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  •  I adored Tristram Shandy (5+ / 0-)

    Somehow I sneaked into an upper-level English class, Rise of the Novel, as a bio/pre-med frosh.  All my other choices were full, and I really needed an afternoon humanities elective with open seats.  

    Tristram Shandy was on the reading list along with Moll Flanders, Pamela, and several others.  I loved it so much, my bio and physics fell by the wayside.  One of my first clues that pre-med was not for me!

    Only after I got an A on my first paper did the professor figure out I was neither an upperclassman nor an English major.  He let me stay and it ended up my only A of the term.  I changed my major to English, then changed it five or six more times before settling on nursing.

    Tristram Shandy is duly added to my to-re-read list!

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:58:19 PM PST

    •  I like the story of your class, and of switching (1+ / 0-)
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      majors so many times. I started in Computer Science, switched a few times, and ended up taking seven years to graduate, with degrees in literature and political science. I learned a lot of interesting things in the course of my meanderings. I hope nursing suited you, in the end.

      Moll Flanders is sitting on my TBR shelf. She's feeling all squashed and neglected in the crowd there.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:12:42 PM PST

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