Plato is an Asshole.

I cannot say that I personally agree with this statement. This was the last thing my bully of a Federal Government instructor said before ending class on Monday. How do I know he is a bully? Because he personalizes everything and when he is backed into a corner or feels out smarted he turns to shocking statements or language to distract from the fact that he has been disarmed. I am not particularly worried about his antics as I plan to fly under the radar in this class. I will choose my words wisely when participating in class and try not to lean too much to one side or the other in my required writing assignments. This guy is clearly an old hippie extremist that will use any forum to be heard or truly to hear himself speak. (Big fan of his own voice). I am sure I will have some interesting stories to share, especially since there is one student who has willing put a target on her back with this teacher. I digress for now.

I am happy to report that, with the exception of Federal Government, all of my classes seem alright. I was worried about Economics as I had a very difficult time with it in high school. (Mainly due to my monotone teacher. It’s a boring enough subject, trying learning it from a guy that has ZERO inflection is his voice when he speaks!) My Economics teacher is enthusiastic and seems to have a genuine concern for his students. I appreciate that in a teacher. He takes an interest. Also, he said the magic words first day of class, this course studies PEOPLE and GROUPS and their behaviors in trade and commerce. This is NOT A BUSINESS COURSE, this is NOT A MATH COURSE. The second he said people I was hooked, and relieved! He made it very clear this class falls under Social Science, not Business or Math. Fabulous, I’m in! 🙂 He provides a surplus of tools to help us succeed (Thank you sir for that) and seems to be a fair guy. I have already started some of the online homework and reading, going to finish the chapter as soon as I am done here.

Sociology should be an interesting one. The teacher seems to really want to connect with the students. I think some of her methods may be a bit corny but I understand that she is playing to the 18 year olds who are fresh out of high school. Either way, she is interesting and it looks like she is going to do everything in her power to make the class interesting as well. I am looking forward to a semester with her the most. Bonus, she offers 40 points extra credit if you volunteer in the community. That was great news as that is my plan anyway.

Astronomy I think will be a little more difficult but I still think it will be interesting. So far everything makes sense. On first impression the teacher strikes me as dry however very knowledgeable. I am also excited about his extra credit opportunities, one of them is to go to a show at the planetarium. I have always wanted to do that anyway. Todd and I agreed we would go this Friday. I am really looking forward to it!

The fact that Math ended up on a different day from the rest of my classes is a happy accident. As much as I was dreading having to wake up early for one class (and Math at that) is how thankful I am now that it resulted that way. It was so nice to be there early before the crowd. I really like my teacher’s personality. Sweet lady with cute sense of humor. I am still a bit nervous about the group work though. We broke into groups today to work on two problems, the girls I am grouped with are nice but the one is clearly not as rusty as myself. This can be a plus in some ways, we got done quickly for example, but I need to really understand what is being asked of me and have to lay everything out to understand it. She is able to work things out in her head quite quickly and spout an answer, that is not going to help me learn the material. As it was the first day I went along with how she did the work and copied everything down so Todd can help walk me through the work tonight but on Thursday I am going to have to slow her down. This is too much of our grade for me not to be grasping it because I didn’t speak up.  I am not too worried about it, I think we will be a good group. I was happy to learn that we actually have some writing assignments in this class as well. Grade Saver! 🙂

All in all first day(s) went well. I am so thankful that I am getting this chance to try again at school. I don’t know how I will ever be able to express how grateful I am to my family and Todd for their encouragement and support. They helped get me here, now I have to see it through.