Back to College!

The AMAZING window seat in my dorm room!
The AMAZING window seat in my dorm room!

Wow! It’s crazy to think that I’m starting my junior year of college!  It seems like just yesterday that I was a junior in high school- where has the time gone?  I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) to see what this school year brings.  I’m finally entering into some of my core classes for my major.  Hopefully I’ll learn a lot!  This spring, I’ll be doing student teaching for 6 weeks, which will undoubtedly be an amazing yet challenging experience.

This semester, I’m taking 6 courses: Contemporary Art, Ceramics II, Illustration I, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment of Child: Social Studies and Art, Curriculum Design and Instruction: Visual Arts, and Lit Acquisition and Development: Preschool and Elementary School Learners.  I’m one of only 2 students in my Visual Arts Education course, so that could be interesting!  My schedule will be a bit of an adjustment for me- I have 3 night classes (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).  My only class Wednesday is my night class and I have no classes at all on Mondays and Fridays.  I’m not sure it’s the best arrangement for me, but I suppose it’ll just have to work out!  In some ways, it might be nice, but it’s definitely very different from the schedules I’ve had in the past.  One other side note about my classes: my textbook costs were outrageous this semester!  As in, I don’t have any textbooks for my 2 studio art classes, but have 14 textbooks between the other 4 classes!!  I managed to get them all used, but it still added up to about $650- yikes!  I’m hoping this is the only semester where I have to spend that much on textbooks alone!

I’m also the president of our school’s Yearbook Club this year.  I would have preferred a different officer position, but we only had two returning members (including myself) to fill the officer positions.  We’re really hoping we can recruit a lot of freshman, since at this point, we still have 3 officer positions to fill.  Despite the fact that I didn’t really aspire to be the president, I am pretty excited to be in a leadership position again.  I was a class officer, team captain, newspaper editor-in-chief (although we didn’t really do much), and pretty involved in extra-curriculars in high school, so I feel like I’m finally getting back into my groove.  I’m sure it will be  a lot of work and there will be times I wish I wasn’t an officer, but I think it’ll also be a great experience and push me a little out of my comfort zone.

I’d really like to be able to join more clubs this year, but I have a feeling my night classes are going to make that a little difficult.  I am currently only a member of one other club, Circle K, so I’d like to expand my circle a bit more.

I’ll be posting more back-to-school related things in the coming week, so stay tuned!