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The One Positive of an 8:30 Class

I’m definitely not a morning person Anyone who knows me knows that I’m like a bear with a sore head before 9 am, so I was definitely not happy about having to take an 8:30 class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But I needed a Perspective on the Natural World. What was I supposed to do?

Yesterday, however, I realized that if I have to wake up at 7:15 am, I’m glad it’s for Geology 101 with Dr. Wolf. Why, you might ask?

One, his teaching style is really interactive. He uses a ton of demonstrations, puts pictures up on the projector for us to discuss and hands rocks around the class. So, even though Geology 101 is quite a lecture-based class, I don’t just sit there and zone out as someone drones on and on. Or if I do, there’s always something to snap me back into the moment.

Two, Dr. Wolf is just one of the funniest people on this campus. He threatened to start throwing rocks around the room if people fall asleep (which he’s never done, thankfully, though people do fall asleep occasionally). But one of the funniest moments in Geology was when we were learning about atoms and their vibrational energy. Dr. Wolf had three of the boys go up to front of the class, and “be” atoms–link hands and literally vibrate. We all burst out laughing to see one big football player, one regular guy and one skinny little first-year link hands and just start shaking, looking very awkward about it.

The best moment (so far, at least) of class was yesterday. We were learning about how limestone forms in oceans from the hard exteriors that plankton and other microorganisms secrete. When the miniscule creatures die, these exteriors made of calcium carbonate sink to the ocean floor. Dr. Wolf described this as “a constant rain of calcareous dandruff.” If that image doesn’t prop up sleepy eyelids, I’m not sure what could.

I’m still not thrilled about having to wake up at 7:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’m even less thrilled that if I get the classes I want, I’ll have to wake up at 7:15 every day of the week next term. However, I am hoping that I’ll have some 8:30 am professors who are as good as Dr. Wolf.

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