By Julia S. | March 30, 2013
Monthly Roundup = a series of short accounts of what’s been happening to me in March. My father does weekly roundups all the time for his blog, and honestly, March has been too haphazard for any semblance of cohesion.
Abnormal Psychology is the most applicable class I’ve taken at Ohio State for my future career in counseling. Our professor is excellent, and also Argentinian (Spanish majors get excited about these things). Recently, she mentioned to us that just like medical student syndrome, psych students sometimes feel they are afflicted with whatever disease/disorder they are learning about that week. This is exactly what I’ve been doing all semester. Throughout this course, I have diagnosed myself with borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, various mood disorders, and several specific phobias. I’ve also secretly diagnosed lots of other people in my life (shhhh).
OSU’s student organizations are great. Especially the ones that sell baked goods. My friend Mary Ann is on a programming committee for an Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA) conference, and they were selling tons of food this week as a fundraiser. I bought a cupcake and a brownie, which was a nice addition to my Tuesday afternoon:
The Pro-Life club is also going to be handing out free cupcakes on the Oval in a few weeks. The only thing better than a cupcake is a free cupcake.
I finally got to hear Jane Goodall speak this week at the Union (I got tickets a month ago). To be honest, none of my interests really overlap with her passions, but she was a very captivating speaker and had a lot of good stories. She’s also probably the most famous person I’ve ever been in the presence of.
Remember that time I said if I could only give one piece of advice to incoming OSU students, it would be to learn euchre? I’m adding taking Economics 4597.01 (Issues of the Underground Economy) with Dr. Nicholas Snow to that list. This is the first time I’ve ever mentioned any of my professors by name, but this is worth it. This guy literally did his dissertation on rum running and frequently makes South Park references. I have never learned so much or had my ideologies shaped so much by one class. The biggest portion of our grade will come from our term paper, in which we basically get to research any illicit market of our choice. I’m writing about U.S. prostitution and its potential decriminalization, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to write a paper for something outside my academic specializations (to be fair, I like writing).
Sometimes residence hall events will strike your fancy, and sometimes they won’t. But when your dorm brings in Dr. Callam to submerge food in liquid nitrogen (like my dorm did this past week), you go. I’ve never had the guy as a prof (which is good thing, because if I did, it would mean I was taking organic chemistry) but my friends have taken classes with him, and he’s supposed to be great. And let’s be honest, everyone loves playing with liquid nitrogen.
The Denman Undergraduate Research forum was this week. I had several friends participating, and there were hundreds of posters displayed all over the RPAC:
Even though I am (happily) done with my research from studying abroad, I appreciate that OSU is supportive of undergraduate research, as early as your first year.
Rude Awakening: I recently scheduled my classes for this autumn. It went well, except for the fact that my advanced Spanish composition class has somehow turned into an 8:00 a.m. class. It was previously at 9:35 a.m. I am not amused.
Pleasant Surprise: Elite Eight, what’s up. Plus, Easter is tomorrow! It’s my favorite holiday.
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.