Technology + Education + New Media
I have neglected my blog these past few weeks. I have really missed both writing in my blog and reading all of your blogs. It always takes me a couple of weeks to get acclimated once a new semester begins. I have been swamped in work, both at school and at home. I think I am actually finally getting back into the groove of things and can come up for air. I decided to drop one of my classes, taking me back down to 15 hours for the semester, 18 was just a bit too much. I was really over extending myself especially considering all of the reading required for that particular course. Still, I hated to drop it because it is a fantastic course with a wonderful professor. It works out so that now instead of five classes with no breaks in between from 8 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. , I have two classes, then a little over an hour break so that I can grab lunch and study before the next two classes.
I have a small part in the play that we are doing for Theatre Production class. I did not expect to be in the play, but I can honestly say that I am excited about the opportunity. Terrified, but excited. This is something that is definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I believe that this is how we grow and improve ourselves. That is what this journey of mine is all about. I am grateful to Mrs. Brown for this new experience. I just hope I can get this British accent down, the tough part is just dropping this southern twang I’ve got going on. I have a feeling I will be watching a lot of BBC programming over the next few months.
We are learning a lot about New Media in our Communications class, including blogging. My professor, Mrs. Williams knows that I blog and asked me to speak to the class about my blogs and about blogging in general. I am fairly new to this medium so I was a bit nervous, but I think it went very well. The students seemed genuinely interested, they asked questions and we had a good time discussing the topic. One of the students asked for my contact information after class, she is interested in starting a blog. I think she would be great at it, she has a lot of personality and is a good writer. I think she would do well using this platform.
The Psychology of Human Sexuality course is even more interesting than I thought it would be. I am really enjoying this class and appreciate Dr. Gunne’s ability to put the students at ease when discussing sensitive subjects. I am not uncomfortable with the subject matter, but I know that some of the other students are at times. Two of our course requirements include a topic report, and a movie review. We were given a long list of topics and movies to choose from, and were given some freedom in choosing outside of those on the list. I chose Sexual Fetish for my topic report, and The Whistle Blower for the movie review. The Whistle Blower is a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. I am looking forward to both of these projects, they should prove to be very interesting.
I am working on getting my passport for the International Study Abroad trip in June. I had to send off for a long form copy of my birth certificate. It arrived today so I should be able to get the process started for my passport this week. I really still cannot believe that I will be in London this Summer. I don’t think I will believe it until I am on the plane. I still worry that I will not be able to cover all of my expenses here at home for the three weeks that I will be away, and won’t get to go, or that something else will come up that will prevent me from going.
I keep telling myself that I AM going, no matter what I will work it out, because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I cannot pass up. I know it is going to be an amazing experience.