Fall 2015 Grades

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This is the best semester I’ve had yet! I’m so proud of myself; I had a full courseload with 200 and 300 level classes and my lowest mark was an A-! It’s amazing how much less stress I have now that I don’t have any classes with Demon Prof.

My next semester looks like this:

 

Winter 4th year

It blows my mind that I managed to have 1 day without classes. I really did try to get a full courseload, however because I’m in my fourth year, I’ve either taken all the classes offered on monday, wednesday and friday, or I don’t have the prereq for them. My only required classes are Art 232 (Drawing 2) and Chem 450 (Enzymes and enzyme mechanisms). Drama and Philosophy are option classes. I’m really surprised how hard it is to find some random class to take…but that’s what I get for going to a small campus.

I am a little worried about Drawing 2 and Enzymes because I’ve taken 2.5 years of straight up chemistry/science classes (about 11 chemistry classes) with only 1 Art class to break that up. Additionally, I will have a different prof that marks harder than the prof I took Drawing 1 with…and also I haven’t had a class with this prof for 3 years. So I may be a little rusty…but luckily I apologized to the prof last year for my rustiness!

For Enzymes, I’m worried because I have only taken 1 Biology class 3 years ago…and it was on dinosaurs and religion. There’s also rumours circulating that the prof is considering doing an oral final exam, which is where the prof asks you a question and you have 15 minutes to tell the prof everything you know. The good thing is that it is only 15 minutes instead of the usual 3 hours for written exams. The bad thing is that this prof reminds me of a high school teacher who was a really intense guy, so I have a lot of trouble making eye contact and presenting to this prof. Also, while I really respect this prof’s teaching style, I get really judgemental vibes from him. That combined with the fact that I know I’m going to be BSing my way through my answer is going to make it hard to sit across a table from him and completely make up an answer on the spot. I know I’m going to have to come up with something on the spot because in the 300 level class I took with this prof, the entire semester was “You’ve never ever seen this problem before. Solve it.” I won’t be surprised if that is what happens if he does go ahead with the oral final exam.

But oh well, that’s 4 months away. In the meantime, I’m so happy with my marks!!

I’m Alive

I’m still alive courtesy of this song on repeat: Alive by Sia

Sia always makes epic music. I’m pretty sure Alive is going to be my Finals Anthem.

My Directed Study has been going very well, it’s actually coming to a close now, I think I have one lab day left where I work by myself and then on November 25th I’ll be doing the Barking Sulfur experiment.

For my Directed Study, I researched/prepared 3 demonstrations for 2 presentations at a local high school. The demonstrations were a vitamin C clock reaction, cabbage indicator demo (you can actually do both of those at home), and a burning money demo. However, instead of burning money, I burnt my professor’s “notes” and all of the kids loved that. My prof also joined me and did his traffic light reaction, elephant toothpaste, and fluorescent materials demos. It was kind of weird because a month prior to the presentation, he asked if he could join (because he absolutely LOVES doing demos) and I had to remind him that he was sort of obligated to come because he had to be present in order to assign me a mark for the presentations. I feel like over the course of this Directed Study I have taught him a few things about being a teacher, and it isn’t like he’s a new prof, I’m pretty sure he’s in his 50’s. However, I found out that for some reason profs never take any education classes…WHICH EXPLAINS A LOT ABOUT MY FORMER PROF WHO I THOUGHT WAS A DEMON.

Speaking of the devil, demon prof is actually NICE to me now! Once, she opened a door for me and asked me how I was doing and I’m like:

When she asked me how I was doing, I told her that I was trying to get my Directed Study prof to let me set something on fire for my presentation and she LAUGHED and said “Oh, I know you’ll get fire into your presentation somehow”…and I DID. My presentation may have inspired future pyromaniacs. BUT BACK TO DEMON PROF. I think this means that after all the crap she threw at me, she actually LIKES me…even after I turned Transition Metals and Physical Chem labs into 3 hours where she had to deal with my shenanigans and she couldn’t leave. I don’t mean to brag, but before demon prof knew me, she was pretty uptight and several people quit Chemistry and changed their majors and all the Chem minors are avoiding her. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still Chem minors avoiding her and there are not a lot of Chem majors (lol, In my year I think there are only 2 or 3 Chem majors, including me…THAT’S how efficient demon prof is). However, she was significantly more chill in my last lecture + lab class with her (Physical Chem) than she was in my first class with her (Inorganic Chem 1) and now she’s even being FRIENDLY. Oh, how she has grown. I’m proud of myself for exhausting her to the point where she just chilled out.

In other news, I still got the touch in Art History! In the middle of my Art History midterm, I was all like “This is just a pile of crap, I’m going to die.” When I get to that point, I still tried to analyze the paintings I was supposed to, but there was a certain “fuck it” flavour to my response. For example, I was supposed to analyze this work of art using queer theory:

Naturally, my description of the scene was “…and the decor can only be described as FABULOUS.” I got a smiley face for that, it was great. I also got an A on that midterm, so everything turned out in the end! By the way, this is Yasumasa Morimura’s Futago; it’s a “queered” version of Manet’s Olympia.

