Hey, y'all! This will be my first real update on the Learning journal that I'm doing this semester, and so I'll have several things to talk about. First off, syllabus week is over, and I now have a bit more to work with in terms of expectations for courses and the semester in general. I really do like all of my classes so far, and I'm anticipating an enjoyable experience in all of them. Of course, things may change as time goes on, but all of the courses seem like a good fit for me in terms of appeal, atmosphere, and skill level.
I started off my week early on Wednesday morning of last week, getting up at 6:30, getting to school early, and reading my Bible on the front lawn of U-Rock while I watched the sunrise. It was quite a fantastic way to start off the school year, and it got even better when several friends of mine starting to trickle onto the campus and join me at the picnic table I was sitting at. First my friend Peter, then Seth, and then a group of former homeschoolers (of which Peter is one)...and we ended up having a pow-wow on the front lawn. It was quite great. And then Becca came along and the party broke up because we all had to go to classes.
And with that, I was off to Physical Geography. My professor's name is Bob McCallister, and this was my immediate impression of him: He is the most professor professor to ever profess. He has the wispy hair, the squinty eyes, large glasses, old-fashioned dress about him, and he just acts so much like your classic professor would that it's a little crazy. The only thing he's missing is a bowtie, and then he would be truly complete. I'm hoping he'll whip one out sometime this semester. But yeah, he's a sweet guy, and he makes so many cheesy jokes and I love cheesy jokes, so that's awesome. It's been very interesting learning in the class so far, especially the lab portion--we've gotten to do all sorts of fun little experiments and projects already.
Next, I hung around with Becca for a while, getting a feel for the campus again and discovering that yes, indeed, we have a vending machine that makes coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. I had no idea that this existed last semester, and so this was pretty exciting for me. And then I had my next class, Creative Writing.
This was one I was truly ecstatic for, and my professor did not let me down with setting up the expectations for the class. It was definitely going to be the kind of thing I needed to get me into the writing mindset again--great creative freedom but deadlines and specific limits due to the various projects that we'll be working on throughout the semester. And we had some good interaction as a class, which has me looking forward to tomorrow, when I'll have what will only be the second Creative Writing class time of the semester, due to Labor Day and other scheduling weirdness. But yeah, I'm pretty excited.
Oh, it looks like there will also be a time during the semester to bring in something you're working on to the teacher and go over it with him one on one, which should be great. I'm planning on bringing in "Clock Strikes Death", my clockpunk/western/fantasy novella that I posted on here a while back.
My professor for Creative Writing is pretty chill all around. His name is Kenneth Brosky, and he's pretty young for a professor--he wears earrings and is very laid back and fun. I'm excited to learn from him, since I always love learning how to tell stories from anyone who will teach me. Oh, and I also found out that he has a published YA series out there, and he's very active on the internet and with other writerly things, which makes me happy too. It's fun to meet other writers and see what they're working on and how they operate. I'm really hoping that I can make some connections with the other students and possibly get some people interested in a writing group. But, we'll see.
Thursday began my second set of classes, starting off with Ancient History in the morning. Taught by Kyle Fingerson, who is a very interesting older man who knows a lot about Greek and Roman history and loves hiking, canoeing, and camping with his wife. He's pretty cool, and I have probably learned the most interesting things so far in his class. Lots of interesting reading for this class over the weekend, and just today we had a great lecture and some class discussion about Mesopotamia and the beginnings of civilization. I'm anticipating a fun semester ahead, and it's been really cool (and slightly weird) to be in this class with Becca and Seth, some of my best friends. That was not how college was last year.
Next up was Quantative Reasoning by Rachelle Barr. She's pretty great. Spunky, intelligent, passionate about math, and sassy as heck, she has made me almost laugh hysterically the most out of any of my professors so far. She's a hoot, and though math isn't my favorite subject, she's a great teacher, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the class.
Well, that's pretty much it for the run-down of my classes and professors and what I think of them so far. I'm really tired and have to wake up early again tomorr--oh, looks like it's already Wednesday--I guess today. So, I'll say goodbye and goodnight. Thanks for reading!