Tue 3 May 2005
Argh. I’m not good with subject lines. Anyway, I handed in one of my bigger papers today: 2500 words, roughly equivalent to 9 pages double-spaced, for Psychotherapies and Counselling. I’m not done for this week, either; I have a presentation on Thursday for my Aboriginal Religions and Other Australian Spiritualities class. It seems everyone has some assignment due this week. I’m rather glad that I didn’t try out for Theater Restaurant, the dinner theater that my college is putting on. It is this weekend and after burning myself out sophomore year, I didn’t quite want to experience it again, thanks.
I suppose now is as good of a time as any to mention classes. I’m taking two Psych courses and two Religion courses. The Religion courses are… meh. The Spirituality of the Mystics course would normally be interesting, and it is, but being in there for two hours just makes it seem to drag on longer than it should. It may just be the material, too; all philosophy, with little room for discussion in order to get through all of it. We’ve talked about mysticism throughout the ages: shamanism, Kabbalah, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian mysticism, Sufism (we’ll be touching that soon, actually), etc. It’s interesting because I’m interested in it, but I know some people with less interest don’t really care for it.
The other Religion course is Aboriginal Religions and Other Australian Spiritualities. *takes a deep breath* The first half of the semester, we talked about Aboriginal beliefs– the Dreaming, “clever people,” sacred spaces, men’s business and women’s business, etc. Now we’re talking about how different aspects of Australian life could be seen as a manifestation of spirituality. It’s mostly interesting, being a non-Australian, but I sometimes feel like the subject matter is even more vague than Mysticism class. And considering how vague mysticism is… That’s pretty strange. Anyway, my presentation needs to be on how the New Age movement has de-emphasized the reverence for heroes in Australian culture.
Ironically, you would think that I would have had a tougher time adjusting to my much larger Psychology classes (one is a lecture consisting of 240 students), but really, I enjoy them more. The Psychological Problems of Adolescence class is very interesting, and I get quite a bit out of the lectures. The tutorials– our small groups– are also interesting. When we talked about bullying and life at school, we watched clips from Heathers and Mean Girls, which worked well to re-emphasize the lectures. My other Psych class, though smaller, is also not that bad. Considering how it’s Psychotherapies and Counselling and I plan on becoming a clinical psychologist, learning about different techniques and everything is definitely useful.
Forgive the boring post, but I suppose I should get the Possibly Interesting to Some People info out first, then the fun stuff later. I’m going to the beach this weekend, so hopefully things don’t get too interesting (i.e., getting stung by jellyfish, seeing someone get carried away by a rip, and all those other lovely things that make Australia so endearingly deadly). Cheers!