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    Nov 27, 2016
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    Course Overview:

    With psychology as my major, I wouldn't have really considered a subject such as weather and climate to be a primary interest of mine. However, learning of various topics such as cloud formations and climatic effects helped me understand the smallest events that happen within our environment every single day. Professor Grant Harley made learning this subject fun with his witty sense of humor and his passion for the subject.

    Course highlights:

    Being from the city of New Orleans, hurricanes are a constant natural disaster that civilians of the city have to endure. I had no clue that people in the city of Hattiesburg experienced the same climatic issue. Dr. Harley taught us characteristics of a hurricane, what differentiates it from other storms such as typhoons or monsoons, and weather scales such as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which helps meteorologists determine the categorization of hurricanes based on wind speed. He also taught us of other kinds of storms, such as tornadoes and sand storms and how they're caused by the smallest factors such as uneven air pressure. These lessons in particular peaked my interest the most because of my frequent experience with hurricanes but also because it helped people who weren't familiar with them understand the impact they have on our ecosystem and how to keep themselves safe throughout the storms. It helped me acquire an understanding of unfamiliar storms, how they are caused, and how we can prepare for them as well.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attendance is the first step to success when attending Dr. Harley's classes. Instructors not taking attendance is not a legitimate reason to miss class in order to get that extra hour of sleep nor is it beneficial. I've personally learned this the hard way the first few weeks of the semester. Another helpful piece of advice is to take advantage of his office hours. Whether the material is confusing or preparing for his next exam is a struggle, Dr. Harley LOVES questions. It shows that you're willing to not only learn but retain the information that is offered. My last piece of advice, although redundant, is to study, study, study! If all the material for upcoming exam is known like the back of your hand, study even more to ensure that getting an A on Dr. Harley's exam and in his course is inevitable. Follow these steps, and I guarantee success will be simple to achieve.

    • Fall 2015
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