Spring Semester 2014

Hello hello!

Spring semester has now arrived! I laughed when I typed that because the weather is not very fitting for the name. First day of class was supposed to be on Monday (January 6th), but due to the freezing temperatures, class was canceled for Monday and Tuesday! Two extra days of break? I’m not complaining!

So, tomorrow is my official first day of classes. While I don’t want to get back into the grind of homework, exams, essays, readings, and studying, I have good feelings about this semester. Last semester, I was mentally destroyed. In order to prevent that, I took a much lighter class load and added in a yoga class. I am very, very, very, oh so excited for that!

Here is what my week will look like (minus club meetings and study time):

Does that look refreshing or what?! Two classes a day pretty much, and except for my 8 am yoga class on Friday, I get to sleep in because I don’t have class until 11:30-12:45 every day. I also end between 2:45-5:15! That is so much better than what I had last semester. Yes, I am only taking 13 credit hours (1 credit hour being the yoga class), but I look at it and say, “What’s the rush?” I would rather be in college a little bit longer or have to take a class or two over the summer than stress my way through life and get mediocre grades because I simply cannot keep up. I have a low stress tolerance. There’s no reason to test my sanity.

A breakdown of my classes:

U.S. Literature: 1865 to Present
I took a British Literature course last semester. Thankfully, I’ve heard that American Lit is much better. I hope so! This course will involve a ton of reading and essay writing. I know if I keep up with the reading every day, I’ll be just fine.

Intro to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
This class will explore the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining, and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods. This is a literature course that involves comparing themes within different texts, so mainly reading and essay writing I’m assuming.

Planets and The Solar System 
Just as the course title states, I will be learning about the physical nature of the sun and its family of planets, satellites, comets and minor bodies, as well as gravitation, light, and telescopes. I can already see myself walking out of this class completely mind blown every time. I am a speck in this vast universe!

Writing of Poetry I
The course primarily focuses on student writing. Every week, a poem is due and is workshopped in class. I have to print out 20 copies for each student in the class (which isn’t very environmentally friendly, but what else can we do?) We will also read poems by authors such as, but not limited to, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Donald Justice, Philip Larkin, Rita Dove, and Louise Gluck. I am unbelievably excited for this course. I am a bit nervous about sharing tons of my poems with complete strangers, but poets usually are very open! I’m not too worried. I can’t wait to build a portfolio too!

Yoga I
This class is self-explanatory. It is an introduction to fundamental techniques and basic yogic principles of pranayama (breath control), asana (posture), relaxation, and meditation. This class will change my life–I just know it.

When do you guys start class? Are you taking any interesting or fun classes? What are you looking forward to the most this semester? Talk to me!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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