"Fun Classes"? - page 2

I have been wait-listed for the Spring 2007 semester, but instead will enter the Summer of 2007. Not that big of a deal, and in fact, I was expecting this. However, I need to maintain half-time... Read More

  1. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    I think I would go with the second language. It would make you so much more valuable of a nurse. I was volunteering last Thursday night, and one of the patients spoke Spanish. The volunteer who was training me knew a little, but I know none. It really would make a difference.
    I am tired of people speaking Spanish....learn English! This is the US and if you don't speak English you won't be able to function in the corporate and academic world...., proof is in the pudding with my foreign doc in my class who doesn't make the grade because he can't read the questions on the test correctly...how will he ever pass the State Board Exam? why should I accomodate non-English speakers by spending my money and learn their language so that they can stay unmotivated? I am an immigrant from a foreigh country and I had to learn English, I have to do everything in English...you won't see signs, tests or applications printed in my native language anywhere. The hospital needs to provide an interpreter for someone who doesn't speak English.
    Sorry but I am just tired of this ....I live in San Antonio TX and I am exposed to this problem all day long. If they come here to the US they need to learn English, period!
  2. by   MB37
    Look at the psych class descriptions. Not labs or anything, but a lot of social psych courses are really interesting. My first degree was in psych, and I took Social Psych, Abnormal, and Intimate Relationships that were not too difficult and having material that applies to every day life makes it easier to learn. Sociology classes are good for that too. Be careful with art classes unless you're good at it...at my first college they were all designed for BFA students, and some of the hardest courses on campus. Ask someone whose taken them before. I liked my languages too, I took Spanish and Russian even though I tested out of the requirement. Good luck!
  3. by   lisabeth
    I understand how you feel, but the fact is, there are always going to be those situations, and as a nurse, we are going to have to take care of them. I would rather be prepared and able to do my job rather than running around trying to find somone who could understand what was wrong and guess what I needed to do.
    Besides, think about how much more you would be needed at any hospital. You would be that much more of an asset. Not quiet as easily disposed of.

    Quote from stpauligirl
    I am tired of people speaking Spanish....learn English! This is the US and if you don't speak English you won't be able to function in the corporate and academic world...., proof is in the pudding with my foreign doc in my class who doesn't make the grade because he can't read the questions on the test correctly...how will he ever pass the State Board Exam? why should I accomodate non-English speakers by spending my money and learn their language so that they can stay unmotivated? I am an immigrant from a foreigh country and I had to learn English, I have to do everything in English...you won't see signs, tests or applications printed in my native language anywhere. The hospital needs to provide an interpreter for someone who doesn't speak English.
    Sorry but I am just tired of this ....I live in San Antonio TX and I am exposed to this problem all day long. If they come here to the US they need to learn English, period!
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    I understand how you feel, but the fact is, there are always going to be those situations, and as a nurse, we are going to have to take care of them. I would rather be prepared and able to do my job rather than running around trying to find somone who could understand what was wrong and guess what I needed to do.
    Besides, think about how much more you would be needed at any hospital. You would be that much more of an asset. Not quiet as easily disposed of.
    I speak German and French, which may come in handy, too,down here in San Antonio. We have so many different people from so many different countries down here due to the military.
  5. by   lisabeth
    Cool. I loved French. I took one semester of it in High School. Loved it. I dont remember too much, but I remember a few things. Then a guy I was dating took Spanish, so I changed, but I would never be able to communicate with anyone. In Texas, I just think Spanish would be the next language we might need to know.
    I wouldnt mind learning some German for fun. I could decide to go to Europe someday. Just wish I had more time to learn a few different ones.

