Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Last Year of Undergrad, What?!

It occurs to me that I haven't yet posted about starting back at school again.

So far, it's going reasonably well. I'm taking a class on post-humanism, taught by my favourite professor in the world, Kregg Hetherington, who (as you will see if you click on the link) is also the most beautiful professor in the world.

I'm also taking a class on violence and social suffering (a fun, lighthearted topic, no?) taught by one of the sweetest and nicest professors in the world, Lindsay DuBois.

And finally, I am enrolled in the honours seminar, which basically translates into my honours project for graduation. At my school, the anthropology and sociology departments are small enough that they just smoshed them together into the "department of sociology and social anthropology". Also, my school doesn't teach the other 3 pillars of anthropology, just social/cultural. So, for the honours programme, they take all the people signed up for honours that year and plunk them into a classroom, and one prof in the department gets to to sort of guide us through our projects. We don't have individual supervisors, although we are encouraged to talk with other profs in the department that are relevant to our research topic. The prof leading the honours seminar is Liesl Gambold, who is just amazing and nice and awesome and I love her to bits, if you couldn't tell.

For my honours' project, I am going to study student poverty, which I mentioned in a previous post about my experiences at CASCA, back in May. I want to look at coping/subsistence methods. I'm hoping that I will do a fantastic job on it and that some school will offer me lots of money to do my MA in anthropology, heh. Pipe dreams for the win! I am still thinking about doing Library Science, but my logic is as follows:

If a school is willing to fund my MA in anthro, I would LOVE to do it and would really have no reason not to... However.... if I am going to have to struggle to pay for grad school on my own, I would rather go do libraries, with a co-op, and get a real job as soon as possible. If I can convince people to pay me to be a student, I'd be happier than the proverbial pig in shit, but unless that's going to happen, I need to be more realistic. So, I'm going to keep my options open.

I was also taking an english class on cinematic narrative, but it was more boring than I had anticipated, as well as at 7pm in the evening on Thursdays, so I decided to drop it. Instead, I'm going to take a class called "Literature, Migration, and Citizenship" next term, which I feel like will be more up my alley as far as subject matter goes.

I recently bought an agenda and scheduled my entire life out until I'm done for the term on the 7th of December. Now... to actually go get work done... My reading for the day is on the Holocaust...

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