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Fall Semester 2009: Check!(via Google images)

Today marked the completion of the fastest-semester-of-my-life. I know, I always say they’re fast, but really, this is getting ridiculous!! Ridiculous in a good way of course, because school certainly isn’t my favorite thing in the world.

Last semester I didn’t have a finals week, but this semester I still can’t complain because I only had one final. Although I still complained because it was in history, a class that literally made me re-consider my college career. As in… drop-out or drop-out? I had negative motivation to study for that class because there was entirely TMI. Dates, people, wars, and countries were almost impossible to remember and keep separate so I pretty much just hoped for a good grade. The only part about the class that I liked was using up all the white space on the class/teacher evaluation sheet… that’s all I have to say about that. Just talking about this class raises my blood pressure so please someone buy my books and never ask me about it again! I will have nothing to say because by the end of this week I won’t remember a thing I “learned!”

Speaking of learning, what did I learn from these 12 credit hours?

[insert cricket chirping sound here]


What I can tell you is I’ll probably never again have a class like Art Appreciation. One where you get one literal credit hour for the price of three… or you could say three credit hours in the time of one… whatever you want to call it, we weren’t in class much. I think 5 of the 15 classes were cancelled, mostly due to rain. We had no tests and no assignments besides one little (or big; your choice) paper at the end of the semester identifying our personal aesthetic. As long as we went to the ten, three-hour one-hour long classes, we are supposed to get an A…. crappy paper, or not.

I can also tell you that it doesn’t make sense that in my education class it sometimes took 3 class periods to get through one silly chapter, but in history we sped through 1 chapter in one class. So-called “survey” classes are a joke. I’m more of an all or nothing kind of girl, and survey classes are in between. You skim through a whole lot of stuff (like thousands and thousands of years worth of material) and they expect you to retain something important out of all of it. Not so much.

This semester feels like two separate parts… the reason being that the first half was really busy and filled with 120 hours of classroom experience, both in elementary and high school classrooms. After I finished those two classes, the second half of the semester was lazy, lazy, lazy. I didn’t work as a sub like I first planned because I enjoyed sleeping in too much. Mostly because I am not familiar with the word “motivation” at this point in my life. I do hope to befriend it sometime soon. I remember writing up some goals on here for this semester and without looking back on them (because I’d rather not) I can probably tell you that they were not achieved. Unfortunately, this semester was plagued with depression and anxiety like never before. I’m not so sure I can make it through a “normal” load of classes next semester without begging for some kind of meds….

Speaking of next semester… oh never mind, I do not want to talk about that right now. It will ruin my end-of-the-semester high. All I know is that I like the fall semester so much better than the “spring” one. (Spring in quotations because it should be called winter. Spring doesn’t come until the very end, in my opinion.) The spring semester is oh so long and ugh, like I said.. don’t get me started!

This is (only, sigh) my fourth semester I’ve completed, which means if I’m lucky, I’m half-way there. I am now officially a senior by credit hours and a junior by semesters attended. Just call me a senior for the next 2-3 years of my life.

With all this being said, I’m pretty confident that this semester will look good on paper (4.0) and if they put this on paper (which they should), another semester of perfect attendance! Not as note-worthy as last semester’s perfect attendance considering I only went to class 4 times a week after mid-term, but still worth bragging about a little.

If you read all this rambling and make it to this point, you deserve a congrats yourself!

Four down… four to go. I made it!

Now bring on the boyfriend.

Drop It Like It’s Hot

I just found the courage to face the Art Appreciation teacher and beg to be added to the class.

Political Science 90 (Government).

Someone please hand me a add/drop slip before my IQ falls any lower. And my refund!

I’m not sure if it’s just me, the professor, or the subject matter. Probably a combination of all three, yet most other students (guys) in the class seemed just fine. What I do know is that it’s not fun to be confused for 3 hours. It makes you feel…. less than intelligent.

So if all goes well with the addition of the Art Appreciation class (please), then I will take that and keep that other history class which doesn’t even compare to this Poly Sci class. I don’t even care that I will have two classes on Thursday evenings, with only an hour in between for a quick dinner. I won’t have any classes on Wednesdays or Fridays, which will be the payoff. Oh and a better GPA in the end, hello.

What can I say? I’m more of a biological science type of girl.

First Impressions

Two days down. So far, so good not too bad. I don’t know why I doubt myself, but my first impressions of classes are usually not good for me. I admit it, professors and syllabi intimidate me! Yes, me, the over achieving, 4.0 student. If and when I’m ever in the front of a classroom, I will make a point to not intimidate students.

Teacher Field Experience: This class is an education lab where I have to get in 60 observing hours in a classroom, which she said I could be placed in an elementary classroom. [They don’t actually have an elementary education major at S&T so my major is secondary education, but I want to teach elementary.] So anyway she worked it out for me thankfully! 8 AM is too early, especially on a Monday of the first day of class. Good thing we only have the actual class meeting 3 times in the semester (two more times now!) I take that back though, because I want to observe from 8 AM- 3 PM until my 60 hours are up. That way it only takes about two weeks, then I write my interview paper and reflection paper and I’m finished! I like that.

Aiding Experience: This is just like teacher field experience, but instead of observing, you are aiding in the classroom in whatever way possible. I have to be in a high school classroom for this–bummer. I will start my 60 hours as soon as my observation hours are over, because that class is typically before this one. Then I will (hopefully) get in my 60 hours in about two weeks also. That means I should be finished by October with my daytime classes and I can start subbing during the days since the rest of my classes are at night!

