Hello Spices! I hope your school year has started off well. I thought it would be fun for you all to catch a glimpse of what kind of classes I have to take and maybe, who knows, you would like to take something similar in your own university if it offers it!
I’ve been taking 15 or 16 credits a semester throughout the 3 years that I have been in university and I find that this is just the right work load for me because I feel busy but not dying. This semester I am taking the following 5 courses: Fashion Mathematics, Statistics, Beginner Makeup Artistry, Writing for the Media, and Fashion Marketing.
Fashion Mathematics: This course is on campus once a week from 5:30pm-8:00pm where the work is all done on excel spreadsheets. The whole class is based on four test grades and attendance. I am sad to say that I don’t think I will be passing this course with flying colors. It is chock full of formulas and if one number is off then the whole calculation is off. I just wish this class wasn’t based on just tests. There is no homework or quizzes and no actual way of retaining information. I am thinking of dropping the course and taking it later on with a lighter course load.
Statistics: I was dreading taking this course. It is a requirement and there is no way around it. I’ve always been terrible at math and the mere thought of taking this was nerve-wracking. I actually don’t mind this course at all. It is hard and challenging but I am enjoying it (SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG). It’s also on campus, twice-a-week in a computer lab. Yep, math..on the computer. What has happened with the times?
Beginning Makeup Artistry: I am going to pursue a Certification in Makeup Artistry and this is the beginner course. It is offered in conjunction with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I have to go off campus to the Bobbi Brown Studio in Montclair. It is once a week and I love it. We are in the beginning stages, learning about different skin types, nutrition, and brushes. We don’t go into the actual application of makeup until later in the semester. I love learning about the skin so I don’t really care if it takes up a big chunk of our time. Bring it on!
Writing for the Media: Press Releases, Public Service Announcements, and Commercials are the few of the things we learn to write in this class. I was excited, since I am leaning towards the Public Relations/ Social Media aspect of fashion. The professor is sweet but I do not like how he assumes EVERYONE in the class is a Communications Major and expects us to know everything already. He is an introduction class and I don’t think he grasps that. I am very quiet in that class for fear that I may say something wrong and for his disdain of bloggers. I just don’t know if I will get what I want out of this class.
Fashion Marketing: I adore marketing. It’s something I find interesting and all the projects are fun. This class was something else. I think the professors are always what makes or breaks a class. If they can’t teach the course, it breaks it. This professor replaced our original one when she had to move. She is sweet, energetic, and funny but she reads from the slides and book. I can do that at home. I want to LEARN and the projects are ridiculous as well. One of them entails our groups to go to a small business and follow the manager around. I find this incredibly stupid because managers have things to do, they can’t be answering our questions and catering us the whole day. Another is the fact that none of us live in the same area and I am stuck without a car. I don’t want to be the one in the group not doing anything or doing everything.
While I have my complaints and my high hopes for classes, I can only hope that I grasp and learn from all of them. I don’t want an easy A but I don’t want to fail because my professor doesn’t know how to teach or grades only on exams.
What are your classes this semester? Do you like them? What is the work like and what is your major? I love reading about all the different classes and experiences!