First Week of the Summer 2016 Semester

As you know now, I have summer courses. Just as I have the past semester, I’ll have 5 classes, from Monday to Thursday for the next 13 weeks. For a lot of people, summer means fun, sun and friends, but for me it’ll be work, work, work. As I’ve done in the past, I’ll share with you what my first week of the semester looked like and what my classes are! (Read the fall edition and the winter one!

First week of the Summer 2016 Semester


I woke up not feeling AT ALL like going to class. I had barely a weekend to rest between semesters (and did not really rest since I was working all weeekend) and was still a bit on edge from all the stress of finals.

There was barely anyone on the bus to uni, so that definitely felt weird. Usually, I can’t even find a seat because it’s too crowded. And campus was the same! It’s so weird to walk around campus and seeing half the usual crowd.

My Monday morning class is the only one where I know someone in the class. One of my best friends, who I’ve met in cegep, is also taking it. She’s a translation major, so the course is mandatory for her too. It makes it a little more reassuring to already know someone!

As for the class itself, it’s called Révision de textes. Basically, I’ll be learning how to revise texts in different contexts! It kind of follows the theory that I’ve learned in my grammar classes and my redaction ones.

Even if I usually hate grammar classes (remember Grammaire avancée?), this one doesn’t seem half as bad! The teacher is actually quite upbeat and dynamic, which will be a great change from the teacher I had last semester. Maybe it won’t be as boring … The teacher told us to expect a lot of work (around 6 hours every week!), but I think it’ll be worth it. Revising texts is a useful skill to have in any of my classes or even career possibilities! It could even help with blogging.

There are also SO MANY TEXTBOOKS TO BUY! I barely had anything to buy in the previous semesters, so that makes a huge change. I’ve counted it, and I’m in for approximately 200$ worth of textbooks and dictionnaries! And only for that class! Thankfully, the teacher recommended that we share the fees by buying the books in groups of 2-3 ! My friend and I already decided that we would buy them together and split them between us. My other best friend from cegep also has a couple of them too from previous classes, so we’re trying to get her to lend them to us!

Weirdly enough, I’m looking forward to next week’s class!


Tuesdays are my busiest, because I have two classes. My morning one is called Rédaction technique et promotionnelle. It follows the theory that I’ve learned in my two previous redaction classes. Briefly, we will be learning how to write certain types of texts that fall more into a professional contexts (such as press releases, technical reports, etc.).

We spent the first class talking about resumes, cover letters and interviews. The teacher that I have for this class is the same one who gave Stratégies de rédaction last semester, and while I loved her, I had almost forgotten how fast she talks! I tried to write down as much information as I could, but I had to leave stuff behind. Thankfully, we don’t have exams in this class, only papers to hand in!

We also formed teams for one of the big semester projects, and I think my team and I will work out fine. The girls I’m with seem nice enough. I just hope they’re hard workers too!

My afternoon class is Relations publiques. It was the only class that I was able to choose this semester, and I went it thinking that I wanted to broaden my horizons. Communication is a vast field and I want to experience everything about it as much as I can. I thought I might be interested in PR, so that’s why I chose this course. It was also the class that stressed me the most because I knew that we would have to form teams for the semester’s project, and, as it is to be expected, I don’t have any friends in this class.

Well, the class itself was so incredible boring! The teacher seemed passionate and really nice, but I just couldn’t be bothered to listen. Maybe it’s because I have to sit through six hours of class in a row that day, or maybe it’s the teacher itself, but I’m going to have to think of some way to enjoy the class.

The teacher’s visual presentation didn’t help. His Prezi was so packed with text and he passed over it so quickly that I didn’t have time to take notes. So in the end I just listened. This is probably the class I’m going to dread the most this semester. Thankfully, the creating teams part wasn’t so bad. I think people know I don’t know anyone, so I always end up being asked to be in a team. I think the girls I’m with are nice enough. I just hope we’ll make a great team!



Wednesday’s class was the one that worried me the most. I got on campus extra-early to meet my friend so we could buy some of our textbooks for Révision de textes and get a head start on our homework. I thought I would go buy lunch after that, but we finished later than expected and didn’t have to stop for lunch before my afternoon class. Thank God I had brought a granola bar with me…

As I mentioned earlier, I was pretty scared of that class. I had heard that it was hard and really theorical, so I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. The class is called Théories de la communication, and, as you might be able to guess, we will see some theories in the communication field. I absolutely love the teacher. She’s dynamic and so interesting! I can already feel myself listen to her for hours. Even though the class will be a lot of work, I think I’m going to enjoy. I love history and we’re going to go through it in order to understand the theories and their backgrounds better. I’m really looking forward to the next class!


Thursday is my last day of classes of the week. I’ve had one computer related class each semester so far, and this one is no different. It’s called Internet et multimédia. In this class, we’ll be learning the basics of coding and how to build a website. It seems a bit complicated and a lot of hard work, but I can already tell it’s going to be so helpful! I’m going to be able to apply this knowledge on my blog! We’ve already learned some things during the first class that I cannot wait to apply.

The teacher itself doesn’t seem so bad. She seems a bit frigid, but she’s actually quite nice and really knows what she’s talking about. We also had to put ourselves in teams (again, I know) for this semester’s project, which is to create a website. The girls I ended up with seem super nice! I can actually see myself becoming friends with them!

This is what my first week looked like! I’m actually quite excited for most of my classes. However, this semester is going to be a lot of work, so I need to brace myself for that and start working now! I won’t have time to procrastinate much. Let’s hope this semester is going to be amazing!