Education Station

9.12.2012

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Every semester, I enter with a little hesitation towards my new set of courses. Some are inconveniently timed; for others, the subject matter seems dull; and then there are those where the professors did not receive rave reviews. But, more often than not, all seems to work out and this semester is no exception. Inevitably, some classes will be more challenging and time consuming than others, but I always seem to end up with a nice balance. Here's a breakdown of my schedule this fall:

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Science & Design of Textiles & Apparel
This is my "just for fun" class. Though I'm not a Textiles and Apparel major, this class was offered to any student with a fetish for fashion. It covers the gamut when it comes to fashion subject matters from apparel design to retail merchandising to the art of landing a career in this competitive field.  I knew I wouldn't mind waking up for this 9am when we looked through the September issue of Vogue on the first day of class.

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History & Culture of Spain
Oh my gosh...y'all. This class is unreal. We spent two entire class periods discussing the origin of language. Included in this discussion was how bonobo monkeys are humans' closest friends, the fact that animals cannot in fact speak like humans (so Dr. Dolittle isn't based on a true story?), and defining a Food Bark, which for those of you who don't know is the sound a chimp makes when eating a banana. I can't take it seriously in the slightest, so I look forward to my opportunity to roll my eyes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during this class.

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{Here is evolution of the Pepsi-Cola ® logo over the years. Apparently there is an equation behind achieving the perfect balance in updating a logo or brand called Weber's Law. Companies, like Pepsi, are often posed the challenge to update their image without sacrificing the brand image they've been working for years to cultivate.}
Psychology of Advertising
Despite the careful attention and plentiful amount of reading this class will require, I think it will be time well spent. The material is not only fascinating for someone mesmerized by our product-obsessed culture like myself, but it's also incredibly useful for a wide range of career paths. We've only read two chapters thus far, and I've already taken note of some of the interesting pieces of information like how thoughtfully planned a store's scent is, how there's a term coined for a company using specific colors predominantly (it's trade dress), and the art of online shopping versus in-store shopping.


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Logic & Scientific Reasoning
I can already tell this class will get tricky and may require a few trips to my TA's office hours. Though I have to admit, it's a refreshing change of pace from the rest of my courses which seem to be reading and writing based. My mom, being a math tutor, has certainly instilled a little love for all things remotely math-related from a young age in me.

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Philosophy - Problems of Knowledge & Reasom
Oy vey. This is a rough hour and a half to get through without nodding off. While philosophy sounds intriguing in the course description, I'm just not feeling it yet. I'm the kind of person who likes to live life without complicating it by asking the whys, what ifs, and hows to life's most complex questions, but looks like that's precisely what I'll be doing for the whole year. Yes, this is my year-long Plan II course. My professor selected pieces that focus on British philosophers from the modern period including the likes of Hobbes, Butler, Hume, Kant and Mill. I suppose it's an integral part of my liberal arts education, so I'll grin and bear it.

Now that I've crossed the initial hump of figuring out how these classes run, I think I like my schedule overall. My MWF is pretty laid back with most of my classes being big lectures, and Tuesdays and Thursdays is time to put my Plan II thinking cap on with both of my philosophy classes being that day. So, the next time I take a blogging break, know that I'm hard at work on a logic set, interpreting TV ads, or (the most preferable option of all) researching the science behind Philip Lim's latest designs.


4 comments:

dervla @ The Curator said...

Love that first shot with the stack of books. Looks like you've got your mind full this semester!

Mollie Williams said...

When you figure out that truth table for logic, call me!

Allyson of Lovely Explorer said...

Sounds like a great semester! I'm still trying to wrap my head around my classes.. and we've been at school for almost a month now!

Allyson of Lovely Explorer said...

Sounds like a great semester! I'm still trying to wrap my head around my classes.. and we've been at school for almost a month now!