School Organization and Adm for Elementary and Secondary Teachers: This is once a week, so we actually only have it 14 more times! It doesn’t sound difficult– plus the tests are open book & note. It’s the second part of the intro to education from the last semester. We are using an updated version of the book, which is brand new and costs $120, of which I bought and sold my old book for about $10 on Amazon. I found out though that I could’ve kept that book and used it instead. Dang! The professor is the superintendent of Rolla schools; he’s a nice guy! We get bonus points for attending a school board meeting! You know me, gotta get those bonus points.

Early Western Civilization: Ugh, history. Ha. I don’t know if I’m going to take this class because a spot has opened in the Art History class. I’m #1 on the wait list, but I just have to find out if the professor will still let me in. But anyway, I don’t think this class would be all that bad, but it’s history. Yuck.

I still have Government and possibly Art History to attend. We’ll see how this works out.

Today a student had 3 questions for the professor after she explained the syllabus. The 3rd question is one to remember (and share with you): “When we type papers, do you prefer one or two spaces in between sentences, because one space peeves me?” Teacher’s response, “I don’t count spaces in between sentences…”

Only at S&T!!!!

It gets under my skin when professors are crazy ridiculous about missing tests, classes, whatever. Because in real life, things happen. So I was glad to find out…. if we get in a car wreck on the way to campus, that is in fact, an acceptable excuse to miss a test. Phew, I thought I might have to leave the scene of an accident if that happened!

I called the Art Department to find about that Art Appreciation class because the professor didn’t have an email address listed on the website. I questioned the secretary about that on the phone and she said “Oh no, he doesn’t have one because he doesn’t check his email. He doesn’t know how to use computers. *laughs*”

Okay then… I thought this school was Missouri University of Science AND TECHNOLOGY.

While I was writing this, I just FB chatted with another student from S&T who just went to the Art Appreciation class. WOW. I just
have to share what I heard. Forget what I said earlier, I may have changed my mind about the taking the class.

First day of class: He walked in and the entire class went silent. Why? I dont know if it’s because everyone knows who he is or what. He said “Is anybody on the waitlist for this class?” A few raised their hands and then he said, “Bye bye, see ya, you can go ahead and leave.”

“No, this is not a joke, you can leave.”

So 3 left. And the other 3 or 4 stayed and he asked them why they were still here. They said they needed the class, and he repeated this and asked another guy.

He refered to them throughout the lecture, and then at the end he said “Ok those of you waiting to get in the class, follow me.” So I don’t know if they got in or not. I know one guy did since he argued with him kind of and had an add/drop slip.

And if you sit in the front row, don’t. But if you have to, don’t put your backpack on the floor. He gets right in your face if you sit in the front.

The lecture was him talking to us really slow about extremely deep stuff. No syllabus. He said if you show up you get an A, basically. He told us that we’ll sign an attendance sheet and he will base grades on that. What my friends said he does is pass out the tests and then ask someone for the answer until its right then everyone writes it down.

He is very intimidating though.

He will probably ask you guys first why you are taking this class…he asked about 5 of us.

One guy said “for the easy A.”

That was a mistake.

Like I said, WOW. This would be the ultimate test of intimidating professors. Should I try to get in the class or forget it? Let’s see if I can muster up some courage.

Or on the other hand, stick with the history class.

Oh and then he went on to tell me about a speech professor, who wore holey and stained clothes to class and said something about how he doesnt have to wear a tie because he doesn’t feel like it. He passed around a box in which students had to place their cell phones. When one vibrated during class, he searched for the right one and answered it. There were 28 people in a closet-like classroom sitting in a circle. A student of his from this summer said they had to give speeches on what he liked, like rap music and his favorite kind of cigarettes.

I just made a mental note for when I find a speech class.

….And now I will be quiet before an S&T employee finds this blog and forces me to find a different school.

Ready or not, here I come

After some deep thought, praying, listening, talking, and option weighing…. I’ve made up my mind!

I started to change my schedule around and I kinda liked it. …Well, as much as you can like a schedule of classes. I’ve decided to take 12 hours at S&T this semester. I will have two education labs that each require 60 hours of time in a K-12 classroom– one is observing and one is aiding. So, in order to have 120 hours available during the semester to do that, my other classes will be in the evening. I have an Education class on Monday nights and Government on Wednesday nights. My other class is still pending because I’m on the wait list for an Art Appreciation class, which will either be Thursday nights or Tuesday & Thursday late afternoon. These classes shouldn’t give me much trouble. I’m purposely saving the more challenging ones for later.

I also received my twice revised financial aid package and it’s good news. I have more than enough so I will actually be paid to go to school–refund! A very nice refund that can help pay off my loans. That definitely helped me confirm my decision. It’s hard to turn down such an offer.
Although it doesn’t make sense to me that some people get too much aid, and others don’t get enough…Hmmm.

I only need two books and I bought them yesterday… at the bookstore. *shock* They were cheaper at the bookstore compared to buying them online! That’s a first!

I’m hoping these next few months will be laid back and fly by smoothly and quickly. I am so not looking forward to being away from Ryan again–that will be the worst part. If I could see him often, as in more than every 3 months, that would be amazing! I just know it’s probably not realistic considering the situation… a million and one things going on in his life + two states away with no car = wishful thinking. My hopes are that it’s not as lonely and depressing as last semester, whatever that may mean.

In mid-December, I hope to say I’m very happy with the decision I made! Whether I like it or not, I will be closer to graduating, which probably won’t be until 2012. I hope every year until then won’t be dreadful.

This all starts Monday.

Ready? Not?, here I come…