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First day of class...two days late

I'm back, and I am (so) ready to go! I managed to hobble over to the stadium this morning in the chilly Indiana air to catch the campus express over to IU so that I could finally join my fellow classmates at phonetics class. I made it to Ballantine Hall safely and found the classroom...and then I just waited. I had planned on giving myself some extra time so that I could take it easy with the walking up the hill from the bus stop to the building. It didn't take as long as I thought it would have...so I ended up getting a head start reading chapter three in the phonetics book while I sat there.

Eventually, others started to show up, and I felt like I was sort of on display as I had to continuously replay and explain what had happened for various people. Everyone was very very nice and very concerned about me and how I was doing, so that felt really good to be missed. When everyone had finally arrived, the first thing that struck me was the interesting array of people, some of whom I knew and other who I did not, who would be in the phonetics class this semester. There were a few of the usual first years from last semester's syntax and phonology, but then there were some people that I just did not expect to see. This is yet another course where I really don't know what to expect. We spent quite a long time learning about a lot of phonetics things in phonology class last semester, so I don't really know what we're going to be getting into as the semester rolls on. I'm pretty sure that it's going to be a good class, but I remember people telling me about how to deal with classes taught my by particular professor. It went something like..."don't worry about learning something new everyday, because you surely will...but don't go to class thinking that you are going to learn some specific thing from the syllabus, because there is no way that's going to happen." From day one, I can tell you that that is exactly the way it is going to be. Things were pretty much haphazard and random throughout the entire class. Add that to the fact that no one in the class is really comfortable with their surroundings yet, so the silence is often deafening with the prof asks a question...because no one wants to answer yet. Hopefully we'll all get over that really soon...

Published Jan 10 2007, 11:34 PM by christophergreen
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