Tuesday, September 8, 2009

First week down.

So my first week of school came and went. Between the ten hours of driving for my wonderful commute, it being the last week of the back to school shopping season, and having much harder classes than I anticipated, my first week was a tiring one. I'd often leave the house around 7:30 in the morning, and return somewhere around 9 or 10 at night.

First things first, I worked a lot this week. My one manager told me that since my first week in school happened to coincide with the last week of back to school shopping, when I wasn't at school, I'd be at work. He wasn't kidding. I worked probably about 25 hours this past week (which I know isn't a lot, but it is in a small retailer, and when you have class five days a week).

I had my first college spanish class, ever, in Spanish 212 this week. It was rough. I understood most of what was going on, but decided to talk to the professor, to see if I was maybe in over my head. She asked if I understood most of the lesson, and I said yes. I admitted I had trouble picking up on details of things, but I always understood the overall subject we were discussing (a majority of our class is in spanish, naturally). She was quite frank and told me dropping down to 211 wouldn't help me, as I was placed in the class for grammar help, and 212 is the class I'm going to get that help in. She told me to just work harder at first, and I'd catch myself up. At the end of the first class, I had an essay assigned.

On the plus side, after our second class, when we had to present a classmate to everyone else, giving three interesting details (pretty common for classes, the only thing different was again...all in spanish), a girl stopped me in the hall after class and told me she thinks I speak spanish very well (I'm assuming she was referencing my accent).

Theatre History. Enough said. That class is hard.

Applied Theatre will be a challenge only because of the time commitment. Basically I'll receive an assignment for the semester, but it's an ongoing on, for most shows. It's an easy class, but a time consuming one.

Intro to Directing will be easy, but very restricting. Our professor is really strict about the material we use (which sucks, because being a theatre major, I want to use material I'd actually direct in a stage production, not scenes written for the sake of having a scene). On the plus side, last week my friend Kevin, from work, sent me a text telling me he needed one more class, and he wanted to take a theatre class so he was asking my advice on which one to take. End of story, Kevin is in Intro to Directing with me.

And math. It's math, I have nothing more to say. I'm stuck with the same professor I had last semester for it (I can't stand her), but I'll get through it.

My first week - good. Tiring. I'm glad to be back in school. I haven't had class the last two days for Labor Day (SVSU cancels Mondays and Tuesdays for Labor Day every year and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for Thanksgiving every year to take an entire week out of the semester).

Onto the rest of the semester...


JP said...

Good luck! It sounds like you have an interesting mix of classes at least.

carriegel said...

It does sound like an interesting mix of classes. At least you you have a lot of classes that are in your major. Good luck.