January 2nd, 2007

lion: yay!

Fall Semester : PWND

So remember back in September when I was thinking that this semester would be my worst semester yet (well, academically, anyway)?

I just ate it for breakfast, as grades came up a day early. Check it.

French 243 (Intro to Francophone Lit/Culture) : B+
WS 100 (Intro to Women's Studies) : A
Astronomy 120 (Solar System) : A
Math 309 (Differential Equations) : A

I know I deserved that B+ in French, as I put... virtually no effort in the class and read only half the stories anyway. The women's studies grade shocked me, though. Yes, I know I aced the midterm (and probably the final), but my written assignments weren't fantastic on the whole and I wasn't one of the big talkers in the class. Oh well.

For now, though, we party!
sounded better in my head

Spring Schedule: What To Do?

The schedule I registered with (which has a math, a French, and my two remaining distributionals) looks like this:

French 230 (Advanced Grammar/Composition) MWF 11:00-11:50
Math 317 (Number Theory) MWF 1:00-1:50
Art 150 (Art History) TR 12:30-1:45
Chemistry 111 (Environmental Chemistry) TR 9:30-10:45

Why am I mentioning this now? Something might change in the near future, but I can't decide what.

The Special Topics course in French (French 390) happens to be Post-WWII French Popular Culture (or, according to AscAgnes, Post-Wwii French Popular Cult, which amuses me way too much). Can we say "Awesome"? I have no idea when or if this course will be offered again. This class meets on MW 2:30-3:45.

Then there's the other upper-level math course, Mathematical Stats + Probability (Math 328). Sure, I've never taken stats, but that's not a prerequisite. Actually, as I've never taken stats, this would be a good thing to have. Of course, since this course is offered every other year, I can always take it senior year if I don't take it now. This class meets on TR 12:30-1:45 (look familiar?).

Last but not least is Astronomy 121, Galaxies and Cosmology. (Mmm, stars.) Since I'm pondering an astrophysics minor, I may as well take the lab with it. It isn't vital that I take it this year since none of the other courses for the minor require this as a prerequisite. This class meets on TR 9:30-10:45 (again, familiar?), while the lab is on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 10:30. I'll probably take it next year.

Even those of you not familiar with ASC scheduling should smell a problem here. The normal course load of four courses aside, I've just listed seven courses, complete with time conflicts. This is where I need some advice, or at least someone to talk me into or out of taking three 300-level courses this year, even though those would be all math and French courses. (Hey, I took all math and French last spring and survived to tell the tale. This could be the hyped-up edition.)

My inner parent is telling me to do this because I wasn't really looking forward to Environmental Chemistry anyway:

French 230 (Advanced Grammar/Composition) MWF 11:00-11:50
Math 317 (Number Theory) MWF 1:00-1:50
French 390 (Post-WWII French Popular Culture) MW 2:30-3:45
Art 150 (Art History) TR 12:30-1:45

My inner child, however, wants instant gratification and is telling me to do this:

French 230 (Advanced Grammar/Composition) MWF 11:00-11:50
Math 317 (Number Theory) MWF 1:00-1:50
French 390 (Post-WWII French Popular Culture) MW 2:30-3:45
Math 328 (Mathematical Stats + Probability) TR 12:30-1:45

Yes, note the course numbers in both cases. Apparently I'm related to a bunch of masochists. My schedule would look something like this next year anyway; I was just trying to ease into it.

To make things easier, have a poll.

Poll #899348 My Spring 2007 Schedule Options

Which schedule should I listen to when pondering my final spring schedule?

The original schedule
1(16.7%)
The inner parent schedule
3(50.0%)
The inner child schedule
2(33.3%)
All three of them are crazy!
0(0.0%)

Would I be crazy to listen to my inner relatives?

YES. They're chained to your spinal cord for a reason.
0(0.0%)
Nope, you're perfectly sane. Or at least saner than I am.
1(16.7%)
A little bit, but sanity is relative.
1(16.7%)
Ooh, a ticky!
1(16.7%)

If you could leave me on an island with only one object, what would it be?