Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Classes, Hot Professors, and a Survey

Oh hey, guys. What is this? Would it appear as though I'm actually sticking to one of my commitments? I'm actually blogging on a Tuesday? What a time to be alive! Anyway, I hope you guys are all having a good week thus far, whether that entails starting classes or soaking up those last few days of summer. As I'm writing this, I've been to all five of my classes and feel genuinely interested in and ready for each one. I'm sure that in a few weeks' time I'll be complaining about all the reading I have to do and wishing I didn't sign up for that upper level philosophy class in which a good 90% of the students are seniors, but for now I'm soaking up the moment. My notebooks are new, I'm feeling inspired, and nothing can stand in my way. I mean, I'm still waiting for a few textbooks to come in the mail, but other than that nothing can stand in my way!

So in traditional first week of school fashion, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about each of my classes and the professors. When I was in high school, my mom used to go to Parents' Night/Back to School Night/whatever the fuck you want to call it, and she'd always jot down really short-handed notes about each of my classes so we could talk about them when she got home. I'm going to take a similar approach in the interest of time, and because you don't need to know the nitty-gritty about my syllabuses (syllabuses? syllabi?). Without further adieu:

SMAD 101 (Introduction to Media Arts and Design): this is my major class and I'm genuinely excited about it. I feel invigorated and eager to learn, which is a tell-tale sign that I finally found the right major for me. The uneasiness I felt in my English class a year ago (when English was my declared major) is now but a distant memory and I couldn't be happier. Interestingly though, the two professors are both old. Like probably should retire old. I mean that's cool and all, I think it's awesome that they're still smart and agile, but I'm a little interested to see how well they keep up with the ever-changing world of new media.

REL 101 (Religions of the World): I'm really interested in this class as a person who has no idea what to believe or how to answer all those metaphysical questions constantly floating through the space between my ears. I love learning about different ideologies and adopting the aspects I agree with into my own cache of beliefs; that being said though, I feel like I'll leave this class even more confused than I am now. I'll be more informed certainly, but also more confused. Also the professor is attractive, so I'm not complaining.

GPOSC 200 (Global Politics): I literally do not care about politics. At all. I know I should be engaged, but every time I try to understand the world's affairs or have a conversation with someone better informed, I just end up confused and disinterested. Is that terrible? Probably. As a very privileged person with more than enough access to the world's news, I should want to be politically involved. I'm just not. Hopefully this class will change that, however just from the first class I get the impression that the professor will intimidate me too much to speak up. Also he has a really harsh German accent and is making us write two book reports. I feel like this class isn't going to be my jam. But on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it's my last class of the day and ends at 2:15, so I can't complain too much.

ENG 39...something. (Creative Nonfiction Writing): I had a feeling as I was walking to this class that my fellow students would be hipsters with multiple piercings and a library of Descartes on their bookshelves. I walked in and there were not one, not two, but three girls with pink hair. One of them had her septum pierced, which for those of you that don't know what that is, (I'm surprised I do know what that is, to be honest) it's the thick, cartilage-y bit in-between your nostrils. Anyway, snap judgments aside I'm so excited for this class. I haven't taken a creative writing class in years, and while this blog is an awesome way to exercise the literary part of my brain, I'm craving structure and prompts and guidelines. Maybe if I really like the class I'll publish some of my writing on this blog, but only if that's interesting to you guys in the slightest bit. Also there was a cop in my class. Like in full uniform. When he came into class asking to see the professor, I was hoping to witness some sort of dramatic arrest, but it turns out he's just another student. Rock on, officer.

PHIL 330 (Moral Theory): Okay, so if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I genuinely have the hots for the professor I took Critical Thinking with last year. So much so that I would tweet about him on the reg, denoting him as "Hot Professor", so as not to call him out and potentially get myself in trouble. He's so passionate about what he does and has a vivacity in the classroom that you don't see too often. Plus he's also not hard to look at. He pulled so many strings for me to be able to take his upper level class, so I figured it would only be polite to thank him after lecture today. When I did he told me all about how I'm "such a bright student" and he's "excited to have me in class" and how he wants to talk to me more about my opinions on feminism. I won't lie to you guys, a part of me died. Literally. I'm partially a zombie writing this.

Speaking of hot professors, I think I'm starting to figure out that I have a type? Like some people go for basketball players, some people like musicians, some like hipsters...I think my type is hot professors? I don't know why it took me so long to come this conclusion, honestly, because this is nothing new, I'm forever attracted to boys that I could easily see being a professor later in life, and also I've had a crush on a fair few male teachers in my day. Let me explain a little more, though; by that I don't mean I'm perpetually attracted to my teachers, though it has been known to happen. What I mean is I'm really into guys that are smart and passionate. Genuine interest, knowledge, ambition, and vigor for life are traits I value so highly in people, whether that be in platonic or romantic relationships, so it kind of makes sense that I'm attracted to teachers. Especially those with "Doctor" or "Professor" in their official title. Plus to round it all out, hot professors have been known to be smart dressers, with button-ups rolled up to the elbows making a frequent appearance in their wardrobe. I could go on, but I'll stop now before you all vomit.

