The first thing you should know is that this class is awesome. Cate is pretty much the most awesome teacher ever (and an amazing cook), so this class is fun, interesting, and educational. The second thing you should know is to not be afraid to speak up, especially if you disagree with what other people are saying. Whatever you have to bring to the table will make the conversation more interesting. In this class, you can really express your opinions.
About writing: for the Tumblr assignments, don’t sweat it. Overthinking never gets you anywhere, and for these informal posts, hey, no one’s judging. For the wiki assignments, you’re not going to do them wrong. It’s better to get a ton of ideas flowing than to agonize over getting the answer right. A lot of times, there isn’t really a right answer, and in the discussion afterwards, you’ll learn how to fix your mistakes. For the essays, make sure you have something substantial for the peer review. And again, don’t be afraid of being wrong. You’re not going to be wrong as long as you support your argument. Just remember to ask yourself the dreaded “So what?” question before turning it in.
About reading: do it. Seriously. You will always get a pop quiz the day you forget or feel like it doesn’t matter that much. Besides, all the plays are really great, so you have no excuse. You don’t have to give them a whole ton of thought before class, but it’s always nice to come with an idea or two prepared if you’re going to discuss the play.
About grades: it’s true that we have a lot of “easy” grades or grades that are a small portion of the overall grade and can be neglected. Don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security. This isn’t a blowoff class, and Cate isn’t going to give you any slack when it comes to grading papers. The good news is, she gives good criticism, so if you pay attention, you won’t make the same mistake twice.
About class: go. You really have to. But you know what? It’s not hard at all. This class is an absolute blast. It feels like hanging out with friends instead of attending class because it’s so relaxed and fun. Don’t get me wrong—there’s a lot of learning going on here. But there hasn’t been a single day this semester in which I thought, “Ugh, I don’t really want to go to Lit & Theatre…” Every day, I looked forward to it. This is probably the most fun class you’ll have. Enjoy it!
Good luck, future students! Don’t forget to be awesome!