Last Days of Class
It did not take long to go from the start of the semester to the final days of classes. All of a sudden we went from struggling to keep up with all our readings and homework to wondering how on earth we could complete all our finals, papers, and projects on time for the end of term.
The first classes to finish were the language courses. In Chinese class my professor chose to watch a movie on the second to last day, Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree. On the very last day we had a feast of Chinese food homemade by the professor. He made us yu xiang rou si, ma po tofu, and chao ji dan xi hong shi. We ate and talked and talked and ate. Chinese food and talking in Chinese was a good way to end the year.
In all of the other classes the semester ended with less of a bang. The last meetings largely involved cramming in more material, discussing finals, and a few closing remarks. Then we were off to contend with the onslaught of work…