Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spring 2010 is in session

School is back in session, which means I'm back to blogging! Since I landed in town on Saturday afternoon, it has been snowing almost consistently, with small and infrequent gaps of time of no snow. I'm freezing after the 50+ degree weather Colorado was having over winter break! I've already had to drop one of my classes, and I need to override my internship credit for my internship with Special Olympics, which will put me at 19 credits for the semester.

I'm going to give my opinion on each class based on the first day, and we'll see how my predictions ring for the rest of the semester.

Mondays, I only have class from 4:10-6:30 P.M. and it's my Advanced Nonprofit Administration class, which will be a lot of work. The class meets once a week, and is divided into four sections: Strategic Planning, Fund-raising, Grant Writing & Financial Management. With only 15 class periods and 4 separate "mini-classes", it's going to be intense!

Tuesdays I have four classes. The first class is Communication Research Methods from 9:40-11:00 A.M. This is a dry subject matter, but I think it will be more interesting as we delve into our group research projects. The teacher is also very interested in discussing with us his own research and helping us understand and become good researchers ourselves. He is also very young and fun & his wife teaches in the department too!

From 11:10-12:30 I have Rhetoric of Women's Activism 1960-Present with my advisor and one of my favorite professors. This class will be really interesting, as it is discussion based, involves a lot of writing and we'll be using a history text as well as primary documents and rhetorical analysis of these documents. The word feminism scares me, since I'm such a traditional girl, and don't identify with many of the feminist stereotypes; I'm pro-life, straight, think women should stay at home for at least the child's first year of life, and many other things that go against my limited view and opinion of feminists - I'm excited to challenge my beliefs and make myself uncomfortable and learn something new!

2:00-3:30 is my class on Gender & Communication with the same professor I have for my 11:10-12:30 class. This class is larger and less discussion based, but there is till value to discussions in the class. This class should be easy to get an A in, which is reassuring to me. We'll see how I do.

3:40-5:00 P.M. is my last class of the day on Tuesday and Thursday and is called Communication & Conflict. The professor sounds a bit like the "dry eyes" guy, but the class will focus on defining conflict and analyzing how it impacts communication. We also have to write a conflict analysis of a publicized conflict - if y'all have any suggestions, please pass it on to me - I'd be so appreciative!

Wednesday and Friday I don't have classes and Thursdays I have one additional class at 8:00 A.M. and it's my Communication Research Methods Lab, where we work with our group on on research project.

I'll hopefully have interesting topics from my classes to blog from and I look forward to being back and hearing from y'all!

Have a wonderful Tuesday night & Wednesday!