It is my pleasure to introduce a new category to this website: Learning. I'm back to school starting tomorrow, September 2nd, and since I'm going to spending so much time with college in the next several months, I thought it might be a great idea to devote some space on my blog for talking about everything learning-related. These posts will probably be something like a journal of the school year and how I'm faring in the world of academia. I'm going to try and release one every Tuesday, but as I opened the revivification of the blog with a week or so ago, I'm not tying myself down to that. I'll probably end up missing a few when the semester draws to a close.
Either way, I think this will be a fun addition to the website, and I look forward to sharing with you from my college experience. For those of you who don't know where I am right now in my schooling, this will be my second semester at UW-Rock County, the two-year community college in Janesville, my hometown. I really enjoyed my first semester last spring, met a lot of cool people and learned a lot of cool things. I'm excited for the fall, the classes I'm taking and the people that are going to be at the college this year (among them my good friends Becca and Seth).
As of right now, my plan is to finish the two-year degree at U-Rock (an Associates Degree of Arts and Sciences) and then continue on through more classes at U-Rock and online classes run by UW-Whitewater to get a B.A. in Liberal Arts with either a focus or a minor in History. I'd like to eventually do creative writing full-time, but I'm just going to work with what comes and see what happens. I'm pretty open to anything, especially if I get to be creative doing it.
Before I sign off, I want to write down, for the purposes of this "journal" what classes I'm taking this semester (in chronological order), and what my expectations are:
Intro to Physical Geography
This is my first class during the week, with a lecture first thing in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and lab in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This was the last class I enrolled in for the semester, only a few weeks ago, and it was chosen mainly because I wanted to balance out my schedule between different subjects (Science, Math, English, HIstory). As soon I got the textbook in the mail, I started leafing through it and was immediately excited for the months ahead. I think this class will be loads of fun, and I'll learn lots of interesting things about the way the world works. That said, this might be one class I have a bit of trouble in, because I'm not the most mathematically-minded person, but I'm going to work at it my hardest anyway.
This is definitely the class I'm most excited for this semester. Learning about how to tell stories is my favorite thing to learn about ever, and I'm really thrilled to be able to be taught by new people and new processes on how to craft a story. This might be the class I talk about the most on this website, because I'll probably be posting most of my work from the class on here, but that's just a given. I'm not worried about doing well this class at all, and I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but I know 100% that I'll do well. Not only because I know this is something I'm good at, but also because I know it's something I'll give my all to learn.
This is the class that I'm taking with the ever-wonderful Becca Harper, my good friend who I'll probably be spending most of my time with this semester. We are going to have a blast in this class, I just know it. Becca and I share a passionate love of learning, and history is my second favorite subject, just behind creative writing. I got the textbooks for this class and was extremely excited, not only because of the fact that they were all about the Greeks but also because they didn't cost a whole lot... But yes, I'm also not worried about doing well in this class, not only because I'll love every minute of it, but because from everything I've heard from other students, it's not that difficult of a class in the first place.
This is probably the class I'll like the least. I had one more required math class to get through, and since my choices were between College Algebra (which I would have hated) and this class, which is all about how to use mathematical concepts in real-life situations, it was a no-brainer on which one to choose. I have a feeling that this will be the best math class I'll ever take, simply for that reason. I really don't like math that seems like it has no purpose, and that's algebra for me. This class is about graphs, charts, logic, and finance, and that's all useful stuff! I am a bit worried on how difficult the class will be, but soon I'll have a good estimate on where to base my expectations, and I can deal with that when the situation demands it.
Well, that's all of my classes for the semester. One thought just came to me, however, that I'd like to share before this post is finished. One thing I want to focus on this semester, more than almost anything else, is that I don't put "getting good grades" ahead of really learning . I want to retain, not regurgitate. I'm optimistic about my classes and the rest of the year, though, and I don't think that should be a problem. It's definitely going to be a challenge to get through the year, but it's a challenge I think I'm up to.
Here goes nothing.