The Daily Trials of an English Major: That's a Class?!?

The Daily Trials of an English Major: That's a Class?!?

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We're jealous of Courtney Guth—we want to take gypsy classes!! —Sparkitors

At a certain point in the semester, students across all college campuses, majors, and fields face the same antagonizing dilemma: What do I take next semester?! Many colleges require certain electives, and, of course, there are specific requirements within majors too. Combine that with a limited number of class sections, a lot of students registering at the same time, and conflicting time schedules, and you get one stressful situation.

Every student has his or her own personal dream schedule. Some swear that they will never take eight a.m. classes; others vow to be done by noon every day. My personal dream schedule would, of course, be filled solely with English classes! No more science and math, ever! I somehow managed to get away with taking Journalism 175 as a Math Science course this semester, so I know dream schedules are not entirely impossible to obtain.

Now it’s once again time to strive for perfection. This semester, I want to find some classes beyond the typical required literature courses. I’m all for analyzing Angelou or studying Shakespeare (love ya Billy!), but sometimes my schedule needs some spice. Due to those pesky gen-ed requirements I probably won’t be able to fit them all in my schedule over the course of my college career, but, hey, I can dream right?

English 297 Beginning Poetry Workshop: Roses are red, violets are blue. I can’t write poetry, what do I do? Take this class, of course! I do write poetry, but it’s usually the typical crappy angst-filled teen type. You know, the kind where I go on about mundane matters such as love, boys, bodies, and all that jazz. I’d love to write real poetry like Keats, Wordsworth, and Rilke. I want to learn how to successfully compose a villanelle, or how to construct a beautiful metaphor. It’s best to start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, so this class is perfect.

English 379V Special Topics in Literature Gypsy Culture: What intrigued me most regarding this class was that no description was offered online. It simply stated the time and grading options. Perhaps they’re trying to be mysterious, like gypsies. I like the classic musical, Gypsy—that’s related, right? Probably not, but my curiosity now has a hold of me, so I need to find out what goes on in this class. I also must know what the V stands for. Velocipede? Vermilion? Vertiginous? I’ll go with vague.

English 348N Literary Works by Women: Women and Comedy: A class with a focus on comedy sounds fantastic to me. Reading and analyzing tragedies can become rather depressing. I enjoyed Madame Bovary, but I certainly didn’t find her tragic demise laugh-out-loud hilarious. Maybe you’re into laughing when people die? I’m not. I’d much rather read something that will make me laugh; it’s the perfect escape from those terrifying math and science courses.

And now the class I absolutely MUST take…

English 488B Writing for the Blogosphere, Prehistory, Theory, and Practice: Do I even need to explain this one? A class all about blogging sounds perfect! I wouldn’t have to sit there wondering, “When am I ever going to use this??” Think how awesome my Tumblr would become. I would be using it every time I write one of these posts! Maybe I could even get extra credit for this! Yes, there is extra credit in college. Don’t believe your high school teachers; they’re lying.

Now all I need is Hermione’s Time Turner and I’m all set!

What are you planning to take next semester?

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