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.