I thought I'd post on Mondays, but today seems like a good day: it's the end of New Student Orientation (N.S.O.).
The beginning of the week was jam-packed with events: summer reading discussions, parties, a movie night, Convocation, discussions about Tough Issues, meeting new people, trying to remember their names, and a football game (Stanford beat San Jose State 23-10, and we sang "Hail, Stanford, Hail" with the team while linking arms.)
I've met some cool people, some boring people, and there are some I'd like to meet. It's a flurry of names and locations and information.
My classes are pretty simple. SLE is a special program I signed up for. We read philosophical texts and discuss them and are lectured on them. That's nine units. (9) French is something I want to take and it fits into the schedule nicely. I wanted to get an early jump on it. That's five more units. (14) The minimum a matriculated student can take are twelve and the average is fifteen, the max is twenty and even then special permission is required. So there's room for one more class.
English 90 is a creative writing class. Its required for Creative writing majors and a couple of English majors told me it was great, and that you can't go wrong with any of the professors. These are Fellows who are actually making a living writing.
The Films of Woody Allen is self-explanatory. I might also add that I love Woody Allen. They're both five units and similar logistically. I'm leaning towards 90, and my advisor is, too; but the Woody Allen class is taught by the chair of the English Department, which is better if I want to get close to a member of the faculty, which most everyone says is of the upmost importance.
I'll be taking both these classes this week, though not enrolled. Then I'll make a decision by Thursday. (90 is Mon/Wed, Allen Tues/Thurs)