Spring Semester Begins

Posted on February 20th, 2007 by

A little over two weeks ago, the 2007 spring semester began at Gustavus. The familiar buzz returned to campus with the arrival of excited students, faculty, and staff.

Spring Semester Books

In preparation for my new classes, I purchased the textbooks that I needed for my courses from the Gustavus bookstore. I was able to purchase my books on-line, and the total price came to around 320 dollars. I am always a little surprised about the price of books, but I quickly remind myself that it is money well spent. As usual, there were quite a few gems among the books that I bought, including The Odyssey, The Inferno, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Pride and Prejudice, and a very good evolution textbook.

This spring, I am enrolled in four courses. I am taking The Literary Experience, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Formal Accelerated Logic, and finally Social and Political Philosophy. After completing two weeks of classes, I am very pleased with how my academic life is going.

My typical spring semester day begins around 9:45 A.M. I like to wake up with enough time to shower before my first class, which begins at 10:30 A.M. However, when I am feeling particularly tired, I occasionally get out of bed at 10:22 and frantically hustle to class. Classes at Gustavus are usually 50 minutes long. I have two classes in the morning that together last from 10:30 until 12:30. Following these two classes, I have a hour lunch break. My afternoon also holds two classes that run from 1:30 until 3:30 P.M. In the evening, I attempt to exercise, socialize, and attack the pile of homework that usually awaits.

The spring semester is off to a quick start. I am already reading various books, writing papers, and studying for exams. Life is busy, but with the hectic lifestyle comes a real sense of accomplishment. I go to bed exhausted but feeling genuinely happy with what I accomplished throughout the day. Being a student at Gustavus is exciting and challenging, and the start of this semester has strongly reminded me of that!!


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