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@HeroineHiding Also: What classes have been your favorites/are you most looking forward to?— Jameson C. Smith (@JamesonCS) August 6, 2016
To be clear: I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive experience in almost all my classes. I come home every day feeling like I’ve learned something cool. I’ve had great teachers. And my school has a thing for putting me out of my comfort zone, which I hate, but it is good for me. Even though I’m only sharing a handful of classes with you, they aren’t exceptions to the rule. Every class has given me something good.
The Idea of the University—freshman writing seminars ensure that you can write for college (and I can). This meant a lot more than that. On the one hand, it explored what a university education is and why I might want one. We also took field trips, had tea, watched films, etcetera. This class helped me understand that I would enjoy college not just because of what I’d learn, but also because I’d be learning within an amazing community as well.
World Wars of the Twentieth Century and the Culture of Death—we did a butt-ton of reading in this class. Fallen Soldiers, Rites of Spring, The Fire, Catch-22. I haven’t had to read so much for a class since! Still, I gained a lot of insight into twentieth-century warfare and a little more respect for how it impacted today’s world. Though it was hard, it was a good challenge in a good class.
Tradition and Innovation—this class made a point of focusing on the stories of Native and African Americans and compassionate listening. It was especially pertinent considering our current political atmosphere. I am better because I took that class. For assignments we had to have conversations with people in our communities, and those were meaningful experiences for me.
American Lit Survey—I adored this class. The reading was great, with works from Faulkner and Plath and Alexie and DeLillo and so many other great writers. But the people in the class made it what it was, too. They were very smart and there was a lot of good humor, and during a game we played to study our midterm my team imagined the ghost of Adolf Hitler in drag. So.
Favorites-To-Be (I hope!)
Literary Analysis—though I anticipate greatness from all of my English classes this semester, I really look forward to this one. I spent our first day in stitches as we had a great discussion regarding “the symptoms of being an English major.” Also, I’ve looked at the syllabus and we are going to read such great stuff.
Sociology—considering what I read in the news and even the discussions I’ve followed on Twitter, sociology has a lot to teach me. I don’t really know what class will look like yet, but I’m ready to learn.
Theology of the Twentieth Century—this is another class that piques my interest, just ‘cause. I suppose I’m hoping for a lot from this class because we’re studying from a fairly different perspective than what I hear at church, and I like what I’ve heard in class better.
I have quite a semester ahead of me. I expect, like always, I’ll have my thoughts provoked, my assumptions questioned, and my fancies tickled by these subjects. I can’t wait!
Thanks for your question, Jameson!