My immune response may be adaptive, but I’m not sure I am…

Class started today. I am taking an introductory immunology course at the graduate school where I work. Yes, I am crazy. No, I am not crazy enough to be considering another degree. My BS in Animal Science is plenty right now, tyvm.

Some things have changed since I was last in a classroom. There are laptops everywhere! and the people who own these laptops type through the entire lecture! That’s a lot of clickety-clackety noises and I wasn’t aware that I could be annoyed by those noises until about 10 minutes into the 2 hour lecture. (Maybe if I had a laptop of my very own, I wouldn’t be so annoyed by everyone else’s typing noises…)

Also, the instructors hand out their powerpoint slides prior to starting their lecture, and I don’t know how to take notes when I have a handout of the powerpoint to bring home with me. How did I forget how to take notes? It’s only been 6 years since I was in college. I blame the handouts. The lecturer no longer has to slow down enough for the students to write down the information before moving on to the next slide. It was so pathetic; by the time I had figured out, hey I should write that down, he’d moved on to something else and I had forgotten the beginning of what I wanted to write down. Conveniently, the lectures are available online (with sound synced up to the powerpoint slide show) ~24 hours after class.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, 2 hours is a LONG time to sit still and pay attention to someone talking about immunology. A very long time. Especially since my job very rarely requires me to sit still for longer than a few minutes at a time these days. Lesson learned: when he says “it’s time for a 10 minute break”, GET UP AND WALK AROUND whether you think you need to or not.

The good news is I’ll have lots of time to work on my note-taking and sitting still skills as the class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-12 for the next 6 weeks. Yippee! I just keep telling myself that it will be worth it when I can actually make sense of what I am working on at work.

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