upcoming oral exam

It’s been a long time since my last post.  I’m currently in the middle of exams, and I’ve had to make some hard decisions about how to prioritize my time recently.  I will eventually get back to real blogging content.  I have so many ideas for blog posts I want to write but no time to sit down and outline or write them.  At least not yet.

I passed one exam about a week ago with the best grade I’ve gotten here in Germany so far.  A friend who had gotten a good grade in the class when she took it in a previous semester let me ask her anything and everything about the class that I had questions on, and with her explanations, everything just clicked.  She is a wonderful friend, and the grade resulting from the studying I did based on the help she gave me was much better than I could have expected had I studied just on my own.  Danke, K!

But I have an oral exam on Monday.  If I fail that exam, I not only have to go back to Virginia Tech for another semester, but I have to take two classes to make up for the lost credit instead of one; somehow, this class counts for two partial classes instead of having a one-to-one credit equivalence.  I already passed the other classes that would transfer as the other parts of the classes, but that’s a moot point if I fail this exam.  But if I do pass this exam, only the completion of my thesis project will stand between the completion of my Bachelor’s degree and me.  (And I like my thesis project.)

I’ve heard this exam is hard, so I’m studying like crazy.  I’ve emailed the TA with questions, rewatched key lectures (thankfully the professor records the audio and powerpoint slides of every presentation and posts them online), and even taken notes of notes that I took of notes that I took on my class notes.  (Literally.)  But, despite my efforts, I don’t know if I’m prepared enough. I don’t think there’s a way to know.  The constant effort to reach whatever unknown standard would allow me to pass this exam is burning me out, and quickly.

So if you have a few moments, I’d appreciate it if you send up a prayer for me.  Prayer for motivation, that I can focus, that I don’t freeze up or freak out during or before the exam, prayer that I study and remember what I need to know, and prayer that I trust the One who gave me the ability to learn stuff in the first place.  Oh, and prayer that I end up passing.  🙂

I took the flash cards I made for this exam to Darmstadt’s Orangerie yesterday, and while I was there, I took a few pictures.  Since I’m not sure how else to end this post on a high note, this is one of the views I enjoyed yesterday.  Enjoy!

darmstadt orangerie




11 thoughts on “upcoming oral exam

  1. You can do it. I believe you will pass this one and then all you will have left is your thesis! That, in itself, has challenges, but you can do it.

    Prayers are on the way! Love you!

  2. I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you, knowing your exams were coming. I’ll be praying special for you from now through Monday.

    Dear Lord please strengthen my friend Laura to recall things she’s worked so hard to learn, and even give her wisdom to understand and relate the rest. We ask for a very evident present help in this time of need. Grace heaped on top of grace is our prayer for her during this very difficult test. We love and trust You evermore.

    • Thank you so, so much for your kind words and prayers! They mean so much to me! 🙂 I love reading your blog every day, by the way–it’s so uplifting!

  3. Praying that you will have peace before, during and after this exam (and any others). May God give you wisdom to recall all you’ve learned, and the ability to write it all down. I also pray you will give him your stress/worries. He gladly takes them from us, and I’m so glad he does! ❤

    • Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement! And I’m trying to give Him my stresses. Not sure why it’s so hard to let them go when I don’t like carrying them myself! Thank you for the reminder! ❤

  4. I always enjoy reading about your adventures and accomplishments and I feel so proud to have been a small portion of your experiences. It looks like you are now on the final leg of a tremendously successful journey with a few more hurdles ahead. You have proven that you are capable of doing of whatever you set out to do and this I feel will be no different. Good luck with the oral exam, I am sure you are prepared and will do a great job.
    The very best to you,
    Mr. G

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    • Glad you like it! 🙂 There are some beautiful gardens here–my camera has really gotten a workout! I haven’t posted as many pictures as I should, but I’ll be planning on posting more once I get home and have a chance to reorganize them all. 🙂

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