Choosing Classes (Part 2)



When I last talked about shopping for classes, I still hadn’t nailed down all of my choices. It took a few weeks (I would say two and a half in total), but I finally decided on the classes I’ll be taking this semester. Like I said in my last post, picking classes in France as a foreign student is a whole lot different than getting your classes at UCLA.

I started by picking a handful of classes that looked interesting and went to those for the first two weeks. After attending each class and getting a taste for its format, I picked four that I liked the best and that could give me credit for my major and minor when I got back to school. This semester I’m taking an archaeology class, a sexuality class, one on French linguistics, and finally that geography class in English (I needed a fun one to keep me grounded). My archaeology will (hopefully) count for my anthropology major and linguistics will count for my French minor as will my sexuality class (which I am stoked about – I get to take a sex and gender class for French credit!).

Once I decided on the classes I was taking, I needed to have all of my professors sign two different papers (one set for my EAP advisers and one for the University of Lyon). On the papers, I had to record the classes registration number, if it was a lecture or discussion, the time, and finally a description of the course. Luckily, a few of the classes I chose have been taken previously by EAP students, so I didn’t need to make a new description, and when I did have to do one it was a fun exercise in practicing my official-sounding writing.

I had to turn in one set to the main office for foreign student affairs (which took me a long time because my penmanship is unreadable, and I copied down like all of my class codes wrong), and I turned in the other set into my EAP advisers. A couple of weeks later, I had a meeting with my advisers where we went over all of my choices, if I am getting credit, how I’m liking things, all of that good stuff. They also asked me if I wanted to stay another semester, which I said I did and all I had to do was sign a couple papers and boom I am officially here for the year.

Even though it was a little weird to choose my classes by just going to them instead of relying on reviews from friends or knowing I needed them for a pre-req, it was a fun experience. And I’m glad I got to meet all of my professors by going up to them to ask for a signature. Now I know how things work for next semester, so it should be a little less confusing (and I know to pay close attention when copying down class codes). But hurrah! I am a legitimate student now.