The anticipation is over. A new season has started!
It has been six years since I last took a formal class. A few things are familiar, but most things are foreign. In a lot of ways, it is like entering a new country with a unique culture and language. Eastern University is completely unlike Penn State. I will be taking four classes this semester with the same 15 students in every class. We are a cohort, walking through this program together. We pray in class, and the Bible is our central text. Differing opinions are welcomed and add to the discussion. I recall a few instances at Penn State when a student questioned a professor's answer or calculation. It did not always go over well. I spent most of my undergraduate career working on problem sets. I expect to spend most of my graduate career reading and writing papers.
For anyone interested in International Development, this semester I am taking the following classes.
Leadership and Empowerment
Theology of Poverty
I'm hoping to post the titles of some of the books that I am reading along the way for anyone who might be interested. This weekend I will be getting a head start on reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Freire. Since he is a Brazilian author, I am particularly interested.