i am in happy academic lust after my first class. i mean it. lots of reading and lots of writing and i'm actually expected to think, and think hard. dude. this is why i'm back in school. :) i'm so excited, i'm like, bouncy.
(yes, i'm a nerd. i'm okay with that. :) )
classes today: "Religion and Politics in 20th Century America": i want to be my professor when i grow up. seriously. class looks like it's going to be a lot of fun (this is the one that had me in a happy state of nerdvana this morning), my classmates don't appear to be moronic, for the most part, the professor has a lot of energy, and the material is precisely the kind of thing i want to be working on. and we're in what amounts to a conference room instead of a classroom. in class mid-term, take home final.
"Social Research Methods": this is the big bad intro to learning how to be a sociologist, in which we will actually design our own research and write up a 15 to 17 page mock journal article. the prof seemed most interested in making sure that we understood how to spell his name and that if we miss a test, we have to take the final. and they're there for us to learn something. as long as i stay on top of the work, i'll be fine. and yea, i only have to take the final if i don't like my scores on the tests.
"Islam in the Modern World": nothing that made me glee, but it looks like it'll be interesting enough. the prof sounds like he should know his stuff, with a phd in Islamic social systems. he has an apparent quirky habit of writing up notes in Arabic as well as English, and there are only a couple folks in the class who might be able to read Arabic. oddness. we'll get our test questions beforehand, woot.
out of five classes, there are only two required finals. i can deal with that.
i have 200+ pages of readings (and two chapters, i haven't even looked to see how long they are) for thursday, and another chapter for tomorrow. oy.
did some homework. made taco soup for Space Geek Movie Night. watched two more episodes of From Earth to the Moon - and did not much care for the Apollo 13 section - and a Nova episode on Mars rovers. very nifty, very informative, as always.
sleepy now. going to go crash.