I took my last final yesterday, which means all of my coursework here at St. Andrews is officially done. Unless I somehow managed to fail my finals miserably I’ve passed all of my classes. I can’t actually bring any of the course handouts and reader packs home with me due to lack of space in my suitcases (not that I’m ever going to need them anyway) so I think I’m going to have a sacrificial fire on the beach and torch all of it. If anyone has a better idea, let me know; if anyone wants in on the fire, also let me know.
I came to the realization last week that there are more important things in the world besides grades. I ended up golfing 3 out of the 4 days before my exams instead of studying. I’m not saying I had any intention of failing my finals, but I knew I had good averages going into them, and we technically only have to pass the class to get credit seeing as it doesn’t affect our GPA. So, instead of worrying and studying my ass off in my tiny room or the overcrowded library, I attempted to make the most of the 2 weeks I have left here. I’m in the home of golf, and realistically, I’ll probably never be back, so getting in those last few rounds made much more sense than striving for an A.
I was lucky enough to play the Castle Course on both Friday and Saturday. I feel bad for anyone who comes to St. Andrews and isn’t a golfer because I swear the best views of St. Andy’s you will ever get are from atop the Castle Course. I played the Eden on Sunday with one of the starters here, Tony, whom the guys and I have got to know pretty well. He’s been living the golfer’s dream in St. Andrews for the last 18 years. Great guy, great golfer.
All of the Holy Cross students had to present our Independent Cultural Immersion Projects last week. For the project you pick some aspect of Scottish culture (obviously I picked golf) that you want to learn more about and immerse yourself in it for a year. It’s a way to guarantee that you don’t sit on your ass in your room watching American TV online. I don’t know how seriously everyone takes it, but I could tell from the presentations that the kids who actually got out and did stuff are the ones who had the best experience here. Lesson learned; don’t
complain about how much you miss home or how hard you think life is abroad (by the way, I don’t know if it could’ve been any easier) – actually get out and do something. It sounds corny but the presentations were actually a really nice way to look back on the year.
I’m doing a little solo venture to Ireland this weekend. I’m kind of pumped to be on my own. I’ll get to do whatever I want whenever I want. I don’t have too many expectations. If I see the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and Trinity College I’ll be happy. And I legitimately have no work to worry about, which means I really am on vacation.
I’ll be back in America a week from Saturday. It’s depressing that people from HC are already on their way home, but it’s about that time. I think we’re all just about ready. I had some final pints with the guys from Holy Cross last night; good times. I’ve just got a few things I want to do in St. Andrews when I get back from Ireland, and then my year will be complete. I’ll try and make sure I write one more post before I head home.
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