Tuesday, September 05, 2006

My prep day at the University

Today I rode over to the University to tie up some loose ends in preparation for my first class a week from today.

Task one was to visit the U. of C. Bookstore where I found - to my delight - all the materials in stock for my English 240 class. They include The Broadview Pocket Guide to Writing and Volumes 1 to 6 of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature.

They are:

Volume 1 The Medieval Period
Volume 2 The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century
Volume 3 The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
Volume 4 The Age of Romanticism
Volume 5 The Victorian Era
Volume 6 The Twentieth Century and Beyond

Several weeks ago I emailed my prof. to ask what might be my best bet if I wanted to do some "pre-reading".

Her response:

"Why not read the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales as well as "The Wife of Bath's Tale"? I will be giving everyone a modern translation in a handout in September, but would like everyone to at least attempt a reading of the original."

I'm on it!

Task two was to attain my Student ID card. Now, with a University email address AND an ID card, books and a class to go to I'm definitely in the mode!

I never thought school would be so exciting. I think back to a time when all I could think about was FINISHING school... as if "learning" was something you simply crossed off a "to do" list.

An adventure lies ahead of me and I'm thrilled! It's been an exciting road to this point and I'm sure the journey is only going to become more intriguing!


oshee said...

It sounds like it is going to be an intense and enjoyable class. I look forward to hearing how you are doing making it through that Anthology.

nolikeysushi said...

Way to go Dave! Learning certainly is exciting when one is in the right frame of mind. Sounds like you've made a great connection with the prof and have many a page to read this semester. All the Best!

Janice said...

Hi Dave,

Oh, how exciting! I hope you enjoy your classes, they sound real interesting to me too.


Sarah Elaine said...

All that in 1 course? I spent a 4-years honours degree on all that... one full-year course on Chaucer alone.

Good luck with the Canterbury Tales. I had to read the original too... It was slow going... It really is like a foreign language. Ask your prof for tips on reading it... Ours made us read it aloud, using the original pronunciation. Only took us about 3 weeks to get through the Wife of Bath, I think.

Badoozie said...

i found school fun at first. actually the first 3 years were fun. AHEM. i think i'll just stop right here, and go off to breakfast, or something

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like a lot of fun to me. Enjoy yourself thoroughly.

Chrystal said...

Make sure you get a good reading lamp...I think you'll need it

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