I just remembered one of the other things I’m doing this fall: an online class exploring the annual Pop!Tech conference in Camden. I got permission to take this slightly early (it requires junior status, and according to however the online course registration system calculates that, I don’t have it yet) because it’s run by the same prof I had for CLA 102, who figures, based on my performance there, that I can keep up with the older kids. :) I took this class because it ticks the remaining two boxes on my “you have to have credits in the following areas if you expect any kind of degree at all” requisite list (also known as the University’s “general education requirements”), and was by far the least dire-looking of the offerings in the Population & the Environment category.
The conference does look a bit on the touchy-feely/granola side (last year’s had talks on sustainable construction materials and “using mobile computing to stem violence”), which is kind of not my scene, but I’m not entirely devoid of concern for such matters, and it’s certainly a lot more palatable than taking, for example, an entire semester on sustainable forestry practices.
On the down side, once I’ve knocked off all the gen-ed requirements, there’ll no longer be any official, technical reason for me to take any class not directly relating to my major, which means I can expect a lot of harrumphing from my advisor should I choose to take any more. He’s very big on efficiency; he spent our entire session planning for Fall 2011 trying to figure out how I could be done in three years, despite my assuring him repeatedly that I’m not particularly bothered about that.