Today was my last day at University of Cambridge, Magdalene College.
It started with a highly difficult exam about the legal perspectives on the World Trade Organisation. Dr Bartels challenged the students and surely got the best out of us.
After the exam I met all my classmates whom I got to know during the outstanding time. Upcoming visits were planned in Berlin, Peking and London. My classmates from Denmark, Lebanon, Singapore, Beijing, surely have become more than just fellow students – they are now friends.
Cambridge is a place where people are really open-minded, want to get to know the unknown and love to connect. Because of this mind-set I got to know – not only people at my college – but also friends from King’s, Trinity College, Lucy Cavendish and St. Johns. Powerful personal contacts that have enriched my life in an unimaginable way.
In the evening, we received our certificates and marks as well as enjoyed our farewell dinner or Formal Hall at Main Hall, Magdalene College.
My certificate reached top marks. A grade point average of 3.6 or an A is a rare occasion at the University of Cambridge. I was highly satisfied with the result and happy about the outstanding performance.
A Formal Hall is a meal held at some of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom and at which students dress in formal attire and often gowns to dine.
Nora Ni Loideain, the Dean of our Programme, and Tina Jiang, Vice President Academic Programmes at CBL International introduced the formal ceremony with a moving speech.
The food during the dinner was marvellous. The main dish of the three-course menu was fillet of lamb with thyme & blue berries, Dauphinoise potatoes & seasonal baby vegetables. Simply wow!
The Formal Hall is a tradition put in place to increase interaction between academics and students, and to enrich the students’ overall learning experience. This surely happened this evening. The Dean engaged in student life and was fully integrated in the wonderfully open and friendly debating culture. A close bond I wish to experience as well in my home country with my professors.
All in all, I close my blog with the short and meaningful quote that summaries my overall experience: Cambridge is not only the place to be, it is a state of mind that offers asylum to every sensual seeker who looks for his purpose in life.