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I decided to take two electives this summer; I am finishing up with ‘The Horror Story,’ with Professor Avery, and I am trying to select an elective for the second summer session. Professor Avery is great and it has been a very enjoyable class. I got a 95 on the first exam, and hopefully will do as well or better on the next exam. If I can get A’s in both of my electives this summer it would definitely help raise my GPA. The greatest tool I have used to select classes has been RateMyProfessor.com.

I was planning on taking ‘Intro to Philosophy,’ with Michael Koran, but he did not get the best reviews on ratemyprofessor.com. For this reason I decided to look into other classes. What I am looking for is a class that is enjoyable and not too difficult, since I am trying to follow the path of least resistance in my final year of college. This led me to a choice between two classes, ‘Intro to Sociology’ with Prof. Levon Chorbajian or ‘Short Stories’ with Prof. Madeline Sherlock.

Both of these professors got good reviews, but I will probably end up selecting the ‘Short stories’ class, As it only meets 2-3 times a week, where ‘Intro to Sociology’ meets 4 times a week every week. Hopefully I will earn an A in both of my summer classes to boost my GPA. I am trying to get my cumulative GPA above a 3.0 by the time I graduate, a goal which has proven to be a tough challenge for me.

So when you are selecting classes, remember to check Ratemyprofessor.com, this may help you avoid classes and instructors that are needlessly difficult.

This summer I am taking a class called The Horror Story (42.217), which is taught by Dr. Todd Avery. The class is held from 7:00PM to 10:15PM twice a week for five weeks. The class also holds two Friday classes for a total of 12 classes. This class is an arts and humanities (AH) elective. To get a degree in engineering, you must take three AH electives and two social science (SS) electives. This is the first of my AH electives, and so far it is very interesting.

Dr. Avery is having us read four books over the summer, they are listed below:

·         “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

·         “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H.G. Wells

·         “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

·         “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson

We spend the class talking about these books, reading short stories, and watching scary videos online. There are only two tests, which the questions are discussed in class. The best part is that we spend the two Friday classes watching movies. I am especially excited about the class because I have always had trouble reading books. We are just starting to read Frankenstein, and it hasn’t quite got me hooked yet, but I’ve heard it has that effect. I’ll keep you posted on how the class turns out.

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