Dec 9, 2012

Well, tough.

Haha. I was reading blogs just now (because what else would you be doing when it's two in the morning and you work tomorrow? I mean, I already looked at my schedule for next semester again and tried to figure out where all my classes are), and I think my favorite quote so far is:

Hey, ever wanted to see a duck with human feet that only walks backwards?

Well, tough. You're going to see one anyway.

And then the picture, but I don't actually want to save it to my computer, so everyone has to settle for a link instead. Here's the whole post if you want some context.

Speaking of working in the morning, I love my job still. It's awesome. I especially love teaching climbing 101, which I don't get to do very often. It's just a class that people sign up for so they can learn how to belay, and we offer it every Thursday from 7-9. But I don't teach it then, Adam does. I only get to teach the climbing 101 class when it's part of another class I'm doing, like the parent/tot class on Saturdays or women's climbing if enough girls sign up for that.

Even though I don't teach it often, I like to, and I'm pretty good at it. In fact, the parent/tot class we have runs for one month at a time (only three weeks this month because of Christmas) and it just started last week. The basic layout is on week one of the class, we only have the parent show up and go over all the climbing 101 material, then for the rest of the weeks, the parents bring their kids and we play games. So last week, I had 3 dads (out of 4 possible parents, but I didn't think the last parent would show up) all come and take my class, and they were all cool and excited about learning things. One of them was already belay certified, but he still enjoyed the class because he got to learn a lot of new information about why we belay like this and not that, why this is important but that doesn't matter, etc.

This particular dad was so impressed with my knowledge and how I presented everything and just that class in general that he told me today, "You know, I've been thinking about it all week, and you really did a good job instructing the class last week."

It was so cool! I'm usually told that the class was really good, and thanks for teaching and all, but usually only immediately after the information is presented, or if one of my students comes back with a friend and they're introducing us. This was even cooler though, because it was a full week later, and nothing really brought it up, he just wanted to tell me that I'm a good teacher. :) Love it. I have an awesome job.

Oh, and even cooler, my boss is hoping to give me the Thursday shift, which means I can start teaching climbing 101 every week! Yay! And then I'll have my Saturday shift, which will include the parent/tot class, and that's it for the week. I'll have Sundays off again! And still get in at least 10 hours a week! Hopefully the base schedule that she set up for everyone will work out, and I can officially just have those two shifts a week. I would be so happy.

Dec 5, 2012

Education is the kindling of a flame

not the filling of a vessel. -Socrates.

Blogger just asked me to make a new blog. Like, not a new post, a new blog. I barely keep up on one, as it is. But thanks for the offer, blogging gods.

You know what's really exciting? The classes I signed up for next semester. Yes, it's official, I am a full time student again. I was actually supposed to take this semester off, but I've somehow managed to instead end up with 17 credits. This can't end poorly, right? Right. Especially since I'm taking the summer off. And all my classes are going to be awesome.

Not only do my classes all sound awesome, but the teachers for each of my classes have really really fantastic scores on ratemyprofessor. Except my chem teachers. They have scores that range from average to pretty good. But I have a friend who's taking classes with them, and he says they're awesome, so that's hopeful.

I'll be taking analytical chem and its lab and sign language, as mentioned before. Additionally, though, I'll take intro to philosophy, intro to sociology and psychopharmacology.

Analytical chem goes toward my major, intro to philosophy will cover a couple of the gen ed credits I need, ASL is because I love foreign languages, and intro to sociology is to help persuade me to not ditch analytical chem. And psychopharmacology should go towards my minor. The psych department does this thing where they're really open about what classes you can take to get your degree. With most programs, you have to take x y and z classes, but with psych, you can choose whatever classes you want to take, depending on what you want to do with your degree. If you want to do research, then you take classes that you think will help you learn about that-- probably you'll want stats and a bunch of research methods classes. If you want to do clinical work, you'll probably end up taking clinical theory, and abnormal psych, theories of personalities, etc. The point is that you choose which classes you want to take, and so many of them have to be upper level classes, and there's two that you must take-- intro, and stats.

Psychopharmacology sounds like such a cool class. Really perfect for me-- drugs were always my favorite part of health class, and for a couple years when people asked me what I wanted to do for a living, I told them I wanted to be a forensic toxicologist. I still have not ruled out that possibility, just now when people ask, I don't try to pretend like I know everything about the area I'm going into and I give them a more general answer. The thing with this class, though, is that it's not on the list of classes I can take for my psych minor. But I don't know why the psych department would offer a class that doesn't count toward their minors, so I think it should probably still work out for me. I'll talk to one of the advisers there and see what the say. And if it won't go toward my minor, then I'll just be taking it for fun.

It's a pretty sweet schedule. And pretty early. I go MTWR. MW, I start off with psychopharmacology at 8 am, then intro to philosophy 15 minutes after, and sign language 15 minutes after that. On Wednesdays I also have analytical chem lab 45 minutes after sign language-- enough time for a lunch break!

That, for a while, left only analytical chem on TR at 8 am. And Metro is about an hour commute away. So I had a two hour commute for a one hour class. Which would involve me leaving at 7 am. I could already see the problems I would have convincing myself it would be worth it go to, and since analytical chem is not really a class I want to find myself ditching, I decided to add a second class on TR that starts 15 min after chem is over, and that would be my intro sociology class.

On Mon I get home by 1, on TR I get home by noon, and on Wed I'm home by 6. Not a bad schedule, if you ask me. I think it will go much smoother than last time I tried to take 17 credits because 1- my class times don't change drastically from day to day (it was hard having day classes on MW and night class T and then all afternoon and night R), 2- I'm really really interested in all of my classes; none of them are classes I'm grudgingly taking, and 3- Foreign languages come pretty easy to me, and I'm already semi decent at sign language, and since this is sign language 1, a lot of things we'll be going over I already have a head start on-- alphabet, numbers, colors, family members-- so it won't be like doing 17 credits of work every week. Maybe it'll be closer to 15?

Yay for classes and being excited to take them!