Man, I can’t believe that I have to write another one of these already. The fact that it’s been around four months since the beginning of the semester is kind of baffling. It definitely hasn’t seemed like four months, at least in terms of 491.
So, what did I like about this class? Well, the people in the class has to be the number one thing. Unlike last time I had to write one of these, there were only seven other people besides me, including Kate, so it was much easier to get to know everyone and it was a much more comfortable atmosphere than the vast majority of my classes in the past. Everyone had something different they brought to the class that made it better as a whole. And I got more friends (as lonely and pathetic as that makes me sound)! Especially Dan. I got to know Dan a lot more over this semester and he’s now one of my good friends. And I met another childfree person in the flesh! And I actually got to know a teacher better than I ever have in my life! And hugs! And exclamation marks!
Another big plus to this class is that it helped me out a lot with my shyness. If you couldn’t tell (well, it is the Internet), I’m a really shy person offline and even pretty shy online, so I had a lot of room for improvement. The result? Well, I’m still a shy person, but I’ve opened up more, which is a good thing. I also discovered that I don’t actually suck at presentations if I know the topic intimately. The childfreedom and contraceptives presentation I did was the easiest one I ever had to do AND was the longest one I ever had to do. Go figure.
What about the actual stuff I learned about? I learned a lot, actually. I think the thing that’s going to stick with me is the whole “health at every size” thing. While I still think that there’s a limit to which sizes can possibly be healthy, I do like the idea a lot and it motivated me a bit to start taking care of myself a bit better. Having to do a blog post every week also taught me a few things, mainly about how depressing these stupid people with their stupid laws are and how, but also there’s so much going on in the United States that most people aren’t even aware of.
Overall, I’m really glad I took this class. It was a really good experience for me to have and one that I think I needed to have. Kate is a great teacher and is equally great moral support who helped me a ton with graduate school stuff and sorting out my future a bit.
So yeah…thanks. I’ll miss you guys. Keep in touch.