Fun Facts from Jillian's Classes!

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great week!  This week is Luther’s spring break, so I’m home at the moment, enjoying family and having a lovely time.

For today’s blog post, I thought I would do something a little different.  Generally, I post about what I do outside of my classes.  Today, I’m going to tell you what I do in my classes, to give you a snapshot of the things I’ve learned this semester!  So, without further ado, here it goes:

Class #1: World of St. Patrick

My World of St. Patrick Class is a classical studies course which also fulfills my religion requirement.  Recently, we’ve been learning about Irish mythology and fairy tales from medieval times.  Apparently, during the Neolithic Age, people living in Ireland constructed large round síd burial mounds, which sort of resemble hobbit homes.  Later, during medieval times, the mounds were said to be portals to a magical Otherworld, a place where fairies lived and time passed differently.  Some really intriguing stories emerged from this concept, including one in which an Otherworld maiden convinces a mortal man to sail away with her in a crystal boat, never to return again.  I’m not sure I would have taken the lady up on this offer, but he seemed chill with it, so I guess it’s cool….

Class #2: Social Psychology

My Social Psychology class is a lab course for my major.  Over the break, I’ve been reading an assigned book called Influence by Robert B. Cialdini.  The book is all about how social factors can influence people’s behaviors.  For example, people often follow a rule of reciprocity, in which they feel obligated to repay favors done for them.  This can be used by marketers when giving free samples or gifts to advertise a product; once someone has accepted the sample, they feel obligated to reciprocate by making a purchase.

Class #3: Spanish 101

I’ve really been enjoying my Spanish class this semester!  So far, we’ve learned how to introduce ourselves and talk about our interests.  We can describe items in a backpack, tell time, and use regular verbs ending in “-er,” “-ir,” and “-ar.”  We’ve just started learning to describe our families, which has been fun!

Class #4: Roman Archaeology

My Roman Archaeology includes a great mix of Roman history and information on excavated structures and material culture.  I especially enjoyed learning about the Julio-Claudian emperors during our last unit.  Caligula was probably my favorite.  He became the Roman Emperor at a young age and was pretty decent at his job while his tutor, Seneca, was around to keep him in line.  But then Caligula kind of lost it, so he had Seneca (and a bunch of other people) executed.  He then insisted on making his horse a senator, got himself two yachts (with plumbing and underfloor heating and rotating statue platforms!), and generally drove everyone nuts until he got murdered by his own imperial guard.  The guard then replaced him with Claudius, his drooling (but fairly intelligent) uncle.  Fun fact: Caligula’s real name was Gaius, but everyone called him Caligula – meaning “Bootsie” – because of the adorable military booties he wore as a spoiled, obnoxious little kid.

So those are some things I’ve been learning in my classes recently!  While every class and every semester schedule is different, I hope this gives you a snapshot of some of the fun material you can encounter as a student at Luther.

And with that, I will bid you adieu.  I hope you all have a great day and a Happy Easter!

A photo of some trees by the river

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