Registration for Spring 2016 college classes is fast approaching, so I spent last Friday morning, combing through the catalog, trying to decide what to take next term. Possibly take, I should say, since I’ve learned that a listing in the catalog doesn’t always mean a course is offered in a particular term.
I will still be enrolled in the College Math Prep class. What should I mix with it? Should I take Ethics (a class that will fulfill two requirements in one)? Or how about Native Peoples of North America (an elective that simply would interest me)? And maybe I should toss in a one credit health activity like Stretch and Strength or Stress Management. I could use both or either of those.
But then, as I browsed the catalog, I found myself very tempted to do something I hadn’t planned on doing at all. Ever. Hasn’t even been on my radar. Something that would be just for the fun of it. Take an art course. I would have to begin with the Drawing 1 class before I could move on to Painting 1. I used to paint with acrylics, but other than a community education class, I have never taken lessons. Oh so tempting.
The downside is, I can’t take a drawing or a painting class online. Enrollment would mean a commitment to go into the college two days a week for 15 weeks, which isn’t as conducive to my writing schedule as studying online is. Plus there would be winter driving conditions to get through for up to six weeks or so. And what about my speaking engagements in February and March. Could I work around those? Just how tempting is that art class?
To be honest, quite tempting. I think it would be fun, and fun is good.
What do you think? Should I get a little crazy with my course schedule?
While I wait for your responses, may I just say that, as often as I regretted through the years not attending college when I was 18, there is something to be said for being a more … cough, cough … much more … cough, cough … mature student. I don’t have to worry how my class choices will affect my career. I can let my interests take me wherever they will. I’m loving the freedom of that.
PS And I could totally carry off wearing a beret and paint-splattered smock, don’t you think?