Friday, January 18, 2013

Back to School



Monday was my first day back to school in over 18 months. By "back to school" I mean on-campus classes, as I've been taking online classes here and there while living in Germany.

Long story short, I took a lot of time off of school but realized that one semester back at my southern California community college would get me my associates degree. (Since I'm only 20, that means I'm not so behind after all!)

It is kind of strange to be back, I'll be perfectly honest.

It's odd running into friends from high school. We're the same age but somehow ended up in completely different places in life - they're living out their early twenties the way "normal" college students do and I seemed to have bypassed that major life step all together.
Regardless of the awkward looks some eighteen-year-olds have given me when they found out I was married, I am enjoying being back at school. My classes are interesting and will DEFINITELY keep me busy! (I may or may not have signed on for an 18 unit semester. #crazy)

My schedule:

Introduction to Television Studio (3 Units) - I signed up for this on a whim, simply because it sounded interesting. We will be learning hands-on all semester what it takes to run a television studio, from filming to lighting to set building to managing the audio. I'm pretty excited about this!

Health & Society (2 Units) - This class was required for my associates degree. I wasn't expecting it to be very interesting, but my teacher seems enthusiastic and knowledgeable so I will keep an open mind. 

German 2 (4 units) - Very easy. However, I'm looking forward to learning all of the grammar that I missed out on by learning to speak German outside of a classroom.

Introduction to Photography (3 units) - I'm a self-taught photographer, so this will be my first official  photo class. I'm excited to learn everything I can, especially when it comes to film photography and studio photography, both of which will be covered topics. 

History of American Women (3 units) - I'm excited about this class. My teacher is this super beautiful historian who seems very passionate about what she does. We've only met for class twice but I've already learned a lot. 

Creative Writing (3 units) - This class seems like it will be very challenging, especially since I have virtually no experience in fiction writing. I'm hoping that it will be challenging in a good way and help me develop my writing skills

I'm optimistic so far, and even though six classes is a lot, this schedule seems manageable. Here's to a great and busy semester!

Are you in school right now? What are you taking? What classes do you love or hate? 




21 comments:

Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

I had 11 classes each semester for two years. I nearly died! Especially during exam period :) 11 big fellas in three weeks... hoorible! But, I'm in the last phase now, and this semester I only had to take 5 classes :) American colleges seem like a lot more fun than ours, as you apparently get to choose which classes you want to take. I was only free to choose an orientation not the classes. Not very motivating as you can imagine :) x

Natasha said...

Those sound really interesting. We also don't get to choose our classes here in South Africa. You choose a degree and then you get the classes.

Emily S (Em Busy Living) said...

Ha! I know the feeling of being back and older! I finished all of my classes and walked for graduation at my 4-year school and then got married that summer. Then I had to take one last gen-ed at the community college... a very basic gen-ed. My class was full of freshmen who had just graduated from high school. I was the "crazy" married 24 year-old! Awkwaaaard.

millie wright said...

I live in Italy, and here you can't choose every subject you like. You choose a course and you do all the exams that are expected in the course. I study Foreign Languages and Literatures (English and German) and my favourite subject are English literature and the German class with the German teacher! :)

Larissa T. said...

This is my first semester ever! I'm taking 16 credit hours and seven classes. One that doesn't even give me credits!

I'm taking Religious Studies, English, a writing/research class (that gives me bonus points for publishing things!), Sociology, Canadian History, intro to Communication, and intro to university.. but that's a light class. (:

Good luck coming back to school! :D

Haley said...

I'm in my last-ish semester of college and taking a bunch of randoms. Biology lab, religion, a course about African women, Swahili, and geography. Whew. Your classes look great! I hope you love them especially in a few weeks or a month from now :)

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Alysha Doan said...

Enjoy it! It's great that you are keeping an open mind. So many students try to "get through" general education and required classes and let me tell you, looking at it from the other side- I wish I had taken more classes outside my program and soaked in more of the general knowledge!! Also, the photography class should be awesome! You already take beautiful pictures, but I'm sure that being able to "re-learn" some of the basics will make your photos even more gorgeous and you will have a really strong foundation as a photographer. Enjoy learning!

Kristin said...

I'm in a similar place! Taking classes at my local community college after transferring from a few different universities. I'm also 20 and finishing up my associates in event planning this year! Your schedule looks more fun than mine though. Good luck with your semester! And welcome back to sunny southern California ;)

Kristin
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lost in travels said...

Wow you're classes sound like so much fun! I have always wanted to go back to school for something more useful (i majored in fashion marketing) and would love to take classes in nonprofits.

t.steverl said...

Heyy! oh dear I know that feeling of not having a ' normal' college life, not that Im married or anything, but I just feel like everyone is into crazy partying and care-free and Im like worrying on deeper stuff and finding out my passion...hahahah I guess everyone has their different journey!!!

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t.steverl said...

Heyy! oh dear I know that feeling of not having a ' normal' college life, not that Im married or anything, but I just feel like everyone is into crazy partying and care-free and Im like worrying on deeper stuff and finding out my passion...hahahah I guess everyone has their different journey!!!

Im new in the blogsphere but take a look at my blog! Im following you now!

internationalsoul.blogspot.com

t.steverl said...

Heyy! oh dear I know that feeling of not having a ' normal' college life, not that Im married or anything, but I just feel like everyone is into crazy partying and care-free and Im like worrying on deeper stuff and finding out my passion...hahahah I guess everyone has their different journey!!!

Im new in the blogsphere but take a look at my blog! Im following you now!

internationalsoul.blogspot.com

Smallgood said...

I'm in graduate school for library science. I want to be a school librarian. I take online courses so that I can work and study. This semester I'm taking an adolescent literature course, information organization, and uses/users of the library. It's intense but fun.

Angel said...

I just started my classes too!

Katie said...

I just graduated from college last June and I miss being a student SO much! I might even go back to take some classes for kicks and giggles. :)

Hope your last semester is fantastic!

Kristin said...

18 credit semesters are killer. Once, I might've been stupid enough to take a 21-credit semester (and ignore the warning that came with the Dean's signature on my class registration). But I survived, and that's what counts xD Your classes sound exciting though! The classroom/experience sides to learning a language are always a welcome contrast. Hope it's a good semester for you!

The Little Flapper said...

I hope you have a great semester. Your classes sound intriguing, especially the Photography, and History of American Women.

Sara Louise said...

I have a feeling your the most mature 20 year old on campus :)
Best of luck this semester!

ifs ands Butts said...

Ah I so wish I could do German in an American classroom setting for some reason! And 18 hours! Wowzas!!! Go girl!

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