Yeah, of course it's been asked a lot, and there are a lot of reasons, and there are days when I think to myself that it's a waste of time and I've really fucked myself over in this pursuit. There are a whole slew of reasons, but a few would just be an immense interest in foreign languages and literatures. It's actually my major of study at school right now which is why I'm kind of stressing out over the next month to build myself up to snuff for two classes I need to take (Korean Literature classes in which I read books not in translation). I picked Korean due to interest in the area (Asia as a whole, not simply East Asia), and the fact that for an Economic and Technological giant, it's such a closed world. There is so little known about Korean culture and literature and it spurred me to just go for it. But, like I said, I've kind of shot myself in the foot because rather than doing the smart thing and just studying on my own, I decided to pursue it in school (and I'm at the end of the road schoolwise where I need just one semester to graduate). The problem being it's very unsupported in schools on the East Coast, so a lot of my studying has been on my own, and the classes I need to graduate virtually don't exist. There's still a chance one class I need this fall to graduate won't come through which will leave me completely screwed.
How did they let you register for a program if they knew classes weren't going to be available?
Book 4 of WoT has been pretty good after a lame start. The stuff going on w/ Perrin and his +1 is ridiculous though.