Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

First Day of College

St. Pete College is said to be like "13th grade." After spending a day on campus, I'd say that's a bit of a misnomer. This isn't 13th grade. It's 9th grade, version 2.0. The syllabi handed out during the classes reminded me heavily of an outline for a High School, or even Middle School class. It was a little funny, and a little sad. 

My first class of the day was Composition 1. I was looking forward to this, actually, as I enjoy writing. My anticipation was shattered the minute the professor opened her mouth. She's easily the most arrogant individual I've ever met. She informed us(in a very haughty voice) that after going through her course we'd be ready for any college level class in any college we went to. She followed this statement with what can only be called a shit eating grin, flashing her absurdly white teeth for all to see. I couldn't help thinking to myself "Lady, you teach at a community college. I highly doubt you have the credentials to make claims like this."

My second class, and one I knew was going to be a joke, was Microcomputer Applications. It's a class that teaches you how to use various parts of Microsoft Office, which I've been using for well over a decade. I basically used this class to read up on Kotaku, IGN, Gamespot, and a couple webcomics. It's going to be an easy class. 

Class 3 was Algebra. I've honestly done everything I did in there today before. In 6th grade. I also corrected the teacher on 4 separate parts of his lecture.  The hilarious part was a lot of people in the class didn't understand the basic concepts of equations he was showing us. It's going to be interesting seeing how people struggle with these simplistic math ideas.

The last class of the day is Western Humanities. This is easily my favorite class. The subject is interesting, and the professor, Greg Byrd, has a good sense of humor and obviously enjoys teaching the subject. He played some Bach for most of the class, which was relaxing, while he gave his opening day lecture. He ended asking us the question: "What are the biggest questions you have about Life," which was probably the only thing all day that made me think. 

All in all, it was a decent first day. Easy classes that I only have to go to twice a week are much better than boring courses I need to attend 5 goddamn days a week.