Studying at Sciences Po
12 weeks later, and I have finally finished classes at Sciences Po. Although it seems ages ago that I walked into my first class, I also can't quite believe how quickly the time has passed and that I have one exam between now and finishing completely next Friday. I thought that I'd write a bit about what I thought about the university and whether I would ever return to Sciences Po.
So where to start? Maybe the fact that I love it here. I love the people I've met, I love the location and I love the things that I've learnt. I've met heaps of great people from all over the world, including lots of Lebanese, Americans and Canadians. I know that my experience wouldn't be half as good without them and all the great times that we've shared. I love that we're all studying political science and that they're all just as ambitious as me about changing the world, and I find it so funny that we can be sitting in a cafe and we'll go straight into discussion politics. Secondly, I love having classes in St. Germain; it's probably the smartest neighbourhood in Paris and it's pretty awesome studying somewhere that feels so special. I love the fact that there are also security men in suits on every door, and every time I show them my i.d. card, I have to remind myself that I made it here! I've also really enjoyed the majority of the content that I'm learning, and I feel like I've become a more well-rounded student, while working out what I enjoy and what I don't enjoy which is kind of crucial right now as I come to a time where I need to start thinking about what I'm going to do when I graduate from Bath.
Now the cons, and there are a couple. Firstly, the language. As well as I thought that I could speak and understand French, I soon realised that I could not. I really struggled in the first few weeks in class and outside class when nearly everyone that I met had French as their first language and they spoke it so fast with an accent. Secondly, the amount of work. Never have I been so stressed over such a long period. For about 8 weeks, I've had on average 3 assessments due every week. This meant that as soon as you handed in a 20 page dissertation or had a 10 minute presentation, you had another few to prepare for with just the weekend to get ready.
Am I happy that I chose to study at Sciences Po? 100% yes. And even as much as I enjoy studying in Bath, I know that I'll definitely miss ScPo when I go back. Sciences Po is ranked 4th worldwide for political science, and I know that it will make such a difference to my CV and may help me to get a job that I really want. And who knows, I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do when I finish my degree in 2019, so If I'm not backpacking around the world, then maybe I'll apply to do a masters and I'll see 27 Rue St. Guillaume once again.