I, as a Mathematics- Computer Science major, can say, without a doubt, that I have enjoyed MMW (in an “overall” sense). At this moment in time most of my friends are snickering because from day one I was falling asleep in class.
Now, I had only fallen asleep in one other class before I came to college and that was Craig Holiday’s Economics course in the second semester of my senior year in high school (right now all those friends are astonished or doubtful) due to the fact that I was running majorly low on sleep and Dr. Pepper with my insane schedule.
Anyhow, I have to admit that I sleep through most of my MMW classes (I cannot say all because there are times I know I was too awake and would have rather been asleep during the lecture). But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t learned anything. In fact, I’ve actaully learned a lot more than I thought I knew. Thanks to my graphics calculator, It makes my subjects so much easier. This is what I am using, click me!
I suppose that I will end up becoming one of the “well-rounded” products that the ERC Administration strives to develop. The thought of how much I had actually had learned hadn’t really occured to me until I was sitting down reading something– I forget exactly which book –and I reasoned that the course of events leading up to the story had to have been like such and such historically significant movement.
My eyes grew wide and I immediately tossed the book down, cursing MMW for all its horrible worth. I quickly realized then how much of an impact the almost never-ending course had made in my life. The scariest part of MMW is the fact that I don’t know what to do with that extra spot for a class now that I’m finished. I can’t go a day without hearing someone say, “Shoot me! Only one more quarter… and then it’ll all be over… it’ll all be okay then.”
But I think I actually miss it! I know it sounds crazy but, hey, having a designated naptime during the day has done wonders for my nocturnal habits! Aside from that, I don’t have a guaranteed class with my ERC friends– this is also partially because none of them are Mathematics or Computer Science majors, so most of them (if they even had to take math) stopped at 21C (except for George who took Math 20E with me because I told him that we could both get A’s… but we both ended up getting rocked).
So, all in all: MMW hasn’t really been that bad. I just hope that my appreciation for it will continue to grow such that the amount of time I have spent in it will be well worth my efforts.
The Writing Torture Program
Now, in all honesty, I never minded writing papers– I figured they were apart of the whole “high school getting you prepared to go to college” motif, and I was sure that in college I would end up being required to write some sort of formal paper or two for a writing requirement because even though I’m a Mathematics major I really could never escape writing in general. (I know… the world is flawed, isn’t it?) That is, I never minded until I got to college…
Incoming ERC freshmen should not be afraid of MMW because it is thought to be a six quarter history course that has nothing to do with their major– they should be afraid because the latter five of those quarters require major writing skills to tackle.
I have to admit, I thought Mike Zirretta was nuts for making me learn the MLA Handbook inside out, backwards, and upside down– please note that I never said forwards (Hammer XX). Once MMW 2: The Great Classical Traditions started, I knew that I was so far ahead of the game that I could sitout of the first half and still beat the other team without a doubt in my mind.
Thanks goes to Mr. Z for being psycho and once again saving my rear! The writing program at ERC is excellent, but it is also very intense and excruciatingly painful if you go into it with the wrong attitude. Every student is taught how to analyse a document (not necessarily “literature”) and piece together the history and significance within parts and as a whole. It is an extremely effective technique but it does require a lot of discipline and hard work in order to master (something I am still working on). The method is this:
- Answer questions geared toward a historical stand point
- Integrate the already known knowledge of literary analysis
- Create your own questions like the ones initially given
- Learn and utilize effective researching techniques
- Take all of the above and create an idea for a research paper
- Learn the benifits of writing a “Prospectus”
- Complete a good sized research paper
- Continue to practice the above in the rest of your papers
- Develop your own style and twists with this writing technique
- The students must learn this as well as conform their own writing style that they developed during high school into something that is a part of what ERC known for– “Eleanor Roosevelt College turns out the greatest writers at UCSD.”