Class Is In Session: Yay!?

January 19, 2009 at 1:13 AM (Musings)

That’s right, I’m looking forward to my courses for this semester!  Not only that, but I’m also planning on getting back into swimming this spring (unfortunately I let it slip last semester as life got more stressful and hectic), and already have a 7.30 pool time appointment with the little wanderer tomorrow morning.  To make life even more awesome, I have all my classes on two days of the week, freeing up my schedule for studying, working, and maybe even sleeping once in a while!  Behold:

Movement for Theatre

One of my favourite rings, purchased in London

My favourite ring from London!

Once upon a time I fancied myself a thespian, and performed in both musical comedies and Shakespearean comedies and tragedies regularly.  I even went so far as to visit England twice to take classes at the Globe and London Academy of Performing Arts.  It was definitely one of the highlights of my then brief existence.  Sadly, once I began my college career, I let my stage performing fall by the wayside in favour of ballroom dancing.  I don’t at all regret dancing, but I do miss theatre a lot.  I was thrilled to find this course and to discover that the professor specialises in stage combat.  I have my first class in fewer than 47 hours, but who’s keeping track?

Pop Music: The Beatles
I initially heard about this class as a freshman, but dashed any hopes of getting into the class, knowing full-well that it filled within minutes of registration opening up.  I checked the registrar on a whim while I was home for Christmas and found that one seat had opened up.  I immediately rearranged my schedule to accommodate, and today I finally bought my text for the class today.  Not only is my professor a delight, but I’m also really looking forward to my midterm project: adopt a song and learn everything I possibly can about it.  Granted, this is pretty general, and I’ll probably be cursing it later, but in the meantime, I love picking up music trivia!  My current plan is to study “Here Comes the Sun, which has never failed to put a smile on my face ever since a pleasant saunter through Harvard Square one unusually warm late October afternoon.  I was walking aimlessly through the square with the single purpose of enjoying the rare weather.  Just as I was taking a deep breath of the crisp air, a street band started to play “Here Comes the Sun.”  I may has well have been a part of a music video: the weather and scenery were perfect, as was the music, and I must admit that I would have done an awesome job as a walk-on.  As cheesy as it all may sound, it still put me on cloud nine, and I’ve loved the song ever since.  I guess the little things can make a big impression sometimes.

Public Relations for Non-Profit
Admittedly, I wasn’t thrilled to be taking this class, but it fit into my master scheduling plan, and Ifigured that getting a non-profit perspective on PR couldn’t hurt my career.  The professor would also make the class worth my while: he’d taught another one of my classes and had proven himself not only brilliant (most of my professors in college have been), but well-connected with his students.  In my former class, he even went so far as to offer to write me a letter of recommendation, should I need one.  As it turns out, we’ll be working with a client this semester, which will not only provide me with some legitimate experience, but with a warm fuzzy feeling inside: the client is Konbit Sante, and the mission is to save lives and improve healthcare in northern Haiti (http://www.konbitsante.org/).

New Media & Public Relations
The one class I really, REALLY wanted to take this semester.  As a soon-to-be PR professional fresh out of university, I’ll be expected to not only be familiar with new media, but a master of it.  This semester, my favourite prof. will be leading us through a truckload of seminars on the uses of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and so on as they pertain to PR.  My major project this semester?  Create a blog.  I can’t possibly imagine how I’ll pass this class.

Tonight’s Tunes
“Mariposa en Havana,” Si*Sé
“Hiphip Chinchin,” Club des Belugas
“The Bomb,” Bitter:Sweet
“Can You Believe,” Robin Thicke
“Water of Nazareth,” Justice
“England,” The Addicts
“Here Comes the Sun” The Beatles
“Gimme Shelter,” The Rolling Stones
“Mambo Swing,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Tonight’s Distractions
A Cinderella Story
Ocean’s Eleven

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