Back to School

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This semester I’m taking things slowly. I don’t want to put too much on my plate and drain myself my first semester back. However, that’s not to say I’m being lazy. I’m knocking out two large requirements to graduate, just taking smaller bites so to speak. 

My first class is philosophy, which somehow counts towards math (Don’t ask). The course is called “formal logic,” but I’m not 100% clear on the difference between formal and informal. I’ve only had class once so far, my second class is actually in a few hours. I don’t know, seems pretty straight forward. However, the prof said that it will get really complicated around week 5, so that’s something to look forward too. From what I’ve got so far, it seems to be about arguments, and what makes a good one vs a bad one. I assume it’ll go into logical fallacies at some point, and probably the best way to present an argument. But I could be way off. 

My second course is an introduction to Japanese. I’ve always wanted to learn, but I just never thought I could. I assumed it would be too difficult because of the different alphabet. But you know what? I have to say, I’m finding Japanese easier to learn than French. I’ve been thinking about why that might be, and I’ve come up with 2 possibilities. 1) The new alphabet is easier to learn because it’s new sounds attached to new characters, unlike French where it’s new sounds to characters I already know. And 2) Japanese is a language I’ve wanted to learn since I was in grade 6, so I feel I have more motivation to do the studying required to learn any language. I mean, when I was home alone on Friday, I was sitting there and then thought, “I should practice the hiragana.” And then I did. I’ve never done that! 

So far this semester is going okay. However, I know week two is the calm before the storm. Give it a couple more weeks and it will be crazy and all over that place.