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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Une erreur

I need six hours of intermediate-advanced French so I can get my second major in English Literature, and I finished off the first three hours this past Wednesday when I completed our final exam. I am currently doing an independent study with another Butler French professor, and with that done I will graduate for real in August… which means I still get to walk in May Commencement. Oh, scheduling

Though my written final was on Wednesday, I took the oral portion on Monday with a partner. It’s not that bad. My French is very spotty, because I studied it for five years in middle/high school. That’s a pretty long time, but then I went another five years without speaking it. Again, that’s a pretty long time.

The point is, I remember a lot, and most of the grammar points that we covered, I had learned in the distant past. However, since it was a matter of recall… and I am no languages genius… I still struggled with certain things. Such as the phrase “free time.”

As I was playacting a skit with my partner, something typical about interviewing the other person for an apartment, I tried to ask what my partner did in his spare time. “Qu’est-ce que vous aimez faire dans votre amser sbâr?”

A beat. A pause. A quizzical look. Why was what I’d said wrong? It was, somehow, I knew. My teacher prompted, “votre temps libres?”

Yes, that was the French phrase for “free time,” one I hadn’t used that often.

Oh. It dawned on me. Welsh. “Amser sbâr” was Welsh for “free time.” I was speaking the wrong language! I hadn’t studied Welsh for two years, hadn’t thought about it really for months. Yet that phrase “amser sbâr” had been used often in the beginning of the Welsh course I followed, so it was apparently the “free time” that popped into my head first.

And then things got even more surreal when my French teacher said to me, in French, “That’s Welsh, isn’t it?” And then she said, “Beth dych chi’n hoffi wneud yn eich amser sbar?”

That’s perfect Welsh for, “What do you like to do in your spare time?” which I what I’d been trying to ask in French.

Mind. Blown.

France and Wales playing rugby. Also, a great metaphor for my addled brain.

The last scheduling conflicts

As a wanna-be double major, I’ve dealt with my fair share of scheduling conflicts. I really dislike scheduling my classes, since often the process ends in frustration. As the semesters pass by and I fulfill more and more dance requirements, the frustration diminishes… and though scheduling my last semster of classes as an undergraduate still held a few “gosh-darn-it!” moments, it was much, much easier than scheduling during my sophomore year.

With only one semester left, I don’t have that many required classes unfulfilled. I plan to take:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe
  • Classical partnering
  • Butler Ballet
  • Theory and Philosophy of Dance
  • English class 1
  • English class 2
  • French

It looks like I will finish my Dance BFA degree (well, that was never really in question) and be just one class sort of obtaining my English Literature degree. The class in question? French.

When you major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must take six hours of a second language as part of your core requirements. JCFA majors do not have to do this. With a second major in LAS, however, I need six hours of French.

I visited France with my cousin. Does that count?

The sad part of this story? I’ve been confused about my requirements both for my dance degree and my English degree since the first semester. Part of this is my fault; part of it is not. Either way, it’s frustrating — especially since I thought by testing into a 300 level French class, I had fulfilled that LAS core requirement. Not so.

I somehow have three extra hours this spring (because I was confused about my dance degree plan, mostly), and I shall take a French class. And then what? Graduate just three hours short of my second major? Take French this summer and graduate a semester late? I’m not exactly sure how everything will work yet.

BUT THEN one of the English classes I planned to take was cancelled, and my dance schedule really doesn’t allow for many English class options… so I’m not sure still what my spring semester will look like.

Ah, scheduling…