One Exam Down

Beatrice Gantzer
May 2, 2014

At Wash U, English classes are mostly assessed by essay. You get some flexibility with your topic, opportunities to meet with your professor, and weeks to fret over it in your sweatpants. If there is a final, it usually takes place in the classroom, with the professor benevolently looking on.

My first Trinity exam took place in a frigid hall reminiscent of an aircraft hangar, located thirty minutes away from campus. It was filled with five hundred desks, a dozen pacing invigilators and the stench of fear.

Guess which method I prefer?

Don’t let the bleakness of the process discourage you, though. There are definite benefits to the Trinity system, such as independent grading, highly motivated studying, and a well-deserved recovery pint with your classmates when you emerge.

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Bea Gantzer, and I am a junior English major at Washington University in St. Louis. I&#39;m a distance runner, baker, and Minnesotan. This will be my first time out of the United States, and I look forward to experiencing a new culture, soaking up Dublin&#39;s rich history, and getting little-kid excited over seeing buildings older than the U.S. itself.</span></p>

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