It’s been nearly a month since I’ve updated… sorry. So much for keeping people updated on what I’ve been doing. 🙂 It’s hard to believe the semester is heading for a close – I’ve got the rest of this week, then one more week before I get the whole week of Thanksgiving off, then one last week of classes and then finals week. By December 12, my first semester of school will be over. It’s sort of crazy to think about, if I felt like I had time to think.
Though at the moment, things are somewhat quiet in preparation for finals. I have a huge final project for Hebrew that I need to be working on, in addition to what I have to do on a weekly basis. But I have to say that I’ve gotten used to my weekly assignments, and it doesn’t feel as crazy now as the beginning of the semester was when I was just getting used to things. Next week is a little busier than this one, in that I have a test and several larger assignments and a group presentation, but in general it does feel like fairly smooth sailing to the end of the semester. It might not be this way in future semesters, as the classes I’m taking really aren’t too hard. Not easy, but not as hard as a lot of the other classes.
I’ve signed up for classes for next year already – I’m taking a January term class, an inductive bible study of the book of Hebrews, which should be really good. It’s taught by the same professor that is teaching my Matthew class, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m a little disappointed not to have the longer break between the fall and spring semesters, but I think it will be worth it. For spring, I’m definitely taking Vocation of Ministry and Hebrew II (language, not book of the Bible), but the rest of my schedule is a bit up in the air. The way everything worked out (or didn’t work out), I really need to take Old Testament and New Testament online – but the students who do all their work online take precedence over people who could (theoretically, if their schedule worked out) take it on campus. So I’m on a waitlist and won’t know for certain until February whether I’ll get into those classes… if they fill up with online students, I’ll take Church History I – but hopefully there will be enough room for me to take it online. It would make my life a lot easier to be able to take OT and NT in the spring.
Either way, I do think the spring semester is going to be a little tougher than this one. Hopefully I’ll still manage some time for fun and a bit of relaxation, though. I have been able to do that some this semester – Friday nights are usually homework-free (this Friday will be a Bond night 😉 and I’ve managed to sneak in some pleasure reading here and there – mostly young adult books, but it’s something. I discovered Literature.org which has copies of non-copywrited books available for reading online. They have about 20 or so authors (though they don’t always have all the books for each author), and it’s easy to hop onto there to read a chapter when you want to take a quick break. I’ve read some L.M. Montgomery, E. Nesbit, L.M. Alcott there… and then also I’ve been reading Mister Monday by Garth Nix – just a bit here and there, but I managed to finish it this Saturday. My brain sometimes needs something else besides reading more homework, and the YA books fit my “I need light reading” requirements very well. 🙂
And now it’s time to pack up and head out to class. I like getting there early so I can claim my seat and relax for a bit before class starts… 🙂