By Cassie | June 2, 2012
As I study for Finals, it’s occurring to me that even though my classes are difficult, I’ve been loving the classes I’ve taken this year! Minus a course or two that I have struggled to get through, the rest of my courses have been, wonderfully, both fascinating and stimulating. I know that many upperclassmen in the depths of their major classes feel that their courses are great, probably because it’s their major and well…they should probably like the courses for their major. But I’ve been taking a mixture of GECs, major courses, and electives this year, and loving a lot of them. Here’s a breakdown of the courses I’ve taken my freshman year at The Ohio State University:
- Math 150 – Elementary Functions* (aka pre-calculus & trig)
- ArtScol 101 -Arts Scholars Seminar
- Exp 100.01 – Exploration Survey
- Psych 100 – General Psychology*
- Span 250.01 – Spanish Reading Course
- Astron 161 – Solar System Astronomy*
- Music 101.02 – Non-major Voice Instruction
- Music 208.02- University Gospel & Spiritual Choir
- Psych 331 – Abnormal Psychology
- PubAfrs 290 – Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sector (Leadership Collaborative class)
- Span 401 – Advanced Spanish Grammar
- Astron 162 – Stellar & Galactic Astronomy*
- Bio 101 – Introductory Bio*
- Psych 300 – Research Psychology Methods
- Music 208.02 – University Gospel & Spiritual Choir
- Span 403 – Intermediate Spanish Composition
Those are color-coded by quarter, by the way! GEC’s marked by asterisks. And with the exception of math & possibly bio, I’ve liked every course! I guess I’m realizing that I really did learn a lot this year, and take in so much new information that I had never even known before.
I wasn’t shocked to find that some of my favorite and most enriching courses were in Spanish and Psychology…considering those will probably be my majors :P But I found that I got especially a lot out of my astronomy courses, which I chose to take as my required GEC science sequence. These courses have challenged my views about our world, forced me to think continuously, changed forever the way I look at the sky, and even reaffirmed some of my beliefs, surprisingly enough. If it weren’t for my poor math skills and dislike for physics courses, who knows? I might even major in Astrophysics.
As I study now for the Astronomy final on Monday, it’s amazing to me how small we are in such an astonishingly large (and expanding!) universe. And that is a heartening thought to keep in mind as we all go into finals week…study hard, be prepared, but remember that in the scheme of everything, it’s nit the end of the world. That’s something I need to tell myself right about this time of year!
And also, don’t hate on your GEC requirements! Sure, some of them will suck. That’s life. But you never know what fascinating things you might find out if you choose carefully and find courses you’re interested in. Keep an open mind! And feel free to ask me about any of the courses I’ve taken :)
Song of the Day: Plaisir d’Amour
Why: My music major boyfriend is singing this song for his juries next week, and it’s stuck in my head! Not to mention, it’s beautiful, and tell me you don’t hear traces of Can’t Help Falling in Love?! Good luck, Doug…I know you’ll do great! :)