Senior Year Saturday: Subjects I’m Studying During The Spring Semester

senior year saturdayWelcome 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.)

3. Statistics

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.

4. Astronomy 

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!

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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22 Responses to Senior Year Saturday: Subjects I’m Studying During The Spring Semester

  1. booksoverpeople says:

    I have to do gym class, ughh. For extra stuff I’m doing International Foods and Art History 🙂

  2. Danny says:

    This semester, I’ve got English II, algebra II, marine science, creative writing II (the teacher sucks tbh), AP psychology, world history, and Holocaust. The only ones I actually enjoy are prob eng, psych, and holocaust at this point. Next year though, I’m thinking of taking astronomy, def women’s studies, and maybe drama? I dunno about drama bc anxiety is n o t fun, but apparently it’s pretty cool.

    • nevillegirl says:

      You have an entire class about the Holocaust? My brother and I studied WWII for an entire year in middle school…

      Ooh, I wish I could’ve studied women’s studies in high school! I definitely plan on doing so in college, though. Actually, I’d love to minor in that subject.

      • Danny says:

        Yep, it’s one whole semester focusing purely on the Holocaust. It looks like a very discussion-based class, but the teacher makes it really really interesting. And on the first day, he corrected this one kid who thought the Holocaust affected only Jewish people, and listed others off and he included gay and disabled people and idk man but that made me really happy bc like usually teachers will bring up other minorities like the Slavs and the Poles but most of them never mention those first two and ;-; (though, I might have to talk to him about his use of gypsy instead of Romani)

        They also offer an elective on Vietnam and other 20th cent. wars which I kinda want to take.

        The women’s studies teacher is like the best, omfg.
        Aren’t you double-majoring?

    • nevillegirl says:

      Oh, that’s good. It affected a toooooon of people, so that’s good that he’s pointing that out.

      …I want to double-major WITH a minor. 😀

  3. This is so interesting!! We don’t have any of those subjects. I study English Advanced (basically writing essays on books), English Extension 1 (more essays, but these are on science fiction, yay!), English Extension 2 (you write a major work which is cool…I’m doing a story), Drama (self-explanatory), Music (ditto), Legal Studies (I actually love this subject!) and Society and Culture (where I get to do a massive research project, and mine’s on Diversity and Representation in teen fiction).

    It’s so cool that you’re doing college-level courses! I hope I can do a language when I go to uni. Luckily we don’t have to do maths though 😛

  4. Mo says:

    Ooh, yay, I’m glad you thought well of The Imitation Game! I liked it myself, though I’m still disappointed about the lack of ladies. 😛

    I’m taking third-year Spanish which is fun because while we’re still doing a review of grammar, we’ve also been reading some Latin American literature and watching documentaries; I’m doing an integrated women’s/US history that also includes American literature; a field botany class which hasn’t done stuff in months because it’s cold and the plants are dead; a nutrition class; and boring, boring math. The interesting thing about where I live is that you’re required to take math all four years of high school–it doesn’t matter what level you get to, you must take a math class every year.

    • nevillegirl says:

      …there WAS a significant lack of ladies, but apart from that it. Was. Amazing. 🙂

      kjdgahldgjhdlghdgdhg I wish I could’ve studied “integrated women’s/US history.” *jealous feminist/nerd noises*

      Hmm, really? *patpat* I’m sorry about all the mathing, friend.

  5. Another Teen says:

    As I read this I am watch The Imitation Game, I am about half way through and it is amazing!
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  6. orphu44 says:

    Heyy, I’m taking Astronomy this semester, too! (And technically a Communications course, but mine’s focused on business writing.)

    • nevillegirl says:

      Have you made any Uranus jokes in that class yet, or are you more mature than myself? I’m guessing that you’re more mature. Pretty much everyone is. 😛

      • orphu44 says:

        I haven’t — it’s actually a class that’s meant to be focused on stars and galaxies outside our solar system,* so I’m unlikely to get the opportunity. (Not that I’d take the opportunity if it came up, though. I’ve said maybe two words so far in that class.)
        *…’galaxies outside our solar system.’ Y’know, as opposed to the galaxies inside our solar system.

    • nevillegirl says:

      *whispers* Maybe there are galaxies hidden inside our solar system. Who knows? Maybe they’re just really, really shy.

  7. matttblack42 says:

    Agh, public speaking is the worst, and it’s terrible for my blood pressure. I know this because one time I had to give a seven minute speech (on a book I didn’t even finish) in class, and this cut I’d gotten the day before on my hand opened up by itself and started bleeding all over the place, right before I started.

    I’m not taking any interesting courses this year, but I’m really interested in taking psychology. I’ve been reliably informed that psychologists can read people’s mind.

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