|| Having Too Much Work
Today is the first day of the week off before finals period in which everyone should study and write essays.
For the first time in my life I have more essays due than finals, and actually have substantially sized essays.
My largest, a 3,000 word research paper on the formation of Gay Identity specifically in Australia.
Haha, it is so funny to have papers to write. I am such an econ. student at Smith in that this last year I have taken at least half Econ. courses per semester, and as a result have had very very little written work.
Also, finals here are so much different. For starters, classes ended Friday, and my 1st and last written final is on the 22nd of November. That means, minus this week we have off to study, there is 3 full weeks of just final exams. I suppose this is warranted since the University of Melbourne has around 40,000 people in it, all who need to take exams...
Having all these papers majorlly sucks. I'm not into writing papers, and my study and review skills very much so hinge upon the fact that I can read notes or a book on a subject and rememr it nearly word for word the next day when I take the test.
Research, and analytical writing is a pain is my ass. Oh well, I guess that is the life of an Arts student...
Next semester, I have chosen to try to make my academic life as unannoying as possible in a few ways.
1. Only have class Monday - Wednesday
2. Take as many classes as possible with only 1 lecture, and 1 tutorial
3. Take as many fun interesting classes as possible
So in selecting my courses today I have done just this. I only have 1 required course, Economics for E-commerce, that has 2 lectures.
Otherwise my courses are ridiculous, and sound lots of low-stress fun, especially since 2 of them involve movie screenings, and great readings. See Below Examples
A. Gothic Fiction, 1 1 hour lecture, 1 1 hour collq./tutorial
* J Austen, Northanger Abbey.
* R L Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
* M Lewis, The Monk.
* E A Poe, The Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
* A Radcliffe, The Italian.
* A Rice, Interview with the Vampire.
* M Shelley, Frankenstein.
* B Stoker, Dracula.
* F F Coppola, Bram Stoker's Dracula.
* F W Murnau, Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauns.
* J Whale, Frankenstein.
* J Whale, Bride of Frankenstein.
* J Whedon, Buffy. (selected episodes)
B. Medievalism in Contemporary Culture 1 1 hour lecture, 1 1 hour collq./tutorial
* The Classic Fairy Tales: Texts, Criticism (Maria Tatar)
* The Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
* Le Morte Darthur (Thomas Malory),
* The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
* A Tournament of Murders (Paul Doherty)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
* A Knight's Tale,
My other two classes aren't nearly as fun. Australia and America: historical/sociological comparison from 19th century to today, and Economics for E-commerce.
But you know, not everything can be fun and games.
I am going to have a hell of alot of reading and writing next semester, but at least I will get to indulge myself in both fantasy/science fiction and vampire/horror novels to my hearts content, and then do papers on them. <3
Otherwise, life is good here. I am apparently participating in a choreographed dance during the 2008 Mardi Gras (gay pride parade in Sydney). My friends invited me to march with them, however I didn't know this marching involved dressing up in military fatigues and doing a choreographed danced down the street that requires 5 rehearsals to learn. Also, we were given gym and tanning salon vouchers, and told to get ourselves looking good (if we want). Wtf?
Haha. It should be hilarious either way.
And finally, I'm coming home Nov 24th, to spend the holidays in America. I should be in NY until the beginning of January, and will then progress to San Francisco before departing back to Australia in mid-Jan. (Its my summer here, classes don't start until March 3rd.)
So, apart from trying to get a job during the xmas season and making money, I'll be up at Smith to visit and have some fun around winter weekend time. I would love to see everyone possible, because I do miss my friends dearly. Give me a call on my cell anytime after the 24th.