Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Nice and the Not-So-Nice

Wow. It's been a little while since I posted. Two weeks of school have come and gone, tomorrow being Wednesday of the third week, and I haven't said a word about it. I actually haven't been extraordinarily busy... just more in a different frame of mind I suppose.
The first week was kind of rough. I ended up dropping a course: Composition 1. I did for a couple of reasons the first of which being that I was afraid I had underestimated the amount of writing I would have to do (I am taking Oral Comm and a writing intensive Anthropology course also this semester, and between the three of them I would have had fifteen or so major papers to write). And second (and mainly) because the Prof, to the best of my discernment, was not a nice person at all. She seemed to have something against actually teaching much of anything, preferring to demand things and then leaving you to figure it out from either books or other people. She also referred to former students as morons seven or eight times during the intro class. So I decided to drop that one. I found our later from an adult friend who had taken the same course with her, I probably made a good decision. Still, I was depressed for a while because I had been hoping to take a heavier load of fifteen credits this semester, and am now down to twelve. To make it worse, one of my courses is a remedial on for Algebra, since I'm really bad at math of all kinds, the credits from it don't count toward graduation, so my real net take away from this semester is only going to be about nine credits. Still, it's not like I'm really in a terribly great hurry to get anywhere, and looking back just last year, that thought that I would be going to a University full time would have seemed pretty far out. So I guess I'll take that as enough to vindicate myself of failure in my own mind (at least in that one area).

The math course is primarily stuff that I should have learned in high school, but couldn't. I just have such a hard time with it though. It sometimes makes me wonder if there is something wrong with me. I have a 4.0... so apparently I'm not retarded... and yet I'm probably one of the slowest people in the class (which is not exactly made of of math geniuses either). So I don't know what my problem is. And unless I have some sort of breakthrough in the near future here, I may not even be hanging on to that 4.0 for much longer as Mansfield, being a liberal arts school won't let you slip through without taking any higher math courses.

All my other courses are going well. I am particularly enjoying Social Stratification (a sociology course) and Medicine in Society(an Anthropology course). Dr. Molla, my adviser last year left Mansfield, and was replaced by a new Professor, Dr. Clark. I wasn't really too sad about the change as there had always been a bit of a communication barrier between Molla and I, he being from Bangladesh (not that there is anything wrong with that). Dr. Clark is great, possibly my favorite professor yet. I will probably have more to say about him later, but it's late now, and I have Oral Comm early tomorrow, so I should be signing out here.

One good thing about my slightly relaxed schedule has been that I've been able to work more, and also participate a little better in Navigators. I just had my first Bible study with the guys this evening in fact. So I think that will be good. I'd like to make some more friends with guys I think, as I never really have had any. For some reason I've always done much better with girls, or with guys who are much older than me. On the other hand, I could be leaving for a long time next semester, so I'm a little hesitant about building too many relationships at this point, in my department, or out of it. I don't know why there always seems to be some sort of complication to everything. I guess that's just life though.

1 comment:

Kaber said...

Hi. I found your blog while doing a combined search on books I like plus possible blogs my 15 yr old son can read.

I wanted to comment on your math. Some people just have a hard time and need it shown to them in a very different way and it's just hard for people, even very smart people. it has nothing to do with how smart you are, but how your brain sees things. I have a high IQ (according to some professionals I don't even know)and was lucky I didn't flunk pre-algebra, let alont regular algebra.
My son (afore mentioned) is awesome in math but his writing/spelling skills are just not there!

Anyway- we homeschooled and I'd like to hear about getting into college from a homeschooled 'kid's point of view.