The Unknown to the Familiar
After merely one week of classes at the University of Illinois, I have sighed a breath of relief due to my exposure to the exact nature of all of my courses. In doing so, I have come to realize the frequency of homework, difficulty of assignments, and personalities of my instructors. Knowing these few details alone gave me internal peace with what the Spring 2017 semester has in store.
The first concern I had with the upcoming school semester was the homework load, and in my opinion, could distract from the big picture goal of mine, which is learning the core ideals of each class. Throughout the initial week of instruction, I found myself somewhat relieved that I was not suffocated under a pile of opening week assignments as I had the semester before, and I also was glad to hear that there was only about an assignment due a week. So far things seemed very doable after a rough beginning to a Fall 2016 semester.
I also had some relief in noticing that at least my initial homework assignments were not as overly long as they had been last semester, especially in Physics 325. However, time will still tell if that remains the same. I do see reasonable-length work being a reality, based on the character of my professors.
Finally, the brightest realization I have had so far this semester is the highly favorable personalities of my new instructors. Not only were they laid-back and stressing flexibility, but they had an aura which kept me feeling relaxed based on the level of help they offered. I do truly feel fortunate to have such instructors this year that make themselves so approachable, compared to before, especially to a very bashful person like me.
Hence, I have come to relax after sampling my new courses this Spring 2017 semester and am looking forward to a much more pleasant season at the University of Illinois.