I got through my first week at — finally — a university. I was at the community college down the road for five LONG semesters because I only took up the minimum 12 credits to maintain my full-time status. My coworker always reprimanded me for doing so and said I’d now take a bit longer to finish school. True, but my study habits were awful and I think I’ve honed them in those five semesters.
I can’t read maps. I’ll tell you, I can barley navigate a mall directory. When my boyfriend asks me to read directions off the navigator on his phone, I can hear the annoyance in his voice when I repeat “…uuuummmmmm we’re……..getting close? Turn down the next…street…? I don’t know, don’t ask me to do this!!!” Needless to say, I got lost. I wasn’t horribly, hopelessly lost, but I ended up walking in a large circle a few times on Tuesday. Thursday was better.
As I’ve stated before, I’m a Religion major studying Indian Religions. This semester, I’m only enrolled in one Religion course — Religion 348 – Religion, Politics, and Society. It’s a seminar course and 40% of my grade comes from my in-class participation. I can give speeches and presentations perfectly fine, but put me on the spot and demand my opinion or evaluation, and I flounder. My professor shut me (and every other person) down on Tuesday but it was fine. His personality is wonderful and his sarcasm makes me feel more comfortable in his class. I’m also enrolled in the following:
7:30 – 8:45: History 310 – East Asian Civilizations
9:00 – 10:15: Food Science & Human Nutrition 185 – The Science of Human Nutrition
10:30 – 11:45: Philosophy 350 – Indian Philosophy
12:00 – 1:15: History 468 – Viva Las Vegas! (The development and significance of Vegas in American culture)
and my seminar is 2:00 – 4:30. From this week alone, I’m predicting that my Philosophy class will challenge me the most this semester. I’m familiar with the Indian religious system, not so much the philosophical aspect. I know facts about its history, deities, festivals, practices, etc. but something about this Philosophy class is challenging me a bit. My professor spent two days explaining how “Indian” and “Philosophy” are two completely different things (“Indian” is faith-based and “Philosophy” is a Western system of logic and reasoning) rendering the class — Indian Philosophy — a contradiction. My professor herself is Indian, by the way. The pre-reqs for this class were either one Phil 100+ course OR background in Sanskrit. My religion professor from my CC taught us a fair amount of Sanskrit in her Indian Religions class so I’m doing fine there, but my Philosophy credit is something different. I took Phil 110 in lieu of my math credit for my Associate’s degree; Phil 110 is pure logic (fallacies, deduction, proofs, etc) while this course is a deeper type of philosophical thinking. It’s also a little unnerving that I’m one of the few (VERY few) non-Philosophy majors in the class. I’m also the youngest.
Next semester I’m supposed to start my language credits. In my senior year of high school, I took the French placement test at the university and placed into French 202 (9 free credits!) so I would have only had one semester left for ALL of my language credits for my degree, but the CC campus I went to didn’t offer French until two semesters ago so my placement expired. I’m debating between Hindi and Sanskrit. My CC Religion professor told me Hindi is far easier to learn and far more practical today. She also added that learning Hindi would make it easier for me to go back and translate Sanskrit texts. She took Sanskrit in college and said she found it very difficult. I’m thinking about my Master’s thesis and I feel that Sanskrit would come in handy sooner than Hindi would, considering I’ll probably have to read scripture from the Vedas or Upanishads, or other old texts. Plus, the Sanskrit time slots are a lot better. Hindi 181 & 182 are only offered 4:00 – 6:00pm. I really don’t want to be in school that long…
But anyway, I’m a junior in college now. That went by so quickly! Feels like yesterday that I was going to my junior prom, haha.