We all know taking a normal class and surviving it can be difficult. But to factor in a course that is bizarre in comparison is like reaching a whole other level – a level that few have ever had the pleasure of reaching and succeeding. I find that I must share my own unique experience with a strange course that I am currently taking right now: Fantasy and Science Fiction Literature with Laura Rutland.

I would highly recommend the class if you personally enjoy nerding out over any form of science fiction or fantasy literature. You are probably wondering why I consider it strange, and I’ll come right out and state that it’s my fellow peers who give it this brand. There is a wide array of personalities, and each brings a unique perspective to the class. Whether its calling Frodo’s character (of The Lord of the Rings) a “turd” in the novel or completely fangirling over being able to freely discuss Harry Potter without judgement, all are openly welcome.

Upon asking my roommate Krima Patel, a Sports and Exercise/Pre PT major, what her strangest course was out of curiosity, she quickly and without hesitation answered Sacred Scripture with Sister Healy. Looking flabbergasted, I pressed her on the subject.

“It is odd learning about the Bible when you’re an Indian who has only ever known the Bhagvad/Geeta,” she explained. For those unaware, the Bhagvad/Geeta is a complete reflection on how the many Gods came to this earth along with the achievement of various religious traditions.

Hearing her story, I sympathized. Coming to America as an international student can be a cultural shock in itself, and then add taking a class regarding another country’s religion. Learning about another religion can be ridiculously complex and uncanny.

Still curious, I asked yet another friend what her strangest class was that she had taken at Gannon.  Mikayla Shemansky, a sophomore criminal justice major responded with Sociology with Professor Stadler.

“He makes the class fun and entertaining, not to mention he roasts the High School students in good fun,” she explained before I even had the chance to ask.

Hearing her stories about the class, I could see why it was strange. Most courses at Gannon are typically structured like any normal university’s would be, but every now and again, there are exceptions. Whether it’s the students, the teacher, or the content that makes a class strange, I recommend embracing it – not every class you have to take will be as interesting.