I'm very excited today because my financial aid has come through which means that I'll be heading back to school again this October. Like last year, I'll be taking just two classes but I learned very quickly (last year) that when you're managing a house and working full-time, two is more than enough.
The classes I'm taking are The art of English and The Nineteenth-Century Novel. I'm especially excited about The 19th Century Novel because we'll be reading books like:
The Woman in White - Collins
Northanger Abbey - Austen
Middlemarch - Eliot
Germinal - Zola
Dombey and Son - Dickens
Jane Eyre - Bronte
The Awakening - Chopin
Madame Bovary - Flaubert
The Portrait of a Lady - James
Far from the Madding Crowd - Hardy
Some of them are like old friends, one is my favourite novel of all time and the rest are long overdue for a reading. I can't wait - even if it means I'll have to put my trashy romance novels aside for a few months.
The other class is all about how the English language is used creatively - like in social networking, etc. Sounds pretty interesting!
Luckily, my aid covers almost all of my fees. All 13 of the books I'll need come to over £100 which hurt my wallet a bit but at least it's cheaper than buying text books in America, right?
And after this year, I'll have just two more classes to complete to finish my BA in English Language and Literature. Huzzah.