I am taking Calculus I this semester!
This is because Calc II is the pre-req for Multi-variate Calc which is the pre-req for Probability Models and Inference, which I wanted to take this semester but I’m going to take in… what, two years?
I mean, I took AP Calc in high school. I did well, too! I really liked it. I can still remember liking it. I also remember sitting next to my best friend Crystal, then. I mean, any class and every class is made better with a friend there, and Crystal was amazing.
(I miss her. I really do. I lost touch with her sometime in college and I haven’t been able to find her.)
I don’t have Crystal. Right now, I’m taking the class online, the same way I’m working, so I have – well, me.
This is a little weird. Nobody here to keep me honest, yaknow? Or.. something like that.
So here I am, taking a class I’m starting 2 weeks late, trying to catch up, to remember everything – or anything – from college – and not having anyone around me to be the sort of extra input I’m used to in a class.
But it’s calc.
So that’s kind of exciting, actually.
There’s two – three. Three things I really like about taking an online class.
One, I don’t have to either drive to campus or walk across campus (the Stats class I took last spring was in the same building and I STILL got lost once).
Two, all the lectures are recorded, so a) I can go listen to the ones I missed, and b) if I have a problem following something I can listen to it again later.
And three, the teacher is doing all his notes in OneNote, so the same thing – I can go through them, check my notes against his, and write down anything I missed.
This is Amazing.
I think it actually balances out the whole “I like having people next to me when I take a class” thing.
There’s also the discussion class (“lab”), this is something that stats had too and nothing I took in my first round of college did – a TA guides a session on topics covered in classes.
That’s much smaller and with breakout groups, so that’s close.
Now, I need… I need the notebooks I ordered online for this class because I’m running out of blank pages in the back of the last bullet journal.
Then I can try copying my notes and see if it works better this time than it did in Stats.
So has anyone else taken classes as a adult? I mean, assuming we weren’t adults when we were “college-age”, which let me tell you, I thought I was and now that I look at these kids…
How has it worked out for you?