This week’s Friday Five. All about school, yay! I was such a big school geek – teacher’s pet, all excited by the first day of school (once I got over being terrified of having to meet all those new people), etc. I swear, a 3-ring binder full of fresh, college-rule paper or a new spiral-bound notebook with all the pages fresh and waiting are still two of my favorite things.
- Are you going to school this year?
Well, I’ll be teaching at Success Learning Center and subbing, does that count?
- If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
I graduated high school in ’96, college in ’00, and grad school in ’01.
I really don’t recommend the whole “Masters degree in one year” thing.
- What are/were your favorite school subjects?
English, hands down. Followed closely by anthropology, history (at the college level), and philosophy. Well, philosophy was sort of a love-hate thing – I loved the subject but felt like most of my classmates were incredibly obtuse about it.
- What are/were your least favorite school subjects?
Math, math, almost any high school social studies class (US History, Economics, that kind of thing) science (except for chemistry), and math. Did I mention math?
Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I like Algebra and Geometry, but after that math just became a horrible slog. I could do it, and even had masochistic moments when I liked it, but after Geometry it just stopped making decent amounts of sense to me. I like math I can feel inside my head, math that intrinsically makes sense, and after Geometry it didn’t do that anymore, it was just magic with numbers.
- Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
Oh, heavens, yes. I was always a teacher-worshipper. Let me think. Teachers I really loved class with:
- Elementary School: Mr. McPherson (5th grade).
- Junior High: Mr. Perryman (Algebra), Mr. Rodenberg (History/English), Mrs. King (English)
- High School: Mr. Krutten (Alg. II/Trig – great teacher, awful subject), Mr. Ribovich (Theater/AP English), Ms. Marozek (English), Mrs. Mellera (English), Mr. Weinstein (coached the swim team / English).
- College: Prof. Puckett-Stroh (Classical Latin/Classical Greek), Prof. Montag (17th and 18th century lit / Literary Criticism), Prof. Walsh (my advisor / Greek lit), Prof Howells (19th Century Lit / advised me on my Honors Thesis, Prof. Brighouse (Philosophy), Prof. Littleton (Anthropology).