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normandie_m
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Blah.
I was going to write an update earlier this week about how uni's coming along, but quite frankly the last two weeks have been something of a minor catastrophe. Uni's fine, but....I broke up with Steven.

To make a long story short, I realized that I couldn't conform to the kind of life he was wanting for himself and his prospective spouse. The worst thing about it is the relationship's been in its death throes since last year and I only had sufficiently plucked up the courage to suggest we break things off last week. As there is with breakups, there's a lot of anger, sadness and bitterness. I thought I could be friends with him, now I'm not so sure I want to be. *shrug* I suppose I should leave that in the hands of the fates and just let things be.

I think my reluctance to talk about these sort of things on here is probably what stopped me from updating so frequently in recent months. Maybe I'll feel inspired to do more posts from now on, and I should....this livejournal is turning three(!) years old next week, and it deserves more use.

Now, university. Time to do some minor rambling about my classes and teachers.

On Monday afternoons from two to four I have RELN2406, which is Religion in the Graeco Roman world. My lecturer is a gentlemen by the name of Rick Strelan, a softly-spoken academic who tends to specialise more in Early Christianity than what he teaches us. Nontheless, he makes the subject very enjoyable. My class has about twenty students in it, so it feels more like a tutorial than a lecture, which I also like, because next week when I do my Hermes presentation, I won't feel so nervous when I get up there to talk. ^_^

Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons I have Rome from Nero to Trajan. Currently, I'm taught by a professor Tim Parkin, a hairy New Zealander who could pass for a hobbit if he wasn't so tall. Tim is very entertaining, and makes incredibly difficult and dull topics like Tacitus' intriguing use of the Latin language interesting. You can read a very good article authored by him here on the role of senior citizens in the ancient Greek and Roman world.

Yes, I am being rather generous with the linkage here, but you'll live with it. ;p

I have Tim for the first half of the course, and then after the Easter break, we have the lecturer of my next subject....

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, I have Latin from two to four, with my lecturer from last year, Tom Stevenson. I could go on forever about how great Tom is, and what courage he has to be teaching our Latin class the horror known as the subjunctive this semester, but you've heard it all before. The coursework is gruelling for this semester though....the weekly translations and homework get tougher. I could tolerate Cicero last year....this year he'll probably become my worst enemy. >_<

And finally, on Thursday mornings, I have Talk and Interaction, with Richard Fitzgerald, who I also had both semesters last year. Very entertaining Brit, probably a little scary because he's the sort of lecturer who'll look at you if your phone rings or if you leave early and make some sort of smart-ass comment about it. Honestly though, I'm more scared of this subject, because it requires you to pull the obvious out of your subconscious in trying to analyse everyday conversation. And if you think it sounds easy, just you try it. :p

Aaaand that about rounds off the subjects. Not surprisngly, most of my assessment for these subjects is coming right at the end of the semester in May/June. This isn't good, mainly because there's every chance I'll procrastinate and then two weeks prior to the due date, scramble madly for books and produce something half-hearted and below my best. Plus, I don't tend to juggle multiple assessments well. :-/ But that is a hurdle I'll deal with when I get to it, I guess. But I must work harder this year, there's no question of that!

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carolinebishop From: carolinebishop Date: March 12th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs* I know breaking up can be hard, but I trust that you made the right decision. I hope your semester gets off to a wonderful start!
From: mybubblessss Date: May 8th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)

tom stevenson

omg! i had tom stevenson for a lecturer too cause i go to UQ and studied a history major undergraduate, but he taught me greek and latin, he is so cute! i wonder if his married:D i have the biggest crush on him:p

bubbles:D
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