Well, I’m officially done with classes on this lovely first day of school. The weather was rather dreary all day, but thankfully the rain held off until I was safely ensconced in my dorm room.
I could ramble on about all of my classes, but I want to focus on one in particular, which I’m kind of dreading — Technology and Applications in Secondary Mathematics Education. I know. Sounds thrilling.
It’s a two hour class that begins at 8 a.m.. Even that information alone was enough to make me not look forward to the class — I’m not even close to a morning person, so asking me to focus on something for 2 straight hours is asking a lot. As soon as I walked in, though, I was told to go and get my iPad from the Resource Center.
That’s right. I get a free iPad for the ENTIRE SEMESTER.
At this point of the morning, I’m stoked. That feeling didn’t last long.
Throughout the course of the class, I found out several dreadful pieces of information.
- For this class, professional/business casual attire is required.
This news literally ruined my whole day. First of all, I just don’t have that much professional attire, so between my part-time job and this class 3 times a week, my wardrobe is going to be stretched very thin. I’ll definitely have to go shopping, lest I wind up having to do laundry every four days.
Second of all, I live in the Southern United States. That means for the majority of the fall semester, the weather is going to be very hot and very humid. Typically, college girls wear t-shirts and athletic shorts to class, because that’s the coolest and most comfortable thing to wear. Now, most days I’ll have to wear pants (because I don’t have many business casual shorts/skirts/dresses), which means I’m going to be drowning in the humidity. Ugh.
2. We have to create a Twitter account.
This one isn’t as big of a deal to me, but it still irritates me a little. I dislike it when teachers make things like social media mandatory. I’ve never created a Twitter account, and I don’t really want to create one now. It’s just going to be one more website to keep track of.
3. We have to start a math blog.
Again, this one isn’t quite as annoying, but it’s going to be a hassle. Again, teachers requiring social media participation is annoying, and blogging (at least for me) takes a lot of time. Time that I don’t have.
Also, this math blog is required to be a WordPress blog, which means that I may have to change my screen name, which is extremely irritating to me. It’s convenient to have both blogs easily accessible on one homepage, but I doubt my professor is going to want my comments to appear under the name “Someday Korean.” I don’t want to change my screen name… 😡
4. We have to attend labs outside of class.
This is a hassle purely for scheduling reasons. I hate it when you find out after you sign up for a class that you are required to sign up for additional lab times. They should advertise this ahead of time so that busy people — such as myself — can plan their schedule around it.
Well, this has turned into rather long, rant-filled post. Hopefully this class isn’t as time-consuming as it appears right now…. We’ll see.