I’d like to take this moment to reflect on this semester as a whole, as most of the posts have done so far. I recently realized that this class was my fifth English course at Southwestern, though I’m neither a major or a minor. This was completely accidental, I just kept taking English classes because I love reading and discussing/analyzing texts, and taking these classes tends to allow me to read books I would have never read or even heard of otherwise. I almost took this course last year, but took Engaged! instead, and I’m really glad that I ended up with room in my schedule to take it this semester. I’ve enjoyed all of the conversations we have had regarding the books, articles, and poems that we have read this spring.
I really enjoyed each of the books we read in this class. I’m not going to lie, I normally steer clear of books and films that are really emotionally jarring, and I was really nervous in particular about reading Push given what I had heard about it in the past. However, like I said before, what I love about English courses is getting to experience books that I never would have otherwise. Though some of the parts of these novels were difficult to get through, I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read and discuss them with the class. Whether intended by the authors or not, these novels brought up some very important issues and I really enjoyed talking them through in class and getting everybody’s points of views.