As of 5 minutes ago when I finally overcame my mental hesitation (and my advisor lifted the hold on my account), I am enrolled in a meager thirteen credits this semester. It feels weird to type that, as most of my semesters have been between 18 and 20 credits and have kept me……..busy……..to say the least.
That being said, for my Final Semester™️, I decided to take it kind of easy and enroll in courses that sounded interesting or were in areas that I hadn’t yet gotten the opportunity to explore. As I mentioned in my last post, I originally enrolled in 22 credits worth of classes and after attending for the first 2 weeks, weeded my weekly schedule down to the following:
As compared to semesters past, this looks remarkably empty.
For example, last semester:
Or Freshman Spring:
I clearly didn’t learn my lesson from Freshman spring that 20 credits wasn’t a fun experience and felt the need to repeat that course load last semester. But let’s not dwell on the past.
This semester, I’m only taking one class for BME, Tissue Engineering. While the class is a little more biology-heavy than I’m usually into, the professors are amazing and it feels like (at least thus far) an advanced version of one of the units we did in high school anatomy.
After Tissue on Tuesdays, my brain switches over to Home & Belonging, a class in the Anthropology department. The topics on the syllabus range from Feminism & The Home to Homelessness and to what the concept of home means for refugees and displaced persons. The topic struck me as I was searching through the course catalog and so far I haven’t been disappointed.
Tuesdays continue after lunch with Visual Rhetoric. JHU_Geneveive has blogged about this class before and it’s been on my radar since freshman year. I did graphic design throughout high school and really loved it, so I was excited to see the stars align when it fit into my schedule this semester. (Also JHU_Molly is in this class. Photos of her hunched over the computer in our classroom most likely to follow).
I also have a one-credit public health lecture series called Lectures on Public Health & Wellbeing in Baltimore on Tuesdays, in which various guest speakers from the Health Department and other Baltimore institutions come and speak about various public health issues facing the city. The outside work for this class has been minimal thus far and usually involves watching Ted Talks, which I as a Certified Nerd™️ very much enjoy.
My only class on Wednesdays is a 400-Level (!!!!!!!) Political Science / History of Science / International Studies class about the University and Society. I got interested in this topic after one of my favorite journalists / podcast hosts Malcom Gladwell did a mini-series on his podcast about American universities. It is also my first ever (!!!!!) true seminar-style class and I learned quickly to (a.) bring snacks and (b.) avoid staring into space across the seminar table because you will most likely be making eye contact with someone whilst doing so (oops).
I’m also TA-ing Systems Bioengineering Lab this semester, and my assigned sections are Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. I’m lucky, however, that it only meets every other week. As you astute readers at home will realize, this gives me a sweet four-day weekend every other weekend and a three-day weekend every week thanks to my classless Mondays.
This gives me time to do more reading than I’ve ever done in my college career and also do things such as this, from this past weekend when my friends Becca and Sam and I decided to go to Disney on Ice because we are, indeed, adults.