Everyone has that one class that is slightly harder than the others. My class is philosophy. Even though I find philosophy fascinating, I have a tendency to spend more hours than I should on the subject. The readings from Aristotle and Plato are difficult to understand, so I literally have to break the articles into sections to analyze. This benefits me for test preparation, but I spend, at least, more than ten hours a week with all the readings and homework. I understand this is what college is about, and I know I will have a sense of accomplishment when the semester is over, so I shouldn’t complain. In this class, you cannot slack what-so-ever. When a reading is due, I have to make time to get it completed before lecture. It is way too hard to play catch up, and let’s be real, time flies throughout the week, and what is the likelihood you do it over the weekend? I have learned a tremendous amount of information, and the class is enjoyable every Tuesday and Thursday. The most difficult part is consistently keeping up with the readings and homework. Everything else is easy:)
What would put a big smile on your face? Some would say money, or a kiss from a cute guy or girl and/or shopping spree. I think happiness is way more then those quick fixes. The word happiness is hard to define and it is different for everyone. Professor Gilleo reviewed in philosophy class that Aristotle puts it as “moral goodness” and that happiness is also tied to virtue. “Moral goodness is the result of habit. We become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones. We are not born good or bad; rather, we learn to be one or the other by the activities in which we engage.” Happiness to me is not by those quick fixes. I find happiness in being bored and taking time out of the day for just me. Sitting outside even if the sun is not shining bright just to listen to the peace of silence and smile at people who walk by. Happiness to me is hanging out with people who make you feel good for you are. You are who you hang out with and life is too short to be dwelling on the negative. Have you ever heard of the term nirvana? It means you have hit a state of enlightenment in which all desires, pain and suffering and mental anguish disappear. It seems impossible, you can feel it when you use mind over matter. The next time you have fifteen minutes sit in silence and clear your mind. Take away all those stresses of school and social life and act like you don’t have those in your life right now. While those are gone take a look at your life. I did and I have nothing to complain about. Life is so good right now, and even though I have my problems like every other person I choose to now let it wear on my sleeve. Smile at every person you pass and have some positive attitude even when it is hard. Trust me: it is contagious and it will make the world a better place.
The Spring 2011 schedule came out this week. I always get very excited to register for classes. It is sad but also relieving that this will be the last time I get to plan a semester of classes, being a senior.
One class that I’m really not excited to take is Philosophy. I’ve tried to take it a few times already. When I took it at the community college, I studied so much and thought I did great, but ended up only getting a C on my first exam. I withdrew before the second exam. Then I tried to take it at Fontbonne online which was half a semester, but I dropped it after the first week because the class started during midterms. Philosophy is just not my subject. I’m not ready for it at all, but I really hope that the professor next semester will inspire me.