7 Classes To Shop For Next Semester

7 Classes To Shop For Next Semester

You know, to add to your running list of 37.

As Thanksgiving break comes to a close, it's time to start thinking about classes for next semester. Shopping for classes can be stressful, especially when there are so many interesting ones that don't meet at 9 a.m. I've taken the liberty of doing some of the hard work for you guys and picking some courses across many different fields that I think are worth considering.

1. CPSC 324 - Why isn't the WiFi working? Your grandparents were right; this is what computer science is actually all about. In this course, students will solve problems in the domain of canonical router theory, featuring case studies from Cisco Systems. For a final project, students will solve a real-world WiFi problem on campus.

2. PHIL 291b - Pondering. What does it mean to ponder? What does it mean to think about pondering? Can one ponder about pondering? Can one teach a whole course on pondering? What does it mean to teach a course? Readings include Locke, Descartes, Plato. Coursework includes weekly ponderings and final paper.

3. PHYS 103 / HUMS 103 - The Physics of Majoring in the Humanities. Exploration of concepts from classical mechanics with a focus on applications to majoring in the humanities. Topics include Newton's Laws of Motion as they pertain to works of useless literature, conservation of energy in the context of doing historical analysis, and angular momentum in the domain of flipping burgers. Final paper prompt: "Why we are all just boxes with arrows coming out of them."

4. THST 107 - Speaking Coherently for Engineering Majors. Public speaking theater practicum seminar designed for engineering majors. Topics include: speaking slowly, not mumbling, eye contact, "you're still mumbling, Jason," not looking like you'd rather be doing anything else than talking right now, personal hygiene, and Shakespeare. Counts as credit toward whatever distributional requirement you poor engineering folks still need.

5. MATH 7n2ζ - Introduction to Discrete Eulerian Quasi-Compact Manifold Theory. A Discrete Eulerian Quasi-Compact Manifold is a three-tuple consisting of a monad, a topological space, and an n-ary operation. They have some neat properties and you can prove stuff about them. Counts as credit toward majors in Mathematics and Ancient Greek.

6. MUSI 279 / SOCY 379 - The Music of Fetty Wap. Exploration of the musical, lyrical, and sociological significance of Wap's music in a broader cultural context. Weekly readings and listenings.

7. ENGL 194 / PLSC 194 / HIST 194 / BIOL 194 / EENG 194 / LING 194 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Everything. Everything is connected. Separating out academics into different fields prohibits a true understanding of the world. In this course, we will examine everything through all disciplines and demonstrate that complex concepts in any field can be eloquently explained at a cocktail party with only the most rudimentary understanding of that particular field.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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