 hours. The more minutes’ pass, the more I understand Einstein’s theory of time and relativity.
18.00: I am back home determined to study. I stare at my notes, they stare back, I stare harder, a smiley face stares at me … It’s long midnight, I am in my bed tired but unable to sleep … my overwhelmed schedule haunts my dreams – adding to my academicals responsibilities, I am a member of two associations, and preparing for an international conference among other duties. You may ask: but why is she pushing herself that hard? Well, I need it, it’s an outlet to express myself. I am in constant need of facing, learning from and interacting with the real world, and not only hide behind books, statistics and theories.
At least tomorrow I don’t have class – I have an average of 12 hours per week of classes. Theoretically, most of our time should be allocated to writing our academic thesis.
Long story short, I am a master’s degree student at the faculty of economics of Rennes 1.
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