Welcome to Senior Year Saturday, my newest regular feature! Essentially, I talk about any and all things related to my final year of high school, from homework and extracurriculars to updates on college planning and thoughts on graduation. And more! (Such as that dreaded feeling known as “senioritis.”) Enjoy!
Good evening, readers! Last week I mentioned that I wanted to post SYS updates more frequently, so that’s what I’ll be doing today. I’m going to talk about the subjects I’m studying this semester! The first two items listed are what I’m studying at college as a dual-credit student; the other three are what I’m studying at home. Enjoy!
P.S. Previous Senior Year Saturday posts may be found here.
1. Spanish 202
This is my fourth and final semester of college-level Spanish, and since this past fall I’ve been so happy with the progress I’ve made! I’m largely past studying the boring basics now, and that’s much more fun.
One thing I don’t like, however, is the new system for online homework. The new website is really complicated. Although I’m just now beginning my third week of classes, I’m already frustrated with the homework set-up because it’s nearly impossible to navigate the site and I end up stumbling upon my assignments by accident!
After finishing this class, I will have fulfilled the foreign language requirement for the University of Iowa (where I will begin studying in the fall). I won’t have to take any more Spanish classes there because I’ve already taken them at a college level somewhere else… and much more cheaply, to boot!
2. Communications 114
I haven’t studied a facet of English unrelated to reading or writing for a long time, so I’m excited about this speech class! (I did study spelling, grammar, and vocabulary at one point, but that was back in elementary/middle school.) Public speaking makes me uncomfortable right now, but I know that I need to get it over that fear so I’m hoping that this class will do the trick.
My most recent assignment involved giving a “coat of arms” presentation: I designed my own personal coat of arms that describes my life, my interests, et cetera and gave a one-to-two-minute speech about it. My knees shook afterwards even though it was only a short presentation…
This class is also fulfilling a general ed requirement for the U of Iowa – along with two English classes I attended in the summer/fall of 2013, it counts as an introductory rhetoric class. It’s pretty cool to know that I can skip so many of the beginner classes! (And it’ll certainly free up my time so I can earn that double major of Creative Writing and Journalism, yo.)
UGH THIS SUBJECT IS SO BORING AND I HATE IT. I guess statistics are relevant to journalism (because accurate reporting and all that), but it’s still just not my thing. I hate probability. I hate fractions. I don’t need to take five years of math; I would’ve been fine with just three. Eugh. I can’t wait until my sophomore year of college, because by then I’ll have (hopefully) completed any required math classes. Hopefully.
Since I’ve already studied biology, chemistry, and physics, I got to pick what to learn this year. I love astronomy, so that choice was a no-brainer! For this subject, I read a textbook, write occasional reports, and watch episodes of Cosmos (both the old and new versions). Next Friday evening, my mom and I will listen to an astronomy lecture held at a nearby university.
5. American literature
Sigh. Books are always more fun to read when they haven’t been assigned to you, aren’t they? I don’t really have a problem with my mom’s choices, but I do always feel that answering questions about the story kind of kills any interest I had in it.
Anyway, at the moment my brother and I are reading The Green Mile by Steven King. I already read the ending, though, because I wanted to find out what happened. Ha. I’m weird that way.
And of course, I’m informally studying some things on my own as well. I’ve been writing loads of stuff, and – naturally – read loads of stuff as well, although I haven’t been reading as much lately as I should be/usually do. (Still reading The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy, I’m afraid.) Gah. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, to be honest, where nothing looks very appealing.
Other than that, I’m continuing to work on my photography, and hope to publish my twenty-sixth and final installment of the A B See Photo Challenge by mid-February at the very latest. I’ve also stuck to my fitness-related New Year’s resolution (so far), so I aim to work out at the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
So. It’s your turn! If you’re still in school, what subjects are you studying this semester? And if you’re not in school, is there anything interesting you’re learning on your own right now? I’d love to know!
P.S. I saw The Imitation Game this afternoon and… oh my gosh. It was SUCH a good movie. The film is a biopic of Alan Turing, a British cryptographer who broke the famous Enigma code during WWII – and inadvertently invented the modern computer while doing so.
He’s one of my Science Heroes (doesn’t everyone have them? …no?), but I’m still pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie, because he was played by Benedict Cumberbatch and I’m not normally a fan of that man’s acting style. He did a good job this time around, though. Anyway. I’ve prattled on for long enough, so I’ll just conclude by saying that it was an excellent movie (with an equally excellent film score composed by Alexandre Desplat!) and you can definitely expect to see an entire post devoted to my thoughts about the movie within the next few weeks. Goodbye, and have a lovely night/day/whatever-time-it-is-wherever-you-are!