Is this really goodbye?

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Sigmund Freud, the man responsible for phallic symbols used in advertisements.

One more class left? Are you serious? This semester went by in the blink of an eye. It truly feels as if I should have at least a month before Christmas break. Then again, that might have something to do with the bipolar weather we are having; 80 degrees in December? Now that’s just wrong. Unlike the weather, this class has been consistently fun and engaging. The topics we have discussed in class, from camera angles to Freud’s influence on the advertisement industry, have truly drawn me in, capturing my attention. As a psychology major, the media’s methods for advertising enthralls me, especially the impact Sigmund Freud has on advertising world. If we were to revisit a topic from this semester, I would love to talk more in depth about the quirkiness of Freudian methods.

As I dwindled my thumbs, trying to think back to my least favorite reading, one name instantly popped into my mind: Baudrillard. With his over the top diction and lengthy syntax, Baudrillard turned simple messages into obscure and hard to grasp concepts. However, despite Baudrillard’s frustrating style of writing, he was surprisingly not my least favorite author of the semester. Robin Williams’ The Non-Designers Design Book was the one reading that left me feeling bored and uninterested. Although Williams laid out the basic information in a simple and easy to understand way, it wasn’t entertaining like the majority of our readings. Instead, each word sung out to me like a dull lullaby, slowly putting me to sleep. It was simple and boring, to say the least. If there was one thing, however, to take from Williams’ text, it is the basic principles of design. The book did a good job of getting straight to the point despite its repetitive nature.

On the other hand, one of my favorite readings was Klosterman’s This is Emo. Klosterman’s conversational writing style consistently drew me in and I knew reading each of his articles would be a joy. The humor Klosterman uses in this article in particular made me burst into laughter multiple times, making the article memorable. In addition to his use of humor, Klosterman’s references to television programs and movies only made his words more relatable. His readings were the only ones I was eager to read, making it feel less like homework.

Now that this semester has come to a close, I am beginning to look forward to next semester. Although I’m excited, my schedule for the spring is daunting, as I will be taking more hours. I’m taking lots of, what my advisor would call, “left-brained” courses next semester, including classes for my major (psychology) and minor (theatre). The one I look forward to the most is my psychology class with Dr. Childers entitled Social Development. In the future I aspire to go to graduate school for child psychology and eventually become a child psychologist. Dr. Childers (read about her here) is renowned for her work as a child psychologist and child development specialist, which only makes her class seem more appealing to me. I have enjoyed this semester very much but I look forward to the Spring semester with great hope.

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