In my last post, I talked about how I am able to take only 12.5 credits this semester and why it was important for me to have fewer credits than normal on my plate. But I didn’t talk about what I’m taking this semester, which is the fun part! Here’s a look at my schedule.
At 11:20 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I drop whatever I’m doing and hope that I’ve eaten something that can count as lunch because it’s time to go to my First Aid/CPR class at 11:30! The last gym class I need to finish out the physical education requirement of the McDaniel Plan, I decided that taking first aid would be incredibly useful. In the first week, we were already learning CPR, and this week, we learned how to use an AED. I hope I never have to use these skills, but they’ll be nice to have in my back pocket–just in case. And since this is a gym class, it will be over by the end of this month.
From first aid, I immediately make my way over to Hill Hall, where I have Memoir Writing on Mondays and Wednesdays. It’s taught by my favorite professor, Kate Dobson, and it’s the fourth time I’ve taken a class taught by her. The class, which has students from a number of different majors in addition to English, is neat, because we all meet around the conference table on the second floor of Hill. It’s set up this way because it’s conducive to discussing the memoir drafts people will bring in throughout the semester. The class is fascinating because we learn ways to take ordinary stories and snippets of memory from our own lives and turn them into something meaningful–not just to ourselves but also to other readers. I’m very excited to see what work I’ll be able to accomplish in this course.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have my two upper-level English courses. This is the first time I’ve taken more than one upper-level English course in the same semester, and these two courses happen to be scheduled back to back. At 1:00 in the afternoon on these days, I ascend the stairs of Hill Hall for my Shakespeare class. This class works as a survey to Shakespeare, and by the end of the course, we’ll have read 10 of his plays. But in addition to that, we’ll also have read a lot of critical approaches to Shakespeare to get a sense of why and in what ways his work is important and why it’s still so relevant today.
At 2:30, my Shakespeare class ends, and I cross the hallway into another English classroom for my 2:40 class, Approaches to the Study of Language. That course name is just a fancy name for Linguistics, which is what everyone calls the course. I’ve been wanting to take linguistics for what seems like forever, so I’m glad to finally be in the course. Throughout the semester, we’ll be studying various aspects of human speech. It’s a little bit math-y, a little bit science-y, and completely interesting!