Well, not exactly. No running for me lately. I did a very short run a week or so ago, but then I got sick. Again.
But the new semester is off to a roaring start. Classes started last week, and I already have assignments and homework, and I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve got five classes, three of them senior-level and looking quite interesting.
Planning for Sustainable Communities (Environmental Studies)
Environmental Literature (Environmental Studies)
Landscape of the American West (Environmental Studies)
Introduction of Management (Business)
Foundations of Leadership (University)
The top three aren’t specifically required, but they’re in line with my career goals, and so I’m taking them now while I can. I’m especially excited for the Landscapes class. This is taught by the same professor who taught my all-time favorite class — Special Topics in Conservation and Restoration (Shared Places, Contested Pasts) — where four disciplines came together to discuss landscapes and how they impact and inform culture. She also taught the Environmental History class I loved so much last semester.
The Planning class is far outside my study plan, but not outside my ultimate career goal. And it’s taught by my advisor and the guy who took us on all the hikes and paddling adventures in my Outdoor Leadership class.
Environmental Literature is pretty much a schedule-filler, but also interesting since in my previous college career I was an English Literature major. It’ll be interesting to finally read Thoreau, since I’ve already read all of his friends — Poe, Emerson, Hawthorn, etc. Already we’re reading A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. And, as you might expect, I’m in love with it.
The Business and University classes actually are required for my major, believe it or not. I don’t know what to say about them quite yet. So far, they seem to be interesting-enough that I’m not totally dreading them. And for pretty much the first time since coming to SSU, I’m taking classes outside my degree program and meeting “regular” students. It’s kinda weird.
I also need to wrap up my internship in the campus garden this semester. I’m feeling a little ambivalent about that, but that discussion is for another post. For now, I’m going to focus on the exciting aspects of this semester!