To say this year has gone by in a blur would be an understatement. I wanted the year to pass quickly, and it definitely did. However, one thing I will dearly miss is taking Humanities. I'll admit at first I was nervous, because I had never been in an AP English class setting before. I was slightly intimidated by my peers, but I soon realized that wouldn't be an issue. I struggled at first with participating in group discussions because of this, and I feared my thoughts would be laughed at. It took me a few weeks, but I got over my fear and began to participate more, regardless of whether I felt my suggestions to be right or wrong. I became more confident in group discussions, and I found myself starting to enjoy them.
The work we've learned over this past year has been the most interesting I've ever learned at STM. Mrs. Quinet, although we may seem to "zone out" during your history lectures, I guarantee we find them just as interesting as you do; we just don't outright express it. Learning the backstories of Latin America, Germany, Africa, and Russia among others has been some of my absolute favorite lectures to date. It helped me understand the novels more fully, and gave me a better appreciation for the works I was reading. As for the Art History side, Humanities is the reason I now want to minor in Art History. It was fascinating to learn about so many different types of art, and I can't wait to take more courses on it throughout college.
Ms. King, it's almost scary how almost every novel or short story I read was so interesting to me. From 100 Years of Solitude to The Unbearable Lightness of Being, each novel we've read has given me a new perspective. Before this year I had mainly stuck with young adult novels. Even though I'd consider myself a bookworm, I'd never really read anything out of my comfort zone. That being said, the works we read this year were most definitely a challenge, but a good one. I wouldn't take back any of those late night study sessions many of us had together. Please don't change any of the works next years Humanities students will read (besides The Tin Drum). The variety was impeccable and what I was looking forward to most about this class. Having touched on many different types of literature, I now have an idea of what english courses I'll probably take in college.
Taking Humanities was the best decision I could've made. I've learned more from this class than I have from any other. Yeah, I might've dreaded the 2 hour and 15 minute lectures or art tests but it was definitely worth it. I found the majority of my favorite novels thanks to this class, and it gave me a whole new perspective on what college courses I want to take. Thank you both for all the hard work you've put into teaching us over this past year. It's really been an amazing opportunity to learn from both of you.