This post not only marks the end of my class, but the end of my undergraduate study. I feel like I have been pulled through college on the back of a rocket you’d find in a Looney Tunes cartoon. I have ran into pulls, soared through a clear field, and had to repair the rocket a few times, but overall it has been a pleasant ride. This is the end for now.
This class not only was my last class, but it has been one of my more insightful classes as I for once did not enjoy the people for the most part. The energy was not only low, but it was almost disappointing. Maybe it was coming in with high expectations of a class in looking at trauma and recovery after the seriousness of War and Human Rights. Maybe it was me expecting more from a complex topic from the students. Maybe it was the classroom.
The classroom was abysmal. The room had poor lighting, was loud, and was not safe in the case of a fire. The lighting on multiple occasions made it hard for me to see, especially with my photosensitive vision following as LASIK procedure. There was an awful sound which I think belonged to the automatic windows in AW that would begin and go on for a 30 second distraction. Most of all, there was too much mismatched furniture with no room. This over-sized furniture not only made the classroom seem smaller, but less safe. In terms of an emergency evacuation there is not a clear evacuation path due to so little room.
I felt the readings were appropriate to the subject matter although I believe an updated book on the dangers of depression may be needed. Solomon’s book has not aged well and is a remnant of the post-modern period in the 1990’s where everything is over-explained. I believe an updated outlook similar to Solomon would be incredibly beneficial.
The most important part of this class remains the freedom of a writing topic. Being able to write on what you feel is correct and right to write about is outstanding. The freedom for one’s ideas to change and for topics to shift are so accommodating and allows for the student to shine. This allows students to be able to explore what they want to look at which is valuable for a course this late into an undergraduate’s career. It is a bridge between undergraduate and graduate work and allows for students to broaden horizons.