“Oh my god! Weiran, you choose the most two difficult courses!” When I was visiting my friend and talking about the courses of period 2, the friend who is a regular student felt worried with me. I replied with a smile, “don’t worry, I will work hard and I believe I can do a good job.”
However, the truth is that I’m worried, frustrated and unconfident now.
One of the courses I take is called Empirical Econometrics. The professor and tutor is humorous and easygoing. Every time we are in class, I feel like having a nice conversation with him. He is always nice to students, but he is strict with us. He pays attention to every detail of the tutorial, so we have to know clearly about the every definition of the proper noun and it is impossible to say something ambiguously. As the evaluation of the course is based on the participation and the final oral examination, it makes me concentrate on the lecture and tutorial. Some of my friends complained about the high pressure of the course, but what I think is different. Econometrics is the application of mathematics, statistical methods to economic data and gives empirical content to economic relations. So everything we are going through has to be precise and reasonable because a small mistake will ruin the whole thing. As an old Chinese saying goes, “A minimal error or deviation may result in wide divergence.”
But I can’t deny that the course sets high requirements to us. The course textbook is the same as the econometrics course in my home university. But can you imagine that they are still studying the first 6 chapters while we are now in chapter 13 because the professor required us to read through chapter 1 to 8 before the course?
The other course I take is called game theory and economics. I’m fascinated by game theory such us prison’s dilemma, battle of sex when I was studying basic microeconomics. But this course is far beyond my expectation. The course has a high requirement for mathematics because every interesting story and theory should be expressed in a very strict mathematical form. All the students who take this course are econometric students except for a few exchange students. But I really think highly of the unique way of learning game theory. The tutor is a well-respected professor who is also the author of the textbook. I feel frustrated as most of the students in the tutorial can follow the professor but sometimes I feel quite confused about the content.
I have realized that more efforts should be put into this course. And I believe that as only as I reached the turning point, I can follow the course. Cheer up for myself. ╮(╯_╰)╭
The study part of my life is now a little bit dark but the other part is still colorful. I have to say something about Cologne Carnival.
I went to cologne last week and spent time with my old friends who are now studying in cologne. We dressed to the carnival but as soon as we arrived the city center, we realized that we dressed too normal and it was far from overdressing. Everyone, from elderly woman to young boys, was in gorgeous costume. Bears, giraffes,police, soilders….I felt like in the fairy tale. I could help singing and dancing with them.
And I want to share the happiness with you.
Period2, start of something new. Love life, love every little thing…….