Checking in briefly to say "hello" and advise of my progress -- we've got yet another snow day here in the DC area, and I'm taking advantage of the lull to be productive in various ways.
This last class, LIB-495, is called "Liberal Arts Capstone", and the basic idea is that you write an in-depth research paper of at least 6,500 words, following a rather rigid five-chapter structure with specifically delineated subsections. This type of writing is foreign to me, which is one of two big reasons that the course had been giving me so much trouble. (The other being that they're extremely particular about getting your "Works Cited" section formatted exactly correctly, which is a serious hassle.) You're supposed to choose a topic related to your major that is in an area that you haven't examined in-depth in your previous coursework.
The twelve-week course is divided into six "modules", each two weeks long. Module One is for your first draft of Chapter One, Module Two, first draft for Chapter Two, and so on, with Module Six being submission of final draft. (I completed Module Four yesterday.) When I bowed out a while back, it was because Module Two was clobbering me. I was a full week behind schedule, which I was very upset about.
I was so distraught about it that I started a thread about it in the "Class Discussion Lounge" section of the classroom forums, and I ended up being glad that I did. One of my classmates told me that her best friend had completed LIB-495 recently and reported that Module Two was, by far, the most difficult one of the class. Now that I'm starting on Module Five, I can definitely say that I agree with that assessment. In case anyone happens to be curious, you can see the course syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sDMvnfJRlWgR54LlQofqmplxYHMjdrIE5kbq2Y7DHnA/edit
So it's looking like it will be mostly a downhill run from here, and college will shortly be done. My thesis topic, by the way, is "Does God Exist?" Heh. Heh. :-)