36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 028: German class examinations


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 28 — German class examinations
30-August-1971 (Mon.)


Last week of classes. Took examinations—was rough. I think I learned, though.


Exams. Finally, the last week of German classes. Examinations. Obviously, they weren’t easy. In the journal, I gang today and tomorrow together. I’ll split my comments between the two days.

To put things in perspective, remember that learning any language takes time, and 25 or so days is not a lot of time. However, I know that I learned quite a bit and it prepared the way for me to live and study in Vienna for the rest of the year.

Exams are never easy. They require study and, generally, hard work. Here’s the good news. If you study and work hard (see above),
you will learn. So, never give up. Keep plugging away and you will learn.

Advice. My advice for young people, as always—Never give up. Keep working at it. You will learn. Learning is a lifelong skill. It becomes easier the more you do it. Learning will be a skill that you will need more and more in the future, as the world “flattens.”

The World is Flat
[I’m currently reading The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. The world flattens with the help of technology such as communications and the Internet as well as other factors, allowing countries with highly educated and motivated workforces to quickly compete in a “world economy” and workforce. You’ve heard the word—outsourcing. Lifelong learning will be a skill that we will all need to continually insure our competitiveness and employability. We’ll do it. You’ll do it. Never give up. Never stop learning.]


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