Well, it’s over! Last Friday marked my final day of classes for the Fall semester, and as of today, I have my final grades. In my Theology Survey I class, I ended up getting an A, and in my Hermeneutics I class, I earned an A- … overall, I’m pretty pleased with the way my first official Bible classes have gone, and I’m looking forward to starting the next class in January.
Now, to be completely honest, I will admit that taking (2) classes at once — while working full-time — was not a brilliant move at all. The work load is exactly like a normal course’s work, except that you only have 8 weeks, vs. 15. So while I would have had no problem juggling 3-4 classes simultaneously if I was a [full-time student], the harsh reality is that if you [work full-time], you simply lack the time, energy and drive to do a consistently good job. For example, for the first 3 weeks or so I stayed on top of all the reading assignments … but by week 4 onward I had converted over to a “skim what’s necessary” approach. As a result, I didn’t fully grasp what was being covered in each lesson, and ultimately, I need to read what I missed between now and January, to ease my mind/get the full class value.
Of the two classes, the Hermeneutics I one suffered the most, mainly it relied the most on reading. Now, on a more positive note, everyone in class was friendly, and talking to the teachers was easy to do via email and the class discussion forums were nice. I think next semester will be better, when I take just 1 class at a time, over the span of 16 weeks.