Overwhelmed

Wow, I'm feeling rather overwhelmed with all the uni work I need to finish. The problem is, I'm behind so I'm trying to catch up and keep up to date with the new stuff. I fear this may be impossible...

I had a Latin exam today. Not exactly my best performance and my teacher was foolish enough to ask (innocently), "So, how did you find the exam?" as I was walking out of the room. I proceeded to snap at her about what a bad exam it was and how I was dropping Latin for sure next semester. 10 minutes later, of course, I found her and apologised! Then we had a good talk about Latin - how I'm finding it and also the general mood of people in the class. I think that was helpful, because I know some people are unhappy or feeling discouraged but no one is saying anything. Not that I named names, of course, I just mentioned the 'vibe' I'm getting from the class. I would hate to see people drop out of Classics entirely just because they're not happy with the format of the exams or the speed at which things are moving. Anyway I'm sure I passed the exam but I don't think my mark was as high as it could have been. Oh well... can't do anything about it now.

I also chatted briefly with my Greek teacher this morning because I'm depressingly far behind. I've missed the last 5 classes or so because I wasn't up to date. I'm working hard to get back on track, but there's only so much I can do and still understand and retain the information. The nature of language learning is that it's time-intensive and methodical. I'm hoping to be caught up by next week. My teacher was pretty understanding about it and apparently there are several people in the same boat. Still, I don't like missing classes because I think it's disrespectful to the teacher who has taken the time to prepare it.

So I should probably go and do some language study now... and read whatever Shakespeare play I'm meant to have read for tomorrow...

2 comments:

adam said...

... and i thought i was the only one crazy enough to miss classes (and get further behind) because i was already behind! :)

femina said...

Well, there's SOME sense to it (not a lot, but some) when the majority of the time in class is spent translating Greek... if I'm not up to that bit of vocab and grammar yet it makes it a bit tricky.

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