So I start my second semester on Monday. I am not looking forward to it. I have Basic Information Sources and Organization of Knowledge I, both core classes. I can’t pronounce either professor’s name, they are both Oriental. I just hope their accents aren’t so thick that I can’t understand a damn thing they say. That would not be good.
My Organization class has a 10 page syllabus, six of witch are the reading assignments. There are two textbooks from which a chapter a week from each is assigned (some weeks there are two from one of them) and various journal articles I have to find and read for each week. Then there is the homework schedule. Some assignments, like the ones on the DDC and LCC are due before we even go over those chapters. How can we do a homework assignment on the DDC and turn it in a week before we are supposed to read about it? It make no sense. I’m hoping it’s a typeo. Plus, to get a jump start on my reading since I have three chapters to read the first week, I started reading one of them. It took me a week to finish it. Not because it was long mind you, but because after three or so pages my head was spinning and I had to put it down (plus my mother was very ill and I was taking care of her). MARC, AACR, RDA? I’m gonna need flashcards to remember all these abbreviations. To me RDA stand for Richard Dean Anderson, aka MacGyver and General O’Neill in Stargate. I’m going to have to train myself that RDA means Resource Description and Access (Josi, please tell me you have this problem too so I don’t feel like a total and complete nincompoop).
Then there are the group projects, one in Organization and two in Basic. I hate group projects, no loathe and abhor. They never work out, especially ones with group papers. The excuse for why we have them is always “you need to learn to work with others in the real world and in your job.” But I thought we learned that in kindergarten right after the sharing is caring and the clean-up lessons. I don’t recall having any group projects when I was Community College, but Bang! there they were when I started at UT. One each in three of my classes and three in another. And those group papers I had to edit for my sociology class? Horrible! I spent my 22 birthday editing one because it was due the next day because my group members couldn’t write. I had to fix paragraph long run-on sentences. I’m not saying my fellow grad students will be bad writers (Force I hope not) but group papers are not good. It’s hard to combine different writing styles. And did I mention my classes are online? How the blazes am I to do a group project with people living all over the bloody state? I don’t drive so I’ll have trouble getting to any meet up. It’s just not good. Besides, I know how to work with others. I’ve had a job in the past. I’m very good at it, but when it comes to school and my grades I prefer them to rest solely on my own deeds and screw ups. I don’t want to get a bad grade because Susie didn’t do her part, if I get a bad grade it will be because I messed up, not some other person.
Thirdly, my Basic class is blended, which means I have to go in for three meetings. That’s fine, I can handle that. Then I see that they are all Saturdays. Saturdays! I have to be in class from 10 am to 4 pm on three Saturdays! Who the hell holds class on a Saturday? My mom works on the first one, and my dad, well, he usually has plans on Saturdays with his motorcycle club. I asked him the other night if he was doing anything that day and he said no, which is good. But if I don’t remind him every couple of days, he’ll go and leave first thing in the morning and I’ll be screwed. Trust me, he’s forgotten when he has to take me to the Dr. I put it on a sticky and left it next to his computer to remind him. Hopefully, it will help.
With all the reading I have to do for both classes I’ll barely have time to take a breath. *sigh* It’s going to be a long semester.