8 week online classes… gifts from God or work of the Devil? A little of both I suppose, I’m still not quite sure. But what I do know, is that while I took HDF 110 as an 8 week online class, although it was terrible at times, it may be the one class at CMU that I have learned the most valuable amount of information thus far.
The upside to taking this class as an 8week online class is that it only took up half of my semester, and I didn’t have to meet in class for it. The downside to taking this class as an 8 week online class, though, was that there was a ton of information thrown at me and work to be done in such a short amount of time on top of my already full course load.
But, all of the stress that this class brought along was well worth it when I randomly realized one day that I had used a piece of information I learned from this class in my everyday life. We covered so many topics in this class—race, gender, sexual identity, religion, disabilities, etc.—and they are all incredibly relevant to my life, especially living on such a diverse college campus. I learned to be more sensitive of what I say, not only when I’m around certain individuals, but just generally all the time. I learned how to politely let someone know when they say something offensive—in regards to a disability, or race or gender, etc.—and tell them why it was offensive. There was just so much valuable knowledge I gained in this class, and I am so thankful I endured the trying 8 weeks to complete this class.