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Getting Ready for Junior Year: Classes

Posted by on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Academics, College of Arts and Science, Studying.

Hello readers!

I’m still a sophomore, but with finals around the corner (yikes!), the academic year and my sophomore status are coming to a gradual end. The end seems even closer now that I’ve officially registered for my junior fall semester classes. While I am sad that this academic year is nearly over, I am looking forward to the classes I’m in for Fall 2016. Being a junior is scary (one step closer to the real world…hmm), but it sure has its perks. Registration is based on seniority, so I (almost) got all the classes I wanted.

  • PSCI 1100: Introduction to American Government and Politics. This class is not needed for any requirements and I’m taking it for sheer fun. I am really looking forward to taking this class right in the middle of the presidential election season, and I’m so excited to see how the elections will shape this course. My friend Caroline and future Towers’ hall mate is a walking encyclopedia on politics, and is now an honorary TA for me.
  • FNEC 2700: Corporate Finance. This class is required for my Financial Economics minor. While I am 100% sure that I do not want to go into finance, I still believe that a basic understanding of finance is helpful for other business sectors. This class is very popular with Econ majors because it teaches practical skills and is helpful for internship interviews.
  • HONS 1840W: The New Negro. I am really looking forward to this class for a number of reasons. In Spring 2016, I did not have any writing or discussion based courses, but these smaller classes are the ones that especially help me learn about different perspectives and ideas. Since coming to college, I have met people from so many different races, regions, and backgrounds, but I still don’t know many things about cultural and racial identities. I am confident that Professor Briggs’ class will help me learn more about the diverse world we live in. Moreover, this class brings me one step closer to fulfilling my College Scholars’ requirements. This class will be held in West House on Commons, my freshman year house, and I’m always looking for excuses to go to Commons :)
  • MGRL 1200: Principles of Marketing. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to expect from this class, but based on feedback from my friends, I have heard that this course is a lot of fun and is very useful if you want to go into the corporate world. I have never taken a class on marketing before, so it’ll be exciting to learn more about this field and work on creative projects. Perhaps it’ll also help me when I have to publicize events and applications for the student organizations I’m a part of. This class counts for my Corporate Strategy minor.
  • MGRL 1100: Fundamentals of Management. This class also counts for my Corporate Strategy minor. I’m taking this class with Joe, my Faculty VUcept partner. It’s kind of funny because in Visions, Joe is a partner and he forbids me from calling him “Professor” and I haven’t interacted with him in an academic setting before. But (Professor) Joe is one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve met since coming to Vanderbilt, and his reputation as a professor is flawless, so I’m looking forward to taking this course.

I wanted to take an Econ elective called Healthcare Policy, but that class filled up much before my registration date. Apart from that, I got all the classes I wanted. I am also grateful for not having any 8 a.m. classes because having them everyday this semester hasn’t been enjoyable (avoid at all costs!). I also get done at 11 a.m. on Fridays, which is another aspect of my schedule that I like. I am not quite sure how I’ll handle two classes of 2.5 hours each, but the professors come highly recommended so I’m sure that time will fly by. Registering for classes is both exciting and frightening, but all’s well that ends well.

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