So, as I’ve shared before, I will be going back to Pitt in the fall. As much as I would like to quit my job and go to school full-time, that is not in the cards, so I’ll be taking night classes. My plan is 4 semesters of night classes followed by 3 full-time, which means I’ll have a degree sometime in 2013. Which is 3 years before I turn 30, so that works for me.
Now since the ball got rolling pretty late in the year, everyone had already scheduled for classes before I was able to. Thankfully, Pitt has joined the rest of the universe with online scheduling, so I’ve been able to do it all myself.
Except none of the classes I’d like to take are open or at night or count for any progress toward my degree. Currently, I am a History major. I declared at the beginning of my last semester at Pitt, so I’ve yet to actually take a History class. My plan was to major in History with a concentration in Latin American studies. Upon meeting with my advisor in March, she informs me that it’s probably not a good concentration. (Though it was fine 3 years ago.) Pitt apparently is doing something with Latin American journals, so all of the professors who have taught classes in the past, aren’t teaching as many classes. Or something like that.
This news really bummed me out. The only reason I chose a History major was for the concentration. Now I’m having a minor crisis, trying to figure out what I want to do with my academic life. When browsing for classes, I made note of all the classes that sounded interesting and it turns out a vast majority of them are Anthropology classes. I’ve taken two anthropology classes and did well in both. The subjects were interesting and I think if they were centered around Latin American cultures, I would love them.
Now my end goal is to teach. My plan is Secondary Education (preferably high school), probably in a Social Studies type area. Luckily, when going into teaching, your field of study doesn’t matter too much, just passing the Praxis. I’ve emailed back and forth with a friend’s mom who is a Social Studies teacher and she’s given me some great advice, but ultimately I just have to decide what I want.
In the meantime, I figured I would just finish up my general requirements, since I still have a few to do, but this proves difficult when you’re only scheduling night classes and several months after everyone has already scheduled theirs.
I thought that I had finally reached a decent schedule, an online class, Intro to World Art, which counts for some Foreign Culture credit; and Ireland, which would work for my History major (if I decide to keep on with it) and would probably just be interesting.
That is until I got an email at 10:30 last night from the instructor. At first I was really confused and thought that I had accidentally signed up for a summer class, but upon reading the email, he just wanted to present everything upfront. Which is great that he did. It was a pretty nice email to get, giving us the syllabus already and telling us a book we might want to read for some background. Even telling us he’d be sending out a podcast in August. A podcast! How 2010! But it wasn’t until I read the breakdown of the grading that I was taken aback. It’s your standard grading breakdown, 1000 points in total, 250 for the midterm, 250 for the final, 100 for quizzes, etc. Except 375 points are reserved for group plays.
Now I hate group projects in general. I am incredibly lucky that I’ve only had to do one thus far (excluding Spanish conversations). But this is pretty much my worst nightmare. The professor will split the group into 4-5 and you are responsible for writing and performing a play. A PLAY. This is not a “History of Irish Folklore” class, this is a basic History class. Make us watch plays, sure, but to pen and then perform? I don’t think so.
I took maybe 5 minutes to mull it over before I decided no way – no how. I could probably write the play, but having done theatre all through high school I know that I can’t act. I am fine with public speaking, it even gives me a little rush, but something about pretending to be someone and memorizing lines just makes me freeze.
So I spent another 30 minutes this morning trying to find another class and ended up with Learning and Motivation. I had originally wanted to take that class, but didn’t want 3 nights of classes a week (since it has a lab) but now that I have an online class, it should all work out.
HOPEFULLY, because I am sick of shuffling around classes. Argh.