As part of my orientation for my spring semester in Paris, we were shown all of the buildings that make up Paris I, Paris IV, Paris VII, and Science Po (All distinct universities affiliated with the Sorbonne). Confused yet? Well I certainly am. Different universities (which all have different specialties) are cut up and spread all over the place, totally unlike the American campus-centric university. To be honest, a lot of these buildings weren’t very impressive. And I’m not just saying that because they didn’t meet up to my glorified, baroque image of how they should look. Paris IV, for example, has most of its classes in a building that looks like a prison, or at least a poorly funded inner city high school. But no matter, it was still exciting to be there, among cool French students with their tight pants and perfect hair and cool demeanor. And I’m still quite excited about the classes, which are just as liberally-artsy as I’m used to. What I’m not excited about is grading. Apparently a 13/20 is considered a very good grade.
More to come later.