Last Week…More Like Finals Week!

Finals week is everyone’s’ *favorite time of the year*… or maybe not. When it comes to finals week all I can really say is: good luck. I was feeling more confident at the start of this week as opposed to midterms week, however, nothing could have prepared me for the amount of stress I was going to experience. I was trying to balance doing a term paper, studying for a final, and preparing for my recital, while also trying to enjoy my last week abroad. A big recommendation while studying abroad: be on top of your work. In other words try to be ahead, or suffer doing a bunch of work the last enjoyable weekend of your program. Now, this may not be the case for everyone, but it is something I discussed with many of the other students on this trip that were experiencing the same situation. Nevertheless, I was able to fully enjoy my last week while also concentrating on my responsibilities. I was especially nervous about having my final and my recital on the same day. As for recommendations for musicians, specifically vocal majors: memorize your music (including lyrics) ASAP. This was key for my confidence at our final concert. I personally thought the recital was a great way to end our study abroad program; everyone came together to support the music students that had been practicing very hard for the past 5 weeks. The Salzburg study abroad program was an incredible experience that truly changed my outlook on traveling and exploring. I would repeat it one hundred times again and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a program that is both educational and, most importantly, unforgettable.

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