I love Spain and exploring but the title of this trip is not called “Gallivanting Throughout Europe” (though they really should consider changing it), it’s called STUDY abroad. So I’m obligated to post about school too. This past week was the first week of classes for the semester, both in Spain and also in the USA. I’m taking a normal course load of 15 credits and the way everything shakes out, I am taking 3 classes at the AU Center and 1 at the Spanish business school. My class at the business school, ICADE, is Operations Management. And it’s taught in English. No one is trying to take a business class in Spanish — I’m not advanced enough for that nonsense. At Mosaic [the AU Center], I take public speaking and it’s taught in Spanish. I figure if I can public speak in Spanish, I will have no problem public speaking in English. I also take “Spain Seminar”, a 6 credit class that discusses the political, economic and social history of Spain. And we also go on weekly local field trips. And the third class counts for my Sports and Entertainment specialization and it is going to be one of the greatest classes I will ever be able to take: Spain’s Soccer Obsession – the Marketing (and Magic) behind Real Madrid. It is a REQUIREMENT to go to a game…. no complaints there 😉 Bonus: the class is in English.
My classes are all awesome but there are definitely differences in the way school occurs. First of all, I will NEVER complain about a block class at AU ever again. Classes at AU are 1 hour and 15 minutes twice a week or 2 and a half hours once a week. Classes here that are two times a week last between 2 – 2.5 hours. Block classes once per week last between 3.5-4.5 hours. For those of you who know how restless I am, let me reiterate that block classes are ON AVERAGE 4 HOURS LONG. So basically those 2 block classes I am taking, though SO interesting and wonderful, are my penance for all of my sins. Ever. Secondly, both schools are not a hop, skip and a sprint out the door. There is no such thing as “rolling out of bed” here, which was obviously a habit that died hard [and quickly]. Commuting is not a fun time. Although I will shout out the Spanish metro system here for being very clear with it’s signs and directions to get to different platforms as well as its rule of 6 minutes maximum wait. DC Metro, please observe and do better.
Warning to all of my family that may be reading this: I will be studying, going to class and actively paying attention. However, there will not be many posts about school because….who wants to read about the study in study ABROAD?