I Love Paideia!

The first full week of classes is over! I realized recently that I haven't shared much about my classes, so I thought I would give you a little taste of what classes at Luther are like.

I'm taking 16 credit hours this semester—the same amount I took last semester (to be considered a full-time student, you need to take at least 12 credit hours). I'm taking music theory, ear training, piano, Latin, Paideia, flute-clarinet-sax methods, and applied flute lessons. I like all of them (except the homework)! My professors are all great, and the material is not too easy or too challenging. It's a good balance between the two.

My favorite class is Paideia. I am in Paideia 112 as part of Luther’s Paideia Program. The Paideia program is a set of common classes that all Luther students must take. They mostly focus on reading and writing. The Paideia courses are unique because they are taught by faculty from all departments! Each professor shares a new perspective on the books we read. Overall, I've enjoyed the course because it has taught me to think in new ways. My academic writing has improved from taking Paideia, which has made writing papers for other courses a little bit easier.

In the first year of Paideia, the theme is "Enduring Questions". Last semester, we focused on the question “What does it mean to be human?” This semester we are focusing on “What do we know, and how do we know we know it?” Paideia uses multiple disciplines to approach these questions. We read a variety of texts as well as study art and music. The variety of genres and mediums that we study in Paideia make the very class interesting. I have an awesome professor for Paideia. She makes class fun and is always available to go over my papers with me. The feedback I have received from her has been helpful for me to develop my academic writing skills. There is a lot of homework for Paideia and at times it can feel stressful, but it has taught me how to manage my time more efficiently. Paideia is a great way to be introduced to the liberal-arts way of learning and to adjust to the college acadmeic workload.

My least favorite class Latin. I don't dislike the class—I just don't like it as much as my other classes. I like that the class focuses on learning about ancient Roman culture, but I don't enjoy all the memorization that language learning requires. Our schedule is very structured and each week we do the same activities on the same day. That aspect of the class is nice because I always know what to expect.

My courses last semester taught me so much; I am glad that I took each and every one of them. This semester I have already learned a lot. All of the classes I have at Luther are taught by exceptional faculty, and that makes a huge difference in my opinion. Overall, I love the academics here at Luther.

A few of the texts have studied (or will study) in Paideia this year.

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