College Class Tryout

This is a first.  I’m trying out a class instead of having a coach try me out.  It has been an awesome experience so far even though it is only the first day.

My instructor for World Politics, Everett Young, seems to be very easy-going.  I’m glad he’s not a stuffy old professor like I thought I would have.  He seems to be very intelligent and a good teacher.

The class so far is not too painstaking but I know effort must be put into it to receive a good grade.  So far we have discussed what we willdiscuss in class and we have gone into some introductory stuff such as certain acronyms like NGO, IGO, OPEC, OAS etc.  Professor Young is very considerate for writing important points on the board while I scribble down key details.

The class is 3 1/2 hours long but does not feel like it is thanks to a 15 minute break and lively discussion.  Luckily, I do not have to purchase from a textbook because the professor agrees that it is arduous and unnecessary.  Our assignments, which are just readings, are posted on a virtual classroom, if you will, and is very convenient.

The first class has taught me that I should be aware of what I want from an average college class.

Size is an important aspect of college classes.  We had 19 people in our class today.  I felt that 19 was a very good size because a) he went around the classroom to memorize our names.  This is important to me because it tells me he considers me a student and not a number.  b) it was a small number for everyone to feel relaxed when discussing topics.  If we had more people the public speaking fear would have been increased.  c) it was a large enough number to have diversity in opinions on different topics.  If the class size was smaller, there might not have been as many perspectives.

In conclusion, I think my ideal class size would be from 20 to 40 students.

However, I have this feeling that when it comes to mandatory classes like Intro to Psych, I wouldn’t mind being in a class of 200 so that I could be lost in the crowd and not have to speak up.

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Lilly

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I don’t want to grow up.

Once I graduate in June of 2009, that’s it; I’m on my own.

I’m typing this post from the library of Stony Brook University, the closest large university (15,000 undergrads) from my home.  Getting here (and then once I’m here, getting around) is a huge confusing mess.

I tried really hard to prepare myself on Saturday for my trip to SUNY Stony Brook today.  I printed out campus maps, train schedules, and classroom numbers.  I thought that my visit here would be a breeze.

My first stumble was with the ticket machine for the train ticket.  I put in my debit card and it was stuck there momentarily.  Then I pressed the wrong button and it did not have a “Go Back” button.  I had to wait 4 minutes for the stupid machine to start.  My dad saw that I had difficulty with this and got out of the truck to help me.  Great, if my dad needs to help me before I even get out of this town then I’m completely helpless.

When I finally got to the Stony Brook station, I had to go to the center of campus.  The university bus map was just a intertwining spaghetti nightmare.  They claim that the bus passes ever 25 minutes but I had to wait 45 minutes.

Finally, I get off at the Student Activities Center.  It’s cute looking and colorful.  I went into the college bookstore and bought a car key strap thing and a card for my mom’s birthday.  Let me tell you, there were alot of Ramen Noodles.

Next I wanted to find Harriman Hall classroom 116.  I’m taking an introductory political science course there starting tomorrow so I wanted to be sure I would find it instead of rushing in late.  I found the building alright.  I was starting to think this was easy.  I went down a long hallway.  My room number was nowhere to be found.  I went through two big doors and I thought I found it – Room 116.  Wait, it said Room P-116.  I looked around, there were pictures of space and science-y stuff posted everywhere.  I somehow ended up in the Physics building.  So I went back around (I was directionally disoriented so it took a while) and discovered that I took a wrong turn – literally.  I was getting tired.

I thought the library would be a great place to recuperate. I guess I got distracted because I went down a colorful ramp/alleyway path that led me to the chemistry building. I have no sense of direction obviously.  It took me a while but I realized that the library is right behind the SAC.  Awesome.

So what I have learned from this experience was that I need to find a college where the campus is beautiful but will not overwhelm me.  Maybe it’s because this is the first time I wandered around a college campus alone.  I’ve seen Cornell University and their campus wasn’t that bad.  Maybe it’s because I was with my family (including my comforting dog) and my tour guide was cute.

All in all, I’m starting to learn what I really want from a college.

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Lilly

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A tree cries everytime his best friend is made into a college brochure.

Ever since I took the PSAT for the first time in 10th grade, I’ve been getting college brochures from colleges I have never even heard of.  Hillbert College?  Regis College?  Stonehill College?  Bridgewater College?  So not only do I have to choose from the colleges I have already heard about but I may have to research colleges I don’t know and possibly apply to them?

I’m not necessarily going to research them.  I’m just overwhelmed and I’m venting about what a shame that all the paper is wasted and is going to the recycle bin to have another chance at having a useful paper life.

Oh, and if you attend any of the aforementioned colleges, sorry if I offended you in any way.  I’m just not well cultured in small modest colleges, I suppose.

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Lilly

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So here’s the deal…

I just realized today that I’m going to be a senior in high school this September.  Is it a problem that I don’t know what college I want to go to?

I’m sure there are other future seniors who feel the same way, so if you’re out there, feel free to start a conversation with me!

What am I going to do with my life? I have no clue.  Join me as I try to figure this all out. Mumbo Jumbo.

(Financial Aid, College Essays, Test Scores, Oh MY!)

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Lilly

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