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If I said I was excited for school to start back, I would be partially lying. As happy as I am to be back in a classroom perfecting my Spanish and advancing with my German...I don't know. Ideally, I'd just work a ton and then move to Colombia or something for a few months, then hop over to Berlin for a bit. I've been blessed with amazing teachers which definitely makes a big difference, but nothing compares to being immersed in the language.

Since the program I'm in is a pre-university one and follows a sequence (obviously), I had quite a bit of trouble registering for classes this time around due to taking a leave of absence following my cousin's passing earlier this year. After all the running around, calling, and emailing, I've finally got all my classes put together. At first I was just going to go for simply doing four classes this coming Fall 2014 semester, but with the way my classes are spaced out I was able to comfortably add in an extra class. This semester I got lucky and all the classes I'll be taking are related to something I'm directly interested in.

  • German 2
  • Spanish 3
  • The Study of Languages
  • Yoga (PE)
  • Body, Mind, World: Western Encounters with the Yoga Tradition (Humanities)

Shouldn't be too bad. I'm not really big on doing PE, especially not in college where I'm supposed to be an adult and I can't believe you're forcing me to work out to get a degree, but at least this is just yoga and the instructor for the class has great reviews. I'm usually not big on Humanities classes because they tend to go on and on and on, but this class also has really good reviews and the description is quite intriguing:
Yoga as it is practiced in Western societies often focuses on the physical aspect of yoga. However, this physical practice is but a small part of a broader, long-standing cultural, religious and philosophical tradition originating up to 5000 years ago in India. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to this broader world view and to examine its interaction with contemporary Western culture, especially in relation to conceptions of the mind and body. As yoga is not merely a theoretical discipline, but also a practice that has to be experienced to be understood, this course will include practice workshops on: body awareness and body movement; conscious and directed breathing; and meditation.

Interesting no? Two courses on yoga and three on languages...I don't think it gets better than this. However, the best thing about going back to school? Back to school shopping! Especially since I'll be going to South Korea and Japan right before the return to classes, which means awesome stationary. Actually, I hope that the fact that I'll be out of the country for the first five days of classes won't be too much of a problem...

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