#17. Take a University class I’m interested in, even if it doesn’t fit my degree [Completed September-December 2011]
This semester is all about taking courses that don’t fit my degree. I want to boost my GPA & the only way to do that is to take a couple classes that I just WANT to take so I can do well in them. There’s one in particular that I registered for that I’m extremely interested in & finally this week it started to truly peak my curiosity.
It’s called English Literature & the Holocaust.
A lot of people find the material too depressing to think about, let alone take a class dedicated to. But I am FASCINATED by this time period, and I have been for a long time. In the last couple years, I’ve read some really great fiction books (and some non-fiction) about the Holocaust which have only made me more intrigued by the whole thing.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s really REALLY sad. It’s depressing too & sometimes I’m like “what is wrong with me?” for wanting to learn more about it… I just can’t help it. So I’m embracing my interest this semester and mixing two interests in one. Literature and the Holocaust.
The class has 7 books to read and I’ve only read one of them. That alone has me super excited (like in a sad and sort of anxious way, the books sound REALLY depressing). I just know I’m going to come out of this class with a lot more knowledge on the subject.
Right now, I’m a little intimidated to be honest. I was assuming that I was going into this with a fair amount of knowledge on the topic, but I feel like all my classmates are about 23090 times more knowledgeable than I am about it. Luckily it’s not a prerequisite to know everything about World War II, I’ve just been feeling a little bit left behind in class discussions.
I really want to make an effort to catch up though. I’m so dangerously shy when it comes to speaking in class, but I know that I KNOW things about this topic and I want to do insanely well in the class… So I’m going to keep trying.
For now though, I’m in the class and there’s no going back. I’m taking it solely for the purpose of interest and I’ve got my fingers crossed that my passion in reading/writing/the subject will mean that I shine through on the assignments.
Wish me luck!
Sidenote #1: Here’s my book list, in case you’re interested in reading more about the Holocaust as well:
1. Night by Elie Wiesel
2. The Black Seasons by Michal Glowinski
3. The Complete ‘Maus’ (2 Vols) by Art Spiegelman
4. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
5. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
Most of these are non-fiction (apart from ‘Maus’), but if you’re interested in more fictional works you can check out some of my personal recommendations:
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Sarah’s Key by Tatianna De Rosnay
3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Sidenote #2: I debated adding a photo at the end of this post, but I Googled ‘The Holocaust’ and not surprisingly was basically traumatized. So no photo, also do not Google ‘The Holocaust’ unless you’re prepared for some really sad images.