Now that I have attended each class at least once, I can give you the low down on how I think this semester will play out according to my first impression of the classes.
Let me start by saying that all of my classes are basically introduction to the subject classes. I didn’t decide whether or not I was going to be attending this Fall until long after registration for classes was open, so class selection was limited. I was debating on just focusing on getting my older student loans paid off and just work full-time and return in the spring, or head back to school this fall and cut the working hours back a little bit. Well, I kind of decided to do both. Since the National Guard will pay all of my tuition, I would have been stupid not to start right away and take advantage of that. Also, I landed a job with the security company and that will have me at 40+ hours every week during the night. I worked out a schedule that I think will work for me and I’m going to go for it.
Classes began yesterday for IPFW students. I have two classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Every day I will be there from about 1:30 to 4:30pm. My first class is Fundamentals of Performance. This is just as it sounds, an introduction to stage performance. The stage is nothing new to me, but I’ve never actually taken a class on it. The professor is a little quirky and fun. He’s a bit older, but lively and likes to try out different accents here and there while lecturing the class. I will have to attend two performances for this class. Also, many assignments are just small performances in front of the class I believe, so this will be a very interesting class and an easy one for me!
My next class is Principles of Sociology. I have a basic understanding of what sociology is, but am definitely interested in getting a better view of certain aspects. One societal aspect would go along with criminal activity and looking ahead in the book, that looks like it will be my favorite chapter. Despite homework, quizzes and tests, there are two bigger projects that will be accomplished during my study of this course. I hope to get started on them as soon as I can to get them out of the way.
My third class is Living Chemistry. I’ve taken one basic chemistry course in high school, so I am hoping it is similar to that. I know a few basics, but may need a refresher. Hopefully this class will simply be just that. The professor spent about 1/3 of his life in India before he came to the states, so he has a strong accent, but easy to understand as he talks fairly slowly. He’s said some pretty comical things so far, but isn’t it always funny when older people try to use the lingo of the younger generation?
My fourth and final course is Elementary Psychology. Again, I don’t know too much about psychology, but just the fact that is has to do with the behavior of people and why people react to certain situations the way they do. This professor is a young PhD and pretty comical so far. He’s laid back, but knows his stuff. This class will require me to participate in some psychological studies being experimented by other college students. That should be pretty interesting and I will surely blog about those when that time comes around!
Overall, I feel like I am going to have a great semester. Now for next semester, I will definitely be getting in some Criminal Justice classes now that I am on sophomore status and will get the jump on the freshman at least when it comes to scheduling, I may have some writing projects and things this semester, so I will go ahead and post those here too for the hell of it. As for my fellow students out there, good luck this semester!