Athens, OH 20 February 2019 –
I am enrolled in ENG 3080J, Writing and Rhetoric II, this semester and it has been a well-timed refresh button on coursework. In this class we analyze both classic fairytales and modern retellings of fairytales. Commonly, we write about them, and ask ourselves questions like “What does this fairytale mean in a modern setting?”.
This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it is for a Computer Science major like myself because our major does not require us to write many papers and express our interpretation of a text. I get to formulate opinions and communicate my ideas through class discussions which are vastly different from most of my CS classes. In other words, I am absolutely psyched that I chose this class to fill my Junior composition credit.
Some of the authors that I have enjoyed so far include Charles Perrault, Brothers Grimm, and Michael Cunningham. Perrault is responsible for some of my favorite works such as “Blue Beard” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. Reading these fairytales has retaught me to read for fun and enjoy the genre of fantasy. It had been a long time—since the Harry Potter days, to be exact—that I sat down to read a piece of text that did not explain a concept in which I had to learn and apply in order to accomplish a task.
On the flip side, now that I allocate time to read for fun, I am more focused when I read articles and textbooks for classes. If you ever feel stuck in your major-required classes, take a moment to research other classes outside your major that intrigue you to freshen up your studies and learn something new.