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Students Serve on Navajo Reservation for Fourth Time

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Student Blogs | Larry Pena

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

I had a lot of trouble setting up my schedule this quarter. It’s one of those things that happen when you’re in your final year of school, and you’ve transferred, and you—ahem—haven’t always stuck to a rigorous or logical graduation plan. While I probably have enough pure credits earned to have three bachelors’ and a Ph.D., there are a lot of random and annoyingly specific requirements that I have to fill, in two quarters. Will I have time for it all? Will it all fit? I hope so, but your guess is as good as mine.

After my second day in astronomy, I feel like I’m trying to learn a new language. I thought it would be an easy class to fill my lab science requirement—learn some constellations, do a little stargazing at the observatory, no problem. But there are a lot of weird definitions and confusing phenomena to remember, and even a little (gulp) math.

But I’m also taking more of my beloved communication classes this quarter, which is a nice change. I’m especially excited about Comm Research, in which I’ll have to design and implement a practical field study on some facet of human communication. After taking a bunch of generals, it’s invigorating to be learning something I’ll actually put to use in my career.

Other developments—I started a new club on campus last quarter, and I’m working on setting up our first event. It’s an organization with a very important cause, and I can’t believe the school has lasted so long without it: the PUC Risk Alliance, dedicated to the enjoyment of the world’s greatest board game! Get in line, because the list of membership applicants is literally several long. If you or someone you know wants to join in the thrill of world domination, watch for our posters around campus or look us up on Facebook.

Finally, one other little point of news…my little lady Jesselle and I are expecting baby number two! While few of my classmates have even bothered to reproduce once, I’m about to have yet another little person made in my image. Nice timing…Jess is due about a month after I’m set to graduate, and one toddler is difficult enough to balance with classes, homework, and a job. I guess the new little bundle of joy is just one more reason to make sure I wrap it up this year. Wish me luck!

Larry Pena
Super-Senior Communication Major