Sorry for the radio silence lately, my classes have been piling me with work. Yesterday I had a test in my Study of the Chilean Social Reality class and handed in a 12 page paper on El Cantar de Mío Cid for my Spanish Literature I class. The paper especially was hard work, especially because the assistant professor, who told me she would be happy to help me with any questions, did not answer any of the four emails that I sent over the last two weeks until half an hour before the paper was due.
At that point it was too late to make the formatting adjustments she recommended, but when I asked the professor he waved away my concern, saying that he really only cares about the content and he would be grading it anyway.
Today I got my first exam back! It was for my Science and Religion class at the Universidad de Chile. The full title of the course is Science and Religion: Thanks to God We’re Athiests. But I’ve looked through the syllabus and it doesn’t seem like we will be covering atheism at all. I’ve been given the ol’ bait-n-switch!
The exam was on our first unit, natural theology. This is the theory that because of original sin, humans can never again have a clear knowledge of God. So God gave humans science to study his Creation, and through this they can understand more about God. We read some interesting texts from Copernicus, some Genesis, and some medieval theologists.
In Chile grades are on a number scale from 1 to 7. The passing grade is 4.0, and a 5.0 is the average grade for people to be happy with, like a B- in the American system.
So my score. Drum roll please, Mr. Costanza…
Yeay! I am very excited about this! It seems like I’m off to a good start, I just hope I didn’t peak too soon!
My next post is going to be about my trip to Atacama, a desert region of Chile. We will be there from Thursday until Sunday and I am super excited! Hasta Luego!