Saturday, March 30, 2013

Burned Out

It's that point in the semester where I get burned out every year. The semester is almost over, but not close enough to being over that I can rest. I have a lot left to do, but it's getting closer and closer to the end.

I will have gone to school straight for two years when I finish in April of next year. I will be tired. Ready for a break. But it will be all worth it. One hopes...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Semester Half Over

So as you can see, I haven't blogged in a long time. I rarely have time to do anything anymore and so my blogging fell by the wayside. This semester has been very intense for me. It makes last semester look a lot easier. Here's an overview of some things going on in my life.

1. Classes- I am taking 17.5 credit hours. It's a lot. I hadn't anticipated taking that many, but there have been some developments in my life. Here's my list of classes.
a. ELANG 273- Introduction to Research Methods in English Linguistics. Professor Turley is awesome and this class has been incredibly useful. It's a lot of work as far as projects and such, but it's all useful so I can put up with it.
b. LING 461- Assessment in TESOL. This class is also really great. Professor Strong-Krause really likes me for some reason. I like learning about how to create effective tests. It does make me very critical of all tests now though...
c. SPAN 441- Survey of Literature of Spain. Professor Stallings, despite his poor accent, is a good teacher and I enjoy learning about a wide variety of literature. Literature is like a window into culture.
d. LING 468- Discourse Analysis. I like the set up of the class a lot. Dr. Nuckolls can be kind of hard to read sometimes and can give unclear instructions, but I think I will be okay in the class.
e. ELANG 327- English Phonetics and Phonology. This class has been pretty good. I am a little scared of Dr. Elzinga, but not because he's not nice. Dr. Elzinga is really smart and is actually quite funny.
f. STAC 191- This is a weight lifting class. It's nice to learn how to lift weights.
g. IAS 201R- This class starts this week. It's my prep class for my study abroad! Dr. Evans and Dr. Elzinga have asked me to be the TA for the study abroad. I am quite eager.
h. LING 496R- I am doing my TESOL internship at the ELC. I taught Foundations Prep for the first half of the semester and have been working on projects and other things at the ELC to get a total of 100 hours of work. It's been quite the time. I have 66 hours so far.

So everything is going well, but I am incredibly busy. I can't wait until Summer when I get to go to England!