Yesterday was my last important day at university - my final of the four oral diploma exams! The last hurdle I had to take was an examination in palaeontology. It was one of two final exams that one may chose freely. In hindsight it was a very good decision dispite my extreme nervousness in the last days and week. I never considered palaeontology to be my strong side but there was no going back anymore. The exam lasted maybe 40 minutes and felt, surprisingly to me, quite comfortable. That is probably because it started with a questioning about reef-building organisms and corals - my favorite part of palaeontology. With that good starting feeling the rest of the exam was not easy but doable without any big problems. I have a good grade in all four final exams now and a very good average. My final average may be a bit different because I do not yet know my official grades of my diploma mapping report and my diploma thesis, yet. Anyways, all that remains is some paperwork about my official graduation and receiving my certificat (which usually takes 2 to 3 months) that allows me to carry the German academic title of Diplomgeologe. I am a real geologist now from top to bottom! Mission accomplish!
I will be taking some free days in october to visit friends. Also in the middle of october is the largest geological congress for some years in Germany. The GeoDarmstadt2010 congress. I will be attending hoping to meet some interesting people, learn a bit here and there and looking for some PhD or job opportunities for a young geologist like me. Now that my nervs calm down slowly and there are no more acute worries blogging might pick-up a little pace again, too. We will see.