Thursday, June 14, 2007

In 1241 Mongols Collected Nine Sacks of Ears as Trophies

Since it’s summer and most everyone is off and away from OWU, it’s a mite difficult to talk about what I’ve been up to there of late, so instead I’ll start talking of the classes I’ll be taking this fall semester, and I’ll even try to shed some light on the moderately confusing requirements for OWU students class wise. OWU is a liberal arts college, so basic class requirements fan out over all studies. One has to take a certain number of courses in the sciences and humanities, as well as a few other things, such as the newly introduced ‘Q’ course requirement for all classes after the class of 2010 (which is the group of freshmen from last year, just in case one did not know, or my wording made it unclear or confusing!) A ‘Q’ requirement, by the way, is just a trendy way of saying that one needs at least one course that is quantitative in nature, meaning math. Diversity and writing credits must also be met, as well as a certain number of courses in the 300 level. Don’t worry if this seems complicated or confusing, though; it’s fairly clear once one has seen it a couple of times, and one’s academic advisor has a handy sheet with all of this on there that can be filled out to see where one is precisely. Oh, and by the way, unlike a lot of universities, Ohio Wesleyan uses ‘units’ instead of credit hours. Most courses are worth one credit, but lab courses are 1.25, and physical education and other courses as well are worth .5 or .25! In order to graduate one needs a certain number of units total, which is why it’s recommended to take about 4.25 units of credit each semester.
As for classes that I’m to take next semester, the first I selected was my German course, since I am a German major and all. The next German available for me is another from the ‘advanced’ group of German courses; it’s entirely about Goethe and is with Herr Wolber. Goethe is the Shakespeare of German literature, so it should be a good time. I am wondering what work of Goethe we’ll be working with, but I’ll just have to wait for the specifics. (I’m holding out for The Sorrows of Young Werther, which was so hugely popular that it actually influenced the very fashion of the 1700s when it was released!)

German Word: The original German title of The Sorrows of Young Werther is Die Leiden des jungen Werther (dee lie-den des youngin’ ver-ter)

Pictures: Since this entry is rather random, so shall the pictures be! I have a blurry shot of a caterpillar who is currently living in my parsley, but I like him since I’m rather sure he’s going to be a monarch. (Always good to be on good terms with royalty, eh? Haha, I’m horrible about cracking not-at-all funny puns.) Moving along, I’ve also included a hummingbird I’ve lovingly dubbed ‘Fatty’ due to his adorable pudgy-ness for a hummingbird, and some more sky/cloud pictures since the pictures I attempted to take of my insane cat Ganon turned out rubbish. (Can you spot the snail-shaped cloud? And do be kind and ignore the telephone lines in the last one; it’s hard enough lining up a nice shot when someone is going 55-60 on a highway, but then someone thought electric wires would be a good call, so do forgive me.)


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