Wednesday, January 23, 2008

First Week and a Half

I've started at Mansfield now. And I apologize for not updating sooner, but I've been just a wee bit busy. : )

I think overall I've been enjoying it quite a bit. I have most of my courses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, since, it's about a half hour drive from my home to Mansfield, it means I spend most of those days on campus. And I have to carry around an insane amount of books and things because, not living on campus, I can't just run back to my dorm in between classes and grab things. So on a normal day, I'll be toting around four big textbooks, a four section notebook, any other reading assignments and possibly my computer in a backpack. I don't have any back problems yet, but if I have some before school gets out, you will all know why!

I'm taking four regular courses plus this "First Year Course" for people who are just starting college. Micro Computing in the morning, which is mostly just basic stuff about using a computer, although our professor is having us learn some theory behind how computers function, binary code and all that sort of thing. After that I have a two hour wait during which I usually eat lunch and hang around in the North Hall Library (The Library is awesome, and probably disproportionately huge for the size of Mansfield itself. I was, once upon a time, a girls dormitory, which is where my Grandma stayed when she went there. Then in the sixties or seventies or sometime like that, it was unoccupied, except for pigeons, and they were going to tear it down - so sure in fact that they built another building right in front of it, but then, when the time came, there was such a great public out cry that they had to restore it instead, and turned it into a huge library, which is why if you got there today, you see this huge seven or eight story brick building with another building right in front of it... but enough about North Hall) Next I have Intro to Cultural Anthropology. The Professor, Dr, Molla, is from India, and speaks much like it, but is a cool guy, and definitely gives an interesting perspective on Cultural Anthropology, being in a very different culture him self. It's and interesting class experience, because there are distance learning students in the class from another school, so they are on a TV monitor and the room is surrounded with cameras and microphones, so you can see and talk to each-other more or less. And it's interesting interacting with them, because Dr. Molla encourages a lot of debates and things. After that I have Biology, which I'm afraid I don't care for that much, though it takes up a lot of time, because in addition to the basic lectures, you also had lab, and special instruction sessions too (which are kind of optional, but your supposed to go). Then I have another break, and then, Intro to Sociology. Sociology is interesting, and the class is always sort of exiting, because the Professor, Dr. Maddigan, is very passionate about the subject. I've heard him described as "Tough" which he sort of is, because he's always asking trick questions and things, and is kind of sarcastic... but honestly think I prefer having someone like that to someone who has no real interest in what they are teaching.

That was a really long paragraph. Probably should have been more than one... but at any rate, that's pretty much my basic day.

God Bless!


-Andrew            

7 comments:

sherlock said...

I'm glad your enjoying college! All of my friends complain and whine about school. Even though the thought of medical school makes my head spin, I'm eager to finish high school. :D

Andrew said...

Your going to Medical School?

Tai said...

Fun, fun!
:)

~Tai

Sherlock said...

I realllly want to. Reallllly bad. Like, ever since I was six I wanted to be a "hospital doctor" translated to surgeon.

Just gotta focus on HIgh School right now though.

Andrew said...

Wow! That's awesome! I envy people who always know what they want to do really badly. My sister is like that. But not me. : )

damaris said...

hahaha.
not laughing at your post, but one letter is missing from this sentance "I was, once upon a time, a Girl's Dormitory..."
thanks for the smile.

Andrew said...

lol, wow. I would be embarrassed, but I've taken a few online courses and I've seen people make some even worse ones. ; o