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Fun Classes for Seminoles

July 16, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Colleges

There are 120 credits needed to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree at most colleges. Of those classes, at least half of them you will regret signing up for and wish you could fall straight to sleep in your chair. “Will I ever use this in life?” is a common phrase most college students will utilize more often than not. But that’s why several colleges will also offer fun classes for students to break free of some stress and enjoy the academic aspect of college as well. Being that FSU is such a large university, it offers a variety of classes that will be pleasing to students of all kind. Here are some of the ones I recommend:

Article and Essay Technique: This is the perfect elective for the writing majors. The class consists of writing and workshopping personal essays that reflect certain points in your life that are deeply personal to you, whether that was a death in the family or a life crisis of some sort. The students all gather around in a circle, read one anothers’ essays, and discuss as a class to each individual student how he or she can improve on their essay. At the end of the semester, two final drafts are due for the two essays. There is another class offered known as Fiction Technique, which is the same concept. The difference is that rather than writing about real personal experiences, students write fictional short stories and provide feedback to their classmates in the same manner.

International Food and Culture: FSU offers several electives along these lines. The classes are either for food, coffee and tea, wine, or beer. You can either take it online or in a classroom where you actually have the opportunity to test the food and drinks out. If you have room in your schedule senior year, any of these would be great choices for a fun 3- credit class.

Stretch and Relaxation: This is a one-credit class that is perfect if you’re just a credit short of meeting graduation requirements. Several classes are offered like this, which all involve physical activity of some sort. Yoga is a great option because it can relax you from all of the stress that college classes generally guarantee.

The Harry Potter Class: You read that right. At FSU, we have a class formally known as Religion and Fantasy Lit, which is more commonly referred to as the Harry Potter class. While I have never taken it, I’ve read and heard nothing but positive feedback from it. The requirements deal with writing papers in relation to the famous Harry Potter book series.

Bowling: Since FSU has a bowling alley in the center of the student union, it only makes sense that the offer a bowling class for credit. If this is a pastime you enjoy doing, then a bowling class is ideal for improving those skills.

Ancient Mythology: This class personally sounds interesting to me. You generally just learn about Greek figures in history, which is always a fun topic to study.

Writing and Editing in Print and Online: The class is a ton of work, but it’s perfect for writing majors who want to advance in both the print and digital world. The professor will usually work close alongside the digital studio, which is always open to helping students learn intricate programs such as Photoshop and InDesign, in addition to digital and video programs.

Fitness Walking: It’s the perfect class for those who want to get into shape and enjoy learning about health and fitness techniques.

Nutrition: I felt that this class was extremely beneficial. It’s a great way to fulfill the science elective at FSU and learn about so many different aspects of nutrition that you didn’t even know were possible. While the class is difficult at some points, you will most likely never lose interest in the subject matter.

Modern Music: Most college students are interested in some type of music, whether it’s in relation to their major or simply for entertainment. This class will touch base on all of the latest music.

There are just a few options for fun classes to be taken at FSU. If none of these sound appealing to you, there are still plenty of other classes that will most likely suit your liking. Take advantage of them your senior year so you have a lighter load, and make sure to enjoy them along the way!

Bowling Class at FSU

Bowling Class at FSU

Electives to Take at Wheelock College

October 24, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

There are many classes a person can take at Wheelock college as electives that are fun and also learn something new in the process. During my sophomore and junior year I would take at least one elective because the classes I wanted to take were full by the time I had to register for my classes. Some were a great experience and others were a nightmare. Since I have to take three electives next semester in ordered to graduate, I would list some of the classes I am thinking of taking.

Electives

Electives!

Here is a list of elective classes that I would recommend to students:

Film and Fiction: This class sounds interesting to take if you like to watch movies and reading. In this class, you read a book, analyze it, then look at the movie, or other films and also analyze it. Afterwards compare both the film and novel and see how they relate to each other. This class, like any other class, can be fun to take but it depends on the professor teaching it. Take this class if you want to experience reading novels and watching films together. I plan to take this class as an elective next semester.

The Idea of Witch in History: Personally, I have taken this class before during my freshman year and it was a great and unique experience. I learned a lot about what the concepts of being classified as a witch were such as believing that a witch can do magic and fly. Learned who were the people being accused as witches. Mostly women were seen as witches who can cast spells in the middle of the night at a forest and become sexual active. At the beginning, taking this class was weird and interesting because it was about being who can be a witch, but by the end of the semester, I learned so much that I wouldn’t mind taking it again. I highly recommend others to take this class to experience and learn about a new topic.

The sixties: Just like the title of the class implies, this is about the sixties. If a person wants to learn more about the sixties or love the events that occurred during that time then this is a class to take. This class sounds like a lot fun and wouldn’t mind taking it. I plan to take this class next semester.

Cognition in the Deaf and Blind: I took this class last semester thinking that it would complete one of my requirements and later found out that it didn’t, so I took it as an elective. I do not regret taking this class because I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know about the deaf and blind. Before taking this class, I knew very little about the cognition in the deaf and blind, but through out the semester I learned that people who are deaf and blind are capable to do everything we can, but with some limitation. At the end of the semester we had to present our research projects and it was so much fun because I talked about technologies that help facilitate the lives of people who are deaf and blind. I highly recommend others to take this class. 

Boston University’s Coolest Classes

July 10, 2014 in Academics, Colleges

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My school, Boston University, is a huge private university with 8 undergraduate colleges (9 if you include the College of General Studies, a school that some incoming freshmen attend for two years before transferring to a different college in the university). BU offers hundreds of different programs, providing students with the luxury of trying several unique subjects. This diversity in academics is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a well-rounded education.

