Crazy about theory
Now that it’s already week three of being back to campus, writing about what it’s like to be a student is, oddly enough, harder and easier. On one hand, I have more to write about it, but on the other I have a lot to write about! Where do I start – balancing work and school? The fun and challenging topics in my classes? Meeting with friends again? The list is endless; hence, I thought I would talk about as much as possible, since, if my fellow students are anything to go by, our lives are shaped by many, many, many different things and people.
If I told you that I knew what each course I signed up for was about, I would be lying; however, that also means I was pleasantly surprised. Take ‘Sociological Explanations’ for example. The name is so broad that it could mean anything and the description is daunting, to say the least. I find the material challenging and fascinating in ways that I would not have expected, especially with how peculiar early sociologists were. One such theorist is Auguste Comte, who created the positivist school of social thought and attempted to create a religion of humanity led by the sociologist priest, which led Stuart Mill to separate Comte into ‘Good Comte’ and ‘Bad Comte’. It’s these interesting bits of information that professors throw at you that somehow brings the authors to life, for better or worse.
And before you ask, yes I have been turned into a total theory nerd over the last 4 years. To think that I’ve only been back for 3 weeks and I’m already talking about different theories and theorists! Let’s try for something completely different next time, like some non-academic experiences. After all, you need to have fun too.
See you next week!