Wow. This semester was a weird one. Underloading with 4 once-a-week classes, 3 of them starting at 6 pm or later really shakes up your day to day life. Hello free time.
My friends often get annoyed when I complain about having almost too much free time, which makes me antsy and scatter brained not knowing where to put my focus at any point. However, I was lucky enough to take awesome classes this semester all of which seemed to focus on repeated small activities and assignments rather than a few big midterms and papers. To my friends dismay, I had one midterm/test the entire semester and have no sit down finals next week….still not sure how I did it. But while they judge me for my constant blogging and tweeting, I’ve had more fun doing homework this semester than any other because of the teaching styles of the classes I’ve had. Where a big week for someone else is two tests, a 10 page paper and a presentation, most of my biggest weeks consisted of blogging for this class and writing a 700 word paper on the best experience I’ve had with food for my thursday night food writing class. If you’re not a senior and have more semesters at BC I highly recommend – you get to do taste tests in class and go on a field trip to El Pelon.
So yes, I had about the best schedule and arrangement of classes you could manage pretty much by accident. Like I said in my initial thoughts blog I switched my schedule about 4 times during the first week of classes, not placing myself in our class during pick times because I didn’t want to take a 3rd night class. This forced me to try to overload in (which I was able to obviously, thank God) and boy am I happy that I did.
Even though we knew the general twitter topics for the night, the discussion always divulged into conversations and ideas that I on my own would not have discovered. The different backgrounds of our class was something that I found as a crucial asset to the flow and strength of each week. I’m in a mostly freshman/sophomore class as well as our upperclassman/grad student class and have majorly benefited from the wide array of voices I hear each week. While were all from around the same generation I always find it interesting to gain the perspectives from both those younger and older than me in effort to form the best opinion and understanding I can.
Now… take a snack break, relax for a little while and continue reading when you’re ready
Alright now that you’ve had your handful of tostitos, cupful of salsa and two to three chips-ahoy’s let’s get back into it.
I also loved the pace of our class. No tea, no shade but I had one professor this semester who organized the class down to the second, noting if we were off plan by only 30 seconds and how we would need to work fast to combat it. This made the class drag and 2 hours felt like 17. This is what made our class a breath of fresh air every week, often looking down at the time on my computer and finding that we’d already been there for over and hour while it felt like 5 minutes. The fast pace and changing sections flowed effortlessly never feeling like there was an “ok so now that’s done and we’re gonna move on to this for 20 minutes” type vibe. The 7-9:30 time slot was daunting but resulted in a stimulating end to my Wednesday nights.
One of my favorite things about the class was the level of personalization you were able to impart on everything you were doing. I really love Youtube and getting to discuss it regularly in both blogs and twitter, as well as hearing other’s presentations on it was a dream to me. You could pick any one topic that completely interests you and run with it uncovering new levels and stories about it on a weekly basis. I enjoyed not having a specific topic to write on every week and loved that Professor Kane pushes for creative and out of the box discussions, allowing you to find your own passions as you go. This is where I find a lot of classes have faults and is what makes students become uninterested and averse to the homework they are given. While there were times I dreaded writing my blog, due to laziness, I reminded myself that it could be on literally anything I wanted and it made the process that much simpler.
All in all, this class was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Boston College and what I hope that post grad will look somewhat like. I was actually recommended this class by a freshman friend who sat in on Professor Kane’s class to try to figure out the major they wanted to choose. She said she absolutely loved it and I should take it if I had space. I debated it for two semesters but couldn’t be more glad I took the leap.