I really did mean to post regularly while I was here in Germany, but I keep having to shelve things. My life is chaos right now, and if I’ve not been good at keeping in touch, please understand.
The Strukturdynamik (Vibrations) exam I took back in mid-March did not go well at all. Knowing that Strukturdynamik is one of the most difficult classes a mechanical engineering student could take at TUD, I studied more for that exam than I have ever studied for an engineering test or exam before in my life. I felt like I understood the material well, but the exam I took was so unlike what I had studied I had to wonder whether I was even taking the exam for the correct class. But I was; the professor just chose some very obscure topics that were barely covered in class on which to base most of the test material. Topics I and most other students–both the exchange students and the German students–had overlooked. And the language barrier of course only made things worse.
The next attempt to take the final exam for Strukturdynamik is in mid-August, but we exchange students need to be able to get back to the USA by mid-August in case we need to take more classes at Virginia Tech (which is a very real possibility for all of us, so I’ve had to push my dreams of grad school back a year; I’ll hopefully apply this fall, regardless of whether I’m done and at home or back at VT to finish any remaining required classes). Packing while studying (in a foreign language) for the most difficult, detailed class I have ever taken doesn’t sound like fun, but thankfully, the professor for the class has offered to give us VT exchange students a chance to take a special-for-us Strukturdynamik final exam on June 12. Which is great for getting that exam out of the way, but now I have less than a month to study for it. On top of working on my robot-arm-tastic thesis project and studying enough to survive my other classes and preparing to go to RoboCup in Mexico City just five days after the June exam. Um, when do I, you know, sleep?
So if you’re a praying person, I would appreciate prayer. Lots of prayer. If not, please send some good thoughts in the general direction of Germany. 🙂 Not to sound needy, but I need all the help I can get now. And a portable coffee IV drip. Anyone have one of those I could borrow until August?
(Note: If you by any crazy-random-happenstance chance happen to have contact with anyone at Virginia Tech who is planning on going into the VT=>TUD Dual Degree program that I’m in, please point them to this blog post and/or tell them to send an emailtolalaland [at] gmail [dot] com. I have some important hints to how to survive at TUD. And please tell them to take Vibrations at VT instead of taking Strukturdynamik at TUD!)