22 April 2009

What would you do?

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Q: If you could spend a semester studying anything you wanted, what kind of classes would you take?

1. Assume everything else in your life is manageable (e.g, your
family isn't neglected, bills are paid, you don't have to work, etc.)

2. Choose classes that you would want to take just for the fun of taking them. That
is, stay away from stuff that would get you a promotion at work or help you to
finish a degree or something like that. This is your chance to explore anything
you want.

3. Extra points for being specific.

4. Double extra points for telling me where you would want to spend your semester.

A: If I had to narrow it down to one semester, this would be my course schedule:

  • Survey/History of British Lit
  • History of Victorian and Edwardian England
  • Infrastructure 101 (A more in-depth, much smarter version of all those Discovery channel shows about utilities and transportation and stuff like that.) This class includes a two week "field trip" to learn about European passenger rail infrastructure.
  • Photography
  • Choir
As to where, I am tempted to say Cornell because it is a nice campus in a beautiful setting and is
kind of isolated. Cozy and big at the same time. Or someother similar campus in the Northeast.

Now tell me, what would you do? Go ahead, click the comment button...


  1. I would study:
    Spanish, 1,2,&3
    Music, vocal (singing lessons)
    Swimming lessons
    Dancing lessons
    I would like to do this in AZ.

    Ernie in Peoria

  2. Wow. I don't think I could handle a full course load, but let's pretend I can.

    Chinese Brush Painting. I would love to improve my brushwork. I sometimes add black stain design to my pottery, and I'm only rarely happy with the results.

    Beginning Oil Painting. I have some ideas of things I'd like to paint, but I have no idea where to even start with the process.

    Landscape Design. A sort of intro to/survey type class. I love digging in the dirt, and have sort of randomly done a bit of this in my own garden. What I've done looks pretty good, but I think it could be a lot better.

    And Yoga. I already do that, but I think I'd need it! Plus, if I did it more than once a week like I'm doing now, I think the benefits would increase exponentially.

    Maybe that is not a full course load, but it seems like a lot. I am always trying to do too much anyway. It would be nice to not be overwhelmed.

    As to where, the first place that comes to mind is the University of Puget Sound. I have no information about this institution. It is just what popped into my mind. I think the reason is I remember back in High School, when all the college information packets were finding their way to my mailbox, they sent one with a catchy line "How does Puget Sound?"

    Not that I have any regrets about my choice of the U of Minn, I have sometimes thought that I lost an opportunity (which I have since made up for) to go anywhere in the country or even the world for university, but I chose familiarity (well, and also financially less burdensome). When I've had these thoughts, UPS always pops into my mind...

    Also, I have not been to the Pacific Northwest yet, and really feel drawn to that part of the world.

  3. Oh, I might like to take Swedish, too. There I go piling too much on my plate.

  4. The first class would be Art History of some early era.

    The second would be some type of pastry baking class.

    The third would be have to be something around the exercise stuff.

    This would all be done in Hawaii.

    Who am I?

  5. I'm having a hard time limiting myself to a semester. I think Cambridge would be the best place to get lost in my studies. And hopefully I could talk Mr. Front Porch into coming with me. Wouldn't be the same without him.

    Landscape Design
    Environmental Science
    English Literature
    Introduction to Line Drawing
    And probably a cooking class or two.

  6. Mr Front Porch, you have someone that loves you. Hopefully it was Mr. Front Porch II. That is so sweet.

  7. i love this question! partly b/c it's what i'm doing right now! so here's what i would take...

    History of European Costume: 18th and 19th Centuries: I'm taking a fashion history course right now and love these two centuries so I wanna learn a lot more.

    Sketching for Menswear Design: I'm taking a basic fashion sketching class right now and am actually learning how to draw. We're only doing womenswear though.

    Advanced Tailoring: I know the basics but want to get really good.

    Hatmaking: I just took a 5-week beginner course and made a really cute hat but I wanna learn more.

    Intro Spanish or Refresher French: It's been ages sincce I had French and when I was in Spain last year I loved listening to another language. By the end of the week I knew some simple phrases thanks to my sister.

    There's an art school in London called Central Saint Martin's that I would love to go to that has a great master's program in fashion. I'm seriously considering this for the next few years. Did I tell you I got Irish citizenship so it could actually happen!! Then I think I want to be a professor.

  8. - Comparative religion
    - Japanese language
    - Economic world history
    - Music composition

    Cornell, of course!

  9. I find all of these very interesting...

  10. I would love to apprentice a glass blower in Italy. This is my dream

    Take a class on maternity, delivery and newborn photography. There are seminars held throughout the country so I could just pick one close. This is reality, just when...

  11. Painting
    Landscape design
    Computer graphics
    Dance (any - assuming that they would let me participate)
    Glass blowing
    And anything else that I could get my hand on!

    What a great question and wonderful to see the other posts.

    Thanks Thomas!

    Velta in Toronto


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