Happy midterm season. I wish I could commiserate but I’m only in my second week of classes. My semester hasn’t even reached the point where I feel guilty for procrastinating.
Right now, you’re probably feeling pretty fed up with UNC and its never-ending stream of exams, papers and group projects. It’s OK, be fed up, just know that it could be a lot more complicated.
In theory, college in Australia is not that different from college in the United States. Rather than two or three lectures each week, classes here only meet twice a week — once for a two-hour lecture and once for a smaller recitation, called a tutorial.
In practice, it’s much more confusing. Some classes have three lectures per week, but the meeting time and classroom change each day. One of my classes has only lecture for the first six weeks and only tutorial for the next six. Instead of a single professor, each of my courses has two or three professors that switch off throughout the semester.
If you think this sounds confusing, you’re absolutely right. I accidentally skipped two classes last week — not intentionally, I just couldn’t figure out what was mandatory and what wasn’t.