My father wrote: "It's hard to believe they've only been around for 6 years. I feel like we are forever wondering about something--and then walking over to the computer and googling it. It's hard to believe we've only been able to do that for 6 years."
I replied: "That's funny, because i think of Google as having been around for so much less time than that. I think because i still think of mid-high school as only being a year or two ago."
Allie and i had both forgotten that the other was taking Dead Sea Scrolls, so we both had a moment of surprise when i walked into class. (She was already sitting down since i was one minute late by the classroom clock.) Being in this class together means we can continue our tradition of Tuesday/Thursday lunch together :)
Usually i’m excited about veggie grinders, but today they were avocado and stuff and while i appreciate the effort to make them not just boring carrots hummus etc., i liked the boring grinders. Dinner i had spinach salad. Clearly i need to get less picky. Though with the new dining thing with some houses having different food and the menus being online i can plan ahead (because i’m the kind of person who would actually do that).
I didn’t get into my Art History class, and listening to Barbara Kellum describe the class i decided it wasn’t something i wanted enough to fight for (clearly this is partly laziness and sour grapes).
So then i went to Pat Skarda’s office to ask her to write a letter of recommendation for me for grad school and she says i am “eminently recommendable.”
Her: “I’m going to say something dark and surly.”
Me: “Would i ever expect any less from you?”
I told her i was shopping for a 4th class and she suggested a seminar, which would be a really good idea particularly since my transcript isn’t exceptionally strong (i went through undergrad not intending grad school and not inclined to kill myself for straight As).
Her seminar Visions and Visionaries: William Blake and the Shelleys was at 3, and i ended up going in part just because i was still there by then (Sarah and Kathy stopped by and i hung around and then Gillian showed up and i was thrilled to see her).
I have no particular love for the Romantics, but there would be refreshments, which is a selling point. I would get to indulge my incest kink (Mathilda by Mary Shelley and Percy’s response: The Cenci) and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man sounds interesting. And it would give me an excuse to read Prometheus Unbound. A lot of the stuff about the Shelleys really piques my interest. And some of the supplementary readings look damn cool -- Frankenstein’s Creation: The Book, The Monster, and Human Reality by David Ketterer and Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: The Fate of Androgyny by William Veeder for starters. Do i really wanna suffer through Blake and all the other stuff just for the sex and death and monstrous and all, though?
Near the end of class the clock, which was an hour behind, started going super-fast but when it finally stopped it was still an hour behind. Weirdness.
F-ing hard to find courses i wanna take that fit my schedule. So many of the neat religion courses (among others) conflict with my Dead Sea Scrolls class. And then of course there are cool-looking seminars but of course i won’t get into them.
I could take my first ever 8am class -- Ethics with Ernest Alleva MW. The class meets for the first time tomorrow morning, so i’m gonna at least check it out.
I could take a second class with Karl Donfried (and Pat Skarda says he’s retiring after this year, so that wouldn’t be an entirely bad idea) -- Sexuality, Asceticism and Redemption in Early Christianity -- but Pat Miller’s Deviant Behavior meets at the same time. Decisions decisions.
And then Thursday afternoon is Doug’s seminar on George Eliot. Pat Skarda mentioned her translation of Fuerbach’s Essence of Christianity and i remembered learning some about that through my Oxford class and making a mental note to read it at some point, so if it’s on the syllabus it would be a great time to read it (and some of her fiction does look appealling).
Susan pointed out that i could also do a Special Studies, which would of course look great for grad school and be hella work. I’d have to come up with a topic and a syllabus and stuff like yesterday, though. What is the deal with how one goes about doing a Special Studies?
In looking through the paper catalogue i found a bunch of cool Spring courses -- again, some of which are seminars. I’d love to even just audit the Philosophy seminar on Adam Smith, though. And in Religion there’s The Inklings: Religion and Imagination in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams and Religion and Film.
‘Cause i don’t already have enough classes for that semester, right? I already wanna take Intro Bible 2 (gee, more Karl Donfried), the 2nd of the Shakespeare courses, Nancy Bradbury’s Folklore and Fakelore seminar, and there’s an ENG 120 on Children’s Literature; Gillian Kendall’s teaching it, but but but...
The Registrar’s Office sent out the Degree Requirements e-mail to all seniors, so i learned that the exact wording is "for the bachelor of arts degree, completion of 64 credits of academic work outside the department or program of the major" Nice.
Wow, doing the math i have 43 credits in my major and 68 outside. To fulfill the bare minimum of the English major takes 48 credits of work. This helps to explain why i feel like i know so few of the English Department professors -- that and the fact that it’s such a large department, of course. 20 of my “non-major” credits are still lit classes, though, which explains why i feel like i have such an abundance of English classes (63 credits from lit classes, 48 non -- which is still more even than i had had the impression it was).
*looks at clock* So, it's almost tomorrow and i'm gonna shop an 8am class and i totally haven't done any of the grad school e-mailing i meant to do. I really have to e-mail all the program coordinators about GRE requirements (English Subject Test: yes? no?) so i can register. I think i'm just gonna take it in Boston 'cause it seems like that would be just as much time/money as taking it in Worcester given my dependence on public transit.
P.S. ats_nolimits premieres this Wednesday (i.e. tomorrow -- today by the time most people read this).