Pull out the rug

Today, I registered for my first set of graduate school courses. Pretty painless process, except for the one thing that always bugs me: so many classes are listed that aren’t offered every semester. Nothing worse than seeing that beautiful class that makes you drool with excitement… only to discover that it won’t be offered for 6 more months. But what’s 6 months, when I have 6 years here?
Because of limitations like that, and especially because the program wants to get everyone onto an equal footing, my schedule this semester is only 95% exciting and cool:

  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Biomaterials and Biosurfaces
  • Biochemical Kinetics
  • Diffraction of Biological Molecules
  • A full three different seminar classes
  • TA Orientation
  • Lab Rotation (least we forget that I have to work, as well)

Not too bad for a start, I like to think. It seems weird to me to not be taking a philosophy class, since I spaced those out about one per semester my entire college career.

5 Responses to “Pull out the rug”

Looks like you are going to be very very busy!

Love Dad

Jim Bonham - September 8th, 2004 at 3:40 pm

I know I’ll probably feel weird when I too graduate (someday) and only take science courses — it’ll be a real change from one or two humanities-type classes every semester. Hope you can survive it 🙂 (You’ve probably got enough books on your “to read” list to keep you busy for a while.)

Teisha - September 8th, 2004 at 5:02 pm

Is TA orientation actually a class? That’s awesome! I wish MCDB would do something like that . . . they really need it. Remember our illustrious Cell Lab TA, Druid?

ShortSpeedFreak - September 8th, 2004 at 11:43 pm

Yeah, TA orientation is actually a class… Pretty neat. There’s actually two terms of it- The first you take before TAing, and the second term you’re supposed to wait on and take concurrently with TAing.

Paradoxdruid - September 9th, 2004 at 12:15 pm

That’s so cool. You should ask them if they do microteaching or any kind of videotape consultations. I know you and I discussed it once, but it’s a really great thing to do. I highly reccomend that every TA have at least one videotape consultation (as much as I, personally, hate hearing my voice on tape).

ShortSpeedFreak - September 12th, 2004 at 12:07 am

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