I can’t believe that today’s the last day of January! I feel like I’ve only been in school for a few days, not a few weeks. I’m having so much fun in my classes this semester, they’re all so interesting!
This week my favorite is my Shakespeare class (right now we’re reading Julius Caesar). It’s so much fun going to class and working really intensely with the text because I always leave feeling like I’ve learned something really valuable. Sometimes we read out loud popcorn style (one person reads a section then “pops” to another person to read the next section), or we’ll act it out with blocking, or sometimes we’ll just stay in our seats playing with different intonations of the dialogue. It’s supposed to be a lecture class but with my professor there’s hardly any lecture; it’s kind of like thirty of us are doing a group project where she’s the leader and we have to solve the mystery of Shakespeare’s language.
I took the first part of the class in fall 2011 and it was a MWF class with a Friday recitation. I really loved that class because my TA and professor had really creative and energetic class plans, but I struggled with the fact that it was at 9am and only for 50 minutes. Depending on the material I switch between preferring the MWF or TR classes. For my history classes, MWF works because of the frequency. But when your in an English class and the discussion gets really intense it’s hard to cut off at the 50 minute mark. I also sometimes have a hard time getting settled mentally at the beginning of class. It’s frustrating in some courses that I take fifteen minutes to get settled and thinking critically and then the class is over in a blink of the eye! I’m definitely preferring this TR set up this semester
Highlights of this week so far:
- Monday I went to the Union and they a had free “Trick your hot chocolate” program! Mine slightly exploded in my hand but tasted delicious so I didn’t mind.
- Yesterday it was 60 degrees. 60 degrees!! Last week it was 8!! It was a cruel teaser for this spring…