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Taking the “hardest class in a major” as a freshman

 Written by    February 23, 2018

When I scheduled for spring semester last fall, I had very little idea about the rigor of some of the classes I was signing up for. All that I knew was that my classes sounded interesting and that I was beyond excited to take them. As my naive self walked into one particular class (“Anthropological Theory in its Historical Context”), I made conversation with some of the people sitting next to me. Quickly I realized that none of the people filing into the classroom were like me; all of them were significantly older. I asked them about themselves and slyly asked what year they were. To this, I received a resounding response: fourth-year.

Apparently the course I had signed up for was the one that all anthropology majors dread the most. It was the infamous “Theory” class filled with readings after readings of primary sources from  anthropological greats. The room was filled mostly by seniors; there were some juniors… and then there was me, a freshman.

At first, this intimidated me greatly and left me a bit quieter than my normal, outgoing self during the first few class discussions, I soon realized that I had as much to bring to the table as anyone else. I began to participate a great deal in discussions, voicing my opinions, unafraid to be “wrong.” While the course does require quite a bit of reading on some rather hefty topics, I created a schedule to make sure that I was completing everything on time and with sufficient time so as not to stress myself out.

Now, with the semester nearly half over, I laugh at how stressed the class initially made me feel. I was right last fall to think that this class would be extraordinarily fun. While it definitely provides a constant challenge, it is by far one of the classes that I look most forward to throughout the week.


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