PSY-310: Applied Statistics & Behavioral Methods, is the first and last class I’ll take with Dr. Lauren Brewer. The newest member of C of I’s Psychology faculty, I first met Dr. Brewer last spring as she was interviewing for her position at the College. In the first few lectures of the class, her passion for statistics as a tool to help scientists answer questions has come across strongly.
So this might seem like a shameless plug. Because it is. As some of you might have cottoned on by my previous posts, I am in a fraternity. It is called Delta Tau Delta. It is a cool group of guys from all over the world. Yes, the world. We have had brothers in the chapter from all sorts of places. Kuna, Meridian, Germany, Boise, Palestine, Mexico, Caldwell, India. It's pretty diverse. We are pretty smart. Last term, on the average we got a 3.5 GPA.
Between plays, athletic events, club events, planetarium shows, classes, practice, delicious food, some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and homework, there is so much going on that there isn’t much reason to leave campus.
Every once in awhile, it is good to get off campus and explore everything that there is to do in Boise and the surrounding area. There is a lot to do. This Saturday, it was an unbelievably gorgeous 60 degrees and sunny. By early afternoon, it was obvious that it was just too nice to spend the day anywhere but outside.
The sun came out and it’s finally well above freezing! No more frozen eyelashes during morning workouts. Spring really is in the air, and even though I’m only one hectic week in, I have the feeling Spring Term is going to be the best term yet this year.
I made a few last minute schedule changes, but I ended up with a fantastic schedule. It’s much more efficient this term, my classes fit with practice perfectly, and breaks during the day are long enough to be productive.
It’s been a good first week back. I’ve been doing a lot of reading; I’m 262 pages into The Life of Charlotte Bronte, and 181 pages into First, Do No Harm. These books are for my lit class on the Bronte sisters and for Bioethics, respectively. Aside from those two, I’ve had passages from Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, and Ovid for my Money in Literature class, plus a chapter or two from my Economic Development text. So far, the only class I have not been assigned reading is French, which is a relief, seeing as my French vocabulary is very much that of a one semester student.
Winter break is always a great time for snuggling and relaxing before the onset of spring semester. I spent most of my break just hanging out and getting some down time, watching Downton Abbey and reading The Hobbit. But I also signed up for the Outdoor Program’s Yurt Trip, which was held at the yurt at Bogus Basin.
Even though Winter Term has passed and the week break leading to Spring Term is almost complete, I didn't exactly feel like I was out of classes. Sure, my Philosophy and French classes were both completed and their final grades tabulated, but instruction wasn't complete for the students of the Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Sleeping in was a luxury we couldn't afford this past week, and for good reason--the fate of our trip to New York rested on our mastery of Eric Whitacre's "little man in a hurry."
Between Christmas break, my London trip, and winter break, I haven’t been in real school for about two months. But that’s about to change—on Monday I’ll start in on 16 credits and pick up my other responsibilities again.
I’ve been elected as the vice president-standards for my sorority, which is about the equivalent of being chief justice of Judicial Board, but specifically for the C of I KKGs. Starting on Tuesday, I’ll start back up with Ambassador Council, so I’ll be marching around campus in a purple polo shirt with prospective students in tow.
For better or for worse, one of Caldwell's major landmarks is a large electronic billboard managed by the estate of a Mr. Ralph Smeed. Smeed was an Idaho businessman, and a College of Idaho alumnus. After passing away in 2010, his most visible legacy remains the massive message board that continues to "amuse, tantalize, and provoke the citizens of Caldwell and SW Idaho."