managed to get registered for, and log into, my japanese class. the class is full-time studies, starts in around a week from now and runs for half the semester. then i have another class just like it to cover the second half of the semester. it's a gruelling pace (you're supposed to study 40hrs a week... minimum), and of course my house isn't the best study/homework environment, so i studied during the summer to try and get ahead........ and fell behind in that studying.
class 1: chapters 13-18, ends in october. 6 weeks of class, 2 of break.
class 2: 19-23, ends in december (i think). since i don't have syllabus for this one yet i can't say for sure.
we learn 1 chapter a week, meaning 2-5 grammar pieces, 100-200 words and 15 kanji (pronunciations/writing method) per week. that's a lot of work, and if you ever get behind you're totally screwed. the teachers are pretty lenient when it comes to messing up the grammar but for some reason they assume you've perfectly memorized the vocabulary....
i've currently "memorized" (=learned on memrise, not sure about memorized) up to the beginning of chapter 18. so if i can finish chapter 18 this week, then i have the entire first half of the semester to cement the vocabulary while desperately also trying to memorize the vocabulary for the second half of the semester.
...and then comes spring semester, using a completely different book (which luckily i bought years ago and also have a scanned copy of). from what i can assume based on the spring semester textbook, that class is going to be mostly vocabulary/kanji memorization. the book is really just a ton of reading practise, preparing you to be able to read japanese history textbooks and newspaper articles and stuff like that. and i have no idea how fast it's going to go.