Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Day.

Spring term started today. I started my day with PreCal at 8:30am...the professor was late and we have our first homework problems already. Math takes pity on no (wo)man. The professor seems decent. Our grade will come from 3 exams, homework and quizzes, and the final. On the upside, the professor moved our start time back by 15 minutes and I remembered a good bit of the review work we covered today. Then I had an hour and 15 minutes of break, which I spent reading and enjoying a coffee from Starbucks.

Break time was followed by Government I, during which my stomach began to make such noises that I felt certain I had accidentally swallowed a baby whale along with my coffee. Thankfully, the professor was having issues with the sound system and the whole room was full of a mid-level buzz from the microphone feedback, so I think my digestive whale song was mostly covered. Again, the professor seems decent at first blush and I was pleased to discover our grade comes solely from textbook-based multiple choice exams, which he gives review for. We got out a bit early, so I went downstairs for a bit and discovered they were giving out free ice cream! Yum! I just missed out on the free burritos from FreeBirds, though. I read for a little while after finishing my scoop of ice cream.

My final class of the day was Storytelling, which was both interesting and terrifying. He kept referring to it as a performance-based class...and I hate to perform! I had to fight the urge to flee the class and drop it immediately. The bottom line is, I have to get my communications credit and the experience of the Storytelling course is going to be much better than a straight-up Speech course, I think. In any case, I am not looking forward to getting up in front of the class without notes or books 4 times this semester; 2 personal narratives, 1 children's bedtime story, 1 young adult/adult folktale. Our grade will come from those 4 assignments, plus 2 exams, one of which is a take home exam. After that class was done, I rushed to this side of town to pick up the kids and made it right on time. It was quite a full day and I didn't get a chance to have lunch until we were home and the kids were doing their homework. 1 day down, 31 to go!


Anonymous said...

We're taking similar classes this semester! I'm taking pre-calc, government, trig, speech, Chem 2+Lab.

Good luck to both of us!

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Glad I'm not the only one with stomach sound issues. Thankfully these days, the only one around to hear is my microscope.

flutter said...

You really are so amazing

painted maypole said...

you can do it!

storytelling is, i think, way better than public speaking. you focus on telling the STORY. do you enjoy reading books to your kids? think of it like that.

i get nervous public speaking. but doing a play or telling a story? that's just fun.

Magpie said...

I think you're going to rock Storytelling. Look at all the story telling you do here!

Aliki2006 said...

Sounds like an interesting load! To me the Storytellng class sounds fascinating, so I'm glad you're keeping it! I think you'd do a great job storytelling--you have a knack for writing and painting pictures through writing, so I think you'll do fine.

~aj~ said...

I had to giggle at your whale story. What was with that? Was it a hungry whale or a sickly whale? If it was the latter, maybe it was a good thing you just missed the burritos. lol

And a class on Storytelling?! I've never heard of such a thing! Think of all the stories you've told since having children...you will be a rock star in that class!