Well, here we are. The culmination of the summer. In three short days, it is back to Temple-Town for classes.
A few weeks ago, I objected to the idea, but now I am more receptive. Looking back, I have not done much these past four months outside of a regular routine. There were a few notable exceptions, but all in all, I have been boring. Perhaps I needed to be boring for a while. There was too much drama last year. Maybe this gave me a chance to recenter myself.Expectations
Even though my available time will be dwarfed, a part of myself is looking forward to the classes. I think this is mostly because I'm hoping to see lots of old friends and meet lots of new people. This apartment is awesome in every regard except for the electricity and the isolation. We are working on the electricity part.Back to classes...
As long as I get into a good sleeping schedule, waking in time for the morning classes will be doable. I just need to remember that I do not function well with less than 8 hours of sleep, so, depending on what stuff I want to do before class, I need to fall asleep by 10:30 or 11:30.
Difficulty-wise, I am probably not worried enough about my classes. Introduction to Asian Religion, Sociology of Race and Racism, and Public Speaking will probably be a breeze. The first two are cores, and the third will most likely be like the Graduation Project Seminar from my senior year of high school. Judging from the course description and title, Software Engineering sounds pretty easy and interesting. However, Gen pointed out that she heard it was quite difficult, and Michael pointed out that it would be crazy if my capstone was not hard. At least, I think this is my capstone. It is the only Writing Intensive class I'm required to take. cis338 also worries me because I do not feel like I fully mastered the material in cis207. Normally I am more familiar with the material than most of my classmates, but somehow they seemed to have caught up with me last semester.Future classes?
I wonder if it would be possible to finish off the cores next semester and have my entire senior year for computer science electives. The only scheduling disaster I foresee is Physics II. The Physics department is very difficult to schedule in because the labs and recitations are all over the place. Really, they ought to bump up the credits for Physics from 4 to 5 or 6, given the amount of time people spend in those classes. Either that, or they should drop the computer science lecture/lab combos from 4 credits to 3 credits. They are still only meeting 3 times a week, so there is not much reason to give 4 credits for it. Taking a physics course, though, is a huge time commitment.
- Physics 2
- 29 credits worth of upper level computer science courses (7.25 cs classes? nice.)
- 1 theory-oriented course (includes upper level cs, so 6.25 left)
- 3 CIS electives (all upper level cs, so 3.25 left)
- 1 more writing elective
- 1 Arts Course
Interesting. It seems like my primary concern is no longer filling cores. After this semester, I will only have Physics, a Writing Intensive, and an Arts Course. I suppose I could knock them all out next semester and throw in the independent study CS course for good measure. Then, all I will have are major requirements. Those would be taking a theory course, and taking a whole bunch of CS electives. And, then it's a matter of having a bunch of credits. I need 75 more before I can graduate. Such a scary number. Especially when you consider that I have 48 as of right now. I think, at this point, an extra semester is inevitable.
Miguel Paulouskis, the infamous Duck Who Says Mip (duckssaymip), my favorite Lithuanian buddy, is moving in throughout these next few days. Assuming the house doesn't explode from the addition of one laptop, this will be awesome.