    Quote from stpauligirl
    I speak German and French, which may come in handy, too,down here in San Antonio. We have so many different people from so many different countries down here due to the military.
  6. by   MikeyJ
    I've actually already taken 2 semesters of Spanish. I am by no means proficient or fluent in the language; however, I am able to get by. I could probably take a higher level Spanish course, but I know I will have to study my butt off (I would probably end up putting in more study hours for that course than a science course), and I would prefer to take a lighter load before starting the nursing program in the summer. After I graduate I do plan to go on a month excursion to Mexico and enroll in an immersion program.

    I agree with the poster that until Spanish becomes a second official language (which it probably never will), then immigrants should really learn the English languge. However, I also know that learning the Spanish language will make me more marketable as a nurse.
  7. by   hikernurse
    Go with some gym classes. NS is stressful and if you go into it healthy and strong you'll be that much ahead. I liked my Fine Arts Film class--just watching movies and writing a few (easy) papers. Nothing like having to watch a DVD for homework, eh? Watch it while you're on the treadmill and you could get your PE homework done at the same time, LOL.
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    Cool. I loved French. I took one semester of it in High School. Loved it. I dont remember too much, but I remember a few things. Then a guy I was dating took Spanish, so I changed, but I would never be able to communicate with anyone. In Texas, I just think Spanish would be the next language we might need to know.
    I wouldnt mind learning some German for fun. I could decide to go to Europe someday. Just wish I had more time to learn a few different ones.
    There is a section in my wonderful Medical Dictionary that has sentences translated form different languages into English pertaining to the most common scenarios in a hospital setting... questions like: where does it hurt, body parts etc....Great reference if things need to be solved fast, IMO
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Nov 19, '06
  9. by   royr
    One of the most interesting classes is American Sign - also quite usefull. I enjoyed my Holistics class and it was fun every session. I also liked my research class - and it will help you with any other class you take in the future. Mechanical drawing and Blueprint reading were interesting, as was tennis and raquet ball. Cooking classes are always fun - especially for me as a male student because I love to eat and mess with food!
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from royr
    One of the most interesting classes is American Sign - also quite usefull. I enjoyed my Holistics class and it was fun every session. I also liked my research class - and it will help you with any other class you take in the future. Mechanical drawing and Blueprint reading were interesting, as was tennis and raquet ball. Cooking classes are always fun - especially for me as a male student because I love to eat and mess with food!
    A man who knows and enjoys how to cook is a jewel
  11. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    Cool. I loved French. I took one semester of it in High School. Loved it. I dont remember too much, but I remember a few things. Then a guy I was dating took Spanish, so I changed, but I would never be able to communicate with anyone. In Texas, I just think Spanish would be the next language we might need to know.
    I wouldnt mind learning some German for fun. I could decide to go to Europe someday. Just wish I had more time to learn a few different ones.
    Texas needs to wake up....it's being invaded. San Antonio is a sewer.
  12. by   lisabeth
    I am not disagreeing, but until it becomes mandatory, and I dont think it ever will, some of them are NOT going to learn English, and we WILL still have to care for them. I would rather be able to do that in a competent way instead of worrying about what to do.

    Quote from sistermike
    I've actually already taken 2 semesters of Spanish. I am by no means proficient or fluent in the language; however, I am able to get by. I could probably take a higher level Spanish course, but I know I will have to study my butt off (I would probably end up putting in more study hours for that course than a science course), and I would prefer to take a lighter load before starting the nursing program in the summer. After I graduate I do plan to go on a month excursion to Mexico and enroll in an immersion program.

    I agree with the poster that until Spanish becomes a second official language (which it probably never will), then immigrants should really learn the English languge. However, I also know that learning the Spanish language will make me more marketable as a nurse.
    Last edit by lisabeth on Nov 19, '06
  13. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    I am not disagreeing, but until it becomes mandatory, and I dont think it ever will, some of them are NOT going to learn English, and we WILL still have to care for them. I would rather be able to do that in a competent way instead of worrying about what to do.
    BUT if I don't get a job as a nurse just because I don't speak Spanish watch for me on the NEWS....I will visit Austin and appear on the steps of the State Capitol with a HUGE sign

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