A lot has happened since I was last able to blog…life has been a crazy mess of exams, packing & travelling home, plus adjusting to life in the States.
Exam period at Leeds was crazy. My 5 exams were spread out over 3 weeks, so I had a lot of time to study. Before any of my sit-down exams, I turned in my final paper for History of Mathematics. I ended up with a 2.1 in the class (B+) and really wish I could have gotten my last 3 assignments back. Two of the were semester assignments that they didn’t get graded before the end, and then of course my final paper. I would love to see their comments and markings, but no can do. My last 4 exams were spread out over 3 weeks, so I loved being able to study for one at a time. My professors gave me good review material, for the most part, and Leeds makes past exams available, which was really helpful. I got firsts on the rest of my exams (A) which of course, I am really happy about. After I sat them, I wasn’t positive how well I had done, and waiting a month to find out was really hard. But otherwise, I’m really happy with how my semester ended academically.
After exams, I had 2 1/2 weeks before I headed back to the States. I spent a lot of time with my friend & her family, visiting different towns & historical sites. We went to Harewood House, which was absolutely amazing. My last weekend with them was kind of hard…I miss them a lot now. We Skyped for the first time since I left last Saturday. Just hearing their accents made me miss England a lot more.
Being home has been great, though. I’ve loved being with my family again, and we even went on vacation together over the 4th. I thought I would have more issues with jet lag, but I didn’t fall asleep on the plane or until I got home, which was midnight US time or 5 am UK time. I slept in the next day, but never felt bad. Oh the luxuries of being young :0)
Other than missing England & wishing I could go back soon…the transition has been really smooth. I think I adjust to change pretty well, so I didn’t experience culture shock when I got there or once I got back. I am so thankful that I was able to experience all that I did…study abroad is an experience I will never forget!