What at way to start the semester. It is SO COLD here. And this is coming from someone who lived in Indiana, Russia, and Chicago. Don’t believe me? Check it out below:
That’s a screenshot from my phone. RealFeel of 2 degrees?! That makes my walk to class over the Schuykill River less than fun. But, as you can see, it’s supposed to warm up later this week (wahoo!) and we’re supposed to get some snow. They’re predicting a whopper of a storm, but I don’t trust anything the weathermen are saying. Not yet, anyway.
Cold weather aside, my semester has gotten off to a great start. Classes started last Wednesday, but we were operating on a Monday schedule that day because we had MLK off. So I have been to my Monday class, my Thursday class, and I am going to my Tuesday class a little later this afternoon. This semester, I am taking the following three courses:
- Sociolinguistics with Dr. Flores
Dr. Flores is very passionate about teaching sociolinguistics, and you could tell that within the first five minutes of his class. I love learning from passionate people, so I’m very excited for this class. Plus, he made a Drake reference in his lecture, so you know it’s going to be good.
- Second Language Assessment (a.k.a. SLA) with Dr. Larsen-Freeman
Dr. Larsen-Freeman is a professor emeritus from Michigan, which means she comes out of retirement to come teach this class at Penn. She is also one of the leaders in the field of SLA, so I’m taking a class taught by one of the best!
- Language Assessment with Dr. Butler
Butler has been a member of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners, which means I’m taking a class about language assessment taught by someone who works on the English proficiency test.
This is what I love so much about GSE – these are some of the best and most passionate people who are teaching me. Not many schools can say they offer this calibre of professor to students in their Master’s programs since they are usually reserved to those who are in the Ph.D. programs.
Now it’s time to put on layers of coats and other winter weather accessories. I may look like this by the time I’m ready to leave:
Wish me luck and warmth!