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New Semester, New Classes!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hi guys!

I hope everyone had a great winter break!  I enjoyed some wonderful time off hanging out at home and in Denver with family and friends.  It was really nice to be able to catch up on some sleep and spend time relaxing, doing things unrelated to school for a change!  Although this past weekend when I was returning to Boulder I was sad break was ending, I was and am really excited for my new classes! 

When you’re in high school, you might take a few special classes (I’m thinking of Adventure Water Sports and American History Through Music, that were offered at my high school), but for the most part, all of the classes you take are pretty generic.  During my high school experience, most of my classes were general classes and not very specific to a particular area of a subject.  One of the best things about college, and CU in particular, is all of the amazing classes we are able to take!  Instead of a just a plain English class, you can take Russian Fairytales, or, like me, you can take Travel Writing.  I took Travel Writing last year, second semester, through the Honors Residential Academic Program.  We read a variety of travel novels and wrote papers about our own travel experiences and those of the various authors.  Although it was one of my more difficult classes, it was a lot of fun, and a wonderful change from the basic English classes I took in high school!

I came into Freshman year under the impression that was going to go to grad school, after undergrad of course, for either genetics or medicine.  That didn’t work out… because I found that I didn’t like the courses, and that I loved another class, area of study, and major: Linguistics! That also sparked an interest in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, so now those are my two majors, and this year I am able to classes that align with those! This semester I am taking Language Sound Structures, Hearing Science, Language Development, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, and Second Year French Grammar and Reading 2.  I love that all of my classes will be focusing on fairly specific things in each field.  Sound Structures counts for both my Linguistics and my SLHS majors, and it will be focusing on speech sounds, how they function in language, and how they interact with each other.  Hearing Science is for my SLHS major, and we will learn about how the ear works, and how the physical properties of sound relate to the perceptual properties we hear.  I am expecting that to be my most difficult class! Language Development will be examining how humans, specifically small children and babies, learn language.  I am really interested in this one! Introduction to Cognitive Psychology will be just a specific focus of psychology, and it will count toward the certificate I am hoping to get in Cognitive Science.  My French class is the second part of a French sequence I began last semester, and we will just be continuing to learn various aspects of French grammar and vocab. 

I am really excited for all of my classes! I am sure it is going to be a great semester! 

Nina
Linguistics; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences • Centennial, CO

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