Last Monday was my last first day of classes as an undergraduate student. I’m taking a fairly light course load this semester, since I only needed a few more classes to graduate and I didn’t want to burn myself out any worse than I did last semester. Last semester, for reasons still unbeknown to myself, was the worst, and it made me really question whether I was cut out for a career in academia. Thankfully, I had the ability to take a breather this summer, which was exactly what I needed to rekindle my love with all things academic and intellectual.
Note to future self– take breaks when you need them, and don’t push yourself harder than necessary. Life is short, and running on full speed constantly is the easiest way to make yourself hate something you previously loved.
I came into this semester fully expecting all but one of my classes to be a total drag, just necessary to get my degree but not good for much else. I was very wrong. Here’s how my suprisingly fantastic week went:
Monday- Signed into my online class “The Female Experience in America” and found out that the instructor is pretty much my doppelganger. This class is all about the history of women in America, as told from a feminist perspective. Women’s studies? History? Be still my heart.
Tuesday- Woke up (no thanks to my alarm clock) for my Classical Theory course (the theory being sociological). This course is an overview of the theories of major sociological thinkers, both classical and modern. I’m just a little embarrassed at how geeked out I am over this class. The professor seems very approachable (a big plus in my book), and the subject itself might be a new focus for my graduate school research. I cannot wait to read the works of theorists like Marx, Weber, Durkheim, DuBois, etc. I think this class, more than anything else, will make me feel like I’m a real sociologist. Feel free to call me a nerd, Chad does all the time 😉
Wednesday- No class, I just went to orientation for my AmeriCorps position, which is awesome in its own right, but not really relating to the general thrust of this post.
Thursday- More Classical Theory in the morning (it’s a testament to how much I’m loving this course that I look forward to waking up for it). I have a break between Classical Theory and my Senior Seminar course, during which time I work on my thesis. I’ve been working on my thesis since freshman year, basically, so while it isn’t exciting, per se, it is nice to be ahead-of-schedule (which for me, usually means on-schedule) and clear of the stress that comes with procrastination. My week ends with Senior Seminar, which is all about the interdisciplinary nature of consumerism in America, and how it affects our behavior and relationships. Again, BE STILL MY HEART. The professor seems awesome, and I cannot think of a way to make this class any more awesome than it already is.
Basically, I love school. I love gaining knowledge and learning to see the world from new perspectives. I want to do this for the rest of my life, and I hope I’m lucky enough to be able to do so. I should be suffering from severe senioritis right now, but I’m so enthusiastic about my classes that senioritis is nowhere to be found. This enthusiasm is also giving my grad school applications a much-needed burst of energy, since I am more convinced than ever that I am on the right path.
I hope you all are off to as good of a start to the semester as I am. 🙂 On a totally unrelated note, I will leave you with this little piece of beauty, because everyone needs some cello in their life.