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Written by Julia January 14, 2013
No, I haven’t seen that movie (although I recently saw silver linings playbook—so good!), but this semester makes me feel “like a bomb before explosion” (so obsessed with that Adele song right now!).
Now that I’ve probably used enough parentheticals and references to pop culture in my first [run-on] sentence, I’ll get to the point. This semester is going to be ROUGH. On so many levels. Course load, moving closer towards the end of my 4th year where many of my friends are graduating, and just so much to do and such little time. Let me start off by saying that I am taking 7 classes…
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that 7 classes is a bit psychotic, masochistic even (I actually had an additional 1 credit hour, no homework, ‘show up and work’ classes, but I thought that was just overkill). This is all a part of my crazy plan to graduate by next spring with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a BA in Theatre, and a minor in Design. That will have been 5 years (plus 5 courses taken over the course of a few summers, like how I took my freshman english class online during the summer after my freshman year).
Here are those crazy classes:
Mechanical Engineering 3360, System Integration and Controls: Me and engineering systems don’t get a long too well, especially at 8am, but I like this professor, so we’ll see how it goes.
Mechanical Engineering 3870, Measurements and Data Analysis: This is a lab class that involves how to deal with data aquisition. I ordered the book weeks ago and it still hasn’t come ;(
Mechanical Engineering 4905.02, Medical Devices Capstone: This is a project based class where I’m working in a group with other mechanical engineers and biomedical engineers to redesign an assistive device. We started this project in the middle of last semester.
Theatre 2813: Meisner Technique: I’ve been interested in the Meisner acting method for years. In a nutshell, it is a method of acting that believes in “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances” which is different from the Stanislavsky method… ah, I could go on and on. It’s all about being completely truthful to yourself and those around you which is so much easier said than done.
Theatre 3511, Intro to Costume Design: In this class we learn how to design costumes for particular characters from plays through research and we also learn some basic garment construction. Now for someone who has trouble drawing a straight line with a ruler, this class should be challenging to say the least, but I’m excited.
Theatre 3731, Theatre History and Literature: In this class we’re going to read A LOT of plays. We read about 2 per week for the entire semester which is about one per class. We read plays starting with some greek plays and then moving steadily towards more modern plays.
Theatre 5771.06, International Theatre: In this class, which is a seminar, we talk about the history of the actor. Some of our assignments include going to see the movies, Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Beasts of the Southern Wild so that we can discuss the acting in class. We will eventually also give presentations and write a few papers on actors from different eras.
Beyond class committments, I’m cast in a lab series play that will start rehearsals in March (and performances will be in April), I’m an officer in a student org, and I need to maintain my good standing in my other student organizations by participating in various events throughout the semester.
Not only that, but I’m participating in Buckeyethon for the second time (shameless plug, you can support me and my team help beat childhood cancer!)
I’m doing a donation promotion so that for anyone who donates $10 to my donor page can pick one of my photos and I will give/send you an 8×10 print (or whatever configuration fits best). I plan on uploading some of my pictures from some OSU football games from this fall in the coming days, so keep an eye out for that!)
Academics, Classes, Personal, Schedules, Stress, Student Life, The Future
A big thank you for your article post.Really thank you! Will read on…
I cannot thank you enough for the article. Fantastic.
I lost 4 hours of sleep just looking at your course load.
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