Unfortunately, now in Art History we have covered psychoanalysis, and let me tell you, Freud was one crazy dude. Like, legit crazy. Anyways, I need to go to sleep before I get legit crazy.

Summer Update 3

My job ended on the 21st so now I’m back at home.  Lightsaber Training was an overcast day and it did start to rain, but luckily we only had to move indoors for 20 minutes.  It would have been pure chaos if the full 2 hours was indoors because we guestimated that we had about 108 participants, which is insane!

Today I got my wisdom teeth out (better get it done before school starts!) and before the dentist started he asked me if I had any questions, so naturally I was like: “Am I going to be high as a kite?”
To my surprise he said: “You can totally be like that if you want to!” (to assistant) “We have nitrous here, right?”
Assistant: “Yup”
Me: “Say what?”
I didn’t take the laughing gas because the one time I got drunk I acted more like I was high.  All I really remember was looking at a Dell box and I was mesmerized by the E on the box and how the backbone line of the E was so straight.  I was holding out my hand to compare the straightness of the back line of the E to my index finger when my friends noticed me and they were like “Dude, what are you doing??” and I was all like “It’s an artist thing, you wouldn’t understand.” (Those were two of my science friends that were with me). So I really don’t want to see what happens when I’m actually high.  I’m pretty sure that would be scary for all people involved.

Anyways, I got that done and out of the way, and I’m actually surprised at how not out-of-it I feel.  Normally after getting teeth pulled I’m out of commission for a whole day.  Not this time, though.  It’s kind of weird and I don’t really know what to do with myself.  The good thing is that I don’t think my face is swelling up too much, so that’s awesome considering I have to drive all the way back to my university in two days to attend a meeting.  Then in three days I will be helping to move in hundreds of first years!  The dentist said that I should be good enough in three days to do exercise, so that’s great!  The only bad thing is that I signed myself up for a pizza making thing before school starts and this might prevent me from eating pizza.  Oh well!

Summer Update 2

It’s been a while since my boss has been back from summer vacation and I’m glad to say that she is significantly less psycho.  So hurray! The rest of the Summer Reading Program should go swimmingly!

Last Friday we made light sabers out of pool noodles and PVC pipe and the kids loved it!–Actually, what they really loved was getting to whack me and my other coworkers after they had finished decorating their handle.  Until last Friday, I didn’t think that I could get a bruise from a kid wielding a pool noodle…but here I am with a bruise on my arm.  I now have this firm belief that if the zombie apocalypse ever does happen all we need to do is give a bunch of kids swords, power them up on pure sugar, and then unleash them onto the zombies.  I’m pretty sure even the zombies would be like “Oh SNAP!”, then turn around and run for the hills.

I’m super excited for this upcoming Friday, which is Light Saber Training Day.  I actually organized for this professional fight coordinator to come from the big(ger) city to the public library and train all of the kids!  We have this parking lot just across the street from the library that would be a perfect place to hold this event!  Right now on facebook, there’s like 52 people that have said that they are going to go, which is awesome!  There’s only one problem…

Friday, August 14

Yeah…I’m not sure how we’re going to fit 52 people with light sabers in the library that has low(ish) ceilings for the event….But nevertheless we shall try or die trying because the kids will probably all gang up on me again.  All I can do is hope that the forecast changes for Friday.  Maybe if I wish for it hard enough, it’ll be nice and sunny?

Also, our End of Summer party is in (roughly) a week and a half from now, which is pretty crazy!  The summer is just flying away now and so has all the money that we had to spend on the Summer Reading Program.  But this means that school will be starting soon…which means that I should really keep on gathering resources for my directed study….Summer isn’t even over and I want more of it now.

Summer Update

Update about the directed study I was worried about: I GOT IT!  I’ve known for a little while now, but my summer job and the directed study has been keeping me pretty busy, so I haven’t really had a whole lot of time and energy to keep up with this blog.  I honestly can’t believe that I am doing school work in the summer…you know, that special time of year where you’re supposed to be free of school and forget all that stuff you crammed into your brain learned in 8 months?

I know that I really wanted that directed study for a while and I worked my butt off to survive Demon Prof, but now that I actually have it I’m like “I got myself into WHAT?……Who, in their right mind, would actually agree to let me do this?  Do the chem profs here even know that I’m probably going to end up blowing the university up by accident??”  Seriously.  I’m the closest person I’ve seen to being a pyromaniac, so it’s bound to happen.  Then again, Demon Prof did say “A chemist is never happy unless something is on fire”, so I guess I’m in the right department.

