I know I promised to restrict blogs about my Coursera studies to its own blog, but this is only in reference to one aspect of one course, and I need a more general audience. I need somed feedback here (on the Facebook notice is fine).
I am taking a course called Greek and Roman Mythology. Like most people, I studied it at school, didn't pay much attention, and forgot most of it after that. The only reason, in fact, that I knew anything about it at all was that being of the Pagan persuasion, I've kept up on the deities, even though I'm not keen on them, they have "equivalents" in other traditions.
But all these heroes and their exploits never did much for me. As I've explained elsewhere, the typical derring-do sort of stories bore me silly, especially battles. The very types of tales that are supposed to be "always popular" are the ones I like the least.
So, you may well ask, why I took this course at all.
I am aware of the importance of classical mythology, how can you not be? I know I'm supposed to be familiar with it, I'm supposed to study it, I'm supposed to enjoy it.
I will say there have been snippets of the course so far (3 weeks) that have been interesting and enlightening, but can I say I enjoyed the Odyssey? Nope.
I tried. I read it exactly as instructed, in sections, at the end of the day when I wasn't thinking about other things, that is to say I gave it my full attention. It was a chore.
The professor is good. He's very enthusaiastic, he tries to show themes, he explains it all without dissecting it beyond repair. He sounds like he loves it.
The other students are enthusiastic too.
I've done well on the tests so far. I am a quick learner with a good attention span, so doing tests on material I've just learned is not hard for me.
I have an essay that must be done by tomorrow, and I don't wanna. Here are my choices:
None of these enthuse me. Essays are easy to me. Like falling off a log, so why does this look like such a horrible task? I would choose #1 because I had already decided that Book 24 looks out of place, as if someone was padding it out and being paid by the word. But I am so reluctant to do this. I am not enjoying myself and I don't know why.