Thursday, April 21, 2005

American Individualism

The first day of summer classes was supposed to be Monday but there was a nationwide transportation strike that day so classes in UP were suspended/cancelled. I felt so frustrated. I found it so anti-climactic. I had been really looking forward to my first English 242 class and it was postponed. At least it was only postponed for one day. Tuesday we had our first class and it was wonderful. =) I love the subject/class (individualism in American literature) and I love the professor. Prof. Ancheta is so nice and so cool. She's obviously smart, intelligent, and articulate. She's a good teacher and she's passionate/enthusiastic when she lectures. I can tell I will really learn a lot from her and ENJOY the whole experience. She's also making sure the class/our work will be as scholarly/professional as possible (which is the way things should be). She gave the class a kick-ass (and looong) reading list. Yes folks, we've only had one class session so far but I already love the class and Prof. Ancheta is my new favorite teacher. Don't get me wrong though, I know this class will be tough. I have a lot of hard work to do and there will be several sleepless nights for me this summer.

She gave us this week off to start wrestling with our (looong list - and I love it!) of readings. We have EIGHT essays/works to discuss on Monday and reports start Tuesday. (My report will be on Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt.) Aaahhh, the life of a UP student. =) (I've been missing it!) I've started reading for our class discussions and the readings are CHALLENGING and interesting (which is why I'm having a difficult AND great time reading them).

Yes, yes, I know. I'm a bookworm. I'm a nerd, a geek. Call me what you want: an academic, boring, highbrow, an intellectual, an intellectual snob, whatever you want (hey I AM a college English lecturer/instructor). I don't care (at least not right now - haha!). I'm proud of it.

P.S. Damn, I haven't read Eragon yet and I now have so much to read for my summer class and for the completion of my English 243 class under Prof. Arambulo.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Hello, summer! =)

Hello, summer! =) I am a free woman. I have no more work to do since the semester is over in Ateneo and I submitted my students' final grades last Monday. I have no more schoolwork to do because the semester is over in UP and I passed my final paper and took the final exam for my MA class last Thursday. I am officially on vacation (until the 14th)! The 14th and 15th is the registration period for UP summer classes. I hope to finish enrolling on the 14th because there is a Christian leadership seminar I want to attend on the 15th. Summer classes in UP start on the 18th.

I am excited about summer classes in UP. I am going to take American Individualism 1837-1900 (that is, American literature 1837-1900) under Prof. Ancheta. It's going to be every weekday from 3-5 p.m. CY ( my best friend) will be one of my classmates. I hope we will be in an air-conditioned classroom. CY says we will be discussing the works of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson in that class. Yay! =) I'm going to buy books of their works for the class. There's nothing like an MA class to provide a good excuse to buy expensive books. Hehehe. I'm glad my brain can get back in shape through my summer class.

Before summer classes start, I hope to catch up on my leisure reading. I am definitely going to finally read Eragon by Christopher Paolini (number one on the New York Times best-seller list at the age of fifteen, jeez). What else should I read this summer? You guys have suggestions for me? =) I want to read the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle and Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer. There are dozens of books I need and want to read this summer! Summer IS a time for reading. =)