Second Semester Impressions

Last semester, I wrote about my first impressions of my classes, so I thought it would be a great idea to keep that going and review my second semester classes for you. To begin with this is my schedule: (it might be a bit confusing, so i’ll explain about it later on)…

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Kinda confusing right? Maybe this one will make more sense?

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That’s a bit better right? Well for my second semester, I am enrolled in 16 credits, as stated in the picture above. If there is any other confusion, the picture below should help with that. Below is my weeks schedule.  The school makes it very hard to find all the information in the same place and is a bit confusing (as you saw above), so I have to put it all together.IMG_7005

One thing I did last semester was color code my classes which helped me with organization. Below is my color coding for 2nd semester cheat sheet. In my planner when I have events or homework I write it in the color that corresponds with the class it is associated with.

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With out further ado, this is my first/second week of second semester impressions…


IMG_4202SPANISH 101. It’s about time that I took a Spanish class in my education. In middle school I had the opportunity to choose French or Spanish after sampling them both for a semester, I chose French.  This meant that I continued to learn French in high school too.

For my Education major, I have to pick a minor. I think Spanish would be the perfect minor if I want to teach in California especially if I pick Southern California.  The only problem is… I do not know any Spanish, so this can be quite a journey.

So since I don’t know any Spanish, I am enrolled in the first class offered where you are not supposed to know any Spanish, but the thing is, I am surrounded by classmates who have taken 2-3 years in high school.  They claim to not remember anything but from what I can tell, they have such an advantage already. Tutoring is being offered and I know I will be taking those chances.  I also have already formed a study group where we do homework together. While I am a bit nervous, I am excited to see where this class may take me.

I took my first exam today, and since I was under pressure I started to remember french but not Spanish.  I think it’s time to get some help for sure.


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RELIGION 100. Since I go to a religious school, it is required for me to take a religion class. Now with the freedom of picking classes, I wanted to make sure I was enrolled in a good class. During the hour before my registration, the original class I wanted was full and waitlisted.  This meant that I had to make decision and fast.  Luckily my roommate took religion during her first semester and was able to help me.  I actually ended up picking her professor for one main reason.  There is no tests.

By now, I’m sure its obvious that I am not a big fan of tests.  Especially with my heavy workload, this makes the class so much more enjoyable.  Instead of worrying and stressing about studying, I just have to post on some online discussion threads about my opinions about certain topics from my reading once a week.  To me, that is so much easier than any test.


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MATH 110. A subject I have always struggled in was math. Unfortunately, because of low SAT scores, I was placed in a math course that does not meet any requirements because it is so basic.  But, in my opinion, this is just what I need. I need to be refreshed on the basics, especially if I want to end up teaching.

Most of the time, what makes the math class easy or hard is how the teacher presents the topic.  The teacher that I have is very quirky and funny.  She tries to make everyone laugh which is always good.  She started off the class on the first day of classes by saying, “What did the acorn say when it grew up? ….. Gee, I’m a tree.”  Get it… geometry (Gee, I’m a tree?) Well i thought it was funny.

To make matters even better, one of my roommates bought this textbook so she is letting me use it this semester.  Free textbooks are always the best kind of text books. One thing I notice is that I do not dread going to math class, which is wonderful improvement because that was one thing I always struggled with.


IMG_7010Creative Drama for Child/Youth. If you recall, last semester for my freshman seminar class, my professor was the head of my major.  I made sure that I had him again and since this class is required for my major, it works out. Since this class is a drama course, it requires using my imagination and improvising.

This class is all about teaching kids drama, and the professor believes that the best way to learn is by doing field experience. This means that I will have the opportunity to actually visit elementary schools and teach them lessons. This is something that I am really looking forward to doing.


Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 9.58.26 AMTennis. I am required to take a PE class once to fill my colleges general education requirements. There was lots to pick from but I chose tennis. For those who don’t know, I love playing tennis. I played all four years in high school. And was on Varsity during junior and senior year plus captain.

This class is even more fun because I am enrolled in it with some of my closest friends.  I have this class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The best part is that this is my only class that I have on those days so after I can shower, rest and catch up on some work.

It is safe to say that I miss playing tennis, so I am glad that I have this opportunity to be physically active while doing something that I love.

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And that is a summary of all my classes I am taking this semester. Also, I am getting a lot more involved on campus and participating in events, so its great to feel involved. I will talk to everyone soon.  If you have any thoughts on my classes, let me know, I would love to hear about them!

-Love, Tori <3