Speaking about Demon Prof, I know I don’t have any SCHEDULED classes with her, but I feel like I’m going to be seeing her again this upcoming school year…it’s just too easy to just be completely done with her, never to have contact again.  I’m sure that I’m going to have to deal with her again.  Mark my words, she going to be like this:

To which I will go:

This summer, I’m working in a bigger library doing summer programming.  Working with all of this kids and actually doing the programs is great.  We played this one game yesterday, which I had borrowed from my university’s improv class, and basically there’s a leader who blames a random number for knowing where the Prince of Persia’s hat is, but whoever is that number has to direct the leader to someone else.  Basically, all the players are bouncing around the blame and whoever doesn’t respond fast enough has to go to the back of the line.  This is one of those games that’s significantly better when everyone is screaming.  It’s also pretty simplistic, and I thought it would only hold up for like 15 minutes…but then 15 minutes turned into 45 minutes.  There’s nothing like playing a game for 3 times longer than you had expected to let you know that you scheduled an awesome game.

Unfortunately, the first two months of the job were terrible.  That was mainly because I was the only person out of a group of three who saw the value in planning ahead so I essentially planned 6 out of 8 weeks all by myself, even though I had repeatedly asked my coworkers to PLEASE help me…and then my boss gave me hell for doing all that planning and not acting like part of a team…but said team is also forbidden from having a team leader.  However, the boss doesn’t realize that she is driving a wedge into the summer “team” by playing favourites.  Like the boss and this one girl go to yoga together (several times a week), hang out around the library after work, have matching jackets (I wish I was being sarcastic about that point, but I’m actually not), have really bad inside jokes, and the list goes on.  I tried being open and honest with my boss about some of the hurtful words she said to me in front of other coworkers and was threatened to be fired because that was apparently insubordination…which was stupid because all these bosses want honest employees but as soon as the employee is actually open and honest with them, the boss is all like “WTF is this shit?!”

Luckily, my boss went on vacation, so I don’t have to deal with her until she comes back at the end of the month!  By that time, I’ll only have to deal with her for a little over 3 weeks and then it’ll all be over.  I really enjoy interacting with all the kids at my job…my boss is just a real pain in the butt…however I’m going to try and let that not ruin the entire experience for me.

I’m Still Alive!

So I know I went dead for a while there (lol for two entire months), but I’m still alive!!  Like I had mentioned in my previous post, I had a huge amount of work to do in March that also carried over into April.  I have been done my finals for a week now and it feels great!!  The best part of the whole ordeal of finals?  I FINISHED MY LAST DEMON PROF CLASS EVER.  I’ve already gotten the marks back for all of my chemistry classes and I got two A-‘s and a B+ (demon prof’s class).  I’m still waiting for my Anthropology mark but who cares! I passed all my important chemistry classes!  I shall never have 5 chem classes that all have labs ever again!

Also, I think I might have gotten into my directed study that I’ve been working all year to keep my GPA up for.  It’s still a little bit fuzzy because even though the prof who I’m doing the directed study under was like “yeah, I think you got it, because your directed study is in my schedule” and the academic advisor was also like “yeah, you pretty much have it” but at the same time I haven’t heard anything from the university, and the academic advisor is the ONLY person who can enroll me in that course. So, I’m kinda going like this right now:

So more about that later in the summer…but I have a feeling I’m going to meet with my academic advisor near the beginning of the next academic year to be like “FOR PETE’S SAKE, ENROLL ME!!”  I really wish I didn’t have to depend on my academic advisor, but that’s the process and I can’t do anything about it

Also, in the previous post I said I only was doing 3 chemistry classes?….Well…I think I managed to get myself into a fourth one.

But that was to avoid a drama class because those drama kids make us weirdos who call themselves artists look tame.  From my experience, out of all of the fine arts (art, music and drama) artists and music students are relatively on the same page as far as weirdness goes.  Meanwhile, drama kid’s weirdness is from an entirely different book.  Seriously, for a final project in drama, one kid presented in the middle of the campus, nearly naked and he was whipping himself with wire and dripping candle wax on himself as well.  THAT’S the level of insanity they operate at. So I’m retiring to the safety net of chemistry and taking an extra class that won’t count towards my major; it’ll just be for fun.

I Stand Corrected

The week I mentioned in the previous was pretty crazy–but that was just one week out of the semester!  I looked at the month of March and I realized that I have 27 assignments and 38 readings to do!  Oh boy.  If I survive March and remember to plan my classes for next year then I am sure that copious amounts of pizza will be eaten.

I can’t wait for next year because I’ll only have 3 chemistry classes to complete and none of them have labs, but I may just end up giving myself a lab if I get into the directed study that I’ve been slaving away the entire year for.  I know I’ve been a chemistry student for WAAY too long when I can’t help but feel a little bit lost at the prospect of zero labs.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I transfer to the Main campus (the campus I’m at right now is a branch of a big university) and continue chipping away at my education courses and don’t have any labs at all (or even art classes!).  Perhaps my education placements will fill the hole.

Anyways, it has come to my attention that I’ve been writing this blog for a year now.  I haven’t looked back on my posts (haha, I probably shouldn’t be procrastinating by writing this post) because of the little time that I have, but I know school has been a roller coaster of a ride this past year.  I’ve gotten over challenges I couldn’t imagine myself on the other side of and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the time spent joking around with friends.  Here’s to the next roller coaster ride year!