This semester, I am taking 3 classes: Writing 2010, Art 1050, and Psychology 2800. Also known as Intermediate Writing, Photography, and Human Sexuality.
As of this post, I've taken the first 2 classes twice, and the third once, here are my initial impressions: (just in case you were wondering)
Intermediate Writing: My first class with this teacher told me get ready for a LONG semester. He seemed awkward, uncomfortable and unconfident, though I couldn't really blame him, he's probably just a year or two older than me. The class meets in a computer lab, ideal for a writing class, (:P) and my seat both weeks has been at one of the computers, with my back to the teacher, so I'm straining my neck most of the time. Fun. My first impression of the teacher was a grad student with little practical knowledge, however, after having a second class with him, I think I'm going to enjoy it a lot more. I realized he was boring and nervous because last week he was going over the syllabus, now that he's talking about English, it was like a different person teaching. He was animated, confident, and a few of his little jokes were even amusing! I'm not super excited about the class as it's mostly essays, not creative writing by any means, but I'm confident it will help me become a better writer, which is hunky-dory for me.
Photography: A bit of an opposite reaction for this class. Last week the teacher was fun, unique, really saw the world in a special way. Basically what you'd think you'd want in a photography teacher. She has an interesting history, from accounting to elementary education to photography, and I still really like her. But I'm one of the minority in the class that doesn't know what shutter speed or 200 film or F stops are. (I'm eager to learn) But what I don't like are the students who are photography nuts, and insist on interrupting class to share their experiences with a particular camera or film, and the teacher doing backflips over whatever they're talking about, which boils down to "Oh, teacher, that reminds me of the time I saw this thing and we took all kinds of pictures of it with a camera!" Hot damn! Exclaims teacher. However, it might just be a little karma biting me in the metaphorical butt for being a metaphorical butt in writing, art, or art history classes. Me: oh, teacher, that reminds me of an obscure work of art by an artist that only you or I would know!
Still, they bug me. I'm glad that most of my class will be done outside of the classroom, with me taking pictures, or in the darkroom.
Human Sexuality: I feel a need to explain myself to anyone who asks what classes I have this semester why I am taking this class. It boils down to my complex and quixotic love of sex. Ok, and I needed a behavioral science credit. I wanted to do something more interesting than basic Psychology or Sociology 101. So there. The teacher is what you (or at least I) want for such a subject. A good sense of humor, candor, but also seems to have a good filter, for example, she's said she makes the class as clean as possible, but it's still Human Sexuality, and we're going to see anatomy. She also has pointed out that the class will be one where we will use what we learn no matter what field we go into, which is good. Very good.
So, those are my classes, I'm excited and eager to get them done, mostly the writing class, because then any writing class I take will be fun fun fun!!!!