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The Excitement of Getting A New Book

While I'm working on my dissertation, each semester I have to take an online class or else I'll have to pay my student loans back. I won't be ready to do that until I finish my dissertation and I've got my doctorate and a good paying job. This means each semester I can take any online class in any subject that I want to keep the debt collectors at bay. Even though I don't enjoy taking unnecessary classes I have had a unique opportunity to take classes in a variety of subjects. I've taken to choosing classes in areas I want to learn more about that have interesting course material and books.

Last semester I took a class on scholarly approaches to studying the New Testament. Since I was raised an atheist it was fascinating to research Christian beliefs and the history of what was going on in the world at the time different parts of the bible were written. Before that I took a juvenile crime class where we learned all about the theories and history behind how police and society have viewed young people who commit crimes. I took an Anthropology class on Native American culture and history.

This semester I am taking a juvenile literature class and I am very excited about the books I will be reading. I get to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Monster by Walter Myers, Esperanza Rising, Annie On My Mind, The Giver, and On My Mind by Sharon Draper. I've never read any of these books but they all sound really great. I ordered my books from Amazon and will receive them sometime on Saturday and I can't wait.

The excitement I am feeling is something I haven't felt in a long time. I've been in college 10 years pursuing my various degrees. Around year 7 I suffered from severe burnout. In grad school you are required to read 100s of pages a week of academic articles and books. The stuff you have to read isn't always fun or interesting. I spent so much time forced to read dry academic articles and writing research papers that I stopped being excited about learning and reading. I stopped reading books for fun.

As a child I always had a book in my hand and I loved to read. I would walk to the library once a week and leave with a big pile of books each time. I could read a big novel in a day or two. It was a sad day when I stopped having fun reading. I'm happy how now that I am done with regular coursework and daily classes that I can just relax and have fun with college again. Being able to take a class for fun is something I really missed. I hope this class is interesting. Even if the class stinks, at least the professor chose some really great books that I will have fun reading.


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luisga814 wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:11 AM

Well congratulations in advance for your dissertation. Actually, i did not finish yet my MA degree but i already did finished making a dissertation. Lol. Somebody asked me before to write his dissertation of course with professional fee. He had no time to make is dissertation, i was the one who constructed all the materials but of course he did the survey and the defense of course. Too sad, that i have done a dissertation for others but for myself, i cannot even finish my master thesis.

msiduri wrote on January 9, 2015, 9:54 AM

Good luck with the dissertation (and may you find a great job in your field when you're done!). In the meantime, enjoy this class. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Colibry21 wrote on January 9, 2015, 10:48 AM

I can certainly understand how you feel. I've always been an avid reader. As soon as I'd finish a book, I'd have to start a new one. I couldn't help it! Every time I got a new book, I'd be really happy and excited.

soupdragon wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:11 PM

It is wonderful when you rediscover the joy of learning. When I went to university (many years ago now) I didn't really enjoy the work, was always having to catch up and just couldn't seem to find the enthusiasm for my subject. In recent years I have rediscovered my love of learning through online courses, not to advance my career but just for the heck of it. I've done courses on a variety of things ranging from history of rock n' roll to animal behaviour and Latin.

BodieMor wrote on January 9, 2015, 4:09 PM

Lovely that you have something to look forward to alleviate the pressure of grueling academic work. And good luck on your dissertation.

Began1988 wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:56 PM

I honestly was never excited about school books! Lol. I think the only book I ever read for class that I enjoyed was "My Brother Sam Is Dead." I actually enjoyed that book so much I read it twice! Haha
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But I definitely do know the feeling of starting a new book. I love it! I actually just finished a book today, and started reading Stephen King's "Needful Things." I'm super excited, I haven't read a King book in far too long! I really love most of his stories!

angelaterese13 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:58 PM

I bet that would end up being a fun class. I'm glad you're feeling excited about your class.

motrojam wrote on February 2, 2015, 4:01 AM

I remember going to the library too when I was young. Nowadays it is different because of the internet.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 31, 2015, 4:32 PM

Book are wonderful and I love to read and learn from them ,, it is nice to meet you on here, I hope you come back to write more.