Looks like I have endured the first week of classes. One down and fourteen more weeks to go. Originally I signed up for five classes, which was fifteen credit hours. I quickly realized that having five classes and working part-time was too much for me to handle. I dropped an online class and kept my status as a full-time student taking twelve credit hours as I have in past semesters. I think that is very comfortable for me. I would rather get good grades in all four classes rather than getting average grades in five of them due to not dedicating enough time to each.
My Geology class is online. This seems like it will be a simple class. Each week we have to read a chapter or two and on every Monday there is a quiz over the chapter. There are seventeen quizzes throughout the semester. There are only three exams throughout the semester, separating each unit. All quizzes and tests are online and everyone is able to retake them up to three times. The computer takes the best grade out of all three. So it seems like I should do fine if I keep up on the readings every week.
The History class I am taking is online as well. The only things that are graded in this class are three exams and three writing assignments. The exam dates are posted online as October 1st, November 1st, and December 1st. It could not get any more easy than that. Lectures over each chapter are online in video format. After I read each chapter I plan to watch the lecture to reinforce the information I have read. The tests require me to visit the campus to take them. It is basically an essay test. For me, history is not too exciting, but maybe if I set my mind to it, I may find some interesting things.
I have my final math class that is required for my major on campus this semester. I have chosen a professor that I had for my first math class, because I love her teaching style. She makes different concepts very easy to understand. As I dread math, she makes the sting a lot less. There are tests and quizzes throughout as well as online homework. The online math homework is the thing that I dislike the most. It doesn’t make sense to evaluate or solve algebra or trigonometry on a keyboard. Regardless, I will try my best.
My last class is an American Government class. Perfect! Just in time for the upcoming presidential election. I don’t know much about politics and how that system works. I usually doze off whenever a politics portion of the news comes on or I am trying to read it. It seems like a jumbled mess to me. I am very eager to learn more about the government and how it works. I mean, I will be working for them someday! So far after the first chapter of how the Constitution came to be, this book has kept me interested. I’ve listened to some of this material before in high school, but I just floated by not paying attention to certain things. Now, I am comprehending what I read so I can actually gain knowledge. That’s what college is all about, right?
So far it looks like it will turn out to be a great semester! I am excited to dive deeper into this material and come out on top! Good luck fellow college goers.