Par leamerle le 8 Avril 2015 à 22:48
Days 74 to 77:
Marlène, Nele and I are in Edinburgh, in Scotland. We stay at Auriane's flat (an ESDES student who does her Erasmus at Edinburgh). We visit a lot of famous places like the Castle, Holyrood's Palace, Carthon hill, a volcanoe called Arthur's seat... We come to the beach at Portobello, walk in the typical streets, go to pubs and restaurants. Anyway, we just enjoy the sun!
We speak a lot English thanks to Nele because she is German so we can't speak French between us.
We also meet some guys who live in Tallaght, Anna and some other Erasmus. It is nice to see different kind of peple there and enjoy together.
I like this city very much because buildings and spirits are very different and special. Even if it is beautiful and I don't regret to visit it, I think I can't live there for a long time because the main colour in the city is the grey. So I think it is very sad when it is rainning. But, it is interesting to discover and travel there.
Days 78 to 81:
I am still in holidays so I just enjoy it, work, sleep, do shopping, see my friends and hang out, especially on Satruday because it is the last party for Anna, my friend. She will come back at Prague in few days because she has finished her internship here. It is so sad because I really like her. But, anyway, let's enjoy. We are at Tramway court (the student accomodation) and then we will go to the Dicey's, a famous disco in Dublin.
Par leamerle le 20 Mai 2015 à 18:24
Days 90 to 111:
I write only one article for all these weeks because it is the routine. I go to school, study, come back at home, speak with my owners and during the week-end I go to see my friends, hang out to a nightclub and stay at the student accomodation with them, eating Mc Donald's and Dominos Pizzas (the real student life !).
But, by the way I have some stories to tell you!
I did a CA (continuous assessment) in Hospitality Management, but the lecturer lost my paper. I received an e-mail to tell me my mark which was O%. Very confused, I didn't understand and I decided to go to see my lecturer because it was not my fault. After a conversation, my lecturer decided to give me the mark of my second CA (80%) and she cancelled the 0%. It is a weird comportment but it is a good point for me.
Few days after, I received another e-mail from Elizabeth (Management's teacher) to tell me that my blog (a CA) didn't answer to the subject so she gave me 0% again. I was very hangry because I had already done the same suject in France, in Human Resources and I had a good mark. I asked her an appointment to explain the situation and try to change her opinion. I succeeded and she gave me the average mark (40%) because she told me that if I didn't write anything, I would have 0% as well. I was not happy but I respected her decision. But, at the end of semester, she sent us an email to resume all the mark that we had and for this blog I had 77%. So I really don't understand how teachers give the marks.
I had a report and an oral presentation in Management, in group of two. I was with Linda, an Irish student. On the one hand, it was a good experience to work with her to discover how Irish work, but on the other hand, it was horrible because they have a very different method to us. They begin to work just few days before the deadline. The rules to edit a report are not the same. Referencing and bibliography are very important. When you write something in your report, you have to give the reference in the text, just after the idea even if you reformulate it and then, at the end of the report.
Irish students aren't used to do presentation. It was so funny because they were shy and not comfortable. They just read the powerpoint which was very basic, they don't look at the audience and don't speak loud.
The weather is not nice. I can't sleep a lot because of Corey, the child in my family who does a lot of noises from 7am on the morning. So I sometimes want to come back because I miss France, my family, my friends and habits. But few minutes after, I am really happy to be there because it is a wonderful experience!
Par leamerle le 20 Mai 2015 à 19:11
Days 112 to 114:
After going to parties for all the week-end to celebrate the end of courses, it's time to work for my final exams. I have already studied because I had CA for the last week. The exams are easy if you know the lesson by heart. It is just lessons questions. So I learn marketing and hospitality management's lessons. Marketing is okay because I had already seend that in France and I like this lesson. But hospitality management is soooo boring. It is about theories of motivation, leadership... I really don't like that. But I don't have the choice, I have to study!
Days 115 to 117:
2:50 pm: I go to the college because the place to do exams is not at the university. We have to take a bus and go to a gynmasium called National Basketball Arena. I remind me the Concours Accès, the test to integrate ESDES.
Lots of students, lots of tables, lots of chairs, lots of people who keep a close touch on, lots of papers... Be careful to not forget your student card because if you haven't got it, you have to pay €50 to do the exam!
On Thursday it is my exam of Marketing from 3:30 to 5:30. It is not very well organised because we enter in the room at 3:30 pm, supervisor haven't got my name on the list and they don't know where I can sit. They distribute the exams' papers at 3:40pm and we don't wait for everybody.
On Friday, I work for my second exam.
On Saturday (yes, it is horrible to have an exam for the week-end), I have my exam of hospitality management.
I have 5 questions but I have to choose only three questions to answer for both of the exams. It is not very difficult. I was very scared and stressed before the exams to not understand the questions and not find the good words to answer, but finally I am very glad and proud of me because my English is improved and I don't find any difficulty to write and understand.
Days 118 to 122:
I enjoy the week-end by going to Marlène's place. We speak and tell about gossips. Marlène is very friendly. Before to go to Ireland we were in the same class for 1 year and half but we didn't speak a lot. I didn't know her a lot. But I've discover a real good friend and my Erasmus wasn't the same without her.
It is the last time that we go to work. We feel an emotive sensation. It is so sad. Because it was a really good experience to work with mental disability persons. We have created links and we are attached to them. I'm glad to help them. It was a human experience. At the begining we were sceptical about this work but finally we love it! Alan, Joe and Sam give us a lot in return. For the last lesson, Sian (our tutor) and Alan give us a letter to say thank you. So cute! And Joe tells us very beautiful things like "I won't forget both of you. Merci beaucoup!"
We also go to the city center to do shopping and go to pubs the last time before leaving. It is so sad. I don't want to come back in France!
And we work for our final exam.
It is our last exam in Spanish. No stress because I have already passed thanks to my CA. Easy exam.
Days 124 to 127:
Let's enjoy the holidays and my last days in Ireland with all my friends. Parties, parties and parties. Chill during the day and eat fajitas.
I think it is the best moments of my semester. We do a huge party with everybody and on Sunday we do a camping on Tallaght's moutain. Yes, a camping. I know we are crazy. At the begining I was septic about this idea but we organise us very well. We buy food for barbecue, and not forgot the Mashmallow. We go to the moutain, in the forest, do our camp (with tents, big fire), eat, listen to music, speak... Anyway, we enjoy !
We come back at the student accomodation and it is time to say "good bye" to everyone. I am so sad, I cry...
My semester is over. It was a wonderful experience and I want to study abroad again.
I hope you enjoy to read and have my news.
A little bit nostalgic, but all good things come to an end...