It's That Time of Year Again!
And we're back! In class, that is. And to blogging. It seems like it's been an eternity since I've last written a post, but it's amazing how busy you get during finals season.
So far my classes seem really good. My Monday and Wednesdays are pretty light. I'm taking the following:
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
I took yoga spring semester of last year and am really glad to get back to it again. It's such a stress reducer! The second course is a mized bag of research design, statistics, and other fun stuff for psych majors and others alike. It's taught by the head of the Department of Psychological Sciences, Dr. Lee Thompson. So far it seems pretty straightforward, and the information is a great foundation for future research. I just hope my book gets here in time to do the homework! (Sometimes ordering from places like Amazon is super slow. It might be good to order early, buy from the bookstore, or borrow from a friend)
Tuesday and Thursday are jam-packed, but I have some of my favorite classes. I'm taking:
Drugs and Youth
Colors, Capes, and Characters (a comic book SAGES course!!!)
Social Psych has been excellent so far. I've heard (horror?) stories about it being a lot of work, to keep up with the readings, and to always go to class. Granted, it's only been a week, but I kind of feel like those things are things you should be doing anyway. Either way, the material is fascinating, and I'm very excited for it.
Drugs and Youth promises to be really cool. It's a small, discussion-based class in the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. It's only twenty people or so, but we've already delved into big topics like why people are motivated to use drugs, what drugs do to you, and what implications that has for society. Pretty heavy stuff.
And finally. My favorite thing ever. Seriously, I'm so excited about this last class. I'm the first person to tell you, I'm definitely a geek. There's no way around it. I like comic books. A lot. And so when looking for my last University Seminar to take in the SAGES track, I knew it had to be this course. We read comics (some old, some new) and discuss them critically, in many ways like any other literary medium, but with its own unique characteristics. In other words, it's TOTALLY AWESOME! We started the class by talking about how crazy/weird/cool it is to have a periodical, paper medium that uses staples as the binding. And it's taught by Brad Ricca. He's a pretty cool guy (and also my sorority's faculty advisor).
And possibly the best part of the semester? I have Fridays off. Yes, that little beautiful moment was brought to you by my own desire to have some time to breathe. And it's wonderful. Last Friday? I woke up at a decent hour, ate a real breakfast (oatmeal! eggs! juice!), went to work out at Carlton Commons, and caught up on emails and responsibilities for my office in Sigma Psi. All of this while not having to worry about class. It was wonderful.
I hope all of you had a safe and happy holiday season, and that the beginnings of 2011 are treating you well, too!