Opened my up to free writing, and allowed me to release a lot of pent up issues I carried with me to college from High School. Reading plays was definitely the low part of the class, the high part was having a live reading with real actors of our plays as a final.
FINALLY! Shakespeare the way it was meant to be studied! This class was intense, about 12 plays, one a week or so. But the catch was, we got to read along while watching a taped play or movie of the play, which helps understand what is going on SO MUCH. I can't even describe how much more enjoyable and tolerable Henry the IV was...We also go watch rare footage of Paul Rudd with long hair as Orsino in Twelfth Night, and watch two awesome Kurosawa films, Ran and Throne of Blood.
After 6 years of an intense and accelerated math track in High School, I rewarded myself by becoming an art major and swearing off all math homework for the rest of my life! Unfortunately, LMU's core curriculum requires one math class. I was determined to get it out of the way as soon as possible. One of my advisers suggested this class 2nd semester freshmen year. It was a class specifically made for the creative type - film, animation, art majors who were not great on math. Me, someone who graduated with advanced calculus on her transcripts, definitely was great at math, but I was fine with pretending I wasn't for an easy semester. That was an easy, but stupid assumption to make. The class wasn't terribly challenging, but definitely by no means an easy walk. It was so fascinating though! We studied patterns, symmetry, algorithms. A lot of that stuff was very useful for later design classes.
WOW. Talk about the insanity that is the universe. This class was so frickn fascinating, but HARD. I was not a physics person, and the tests and homework really got to me. But the lectures were amazing, and the reading was delightful. PLUS - many assignments included starting at the stars for hours. Very cool.
Sorry guys, this class, I give all the credit to my amazing teacher Margret Black. She left LMU shortly after this class ended, I think she still might work at Otis. I learned every valuable piece of design anything from this class, and I applied it to every single art class thereafter. Invaluable.
This class, in combination with the one below, gave me a really well rounded view of love, marriage, and relationships. The professors were polar opposites when it came to personal opinions. They were both catholic, married, with children, but it was kind of crazy how different they were. Covering the same subject matter in both classes, but with extremely different point of views, taught me a lot of things, mainly, you shouldn't move in with your boyfriend until you are married.
I wish I could have realistically taken this class every semester. Not only did I get an insane energy boost., i was far more conscious of healthy eating habits, along with other bad habits normally associated with a college lifestyle.