Today, I decided to give you all the inside scoop on my class schedule this semester.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, my first class isn’t until 11 am (how lucky am I?) and that class is Second Year Heritage Chinese. Second Year Heritage Chinese is a full year, two semester long class and it’s for students of Chinese-American background who already speak Chinese at home or anybody who is already close to being verbally fluent in the language.
The class usually comprises of talking in pairs using vocabulary words from each lesson. We have frequent quizzes, which you will find to be extremely great grade boosters in college, and frequent homeworks as well, also grade boosters, so no complaints here.
My second class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays immediately after Chinese is Data Structures, which is a class for my Computer Science minor. It is a rather long lecture, an hour and fifteen minutes. The professor usually just lectures for the entirety of the time and we are either coding along with him or taking notes of what he’s saying.
On Tuesdays, (not pictured), I give campus tours at 11 am.
Then after my tour, I have to hustle over to my first class of the day, Palaces, Temples, and Tombs of Mesopotamia, which is a class in our Near Eastern Studies department. This class is an art history class and I actually took AP Art History in high school, so the structure of the class is very familiar to me. The professor shows slides of architecture and sculptures during class and we take notes on what she says about each piece.
After my Palaces class, I head to the two and a half hour block that is my Introduction to Poetry class which is for my Writing Seminars major. This is probably my most invigorating class of this semester. Everybody in this class is a Writing Seminars major, like myself, and being in a classroom of people who care so much about writing is exactly what I had dreamed of Hopkins to be like when I had decided to apply ED to here.
“The poem is located in a specific place. You don’t know where, but you know the poet knows where,” is a quote from Richard Hugo from our reading of his book for Intro Poetry that really struck me. If you ask my best friend and roommate, Nita, how my Tuesdays go, she would probably sum it up as, Kaylee goes to Intro Poetry class and comes back in a trance and sometimes goes into existential crisis, but the good kind of existential crisis.
Thursdays are like my Tuesdays, only I don’t have Intro Poetry after my Palaces class.
So all the classes pictured above add up to being 13 credits and then on top of those credits, I am also doing 3 credits worth of research in the psychology department.
In my next post, I will be giving you the details on how I got this research position and what I am doing for it. A lot of Hopkins students are involved with research, in fact, almost all my friends are doing research right now or have done research before.
So, tune in two weeks from now to hear about that!