First came my third class of the day (first of the afternoon.) I had a few clerical tasks to dispose of before it started and so I arrived just as it was begining. I went in to take a seat and I noticed there weren't any free. In fact there were about 40 students sitting on the floors, standing against the walls, and otherwise trying to cram into a classroom that was not designed to fit that many people. The professor opened up his lecture by explaining that he didn't understand why the department had put a 150 student class into a 120 student room...but that we would continue anyway. Thus began an uncomfortable hour of standing in cramped conditions while we rattled over the syllabus and had it read to us (because apparently Columbia students can't be expected to read their own damned syllabi) and listened to a bunch of girls ask extremely stupid questions, sometimes the same exact one twice in a row. After that I spent some time buying textbooks and the like while waiting for them to post CC class assignments.
When the lists went up, my social security number wasn't among those who had been granted a berth in a class that they were REQUIRED TO TAKE. (I also found out that my textbook for American Politics is written on a level that would have been appropriate for me when I was in, oh, fifth grade. "To understand American politics we have to behave like patrons at a wide screen cinema. We need to step back to be able to see a broad view of the whole picture...beyond current events. We need to utilize 'political concepts.'" Well sand blast my ass and call me Mr. Softy...I had NO idea. Political CONCEPTS you say? Tell me more about these mysterious 'concepts.') so I got to spend the rest of the day running back and forth between my house and Hamilton hall waiting for my number to be posted. It never was.
I did manage to watch the Escaflowne movie which was incredibly beautiful, and Hey Rookie Welcome to the NFL which featured a decent amount of Jeremy Shockey who'se spectacular plays for the New York Football Giants I hope to be posting about this season as my favorite sports team makes an effort to not suck as much as they did last year.
This entry has to be modified now from it's originally intended form because while checking my spanish grade (STILL not there despite the fact that we have now actually STARTED the next semester) I found out that I did get into a CC class...and while the timing is a bit awkward I haven't missed any of it yet which is definitly a good thing. I'm still quite irritated with just how difficult it was to get into the class though. I mean this is a required course and there are literally HUNDREDS of students that need to take it who don't have spots. Hundreds. You'd think that they could open up a couple of new sections for these hundreds but...you'd think wrong.
I don't know...when I thought I wasn't going to get into one of the classes I got pretty upset and only partially because I thought it would endanger my future electives. The truth of the matter is that I'm not ready to take a light course load. That might sound like a weird thing to say, but it's the truth. I need a lot of classes for two major reasons. The first of these is that I don't do much worthwhile with my free time. I don't have many friends and I'm not good at making them, my hobbies are rather unsatisfying, and I don't enjoy clubs and the like. While I'm going to try and force myself to attend a club or two this semester to try and find something of at least mild interest, I don't WANT a lot of time to sit around feeling like I should be sitting around.
Then there's the other side of the coin which is that I genuinely enjoy class. I like bandying about ideas, getting to the point before other people, and the competition of it. I like debating people, arguing points (especially when I can win without evidence) and especially being the guy with all the answers. So sue me.
Anyway I have my classes now and everything seems to be okay. I might have to drop one if things start to slide but after the summer I have more focus and concentration so I probably won't. I know that I can't take classes at this pace forever, and that eventually I will have to broaden my horizons and start seeking other ways to occupy myself.
But not yet.