Thursday, August 21, 2008

College Course Line-up

Once again it is time for the annual post about what I'll be studying this year. Only, with college semesters, mine may start being bi-annual! This year is different then years past, however, as I actually have to go to classes and take required courses instead of just figuring things out on my own with the help of my parents. Fall classes started today, and it's been pretty good so far. It is different getting used to listening to a teacher instead of reading things on my own, though! =)

So, what am I studying this semester? Well, let's see...

First there's the class every freshmen takes, the Master Learner Seminar. It's all about learning to study, adjusting to college, and so on. There's journal entries to write for it, and different personality tests to take.

Then we have other required classes, like Advanced Freshmen English. It will be different to have papers to write and turn in to someone other than my mom!

There's also quite a few classes as part of the Worldview Curriculum here at Belhaven College. The Worldview Curriculum is rather unique, as you study the same time period in each class you take in History, Literature, and Art. This helps connect each thing together and sounds like it will be very interesting. So, I'm taking Civilization I, Form and Meaning I, Literature I, and Christian Perspectives I.

Then we get into classes that specifically have to do with my major, Theater Ministries. There's Biomechanics and Biomechanics Lab, which studies the human body and movement as it relates to theater. There's Understanding Theater (which sounds self-explanatory!) and Intro to Theater Art Ministries which is an overview of how to use theater as it relates to ministry, in the church and elsewhere.

I also made room for a dance class, and got placed in Beginning Ballet. After 7 years of dance training, it is a bit disappointing to be placed in the first level, but I think it will be good to get a good refresher on basic things. I wasn't taught as classical technique as some dancers, and didn't take every day like most; plus, I never really had true "beginning" classes, so I think it will be good for me.

All-in-all, I'm taking 19 credit hours, which is a bit much for a Freshman, but seems doable. There wasn't really anything my adviser said I could drop, and I knew I wanted to add a dance class, so there we go! I will be busy, but in God's strength I can do it.

Some classes are once-a-week, others twice-a-week, and others three-times-a-week. Chapel is also every Tuesday. I have 8 a.m. classes every day, but that means that I'm done by 2 or 3 p.m. each afternoon (except for the theater departmental meeting on Friday), which is nice. The hardest thing will be finding the balance between study, sleep, and friends. I sleep rather lightly, so I know that varying sleep schedules throughout the dorm will take adjusting. So far it hasn't been too bad.

Being around people all the time will take getting used to, and I don't quite have the "skill" of just "hanging out". =) However, I am excited to develop new friendships, though I miss everyone back home. There will be theater productions to work on as well, whether acting or working behind the scenes.

So, that's what my fall looks like. What about the rest of you? What are you studying this year?


Courtney said...

have you started decorating your dorm yet? are you homesick yet or are you pretty close to your family?

Anonymous said...

So fun to read about your classes! I hope you have a wonderful semester.

Maria Pauline

Ellen (or Beckett) said...

Hi Anna,

It sounds like you'll be busy but I'm sure you'll be great.

Here's a college tip for you - get to know the librarians! They can save you a lot of time when it comes to papers and homework assignments.

-Ellen the Librarian

Mrs. Hart said...

When you have time, post some photos of your dorm room. I'd love to see the personal touches on your "home away from home".
Mrs. Lavonne

Laura said...

Ambitious! But diving right in will give you an idea of what to expect and what you might do differently in future semesters. I am curious about what you find most notable about your new lifestyle as you get used to it. Do you have roomates?

Kat with a K said...

Wow, lots of classes! They all sound great. I can't wait to hear about them, because I'm really missing college right now.

Okay, here's a secret from someone else who wasn't good at "hanging out" like a lot of people did in college - that actually made it much easier for me to keep up with my classes, stay on a normal sleep schedule, etc. I did make friends, of course, but I spent more time alone than a lot of people did, and I think it really helped. So don't feel bad if you aren't as social as some. :)

sydney said...

I'm starting my freshman year at a junior college nearby. I'm taking Speech 1, Applied Music, Concert Choir, Beginning American Sign Language, ASL Lab and Perspectives on Deafness. I'm studying towards a certificate in ASL Interpreting, plus, I enjoy music a bunch. :-) After I get that at the jc, I may stop there, as I'll have what I want/need. :-)

I would also like to see pictures of your dorm room once you get it all set up...if it isn't already. ;-)

Prioritize and stick to your schedule. When I was reading through your list of classes, I was thinking, "How many units is she taking?!" I was imagining more than 19...but 19 is still quite a bit.
Blessings to you!

Shalom! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds like you do have quite a load this semester. It seems like alot, but in reality, it will be fairly easy. I only took 14 hours and I had lots of free time. And I was a music major with all the extra practice time and such!
Don't feel bad if you don't "hang out" all the time. I stayed on campus during the first week for my freshmen orientation and I quickly learned that there are much better things to do than hanging out all the time. A lot of the time I didn't want to be around the conversations and hear everything or even go to all the movies and resturaunts. With not hanging out all the time you can really keep up with your class work, and you will also have time to relax and keep focused on the important things in your life. You will also be able to do your sewing and other past-times and hobbies. I found that filling my time with these activities was much more worth-while and enjoyable. Don't get me worng, making new friends and spending time with them is great, but don't think you have to follow the popular mentality of having this "busy college social life".
I hope your first week has gone great and best wishes for the following ones! Andrea Kay

Anna Naomi said...

Thank you for all of your comments!

Yes, my room has been decorated and I've taken pictures, just haven't gotten around to posting them. I'll try to soon, since so many of you asked. =)

Ellen: Thanks for that tip! I'll try to put it into practice if I can spend much time around the library.

Laura: Yes, I have one roommate. We come from very different backgrounds, but she's very nice and I've enjoyed getting to know her!

Kat and Andrea: Thanks for the advice. I definitely don't want to spend all my time hanging out, but I do want to get to know people. It can be weird to spend almost all of my free time in my room when most people are out with friends, but I do like the time to work on different things. So, balance will come in time. I don't think I'll turn into a social butterfly, but I don't want to be known as a hermit either. =)

Sydney: Yes, I thought 19 was a lot, but there really wasn't anything my adviser said I could drop, so... I'll make do. Everything sounds interesting, so I just hope I have enough time to really and truly learn it all.

Sweet Charity said...

College is truly a wonderful experience and time in your life. I've only been out one year and I already miss many aspects of it. I remember reading a post saying you were not entirely thrilled with going to college, that you wanted to do other things, but even though I don't know you I'd like to offer you this one piece of advice: savor every moment of college and take every experience you can. I was so anxious to get married and my parents said no way until I was done with college. This made me quite sad as you can imagine, being young and in love and all. In doing so I doubled up on courses and took classes during the summer so that I could graduate at 20 instead of 22. I graduated with high honors and did learn a lot, but in going so fast and only focusing on graduating sooner rather than later to get married I truly did miss out on a lot of experiences. I'm not trying to say that you will do these thing, but hindsight is 20/20 and I do regret not living my college years to the fullest.

Just another piece of advice to add to the collection I'm sure you received when you went off to college :)

eliasboudinotismyfriend said...

I am a beginning freshman, pre-nursing student, at NGCSU. I am taking 14 credit hours:
English Comp I
World Civilizations
Intro to Psychology (hate this class but have to have it for Nursing)
Foundations of Nursing
Foundations of Leadership(required for all majors)
Medical Terminology

I have been commuting each day (a 45 min. drive). I definately know now that I like homeschooling the best. (I never had doubts about homeschooling before, but this has solidified my beliefs/thoughts/feelings about that!)

Press on and stand fast!
The other Miriam Rebekah