Like most other schools, there are some general education requirements that every BU student must fulfill, no matter what college or program they are enrolled in. While these requirements can seem like a drag, they actually allow students to engage with fascinating areas of study that they may never have considered studying. Rather than have everyone take the same boring gen. ed. classes, BU offers hundreds of really interesting classes that can fulfill requirements.

And even if you’ve completed your gen. ed. degree requirements, you can still partake in the cool classes as electives to add to your schedule. At BU, you are able to take some classes outside of your own college–this means that an engineering student can take a class in the College of Fine Arts, and an Archaeology major can take a film class in the College of Communications.

Here’s a short sample of some of the many interesting classes offered at Boston University:

  • AS105: Alien Worlds

Get a science requirement out of the way with this cool class called Alien Worlds. It is a course within the astronomy department about the possibility of and the search for life on other planets. You’ll learn about the composition of other planets and what makes a planet suitable for life, as well as past studies and searches for alien life. Students also get to use telescopes on top of the College of Arts and Sciences building to observe the night sky! This is definitely one of the more interesting ways to fulfill a natural science requirement for those of us not-so-scientifically inclined.

  • TH120: Acting and Performance 1

Acting and performing are so much fun! Even if you’ve never been in a play or musical before, consider this fun class as an elective to learn the art of craft of theatre. For someone who is shy or quiet, the task can seem like challenge–but studying acting can be an amazing way to break out of your shell and gain the confidence to put yourself out there. Ever since I got involved in theatre, I have been more outgoing and self-assured. This College of Fine Arts class is open to the entire BU community, so anyone and everyone can take it!

  • MU247: Popular Music: The Beatles

Another incredible elective within the College of Fine Arts, this class is dedicated to everyone’s favorite classic band, The Beatles. Students will study ”the music of the Beatles in the cultural, social, and musical context of the Sixties,” and will learn about who and what influenced the band, as well as the influence they had over later artists. This class is a great music elective for students who are not technically trained with any musical background. It does not require knowledge of musical theory, rather a sincere interest in the band and their impact on society.

  • EN375: Topics in Film and Literature

This class within the English department is cool because it is not your typical literature course–it blends both literature and film to create a highly engaging class. Whether you love movies, novels, or both, you will enjoy the class. Students read novels and watch films (sometimes a given novel’s film adaptation) and engage with the professor and fellow students in a discussion-based setting. All works are related to one theme, which changes every semester. Fall 2014′s theme is “On The Road,” with the intent to explore “various motivations for and consequences of taking to the road.”

  • HF329: Intro to Fine Wines

In the School of Hospitality Administration, you’ll find this unique 2-credit course dedicated to the art of wine. Students learn the basics of wine and wine making, discover the various regions where popular wines come from, and are taught how to use their knowledge of wine in the hospitality industry. You’ll leave this class with the ability to impress your friends about your extensive knowledge of expensive wines!

The Best of the Electives

February 23, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

It's best to have a diverse set of electives.

It’s best to have a diverse set of electives.

The past three years at Ithaca have given me plenty of free room for electives. I was really grateful once I started freshman year that my major allowed so much time to take elective classes. Some majors like Music Ed and PT just didn’t have the room in their schedules.

At first I took only electives that sounded cool and completed gen-ed requirements, but in Sophomore and Junior year I branched out a lot. It really didn’t matter that I’d already gotten my math and history credits in other classes because the electives I took were just as amazing as the classes for my major.

My favorite elective was the one class I was absolutely sure I was going to hate. “Oil, Energy, and the Future of Society” it was in the Math department, and it was the only honors elective that fit my schedule.  I thought it was going to be boring and awful.

But from day one it was engaging and exciting. There were less statistics and charts and more discussion. Our textbook was Collapse by Jared Diamond which details possible situations for the demise of our fossil fuel addicted society and comparisons to other extinct civilizations that overused their resources. It was incredibly exciting and made me much more conscious of the energy decisions I make everyday.

Another elective I enjoyed almost as much was “Intro to Drawing.” I had not drawn since my second year of high school and this was an amazing (albeit expensive) refresher course. Not only did I get to experiment with perspective and shading, I got to try out figure drawing for the first time. I loved the stress relief of a three hour drawing class after a week full of lectures as well.

Some electives are stress relievers like Drawing, some like my Energy class are surprising and exciting, and some are difficult and you take them simply because you enjoy the subject matter.

I took a lot of politics and history electives that fit into that category. “Revolutions of the 20th and 21st Centuries,” “Rise and Fall of the British Empire,” and “Contemporary British Politics” are just a few of them.  They were a lot of reading and a lot of research papers that I burned after the semester was over. However, they were incredibly informative. The advantage of a liberal arts education is getting to absorb an absurd amount of trivia that is intended to make you a better critical thinker and a more well rounded global citizen. There are no better classes for that than history and politics courses. I learned about the Parliamentary political system, the Iranian revolution, and got to see the side of the American Revolutionary War that they don’t teach in U.S. public schools. (Spoiler Alert: there was a huge argument to abandon the american colonies long before the war ended.)  It’s made me a lot more informed about the world and better able to engage with the events going on in the present.

Which is, I think, the point of electives. They’re not filler classes and should not be treated as such. And really anyone who doesn’t take full advantage of the ones they have is losing a really great opportunity to explore subjects they might not have the time for after college ends.