I have officially finished my first week of classes! It’s a little tough to get back into the swing of things, but I’m excited to be back in school (I’m a big nerd). It’s a bittersweet experience, much like it was in high school.
Since I’m now a third-year Concurrent Ed./English student, I’ve noticed the bar has definitely been raised as far as expectations go in my classes! The essays are longer, the due dates come quicker, and the seminars are more intense. As intimidating as it seems, some of the changes are actually really exciting! For example, two of my classes have less than 40 people enrolled in them – something that’s nearly impossible 1st and 2nd year! The small class sizes make the lecture engaging and go by quickly – it’s hard to fall asleep in class when you’re 1 of 40 and the professor knows everyone’s name!
I also have my prof as the seminar leader for a few of my classes. For those of you who don’t know, Brock’s lecture/seminar format is really unique. Seminar is basically an extension of lectures. It’s a small group of 20 or less students in the class who, along with a seminar leader, discuss the class material in a more intimate setting. It’s a great time to ask questions if you’re too nervous to ask in a big lecture hall! The seminar leader is usually a 4th year or Master’s student, but sometimes if you’re lucky you may get your prof as the seminar leader. Having discussions face to face with the expert is such a rewarding learning experience!
Overall I’m looking forward to the year ahead, but secretly crossing my fingers that I’ll survive!