Today was officially my first day as a student.
I mentioned in an earlier blog that I was enrolled in George Brown’s program for a certificate in Journalism, and today was the first class. I realize how quickly it seems like it all happened, but in order to take the classes I need to take in January, I had to jump right in and take one of the classes now. Talk about diving into the deep end without water wings or swimming lessons.
Let me brief you on how my day went: woke up, had coffee, showered, gathered my belongings, got my phone screen protector fixed, had more coffee, ventured over to George Brown, got my student card, sat and waited in the student area until my class started with another coffee, and then had class.
Now, let’s back up a little, to the moment before I walked into George Brown’s St. James Campus. I don’t know why, but I suddenly got extremely nervous as I walked down King Street, getting closer and closer to the building.
Okay, that’s a lie. I know exactly why I was nervous: a) I had no idea where I was going, and b) it’s been 6 years since I’ve been a student. 6 years. That’s a long time. Getting a student card, though, was kind of an awesome feeling and made the jitters subside, even if only for a little while. When that little piece of plastic was in my hand, I got this feeling that I was finally somewhere I should have been for a very long time. Trust me, it’s a pretty cool feeling.
Class itself, however, is going to be a bit of a challenge. Grammar for Editors and Writers – or, as I like to call it, The Class That Was Invented To Drive Me Insane.
I understand grammar. I like to think I’m fairly decent in the written, and spoken word. I always had one of the highest marks in my high school English classes. And while I may make a grammatical error or two sometimes, this class is making me feel like I know nothing about the English language. I can already feel myself getting buried in homework, reading and re-reading definitions to make sure I can differentiate between an adjective and an adverb (FYI, I know the difference between the two of them).
I’m excited, though. It’s going to be a great refresher course, and I’m sure I’ll learn some new things along the way, too. Grammar is one of those things that seems simple, but is kind of a bitch in the long run.
Do you know what a gerund is? Or a participle?