Yup, that's right... I bought www.InspireBohemia.com! Inspire Bohemia is no longer at ".blogspot.com" but anyone who still uses that address will be automatically redirected to the new one. Apart from the URL address, not much else has changed... yet! I'm excited about making this blog an official ".com" web page and making many improvements throughout 2012.
As I mentioned in last week's Hello New Year post, I was going through the registration and shopping for classes process and promised to let you in on which ones I'd finally end up keeping this Spring semester...
Well, I hoped to take three or four classes, unfortunately I couldn't get two that I need (one was full and I didn't catch an opening during the drop/add period last week despite obsessively checking, and the other was not even offered.) At this point I don't want to take any classes that I don't need, since all of my electives are far beyond satisfied (because I love college oh so much - seriously!).
Sooooo, I opted to spend more semesters in college by only taking two classes that I absolutely need: Societies in the World and Finite Math. Please don't laugh, but I've failed Finite Math twice, so this third time is a much dreaded and anxiety ridden experience for me! I am terrible at math, not basic math, but advanced Algebra and all the stuff they bombard you with during high school and beyond in core curriculum college. I often think about how math teachers have failed me all of my life, how I've always had bad ones and it has all led up to this point - where passing two basic math classes stands between me and graduation! It has been a long time since high school, and if I was bad then and in my early years of college too, then what chance do I have now? Luckily I have my super smart boyfriend to help me comprehend it all, and these days all classes tend to be supplemented with online learning platforms (which make electronic quizzes and homework a frequent and annoying option for most professors). Florida International University has pretty bad math professors, just check out their evaluations, or ask around campus, everyone says it. Fortunately I chose a professor with some of the best (and consistently good) evaluations and she seems to have a good style of teaching, as well as a good sense of humor. The book assigned to the class is a whopping $180! Luckily the teacher told us we don't need to buy the book, only the $80 registration code for the online Math platform (which has a lot of the book content) where we'll be learning, practicing and turning in our weekly homework assignments. Oh joy. Don't get me wrong, $80 is better than $180, but I'm already paying the whopping tuition for the class - (for the third time!) AND a penalty fee of two or three hundred dollars for taking a class a third time. I don't think I need to explain why I think that penalty fee is ridiculous and unfair, or why I will definitely be appealing it this week.
As for the class Societies in the World, it is a required core class for my Sociology degree. I love classes like this one! Here is a quote from the syllabus description:
"This course seeks to deepen our understanding of human societies by examining them within a series of wider, “world” perspectives: historical, environmental, global, and systemic. This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts and ideas underlying a comparative, historical, and ecological perspective on our social world, including:Ummmm... yes please! I can't wait, Sociology courses rock my world!
-How societies evolved and became differentiated from each other each other; -How and why certain societies prospered while others declined or even disappeared; and
-The prospects and challenges for sustainable societies in the contemporary world."
So those are my classes. Two classes may seem like a slacker's schedule but believe me, I know I have my work cut out for me, remember - I MUST pass math this time. Please send me your good vibrations! If by some miracle one of my readers has a MathXL registration code that they wouldn't mind giving me or knows of a good math tutor in Miami, please let me know!
Wow, this post is getting long.... I can type for days, after all I love to write and talk. I hope nobody minds, in fact this is one of my blogolutions (blog resolutions) for this year, to write more!
I want to thank my readers for the wonderful comments on my Hello New Year post from last week, your words were uplifting and encouraging! I have often thought about how I need to establish a concrete daily routine in order to get more done and make the most of each day. I'm working on it... :)