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At DePaul it is common for every student to fulfill multiple learning domains. From philosophy to self, society, and the modern world, students are required to take classes that expose them to different topics that are possibly not discussed in their specific major. At the beginning of the school year I was bummed because I wanted all of my classes to be about public relations & advertising because I was so excited to dive head first into my major. Sooner rather than later I realized how fun and educational these classes are. I also realized that, if I wanted to, I could choose classes that correlate with public relations and advertising to get a broader understanding of the major.
During my first quarter at DePaul I chose to start with the philosophical dimensions domain so I added Love, Hate and Resentment into my course cart. Little did I know that I would soon meet a professor that changed the way I felt about those three raw emotions, and about knowledge in general. Professor Danielle Meijer is her name and she is a raaaaad woman. She is opinionated and, although some of our viewpoints clash, she is more than willing to hear multiple viewpoints and makes it a point to tell the class that just because she thinks one way doesnt mean it is correct. I respect her for those words because I feel like some teachers I've had in the past push their biased opinions on students, while Meijer avidly verbalized the fact that there is not just one way to look at things (especially in philosophy). Her passion for philosophy is contagious and a 90 minute class felt like 15 because the topics were so engaging and out there. Quarters fly by so at the end of week 10 I was sad that I was unable to continue seeing her every Tuesday and Thursday.
She is a wonderful professor that has made me pursue a minor in philosophy. I highly suggest taking a class taught by her or at least seek her out if you have any philosophical questions (or questions about belly dancing because she has done that too). For learning domains, I suggest taking classes that are beyond your comfort zone because sometimes a challenge is necessary. Who knows, maybe you will uncover a passion that otherwise would have been ignored.