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Some of you readers may have caught upon a tradition of mine by now: I tend to write an overview of my classes for each term. (You can find my reflections for fall and winter term here and here, respectively.) 

Disclaimer: I haven't quite yet wrapped up spring term. The campus is abuzz with the inevitable stress that comes with taking a third midterm (admittedly more rare, but I am one of those students) to the excitement of Green Key and all its related programming. As I am working on my final projects for my classes, I thought this would be a good time to reflect upon the classes I chose to take this term. 

ECON 21 Microeconomics: This class builds upon the concepts I learned in ECON 1, and is another requirement for the economics major. This class is notoriously difficult; in fact, it's one of the three most difficult courses in the economics department! While most people choose to take this class during their sophomore or junior year, I decided to take ECON 21 this term with Professor Doyle since I knew most of the concepts I learned from ECON 1 would be fresh in my mind. The course requires a little bit of a calculus background, but as someone who doesn't classify herself as a "math person", the calculus aspect has been manageable so far! I really enjoyed connecting the concepts I had learned in ECON 1 in a mathematical sense, and Professor Doyle managed to explain everything in a clear and methodical way. 

RUSS 7.07 Monster Trafficking: The second part of the first-year writing requirement is a first-year seminar, which people need to take following their Writing 5 course. Just like Writing 5, I had an extensive list of first-year seminars on a variety of topics ranging from colonialism in Asian-American literature, to zombies, to gender in science fiction. I chose to take a course in the Russian department about vampires in Slavic literature to fulfill my first-year seminar requirement. When I thought of vampires, figures that came to mind included Edward Cullen from Twilight and The Count from Sesame Street. Taught by Professor Savic, through this class, I learned that vampires go beyond the stereotypical pale, tall, cunning figure with fangs. There are a lot of interesting meanings in the way vampires have been portrayed in Slavic literature—especially through the lens of sexuality. 

ENGS 15.05 Blockchain Explored: This class does not meet a major requirement, nor does it fill up a distributive. Therefore, I am taking this class solely for my own enjoyment! Some of the things I learned about in the class with Professor Goodenough include the history of blockchains and how they have evolved over time, the effects of blockchain in society, and different policies that have been implemented as a result of blockchain and cryptocurrency. We even bought and sold (fake) cryptocurrency to gain hands-on experience via a simulation! I am currently working on a final paper examining blockchain technology and its risks from an ethical perspective. 

A screen showing a graph of crypto trends
I traded cryptocurrency — although I did end up losing money. Luckily, all the money I lost was fake!

That is all for this post, my friends. This blogger must resume writing essays and studying for an upcoming midterm. Until next time!

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