Friday, January 10, 2014

Back to School

My first week back to school is over. I like that so many of my classes are new. It's a fresh start in the middle of the year. I'm taking University Calculus I. We haven't started any actual calculus yet, so I don't know yet how that's going to work out, but I do like the teacher I have for that class. My Waves class is probably two times larger than my Mechanics class, but there's no way to change that without messing up all the classes I'm taking. I do miss having the small physics class.
And there's my brand new biology class, Microbiology. That class is interesting. It's mostly lab-based, and the final exam is a practical. For the final, we will have to identify an unknown organism in a Petri dish, and write a paper about how we did it. The correct identification is actually only five points of the grade. That's exciting, but a bit scary, too. I hope I enjoy biology labs as much as I like my chemistry labs, or I'm going to be in for a bad time. It's been a long time since I did my AP Biology labs, and it's hard to remember how I felt about them. I want to take Microbiology (and do well in it), so that I can take Human Infectious Diseases next year.
My English class this semester is Shakespeare II. All juniors have a required research paper this quarter, but it doesn't sound bad at all: 5 pages, 3 secondary sources. I have to pick a sonnet or play, but with the amount of other writing about Shakespeare, I hope it won't be too hard to find plenty of sources.
With my new schedule, I get out of school at 2:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, which is convenient. However, on Tuesdays, I have class from 8-4 non-stop, which is tiring.

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