By Jan Abel
Published January 27, 2022 in The Burg
Hi, Jan here! With the second semester already in full swing, I thought it was time to give
everyone’s favorite update of the semester: what classes Jan gets to stress over for the next four months! Woo~
I should probably preface this by saying that I am genuinely excited for most of these
classes in one way or another, and at least 64 percent of the stress I am talking about comes from my own anxiety and crippling need to organize and color-code everything I can get my hands on.
Get it? Got it! Good.
Here’s a fun fact (well, maybe not fun for me): I actually have all four classes on Mondays and Wednesdays! So hey, let’s just go down the schedule!
My very lovely 9 a.m. class is split into two parts, and I’m going to partially blame my dear adviser for not telling me that there was a 9 a.m. lecture that I forgot to write down, despite the fact that he’s the one that teaches it. Anyways, Layout and Design is something I’m really excited about—since I want to work in marketing—so I’m really excited to see what I could do to improve besides just what I could do with no training on Canva.
My 10 a.m. is funnily enough taught by another Jan! Of course, I will always argue that
“Janice” is the superior spelling, but I really do love having a class with Janis. My roommate swore up and down that I would love Art History, and while it’s definitely not my usual wheelhouse, or something I would probably take if not for the requirement, I’m still excited to see what I learn and how I could relate it to the history of literature I already have to study. This class will spend the term going from prehistory to the renaissance and all of the ways that people were creating and using art in those times.
By 11 a.m., I have gone from the communications department, to the art department, and I’ve
now made my way to the English department. For those of you following my column last term, this class should seem familiar.
One of our requirements for a degree in English is the history
and different eras of literature in both England and America. In the Fall of 2021, I was in British Survey II, which took us from the Romantic Era (1790-1850) to modern day. This semester, I’ve gone further back in history, and we’ll be going from the Middle Ages to the Romantic Era. This stuff is difficult to read on a good day, but if there’s one thing I love, it’s seeing how a piece of
literature written in the early 11th century could still be used in modern day life.
My final class of the day (my 2 p.m., if you were curious) is one that I have been excited
about since I first figured out my sophomore year schedule in Spring of 2021. Advanced
Creative Writing is always changing their major theme, with some years focusing more on poetry, where others may be doing an intensive with writing projects. This time around, the class is focused on world building, and how we can create something from nothing. My little author's heart is jumping for joy, in case you couldn’t tell.
I know that this edition of the column may not always be the most exciting thing to read
each time it comes around, but in the end, “Hi, Jan Here” is my way of bring you all along with
me as I first navigated my senior year of high school, and now my adventures in college. I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll talk to you all very soon.