So if you’ve been keeping up with the Juniors on SAAB, you’ve probably noticed the trend of the I-can’t-believe-I’m-an-upperclassman-what-is-adulthood thoughts. Annnd I’m here to repeat that sentiment, but to also add on just how much I’m loving it.
Okay so I’ll admit to saying that I still fumble the word sopho-junior around my mouth when I’m introducing myself (which throws me into a quasi-crisis about my adulthood), but the way this year has differed from the last has been amazing. I love living off campus, because even though it’s a bit of a walk, it feels good to have a space that my roommate and I can make and call home. Cooking meals, while sometimes hard to remember, is a forced adventure (aka find recipes or eat pasta for everything)—though here I have to insert that I lucked out with my roommate because she is an excellent cook.
What makes Junior year even better though, is that I actually 150% am enjoying all of my classes so far. I should naturally be biased to think this because my sophomore year was a large academic workload and challenge, but this semester, my schedule has been flowing together better than I expected. In keeping with my tradition of giving you a peek at my classes, here’s what my Fall is looking like:
Introduction to Sociology: This class meets from 11-11:50 Monday and Wednesday, with a section on Friday. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a humanities lecture and it’s good to be back. The professor and my TA are both really funny and engaging and it’s really interesting to hear their perspectives on the topics we discuss. Plus JHU_Genevieve and JHU_Allison are in that class sooo it’s a SAAB takeover.
Biochemistry: okay so this is one of my last large science pre-requisites, and while the class is dauntingly long (12 to 1:20 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), I like the fact that the class takes chemical and biological topics and teaches them to us by showing us how the theory is applied in real life. I think it’s a great way to get a grasp on the material, and I really like the teaching style of our professor. This class is unique in that it is broken up into units and each is taught by a separate professor—Unit 1 is almost over, so here’s to hoping I’ll like the next professor just as much!
Biochemistry Lab: Yeah, yeah another requisite to accompany Biochem, I know. This class has a rep of being really intimidating and hard, but so far it hasn’t been too bad. My lab partner is one of my good friends, so it’s nice to have the support in class and also out of class when we can work through calculations together. This class still makes me a little nervous so I’m hoping I won’t encounter too big of a challenge!
Modern Spanish Culture: This is an upper level Spanish I was really excited to take. I’ve only taken either grammar or literature classes for my major, and I wanted to branch out and learn more from a historical and geographical perspective of the development of Spanish Culture. This class is designed to be preparation for a semester abroad in Spain…which is something I might be doing soon! This course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:15.
Diseases and Disorders of the Nervous System: Beginning as a junior, Neuro majors are required to choose a track of neuroscience they want to pursue. I decided to focus on Systems Neuroscience and this is my first upper level in that field. I absolutely love this class. Each lecture is a different guest lecturer who is a leading physician or researcher in their field, and they present information about the disease they specialize in and the accomplishments that have been achieved or need to be achieved to battle the disease. This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:45, and JHU_Hayley is also in this class!
Scientific Communication + Research: Neuro majors are also required to get six credits of research in order to graduate with a Neuroscience degree. Scientific Communication is an open seminar class to get us comfortable talking about the labs we work in and the research projects that are being conducted. This class meets only twice a semester—once at the beginning, and then again at the end—and is a great way to learn how to clearly present scientific ideas in speaking and writing. I’m also excited to be working in the lab for longer periods of time. I’ve been working in Dr. Hussain-Shuler’s lab since the summer before sophomore year, and it’s been great to build relationships with my mentors while helping them out with projects.
Well there it is! Coupled with my extra-curriculars, my schedule is full but isn’t overwhelmingly busy. I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes me!