Fall 2014 Semester Review

The fall 2014 semester is done and over! Here are my class reviews for this semester:

Corporate Finance 326

This was one of the weirdest classes I’ve ever taken. My instructor was very, very nice, and so willing to work with students. However, we didn’t really do anything in the class. We met once a week for three hours, and I can’t tell you a single thing that we did or learned.

He basically said that you have to prove to him that you do NOT deserve an A in the class. So it was just a GPA booster, I guess. Still, overall a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to this class.

Credits: 3
Final Grade: A

Marketing 324

A surprisingly difficult class, considering there was just so much material he tested us over. Our instruct was very entertaining and made lectures interesting though. If I was a marketing major, I’d want to take him again.

Credits: 3
Final Grade: A

Business Communications

What a stupid class. Every major is required to take a writing intensive class in their field, so this was mine. Every time I walked into class I felt like I was transported back to kindergarten or first grade. We were required to do pre-writing and brainstorming and turn them in with our work. We learned things that I learned in middle school and so you would think her grading would be pretty straightforward.

Not at all. She’s one of the most difficult graders I’ve ever had so I had to spend a lot of time on my work in there. The class was just so bipolar.

To top it off, my instructor was one of the most snarky and rude instructors I’ve had. Not a flat out, blunt rude, but she was so unwilling to work with students and acted like a middle school girl with how she handled it. There was one day an assignment was due, and several people showed up late to class. She made them stay afterwards and lectured them on the rudeness of being tardy and then deducted points from the assignment. Won’t be missing her.

Credits: 3
Final Grade: A

Microeconomic Analysis

A surprisingly entertaining class. Our instructor was an economics grad student so he made the class really fun. The material was pretty dense, but the tests weren’t too difficult since they were open notes and had some extra credit questions. If they weren’t open notes, I probbaly would not have gotten as high a grade in here. ;P

My third and last economics class. YAY! No more econ!

Credits: 3
Final Grade: A

Spanish 110

So I took this class because Andrew is double majoring in Nursing and Spanish, and as many of you know, I took four years of French in high school and a year at college. I love the French language and anything French at all! But, since I am marrying this boy, I thought it would be fun to learn some Spanish – and it is a beneficial language to know.

This was one of my most work-heavy classes, and my teacher was like a Nazi! That may be a bit of an extreme reference, but the first month and a half of class, I was terrified of her. She set up the class like an old 1800s teacher would: you do exercises/answer questions aloud in front of the class and she corrects every grammar or mistake you make and makes a huge deal out of it. “You don’t study enough!”

There was also a huge language barrier. She couldn’t answer very many questions well because she didn’t understand what we were saying. The class was overall unorganized, which made it difficult because there were so many assignments and we never knew when they were due. I always do every assignment and do it on time, but I missed several in this class because she was never clear on when things were due.

We also had to do this online language coaching sessions. AWFUL. You basically skyped with two other students (from Lord knows where) and a “language coach” and spoke Spanish with these strangers. So awkward and terrible! I don’t know enough Spanish to speak with these people!

Oh, goodness. All I can say is no more Spanish for me. I made a good grade in the class and I did learn quite a bit, but it was traumatizing. Sorry Andrew, I tried.

Credits: 3
Final Grade: A

Overall, a great semester! I had easier classes this semester compared to previous semesters, so I was happy to receive a semester GPA of 4.0. This raised my cumulative GPA to a 3.93. Not too shabby! I’ve just signed up for next semester’s classes and I’ve just ordered textbooks (sob). Not ready to go back to school :(

11 thoughts on “Fall 2014 Semester Review”

  1. Congrats on getting all A’s!! And to your 4.0 GPA. I remember university and how it was always exciting come book buying time..

  2. Congrats with all A’s and raising your cumulative GPA to +3.9! Is it normal for people at your school to take 5 classes though? I’m asking this because taking more than 4 regular classes at my school would mean exceeding the credit limit and getting charged extra on per-credit basis. Granted, yours is 3 credit per class, whereas mine was 4.

    Anyways, keep up the good work!

    1. It’s standard to take 5 classes, each 3 credits (so 15 credits a semester). Most degrees require that to graduate in four years. I’m pretty sure my school charges for each class (though if I’m being frank, I don’t look at all of the fees too closely,) so if you take more, you pay more but if you take less, you pay less as well. The only limit we have is most advisors won’t let you take more than 21 credits (7 classes) a semester – though it has to be approved to take 21.

  3. Congrats on getting an A in every class! I’m glad you enjoyed your Marketing and Microeconomic Analysis class, though it’s too bad about the other 3. Some people would probably be happy with a class like Corporate Finance, but I’m like you. I want to actually learn something!

    I think it’s weird when a college class requires you to turn in the pre-writing and brainstorming part. I feel like at that point, they should just let you do it your own way, as long as they get the final paper. That’s too bad the Spanish course was traumatizing! I took Spanish for 3 years in high school, and I remember it being a good experience. (I switched to Chinese courses in college.)

    I hope your next semester goes well!

  4. Wow! Congratulations on getting straight A’s! You are such a smart girl :) I cracked up at your comment about not having done anything in your Corporate Finance class, though. Haha I was a Finance major in college and I remembered some of the classes I took where I felt the same way. Lol! Good luck on the next semester! :)

  5. You are some kind of genius for getting straight A’s! Good job and keep it up!

    Even though Corporate Finance wasn’t as great as you’d like, at least it’s an easy A. Speaking of which, I’m taking that class right now. It feels like Accounting all over again (much dislike :().

    With a bad professor, you still came out on top! Hope you don’t have that kind of professor again! Good luck with the upcoming semester!

  6. Congratulations! Those seem like hard classes, but with a lot of work and determination you were able to pass all those classes with straight A’s. Congratulations again!

    I’ll be entering my second semester in college on Tuesday (would have been on Monday, but there’s a holiday — BAH!!). I’m so ready to have this break over with. I’m stoked about entering my second semester. I’ll be taking Psychology 101, History 111, P.E. Interm Walking, and Math 055 (Pre-Algebra).

  7. I can already feel your determination in your studies. I know you’ll be able to keep that up. How many semester do you have per school year? We have 2 semesters in my country and we can take up to 25 units. Your system seems interesting.

  8. That is so awesome that you managed to get such a great grade. Even with the few teachers that made things hard. I would have been terrified of the Spanish teacher, you should be so proud of yourself that you aced the grade!

    Maybe if you tried to learn it in a more relaxed setting it would be different?

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