Two-Week Report Card

9.06.2011

Though my blog may be misleading, I do actually take classes at The University of Texas. And to further prove this assertion, my evidence will be in the form of elaborate explanations of my courses thus far.

The majority of my classes are from the Plan II curriculum. Every freshman must take a year-long world literature class. We were given a booklet with descriptions of each professor's curriculum and background, and then at each orientation a lottery was held to fairly disperse the students among the nine professors. My first choice, Dr. Kevorkian, was only selected by one other student at my session, which initially made me fear that they all knew something I didn't. I soon realized that it was simply the name association with Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) that deterred students from his class. Those of us who were bold enough to select him got the reward of a gifted and wise professor who is an expert in all things English. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a Pd.D. in English from UCLA--talk about well-rounded. He's written several books and is one of two Plan II professors to be a part of some fancy-schmancy teaching association that I can't remember the name of, but remember being of high merit. We're currently reading "The Odyssey." I have faint memories of reading this in 8th grade and freshman year, but I'm gaining a whole new appreciation for it thanks to the insight of my professor and fellow students. 

The next class on Mon/Wed/Fri is Problems in Modern Biology--Plan II's very own biology course for non pre-med students. Despite the daunting title of the course, it doesn't seem to bad...yet. I remember my brother warning me that freshman biology at Memorial was one of the hardest classes they had, but I survived mostly due to my young age preventing me from doing much else but study without a means of transportation. Organelles, protein synthesis, and evolution theories are all slowly coming back to me, and I think I have my APES class to thank for some of that. 

Possibly my favorite class so far is my Tutorial Course--Creative Problem Solving. It, unlike my English class, was a hot commodity during the Plan II lottery. The professor is a tank full of wisdom and everything he says is completely captivating and entertaining. (If you'd like a taste of his style, here's the link to his award winning commencement address, only third after Steve Jobs and Jerry Zucher...not too shabby.) The course focuses on how to generate unusual ideas when presented a difficult problem. Professor Lewis has a background in molecular biology, which has led our first class project to be finding the cure to a disease. No big deal. Note the sarcasm, but I think by the end of the project, Professor Lewis will have us genuinely saying that this initially intimidating endeavor really is "no big deal." It's one of those classes that I'm certain will assist me no matter what career path I choose. 

{My communications professor, Dr. John Daly, speaking on advocating ideas successfully}

And lastly, I have my single communications course to help build my other degree in communications. It's a course on interpersonal communications which studies topics like relationship dynamics, shyness, stereotyping and persuasion. The professor, Dr. Daly, is nationally acclaimed and according to his bio, has won every campus-wide undergraduate teaching award. 

If there's one thing I'm certain of, it's that my professors know their stuff and I should take advantage of that. There are no weekly quizzes or baby daily grades to buffer my grades anymore, but I have a feeling that as long as I go to class and stick to good study habits, everything will work out as it should.

1 comments:

Holly said...

Molly! Your classes sound great. I took Dr. Daly's class my freshman year and LOVED it. Can't wait to hear what you think. Hope you are having a great time - sounds like it! I can't wait to try to the frozen banana place!