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Semester in Review

Ready. Set…

Exhale.

I am breathing a little easier now that I have one semester under my belt. I was initially concerned when I started this semester because the ole’ brain was quite rusty. I never expected that taking a couple years away from higher education following the completion of LPN school would have been so dulling but, unfortunately, it was more dulling than I ever could have imagined. This is from where my vow to be a lifetime learner sprouted because I never want to have to work that hard to get my analytical skills back up to par again. So here is the wrap up of my first semester!

My classes were great. I actually found out that I love classic literature. It isn’t often that one is able to find a subject that combines two of his or her passions. I had not been exposed to anything that indulged me this way until I took my first lit class this semester. Let me tell you why lit is great:

1. It combines History and English.

2. I love History and English.

3. Combining History and English is perhaps the most amazing and engaging intellectual pursuit that I have ever encountered.

The most awesome thing about classic lit is that it brings history to life. Don’t get me wrong, I love stale “this happened to this person on this date” fact based history because I am a geek, but lit makes history jump off the page. It is focused around how people experienced the events that we are taught in our history books. The human experience is much more interesting than a sequential list of historical events and lit pulls the curtain back and allows us to see how X event affected Y people from Y people’s point of view.

I. Love. It.

I had some other great classes as well that really made me think. I had two classes that I could have done without, but that is the liberal arts education for you. I am thankful that I will never have to darken the doors of another statistics or science class; although, I did truly enjoy astronomy. Starting with this semester, every class that I take will be focused specifically on my degrees and that makes me smile.

For now, I am going to enjoy the break afforded to me by the school and spend some much need time relaxing with my family, giving them their due before I have to kick life back into high gear when the spring semester starts. Check back tomorrow for a synopsis of what subject matter you will read over the course of the next few months!

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  1. January 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I went back to night school a few years ago. I experienced a rusty brain. A good tip that my biology teacher gave me was to only study in 45 minute intervals. He said that after 45 minutes, take about 15 minutes to refresh the brain. After 45 minutes of intensive studying he said that the brain gets tired so whatever you`re trying to remember will most likely not be there. Seemed to work for me. 🙂

    Good luck next semester!

  2. January 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I will definitely work that into my study habits. Thankfully, most of the classes where I need to practice gross memorization are behind me. Hopefully the rest of my education will be spent applying the principles that I already know to new endeavors.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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