This Ain’t Kansas, ToTo

The new semester begins! New faces, new subjects, new buildings. Most of my classes are held in a different area of the campus, and it seems that the sidewalks are more crowded, the faces all unfamiliar, and the intensity just a little bit greater. None of these courses are part of the general education curriculum; all are populated with folks that know where they are going (for the most part) and how they want to get there. And the getting ain’t easy….

It’s way too early to judge how the semester will progress, although I will admit to a certain amount of trepidation as I sat, like the hawk’s breakfast, in the calculus class. Even there, though, after a few minutes of confusion the lights went on and I actually understood the professor.

There’s still plenty of time for confusion, discouragement, angst, and the like, but, for now, …my state, like to the lark at break of day arising from sullen earth, sings hymns at Heaven’s gate…that then I scorn to change my state with kings. (Sonnet XXIX).

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