By Ana | October 24, 2012
Isn’t it weird to think that if we were on quarters right now, the quarter would be over?
Or how we really really really should get a fall break like other semester schools do, but we don’t?
Or how I am totally exhausted?!
So far, classes are going well. My schedule is:
International Studies 5800: International Law. This is pretty much my overall career goal, so I’m really into it. It’s a very interactive class, too, and participation is part of the grade, so that keeps it really interesting.
History of Art 2001H: Ancient to Renaissance. This is my first ever History of Art class and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. It’s just fascinating and unlike any class I’ve ever taken before. The professor is awesome and so knowledgeable and I’m a little mad that it’s too late for me to minor in this department! I’m definitely taking another History of Art class next semester.
Psychology 2220: Data Analysis in Psychology. This is a required statistics class for my Psychology minor. I already took a statistics class during my freshman year, so I’m familiar with a lot of the material already, which is nice.
Geography 3701: The Making of the Modern World.This is a required class for my major that I originally was NOT excited about. It’s tough, and there’s boatloads of reading, but I have to admit, I’ve learned a ton. We’ve read works by Immanuel Kant, Che Guevara, John Locke, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Eric Hobsbawm, Albert Einstein, and many other brilliant intellectuals. It’s definitely the kind of class that challenges the way you think and perceive the world. Every single one of my classmates in the course loves it.
Midterms have been great so far, knock on wood! With semesters, it feels like professors still aren’t sure at what pace to move or when to give exams. I’m sure this will change next semester and the kinks will be worked out, but for right now, when I have three midterms on the same day, it’s tough.
On a positive note, my ability to get around campus has drastically improved now that I am out of the walking boot I was in and now wear an ankle brace. I’m just happy to wear two shoes again. I am even allowed to ride a stationary bike or get on the elliptical for a little bit, which is no substitute for running, of course, but still feels great. I’m sure I look like an idiot half-limping out of the RPAC all sweaty with a huge grin on my face!
I am also in physical therapy now. Twice a week, I drive to the Med Center’s Martha Morehouse facility on Kenny Road for half-hour sessions. All the therapists I have worked with are really nice and make pleasant conversation when I’m sitting there doing 60 reps of calf flexes, or whatever they’re called. In all, I will be in physical therapy for six weeks, and I won’t need my brace anymore in about four weeks. I will also be allowed to run in about 5 weeks, if I am progressing well in physical therapy! I’m so excited!!
The first couple days with the brace were rough since I wasn’t used to it. My foot was pretty sore by the time I got home after trekking across campus all day. But it means I’m working those muscles again, and I do feel stronger. I walk with less of a limp now, too. And I haven’t let it stop me from my other usual activities like going to concerts, dinner at Gateway with friends, and babysitting my mom’s friend’s 3 year old and 7 year old girls. I do get tired after standing or walking for a while, but it’s not as bad as it was a few weeks ago.
All in all, I guess you could say we’re moving right along with the semester, even though I really wish it would just slow down. May 5 (Graduation Day!) will be here way too fast, and I want to enjoy every last second while I’m still here.
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