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Always Do the Reading
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This class teaches you to formulate your own opinions and to think of all aspects of life as a poem or piece of literature. Those who consider themselves to be a romantic or that have an inner romantic will grasp on to those sets of ideals taught in the course better than others, but regardless, I found the material to be fascinating, and the fact that Dr. Blair is so passionate about what he teaches made me want to come to his class even more.
Through this course I've learned to be more passionate about all things that I learn, and to constantly refine how I go about learning material and applying them to my life. I grew to realize that though I'm a Computer Science major and will probably never use material from, say, a Political Science course out in the field, the knowledge I learn in other areas of study will never be bad knowledge, and contributes to my intellectual development as a member of society. In the Hagakure, a collection of teachings by the samurai master Yamamoto Tsunetomo, he says, "A person who is said to be proficient at the arts is like a fool. Because of his foolishness in concerning himself with just one thing, he thinks of nothing else and thus becomes proficient. He is a worthless person." Rather than fixating yourself on just one thing, it is important to study all things and to constantly educate yourself. This is by far the most important thing I've learned from this class.
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In lecture, Dr. Blair gives out questions on his tests that you NEED to write down. He also tells you at the beginning of the semester all of the material that you'll be reading throughout the course, so it's a good idea to read ahead to better prepare yourself for future lectures. Also, a lot of the questions that are on his tests are on quizlet, and he even recommended quizlet as a good study tool.