Before I go, though, I want to share with you all the introductory activity my Creative Writing professor used today as a way to introduce ourselves. So often in college, you tell people your name, hometown, and major; it gets redundant. Today however, she asked us to share our names, likes, cares, and fears. I want you guys to comment down below with yours. Seriously. Do it. If you're reading this sentence right now you are obligated to do so, even if you know me in real life. Actually especially if you know in real life. I'll go first, then y'all can follow.

Name: Lauren Sauer
Likes: Taylor Swift, Target, and Chipotle
Cares: My parents, my friends, my residents, my dog. And feminism. Also Taylor Swift, again.
Fears: Snakes, sexual assault, and rejection. What a trifecta.

Have a great week, guys! I'll see you soon.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shake It Off and the Fall Semester

Oh my god, hi guys. It's been too long. Between turning 19, going back to college, and starting my on-campus job as an RA I've been swamped. My grandma has been complaining that I haven't called her in weeks and my blog has been begging for attention for even longer. I feel really shitty about the fact that I seem to be starting every blog post this way, but hopefully as I settle back into the academic routine things will get back on track. I'm thinking maybe every Tuesday night will be my night to blog, as I'm required to be on duty and sit in the hall office almost every Tuesday night for the next few weeks. And although you never know with college freshmen, I'm assuming they won't be partying too hard when there's class the next day, so it should be pretty quiet. Although as I said: you never know.

Anyway, since coming back to college, I've been in a weird time warp that feels like a cross between work and summer camp, and the entire time it's been uncomfortably humid. Luckily, my RA staff is awesome and are all great people to lean on in times of stress, and I would say that even if they didn't all have access to this blog. I really do feel connected to the building in which I live and work, and I'm excited to make a difference in the lives of the freshmen students cohabiting it. Those aforementioned students moved in on Wednesday, and it's genuinely exciting to see my university through their scared, overwhelmed eyes. If you didn't already know, I go to JMU, and I absolutely love it; being around students that are new to campus is only reaffirming my love and making it run deeper. I know, cheesy right? Everyone grab your barf bags. But really: going with my freshmen residents to programs and events, seeing them bond and soak up all orientation has to offer, I feel honored to help introduce them to the happiest place on Earth.

In other news, classes start on Monday, and I couldn't tell you how ready I am to get into the routine. I'm finally taking classes that satisfy requirements for my major and minor, and I'm so stoked to learn about the subjects I've chosen to devote my life's work to. Of course, no sophomore year would be complete without a few boring Gen-Eds to get out of the way, so I am taking Religions of the World and Global Politics, but I'm hoping those won't be too terrible. The key word here is hoping: there is always a chance that they could suck, but I'm trying this new thing called optimism. I'm hoping to keep y'all in the loop as my classes progress, but as we know all too well, as classes progress they tend to get a little boring, so maybe I'll spare you those details.

And now for a totally random transition that has nothing to do with on-campus life or anything at all pertaining to the topic at hand...can we just talk about the new Taylor Swift song?? If you haven't already heard it or seen the video, first of all who are you? And second of all please educate yourself.
I'm not lying when I tell you that "Shake It Off" is all I've been listening to for the last few days since it came out; Taylor Swift has officially made her transition into a pop princess and I'm all for it. If you're not into her new sound, just like she says in the song: "the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate". To steal an exact quote from my own Tumblr, I love her new confidence and her Head Bitch in Charge (lovingly shortened to HBIC) attitude. There's a scene in the video where she's a cheer captain, and I love it because it's, too me anyway, a reference to her song "You Belong With Me", in which she croons “she’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers”. At this point, she's past that point and is confident enough to literally be cheer captain and not give a fuck if you like it.This career move is so smart on her part, as she's inviting the Top 40 audience more than ever before while still ultimately staying true to herself. While of course there's a huge dichotomy between "Tim McGraw" and this new single, she's remained authentic. I could go on for days about how great this song is and how stoked I am for Tay's new album, but I won't bore you. Odds are if you know me in person, I've already talked your ear off about it, anyway.

And so, friends, it's reached that time I believe: I'm signing off for the night. I love you and I'll talk to you soon. I'll leave you with a few countdowns to write in your calendars, and I'll talk to you soon.


Days until classes start: 2
Days until 1989: 64
Days until my next blog post (hopefully): 3