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Here there be monsters
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After all the dreaming I come home again

I just had my first two classes of the semester. They went much more smoothly and enjoyably than I expected. The first was Language and the Brain. My psych class for the semester. I'm very glad that I switched into it because A) It is a higher level class than the intro I was signed up for and B) It looks damned interesting. Some people didn't seem to enjoy it one bit but I'm really looking forward to exploring some of the issues that were brought up, such as what structures all languages share in common and how the brain structures of humans give them linguistic abilities that other animals can't match.

The professor's cool too. He's a male, ALWAYS a plus in my book (especially since I assumed this would be a longhair prof cause his name is Michele), and he's Italian so his english isn't so great. Normally I'd find that a hindrance but in this class I think learning about language from someone who is constantly having to work around language to communicate MIGHT be a plus. I mean he used it as an advantage already, giving examples from his own difficulties with english to show how language aquisition beyond the critical period differs from, say, learning chess.

After class I bumped into Zach on the steps and talked to him for awhile, lecturing him on how foolish it was to be sunbathing on the steps without any sort of protection (especially considering that he'd spent the summer working for an oncologist) I've known Zach forever (actually since before I had memories, we were in pre-school together) and he seems like a pretty cool guy. Maybe I should get to know him again...although it might be weird since he seems to be a super social person and I tend to have trouble hanging out with them...not that I can't (witness Derrick from last semester...butterfly extraordinare).

My next class was intro to comparative politics...one of the EASY poli-sci classes I need for the major. It was also pretty fun. The guy who teaches it is one of those old distinguished types who teaches intro classes because he enjoys interacting with the young undergrads (and not in THAT way you goddamned perverts...I SWEAR) and he has a laid back honest style that I really groove with. Another cool thing about that class is that Ryan from my Lit class last semester is in it, and he was a guy who I thought I should get to know better...so that's definitly a plus. We joked around today...he doesn't seem to be a geeky guy but he's definitly a rigorous academic and he has opinions about the material...two things which I really respect in a person. He probably would have been the leader in the lit class had I not been there.

Ate a good lunch and now I have a couple administrative tasks to get done and then one more class and the day is over. If I can get into the class I NEED this might very well be a good semester. Already two of the classes I was worried about as not being very interesting have turned out to be much more appealing than I had initially thought and the reading doesn't seem to be too ludicrous.

I could use a nice easy semester before I start really diving into the tough stuff and wrapping up my college experience.

It's a good start...and that counts for a lot.
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