First Impressions

Totally meant to have this posted last week, but after I finished all my classes for the week I was too dead to do much of anything.

ASL 201 (American Sign Language level 3) w/Lori
Monday: I’m thinking this one will be better than last semester. The professor doesn’t seem to be quite so lax about everything like the one last time. She fingerspells really really fast, so that’s gonna take some getting used to, but she’s not trying to push us too far past/above where we should be or telling us we’re not understanding enough.
There’s 3 projects, one of which I think she said basically is our final exam. There’s 2 Deaf events. You get 4 absences. If you’re 30 or more minutes late, don’t bother coming to class.
Wednesday: Oh my goodness. Things are so different in this class than my last one. We started working on the material today and actually learned things! My last class, the professor would go over the signs for like 3 or 4 classes and then we’d have a test. So yea we knew the signs, but we didn’t really do much. That class never went as long as it was supposed to, whereas this one took up all of the time we had.
The professor’s facial expressions are so hilarious! I don’t mean that in a bad way though. She’s profoundly Deaf so ASL is her first language, therefore she’s very fluent in it and it’s really easy for her. She makes sure that everyone understands before moving on to the next thing. She doesn’t go too fast, but she doesn’t go too slow either. It’s perfect!

ASL 115 (Fingerspelling & Number Use) w/Nick
Tuesday: Things were a little interesting. The ASL dean came in and talked to all of us cause the professor that’s listed on all our schedules is no longer our professor, and the professor who’s supposed to take their place didn’t show up. So we spent the day talking about the ASL department and talked about the certificates and degrees for ASL and Interpreting.
Thursday: I think things should be pretty easy in the class. The professor seems pretty laid back for the most part. And he’s pretty young too.

PED 116 (Lifetime Fitness & Wellness) w/LauRae “Rae”
Wednesday: The professor seems really young, and that’s kind of a good thing. She’s not trying to push us past what we’re capable of doing. Like I told her about my knee issues – if I run too much, or too fast, my knee pops out and back in – and she said to just do what I know I can, not to push myself, and it’s fine. We’ll have two tests – midterm and final – with 50 ?s each. Class time will be split between lectures in the classroom and activity time over in the fitness center. So we’ll need to wear (or bring) workout/activity clothes each week. All that means for me is that I’ll be wearing yoga pants and some sort of tshirt every Wednesday this semester; I did the same thing for my Pilates class on Tuesdays last semester.

BIO 101 (General Biology) w/Simin
The last time I took biology was in high school, so yea…
Friday: Oh dear god I’m going to drown in Biology homework this semester. Our first homework assignment – read chapters 1-4 (and of course we aren’t lecturing on chapter 3 and 4 till next class, so it’s completely foreign material for us), take the end of chapter quizzes, write your own notes, and extra credit. And of course we aren’t lecturing on chapter 3 and 4 till next class, so it’s completely foreign material for us. For me that meant – read/skin the chapters, highlight stuff, write/type the highlighted stuff somewhere else, and make vocab cards. And the professor’s a hardass about pretty much everything. She starts class right at 8:00. There’s a reading comprehension quiz at the beginning of every class. But if you walk in at even 8:01 you don’t get points for the quiz but you still have to take it. And the quizzes are 10% of your grade. So that’s gonna be a fun class…

School Is Approaching

Like the title implies, school is quickly approaching. It starts on Monday. And honestly, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready. I mean, I’ve got all my books and papers and pens and such pulled together. But mentally? I’m just not there yet. Classes are gonna be all week long. It’ll be the first time since high school that I’ve dealt with that.

The hardest thing for me I think is gonna be figuring out a sleep schedule because of my classes starting at different times almost every day. Mondays my first class is at 12:30, so I’ll probably be up around 10:00. Tuesdays and Thursdays it’s at 11:11 Make a wish…:00, so I’ll probably be up around 9:00 (or 10:00 at the latest). Wednesdays it’s at 9:30, but I have to get up around 6:40. Fridays it’s at 8:00, but I’m gonna have to get up at 6:40 those days too.

I guess, when it really comes down to it, I am ready for classes to start. Because I don’t think I’ll ever really be mentally ready for them.

I’m sure I could find something in my Bible about school and stress and doubting myself, but that would require actual effort. And as much as I’ve told myself that I want to improve/strengthen my faith this year, I just don’t ever feel like actually taking the time it requires to do so. I know that sounds absolutely awful, but it’s the truth. It’s the sad, depressing truth. The time that could be used reading my Bible and praying, I would rather spend it watching Netflix or sleeping or reading a book just for fun.

So hopefully next week and having classes and things that actually have to get done, I’ll find (read: make) some time to focus on my faith.