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It’s been a while since my last post. Just kind of busy with college activities. Not that ‘busy’ actually. As I said on my previous post, until the last week of October 2012, I only have 4 classes from my 6 classes in this fall semester. I only spend 2 days at campus for classes. But there some activities that keep me busy and doing something in my free time.

All that I can say, the US education put the high standard on their students. It’s really different with my previous education experienced in Indonesia. They do give much reading assignment. On my first 2 HR classes, the professor gave us 2 and 3 chapters reading assignments. Each chapter has 20-60 pages. I was shock, I was never had this much reading assignment before. In my previous experienced, the professor used to gave use the task from the text book to be done, but not in here. That’s the way they teaches us to use the text book. Here, they just asked to read the book and will discuss about the chapter we read in the class room. It is not a must to do the reading assignment, the professor will not ask every students whether they’ve done their reading or not, but by reading the book we have a chance to get in the class discussion. And somehow I enjoy the books (and the reading) they’ve given for us.

my HR books this semester

Last week we opened table for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (ICF) club at the club recruitment day. Actually the ICF club in my campus has been deactivate for the last 3 (or 4?) years because there were no member. The basic requirement to make a club active is the club has at least 8 students member. That’s why I contacted Tim Webster, the Intervarsity staff for Lawrence University as my Intervarsity contact in Appleton few months before my departure to the U.S. And just a week before the club recruitment day, I found out that there was a ICF club in my campus but the status were deactivate, so we need to meet some requirements to make the club active again. Finally we got 12 students registered at the day. Now we are doing some administration activities so that club could be recognized by the campus. This is important because we have to be registered as an active campus to make some club activities. Tim still help us to do this things. The campus bible study is planning to be held as soon as we get this work done.

FVTC & Lawrence uv. Intervarsity

I also had a great experienced for the last 2 weekends. I went to Crivitz County at the northern Wisconsin with the Webster Family, the next weekend I went to Door County with the International Students in my campus. At Crivitz, we spent 2 nights at the Webster’s cabin log at the river side of Peshtigo River. We also went to the Caldron Falls Reservoir for kayaking and swimming. Not just that, it was a Webster’s family gathering so we met all the 3 generations Webster’s family.

There will be another weekend activities ahead, including a field trip to Chicago & Milwaukee.. Yipee!!


Written by gerald

September 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

And the Classes has Begun

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Just experienced my first week college in USA. I will share about the class and the study method in my classes.

I take 17 credits (6 courses) for this fall semester. Three credits for English Writing Advanced course, 12 credits for 4 Human Resources courses (3 credits each) and the last 2 credits for Personal Development and Global Leadership Development course. Two of 4 my HR classes will be started on the last week of October 2012. So basically from now until last week of October I only have 4 classes, 2 classes on Monday and the other two on Wednesday. Great schedule, isn’t it?

My Monday classes started by English Wring Advanced class on 8:30-11:20 AM. I like this class. The class only for 11 people, all of them come from different countries such El Salvador, Dominican Republic, a country in North Africa (I’m forget the name), Korea, Brazil, and Indonesia of course.

The next class is Employee Relations class. This is an accelerated class, the normal class usually has around 16 meetings, but for accelerated they only have 8 meeting during this semester. My 3 of 4 HR classes are accelerated class, that’s why the other 2 classes started in October. This Employee Relations class starts on 12:30-14:20 PM, almost 4 hours! So in Monday, my schedule is full from 8:30 AM – 4:20 PM, but only for 2 classes. Compare to the classes I’ve ever toke for my bachelor degree, these classes take more time. But it won’t make me sleepy because the classes method is very different from the Indonesian classes. The professor don’t take much time just to speak from book or from PowerPoint slides, it’s more interactive. We’re doing a lot of discussion. The discussion could be the whole time from the class start until the end. There are much time for students to speak their mind, show their way of thinking, share the ideas.

My first Wednesday classes start from 12:30-3:20 PM. It’s a Human Resources Management class. This is the only HR class I take this semester which isn’t an accelerated class. By the way, all my HR classes are taught by the same person, Mary Schils, SPHR. She’s an professional in HR management area with a lot of experienced in HR area.

The last class of the week is the Personal Development and Global Leadership Development Class. Just had this class this evening and I fell in love with the class. We will talk a lot about leadership, global issues, and a lot of things about America in this class. And also there are some meeting that will be not in class, like a field trip.

Something that I found ‘different’ in this Community College is the student not always young. Some people in my classes are much older than me. I said older mean real old, some even have some grandchildren. Some people do this ‘school’ again for their career changing, some already had been working for years in a company and then decided to learn some new things. Some even have degree in different field but need to learn new thing, those reasons bring them up to this college. I love their passion to learn more. There’s you can see the visualization of “never too old to learn”.

PS: There are some text book that I the program bought for us. For all my classes, I have 6 required text book which cost $1,770. yep, that much. I could buy a Macbook and an iPad with that money

Written by gerald

August 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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