After class today I stopped by one of my favorite cafés for a coffee and chocolate croissant. Sans-computer, I decided to just start writing and this is what came out:
This whole experience has taught me many things. One of the greatest things I’ve gained is the shear amount of appreciation I have for everything I left behind in the States. I might have made some good friends here, but nothing compares to what I have waiting for me at home. The people that are around truly make the environment. I could be in the absolute coolest city in the universe and it wouldn’t be great unless the people I love were around me. With that, I am really thankful for Barcelona. For how hard it has been, the knowledge I’ve gained has been tremendous and like most things, it’s not from the classroom. Classes are simply something to keep people busy. The amount of real world knowledge gained in the classroom is minimal. For the most part, it’s cram info and then dump it after the exam or project. The real learning takes place outside. The classes where I have learned the most are always the ones which applies concepts to real world situations. Such as the model UN class, working for Vandal Entertainment and living in another country. Generally, other classes were all about the facts and concepts and then an exam. The classroom has always been the “traditional” learning environment and is great for teaching the rudimentary things, but we should take an extra step and pursue alternate forms of learning; a more hands-on approach that makes an imprint in us rather than a distant memory.
And THIS is what two shots of espresso does to me haha.