Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Theory Exam is finished

The students have now completed their first exam. They found the theory exam quite difficult, which is hardly surprising given the nature of the competition and the ability of the students from across the world. While the students were in the exam hall on Sunday morning (Iran time), the leaders were taken on an excursion similar to the one that the students enjoyed on the first day. Following the exam, the students and the leaders dined at an elegant and majestic hotel that is typically visited by national and international dignitaries.

Everyone continues to be excited with the experiences they are sharing, and they are in great spirits. The team has been introduced to different kinds of food and different cultures. More importantly, the US students are learning that students from all over the world can come together to learn about each other’s cultures. The friendships that are being formed will last a lifetime. While memories of the examinations will fade, it is the personal interactions and experiences that will remain with the students through their lifetimes.