It was quite a day yesterday, and today begins our last week here in Cambridge. It was elective day, essentially meaning that the whole day we would be having classes. It was strange, because we were having classes in the main grounds of Magdalene College in the lodge. It was a cozy place, small and suited for a small class like us, part of a larger building with a grass area in the middle. One of our delegate advisors told us that Magdalene College was small in student amount but quite large in the area size. I could see the sheer size of the college and the very interesting architectural styles in the buildings.
The classroom was built of wood in an old style, with the window stills made of wood and the ceilings made of wood. But they refurnished it with modern things like TV screens, nice carpets, couches, and a bar. We didn’t go near the bar. I think that this lodge is a quite good representation of what Cambridge is. It is old knowledge mixed in with new information. Wood and stone mixed with plastic and steel.
I have the whole day for classes today, every single period except the one after dinner which was movie night. It was a nice class, with lots of discussion between the students and the teacher. This, I think, contrasts what many people expect of education, a mind numbing block of information stuffed into you without you learning anything except memorize a bunch of facts. I think this is what the British people are quite good at. Teachers teach you how to learn. How to use these facts in life and why it matters. I’m not saying that the other educations are bad, but in my opinion, this is the best.
After classes I stayed in my room and then went out for football/basketball in the park nearby. Today was the other day of the Big Weekend, so most people were in the festival. I went there the day before and it wasn’t much.
It was a nice and quiet day. 😊