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15 January 2008 @ 11:37 pm
a 2-day retrospective  
I am a happy student.  Oh so happy.  That kind of happy that scares other people because I can't keep the smile off my face, even as they're shoving syllabi at me and talking about reading and theory and papers and the like. 

While on a smoke break yesterday Neil, D and I collectively decided that the Masters is the funnest time of study (and yes, I am allowed to use the word, even if it doesn't exist).   I get to take these fantastic classes, I get to write on topics I really want, I don't have comps to study for or jobs to find, and the quality of the content is so much better than undergraduate classes that it's just ... FUN.

That smiling grinning overly excited girl was me yesterday at 11 am in the class I'm auditing - Classical Japanese tales and songs.  Although it's three days a week and I was trying to get out of going up to campus every single day, I think I'll be pulling myself out of bed and into that class.  The only sad part is that it's undergraduate (although upper division), it's probably got about 30 people in the class, and it's going to do nothing for me but be fun (which is why I'm auditing it, instead of taking it for credit).

The next class starts at 6 pm at night, and I managed to be overly enthusastic in that one as well - got the reading done before class (but not the response paper, which is fine, since the prof is reducing the number we have to write), interrupted the professor to talk about the books, and generally had a great time trying to define globalization. 

Today was Asian Horror Film, and to my great delight we're not actually doing the class with the undergrads (we just screen the films with them, again from 6 - 9 pm at night).  And we're reading theory!!  We're actually going to be expected to *write* theory, which is terrifying and thrilling and makes me giddy.  I'm not as completely lost with film as I was afraid I might have been, so that's a great relief.

The only problem is that we actually HAD a screening tonight, on Kuroi ame (Black Rain), so I got home at 9 and I'm pooped.  I have a kanji quiz tomorrow that I have to study for, and an audit class to attend.  It's going to be a full week.  A very full week.
(no subject) - shehasathree on January 16th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brain: tara - Special Girlkatekat1010 on January 17th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Mireillemireille719 on January 16th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Heee! I am glad you're having fun.

(M.Ed. programs? Much less fun, because those, it's assumed you're either working full-time or desperately want to be. Also, the classes automatically suck. And yet. AND YET. I am not searching for a full-time job, I am going full-time, and I am going to have fun IF IT KILLS ME. :) )

my monkied brain: giles - secret smilekatekat1010 on January 17th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
:D i feel kind of as if i'm cheating, because it's good. But then i realize that i start out every semester this way, and eventually the shine will wear off (probably sometime round my first test/paper crunch)

And you squeeze the fun out of the program, darling!! It does sound grueling, but ultimately worth it, no?
your royal pie-ness: bring-it-on: missy cheers you on!entrenous88 on January 16th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Yay for being thrilled and excited about your classes and study materials!!!
my monkied brain: _Mekatekat1010 on January 17th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
heee!! thanks! i know, i'm a big dork, but ... yep. that's all i've got ;)
Rainne: NCIS - Kate & McGee & Tony - Troublesomexdawnfirex on January 16th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like you are having a blast :) I'm still not-so-sure about some of my classes. My comm theory prof is coming off as a real asshole, and his class is one of the two I'm going to have to miss in order to be in the brother's wedding in Feb. :p
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 17th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
well you know me, at some point the shine will wear off and i'll be less than thrilled. but i always start out good.

and you have to miss a whole class for the wedding? or just one in the semester? cuz seriously, they can't expect you to go to every single class can they?
Rainne: NCIS - Tony - I'm In Hellxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
they can't expect you to go to every single class can they?

This guy does. He only allows two absences before he starts taking points off your grade AND he says he will not accept a doctor's note as an absence excuse. Which frankly I think is bullshit, and if I came with a doctor's note and went to the provost they would probably make him accept it, but who wants the fight, you know?

And I'm only going to have to miss one session of the class, but still... it's the principle of the fact that i don't want to be IN the fucking wedding in the first place. :p
Lostgirllostgirlslair on January 16th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear it!!! After last semester, you certainly deserve some fun in your studying, and all of that sounds so fun!! Plus, the writing of theory? Is love. *G*

::huge hugs::
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 17th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Plus, the writing of theory? Is love.

i have *always* kind of wanted to, but never fancied myself up there with the big boys... but I'm willing to take a stab at it, soon!
Lostgirllostgirlslair on January 17th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
We've had enough discussions of various and varying topics for me to know that you'll do wonderfully, sweetie!
BJ: Evil!Laughdara_starscream on January 19th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
You're all . . . happy and giggly!


(squish!) :-)
Elite Nerd Patrol, On Dutymechassninja on January 22nd, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
dudeee i totally just finished reading kuroi ame, now i feel like i should watch the film
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on February 2nd, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
i would actually give yourself a little time because (from what i understand of the book) the film is melodramatic where the book is not... (besides, you'll always be comparing one to the other really closely if you see it right at this moment :D )