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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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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…

Success is sweet like a cupcake

Physics, physics, physics. The class I took for my general science requirement was a bit unusual: I chose to take PH 201, which is Intro to Analytical Physics. Due to massive scheduling difficulties, I did not take the 100-level physics class. As it turns out, with PH 201 I was a bit out of my element next to all the chemistry and engineering majors who have to take PH 201 as part of their foundational math and science courses.

Thus I worked all semester. I went to the lecture four mornings a week. I went to the two hour lab each Tuesday evening. I went to the hour and a half study tables session each Wednesday evening. I turned in my lab report and problem set each Friday afternoon. And gradually, I stopped dreading the professor’s high velocity explanations of the proofs of various laws and principles. I drove all my friends crazy with my constant stream of science references. Someone told me a good joke about a spherical chicken. Anyone, anyone?

So I came to enjoy my smackdown with physics, though the work became steadily more difficult and detailed. (Gyroscopic motion, anyone, anyone?)

Working during Nutcracker, Act II. Thanks for the picture, Becca.

The tests were brutal. Let’s not mince words here. After the final, I must admit I was rather disappointed in myself. It was not the ideal way to go out after a semester of hard work. So I resigned myself to a celebratory pat on the back after passing.

Grades come out fairly quickly after finals week ends, however, and… I did better than I had hoped for in my most optimistic scenario! I’m not actually sure how that happened, unless the test was curved rather severely in my favor. But hip hip hooray!

The point of the this post? Put in hard work and a liberal sprinkling of muddled applications of torque and an obnoxious scattering of XKCD references and you get the following:

  • an increased appreciation of just how complicated science truly is
  • an increased repertoire of nerdy things to say
  • an increased love of XKCD (can you tell this was a big part of physics class for my study buddy and me?)
  • a good grade in Intro to Analytical Physics
  • new friends
  • new confidence in my own ability to scrape through daunting senarios

I’ll need all of the above as we start the new year and the new semester with my three English classes, the first three to entertain myself when I need a break from all the liberal arts, the fourth when I think about scheduling classes for my senior year (since I will have fulfilled my Division 4 credit), the fifth for all the reasons one needs people like those I’ve met at Butler, and the sixth for general, sappy, feel-good moral-boosting when I’m still revising my Irish Lit paper in a month.

The final score? Physics 374, Olivia 381.

It’s been fun, folks.

Scheduling, part VI

I recently registered for my sixth semester of classes. That’s right. The sixth. I will be a senior before I know it, and that is terrifying.

Registration for spring classes... just when the leaves fall and it gets really cold.

Registration, when you are enrolled as student, goes by credit hour, so I got to enroll at 3:30 pm on the first day of registration. When I was a freshman, I had to register quite late, since enrollment periods open for about two weeks. I’m only a junior, but I had some credit from AP tests I took in high school, and since I’m in the Butler honors college, I get twenty extra “ghost” credit hours added to my registration queuing total as a sort of perk. Anyway. The point being that I am all set for spring semester… which will also be terrifying, since I’m taking three English classes.

I thought for a long time that finishing an English major (the literature track) would be impossible, but I have since met with the head of Butler’s English Department, and I have new hope. I am way behind, however, and this spring is going to be rough. I’m taking twenty-one credit hours (which means I’ll have to pay for the extra credit hour I’m taking, since the limit for students with primary majors in the JCFA is 20 credit hours a semester). Nine of those hours are English classes. One of those English classes will go on my transcript as an internship, since I’m acting as a sort of TA for the department head’s EN 185 class.

(EN 185 is Intro to the Discipline of English. It’s the first class you take towards an English major. I’ll be responsible for all the work the other students do, plus reading literary criticism on the works, offering help with essay writing and revision, writing longer/more in-depth papers, and presenting several research projects to the class.)

I am going to be so busy. Wish me luck!

The classes I’m taking in the spring:

  • Ballet technique
  • Modern technique
  • Pointe technique
  • Pas de deux
  • Variations
  • Butler Ballet (rehearsal period)
  • Dance history 2
  • Choreography 2
  • Literature of the American Renaissance
  • Romanticism
  • Intro to the Discipline of English