Growing up I was never into the “hot popular” guys. Maybe it was because I knew I didn’t have a shot (hello rainbow braces!) or maybe it was just my natural tendency. Whatever the case I developed a real taste for nerdiness (NOT to be confused with neediness, sorry I’m not sorry auto correct). I love when a guy can teach me something new, or show me a world I never knew existed. And it doesn’t have to be conventional “nerdiness” either. Sure a passion for calculus or chemistry can be cute, but at the same time I love hearing Jefferson share his knowledge on lighting and camera lenses, and let’s be honest, it’s come in handy for blogging a few times too!
Contemplating my attraction to intelligence got me thinking about learning. I think most people like learning, even if they don’t necessarily like school. For the most part I actually really love learning as well as school but of course I’m not always thrilled about midterms or presentations (ughhh don’t even get me started on public speaking). I’ve been fortunate enough to take some pretty cool classes and of course I wouldn’t have done anything but write notes to boys or doodle castles and hearts if it weren’t for my amazing teachers. I am SO thankful because I can literally pinpoint several classes that completely revolutionized the way I viewed the world (and I’ve never been the same since).
Some of my very favorites include:
1. AP European History:
I took AP European History my sophomore year of high school by accident, I tried to switch out when I somehow ended up in the class but my guidance counselor wouldn’t let me (Thanks Heidi!). Before this class I had absoloutely no interest in history, I was so sick of hearing the same boring facts about the revolutionary war and George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (I thought I would die of boredom). Ms.Morgan opened my eyes forever! I was so intrigued by all of the world (well Europe’s) history I knew embarrassingly little about. Ever since talk of the French revolution makes me giddy and new facts about the English Civil War make me swoon (hence why I’m a history major).
2. AP Environmental Science:
I’ve referenced my hippie stage quite a few times, and I’d like to thank environmental science for that phase. I have always cared about the earth but this class really opened my eyes to so many global issues and what can be done about it. I was SUCH a suck up literally everyday of class (shamelessly) but in the end it paid off because I got to volunteer at a bog and compete in an Envirothon, I mean, how many people get to say they competed in one of those?!
3. AP Government-We The People:
My senior year of high school I signed up for “We the People” basically to prove to my boyfriend at the time that I was smart enough to do it. The class was a very time consuming constitutional debate club combined with an AP Government class. I spent the entire year living and breathing the constitution. I became a federalism expert, and listened to NPR religiously. In the end we won the state championship and flew to Washington DC to compete in nationals. The entire experience was incredible, our teacher was phenomenal (literally one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met) and if I could I would make the class mandatory for every American.
4. Sociology 101:
My freshman year at WSU my advisor signed me up for a sociology class, I’m pretty sure I had no idea what sociology even meant but in the end I came to adore the course. Sociology 101 opened my eyes to how much privilege I am inherently born with just by being a white american. On the same note, it opened my eyes to how much I have to overcome simply by being born a woman, to parents without college degrees and in a lower income bracket. Every lecture my mind was literally blown and consequently I was compelled by the reading. After soc 101 I was inspired to take even more sociology classes to expand my knowledge, sociology of the family had to be my favorite, although I never had the chance to take the sociology of gender course and I know I would have loved it.
5. Rise of Islamic Civilization-
If you haven’t noticed the common theme for my favorite courses is that they illuminate and aid my ignorance. Growing up in a primarily christian and caucasian community did not teach me much in terms of religious or cultural diversity. As a history major I primarily filled my schedule with European History courses (my favorites), the mandatory American History courses (my least favorites), and somewhere in there I knew I had to squeeze in a few “Non Western History Electives” (a pretty broad term if you ask me). Rise of Islamic Civilization fell into the “Non Western” category. Over the quarter I learned so much about the Islamic faith, culture and empire. I realized how little I knew about the world’s second largest religion, and literally felt ridiculous for not taking the class sooner!
Have you taken any classes that have “opened your eyes to the world”? When it comes to dating are you drawn to nerds (or is that just me)?
I find it ironic that I procrastinated on my reading for my class on Modern Middle Eastern history to write this post…oops!