The Wonderful World of Being a Junior

Don’t let the title fool you; I’m not a junior yet. However, I’m getting to reap the benefits of…juniority? I just signed up for my junior classes, and boy was it great to get all of my first choices this time. Not only that, but I’ve gotten over the hill regarding distribution requirements, and my major. For distribution requirements, I only have 3 classes left, and for my major, 4 classes. I have 4 semesters to do this, so it’s going to be smooth sailing from here on out. Here’s what I’ll be taking next year, and why:

Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 AM – Fiction Writing I – I’ve always enjoyed writing and want to be a writer someday, so this is a logical choice. Not only that, but it goes well with a class called “The Art of the Novel” that I plan on taking in the spring.

Monday/Wednesday, 12:00-2:00 PM – Acting I – I’ve heard great things about this class, and think the ability to act is very important in life, regardless of which career you pursue. I also think that taking an acting class will make me a better and more confident public speaker.

Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00-11:30 AM – Introduction to Econometrics – My first “big boy” economics class. Now that I’ve taken lower-level economics and statistics, I’m ready to take a class (Econometrics) that combines everything I’ve learned. I’ve heard from many people that this is one of the most practical courses in the economics department, and I’m looking forward to it. Mostly, I’m fascinated by the final paper, which is an independent research paper. One of my friends that is in the class now is writing an analysis on what makes a baseball stadium a “hitter’s ballpark”. I plan on doing something equally fun.

Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00-2:30 PM – PRAXIS, Leaders in Context – Basically, the PRAXIS program is the best thing ever. Its classes are similar to many business-school classes because they give students hands-on experience with real-world problems, and many focus on leadership development. The best part, though, is that I can be in the college of Arts & Sciences while also in PRAXIS, giving me the best of both worlds.

Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM – Money and Banking – My second economics elective this semester, with the goal of finishing my major in the fall of my senior year. I’m excited to get an in-depth look at how the banking system actually works.

15 Credits gives me just the right amount of quality time in Olin Library. Photo credit WUSTL Photos.

15 Credits gives me just the right amount of quality time in Olin Library. Photo credit WUSTL Photos.

In the fall, I’ll be in 15 credits, the standard course load, which I find to be just right: not too much work, but not so little that I get bored. As you’ll notice, I don’t seem to have class on Friday. I did not plan this, but I’m quite excited to have an extra day to study, work at my job, and enjoy campus.

Happy Wednesday!

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