Ooh.. this reminds me. I'm going to have benefits soon. And in like, a couple of months I should be caught up on stuff. But I'll still have lots of classes to deal with for a while.. hm. I had promised people that when I get back on my feet, I'd take them out to dinner. And I'm on my way there! But right now, am still lagging behind on finances from holiday debts, don't have much time and still don't have benefits just yet. Perhaps sometime in May. I'll let people know. (^*^)
Well, school is looking fun so far. I've been to each of my classes, and it looks like the roughest will be biology. Aside from being 6 hours a week for one class, the lab professor, Mohammad A. Kahn, doesn't seem to speak English very well, although maybe he was just having a day. After all, the lecture teacher, Virginia Crichton, also didn't speak English very well, mostly because she's just a new teacher, so she was stuttering over everything. She speaks English just fine, just isn't experienced at teaching. Plus, the lecture takes place in a funky lil auditorium, where sound carries, but in strange ways.
The rest of my classes are great, though. My statistics teacher seems fun and interesting, which is great, and follows the theme of fun math teachers (like my probability teacher from last semester). My English teacher actually isn't a native English speaker either. He's Latvian, German as his second language, and English as his third. He has a Master and PhD in English, tho', so that counts for something. And he has tenure! So things should be interesting.. he apparently arbitrarily picks a theme for us to write on during the semester, and for our class, that theme will be democracy. Interesting. And pertinent. Social/political stuff seems to be a theme starting off this semester..
Anyways, then there's geography, which looks like it will be a lot of fun. The teach prepared a very thorough syllabus, which I like, since so many teachers just throw together a simple contact info and course schedule thing, or something. We actually know precisely what to expect for this class, which I expect will be part of the theme, too; learning geography and recording things to have the best possible idea of what to expect. Our book actually talks a lot about human impact on the environment, and cultural geography and its interrelations with physical geography. It talks about "natural disasters" and how much of the problem with natural disasters isn't as much the nature but the human lack of preparedness for these things, and the failings in our design of much of our artifices.
I couldn't help but sitting in the introductory class session and feel giddy while looking at all the maps and everything, though. Plus it's a very personal atmosphere with those table-like desks with two chairs placed behind each. A really awesome guy from my speech class last semester showed up and sat next to me. He's going for some sort of agricultural degree or something; he's interested in organic farming, and gave a speech last semester about how messy transgenics can be -- and how it is not genetic engineering, which is something we've been doing for thousands of years -- although not as innately bad as some fundamentalists would have people believe.
So ya.. my schedule at least is a lot better than last semester. I'm getting up two hours later, getting some decent sleep, fitting meals in, not having to rush between classes and work. It's great.
Mondays: MA 116 (8:00-8:50 AM), EN 102 (9:00-9:50 AM), GE 101 (10:00-10:50 AM), work (12:00-8:30 PM)
Tuesdays: BI 101L (8:00-9:50 AM), BI 101 (10:00-10:50 AM), work (12:00-8:30 PM)
Wednesdays: MA 116 (8:00-8:50 AM), EN 102 (9:00-9:50 AM), GE 101 (10:00-10:50 AM), work (12:00-6:00 PM)
Thursdays: BI 101L (8:00-9:50 AM), BI 101 (10:00-10:50 AM), work (12:00-8:30 PM)
Fridays: MA 116 (8:00-8:50 AM), EN 102 (9:00-9:50 AM), GE 101 (10:00-10:50 AM), work (12:00-8:30 PM)
So basically, school from 8:00-11:00 followed by work from 12:00-8:30, except for Wednesdays, when I get off at 6:00. This means I can get up at 7:30 AM to get to school by 8:00 instead of getting up at 5:00/5:30 AM to get to work by 6:30. (Schools is much closer). That's a couple extra hours rest, and I'm much less cranky when attending school in the morning than attending work. Having to listen to IBM CEOs and sales persons ramble on for ours as 6:30 AM is not ideal. Learning about the world from a fun professor at 8:00 AM is pretty awesome, and then I'm awake by the time I have to go to work.
Plus, I have two small means before work instead of one, this way. And getting off work at 6:00 on Wednesdays means I can still go shopping in the middle of the week. So far, between work and home, it looks like I should be able to complete all my homework assignments, including reading, without having to struggle to complete the basic necessities just before class or something. wee..!