1. What year are you? (1st year of college, high school senior, returning adult student, etc.)
I’m not really sure what “year” I am; my path towards an associates degree has wound through a dark forest of part-time jobs and piece-meal credit hours. By my calculations, this should be my last semester, accepting I’m able to snag a math class during the summer.
2. What is your life’s ambition? (biology degree, stay-at-home parent, undecided, etc.)
My ambitions transcend the American plantation so it’s hard to define myself in terms of a “career”. “Oh..lookah me, massa..I’m a gunna be a cotton pickah…” That is to say – I’ll probably wind up getting a useless degree in the humanities. Probably philosophy. Or worse, I might major in “classics” and spend my time trying to impress the ladies with snippets of Latin…which wont work because the ladies want guys with jobs. (As a side note, what does that say about the state of Western Civilization? Those who read Homer, Horace, or Plato will have to do so in public libraries and go back to their box under the bridge when they’re done). But I don’t want to end on a cynical note, so a modest organic farm, a yard full of kids (and dogs), a beautiful wife, a front-porch with a view of the sunset, maybe I can manage to publish a novel or two…I think that’s my ambition. And despite the state of the modern West, it doesn’t seem unobtainable.
(Did I mention I’d like to build a silo-sized telescope and teach my as-of-yet hypothetical children about the stars? This class will come in handy for that, I’m sure).
3. Why are you taking this class? (to fulfill a science requirement, just interested in astronomy, GI bill, etc.)
Ten long years in the Navy, as a photographer, earned me just enough GI Bill benefits to cover an associates degree. I hear President Obama’s trying to push through a bill giving one to students for free. Whatever the merits of that plan (or, …er… non-merits)… if I had to spend 10 years to get mine, everyone should! Anything free gets so saturated in society it becomes worthless.
But why am I taking *this* class and not some other science (like physics or chemistry)? Maybe it’s because it’s being offered in — (which is more convenient for me)? Or maybe it’s because my head has been in the clouds for so long, I feel more at home up there and might get a better grade in the end?