Goodbye Food for Thought
I don’t really know what I enjoyed about this class. I learned a lot about women’s agency, different cultures having to do with food, and advocacy. My takeaway from this class is hopefully a good grade and my final general education credits, as well as my bachelor’s degree. Mostly, I learned about thinking differently than how I was raised, and that it’s okay to think differently. I also learned a little bit about myself.
I will definitely not miss having 12 hours of homework every day and countless amounts of all nighters. I spent way too much time and effort in this gen ed class that I did not do as well as I had hoped in my final physics senior seminar class. I also did not appreciate the lack of organization and no assigned work ahead of time or a schedule. I work better under a set schedule and known due dates that are not arbitrary, and having work due the next day put a lot of pressure and stress on me. That may have helped others, however, who usually do all their work at the last minute. The assigned reading and annotating was also very stressful because I usually like to read for leisure. They could be tied into the curriculum more, such as more required reading quizzes, a requirement to put the reading into our writing, etc. The high amount of stress erased all memories of any fun I had in this class, if I had any fun. I honestly do not remember. The amount of work and stress I put in this class is highly comparable to the work I put into organic chemistry and quantum physics. A lower level gen ed class should not be at the level of those classes. I complain about workload too much.
I do love my professor, Professor Boaz, however. She is very caring and thoughtful of students, and she helps students in any way she can. She is very direct when we have conferences with her one on one, and really cares about her job. She is also a ray of sunshine and is fantastic at teaching. I had no idea what female agency was until I learned it from her. Only because of the professor, I’m glad I took this course.
One thing for certain, I will never look at food the same way again.