Stop Procrastinating? I think not!

On Thursday my Analytical Chem lab prof (who also happens to be the prof who taught me I Chem 1, 2, and Transition Metals) somewhat subtly told me that I really should stop procrastinating.  Naturally, my reaction was this:

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And today I found this on Tumblr:

I MAY PROCRASTINATE BUT MY SUBCONSCIOUS IS SLAVING AWAY ON THE QUESTION THAT YOU PLAGUED MY MIND WITH IN ORDER TO GIVE YOU THE PERFECT ANSWER!!

Additionally, here’s the science behind why I do lots of art stuff the night before:

Fact: Creativity spikes to impressive levels when “last minute panic” is initiated the night before something is due.

I should really show this to that prof because a science prof can’t argue against science.

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Ask and Thou Shall Receive Sarcasm

If there’s one thing about me that will never change, it’s that if a person who knows me asks me a fairly obvious question, I will give that person a sarcastic answer.  Unless that person is a prof and my marks depend on their leniency.

For example, this morning my friend asked me what I was going to do today, and naturally I replied “breathing, mostly.  I’ll try not to die today as well.”  I mean seriously, ask and thou shall receive sarcasm.

In one of my prelabs for Analytical Chemistry 1, we were supposed to list “uncommon REAGENT hazards” but we were just working with water, so I just put “there are no uncommon reagent hazards”, but APPARENTLY the prof was looking for something other than that and I got 0 marks for that section.  The lab prof told me that everybody else put that the glassware could break and I almost replied “Ya, well a bomb could have gone off, but nobody included that, now did they?”  Additionally, pieces of glassware are not reagents. Luckily, I held my tongue, because like I said, my marks depend on this person so I behave better around profs.  Unless I’m talking to an Art prof.  Those profs get my unfiltered sarcasm because they will dish out some of their own sarcastic remarks.  For example, my Drawing 1 prof glanced over my shoulder at a contour drawing I was doing from a still life and because I had drew this one stick with very thick lines in red conté he said “you do realize you’re telling me this stick is the most important thing in the drawing, right?”

To which, I replied: “Depends how you think about the stick; it could be a magic stick.”

He laughed but then continue to tell me I still shouldn’t make the stick the main focus.  Unfortunately, it’s impossible to erase conté, so he was basically telling me that I should redo the picture.

On another note, I had to meet up with the other people in my Transition Metals class last night, so naturally we all got talking about life in general.  Now, normally in Trans Metals, I feel like a retard because I’m usually the one who answer’s the prof’s questions to the class of 4 students, and I usually get them wrong.  However, as we were talking the other girls admitted they all feel like retards too, so it made me feel better about myself.  Also I had planned the class’s Lab schedule for the next 4 weeks and the prof had told us “plan it HOWEVER YOU WANT” so I planned it, and we submitted it to her early (she didn’t say anything like “you should revise this plan” at that point) but when prof got to the lab she was all like “Yah, you planned it all wrong/backwards.”  So naturally, I felt like I had screwed all four of us from the start of this experiment, however apparently the other girls in my class were kind of pissed that the prof told us we had done it “wrong” when she had said before that it supposedly didn’t matter how we planned it.  Plus they all agreed that my plan had totally made sense.  So that was nice of them.

I hope everyone else is doing good in their first month of school.  I found this website for listening to music when I’m sick of my iTunes library, so if anyone else wants to use it, go right ahead!

Assignments

You know what, for university, I feel like profs are making a huge understatement when being all like “Alright, this is due for next class!”  because that night or the night before the assignment is due, this is what I feel like:

I mean seriously.  The way to announce an assignment is by saying “PREPARE FOR BATTLE!!” and then do an epic pre-battle speech like: “SOME OF YOU MAY GET THIS DONE TOMORROW, SOME OF YOU MAY EVEN MIRACULOUSLY GET THIS DONE TONIGHT, BUT SADLY, NOT ALL OF YOU WILL SURVIVE THIS ASSIGNMENT.  SOME OF YOU MAY NOT GET THROUGH DOING THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE. WE MAY LOSE SOME OF YOU…BUT THE CLASS MUST CARRY ON!  GODSPEED AND STOCK UP ON COFFEE!”

I would have loved it if one of my first year profs had done that.  I seriously wonder why I have never heard of any prof ever doing that.  Especially history profs with essays on wars–HOW HAVE THEY NOT SEEN THAT PERFECT OPPORTUNITY??

This is Why You Read The Syllabus

So on my internet prowls and weekly lurkings I’ve heard people be all like “Who reads the syllabus anyways??” or something along those lines.  Personally, I couldn’t disagree more with that attitude.  READ THE SYLLABUS.  THAT IS A FREAKEN IMPORTANT PIECE OF PAPER.  SERIOUSLY.  I do understand why people have that attitude, because I used to have the exact same one, but I’ve learned the hard way that it has a lot of useful things in it.  Also, due to taking an Education class, I feel like I can better use it to my advantage, rather than just being like “Yeah, the Course Objectives section is useless”. Course objectives are a good thing to look at when you’re studying for the final to give you an idea of what will show up.

SO! To demonstrate, I’ve taken a syllabus from one of my many Chem classes I will be taking this year and I’ve broken things down.

Syllabus

Syllabus

 

Before that education class, I just skimmed down to the bottom and read when midterms and assignments were.  I would be missing course objectives and not to mention complete assignment descriptions.  Honestly, I don’t like reading anything that my profs give me or tell me to read, but this is the one thing that I try to read before the class even starts (the only problem is some profs will wait to post it after the first class).

On a different note, my classes have started and I’ve had my first Art class and my prof reminded me why I thought he was so awesome (don’t get me wrong, I know both of the studio art profs and they’re both pretty awesome).  Here are some quotes “I promise you, by the time you finish this class, you will have SUPERPOWERS!” “If you’re going to stink, stink BIG” “Leaves are a BITCH”.  I feel like I need to explain the second one.  It was part of what I dubbed the ‘fail talk’ which was basically where my prof told us that it was okay to fail because you learn the most from your failures.  I’m really glad that this prof includes that in his first day talk, because students really are scared of screwing up in art.  Also, it makes the atmosphere of the classroom feel more relaxed and friendly.

Some people may not like profs swearing or think that it’s really unprofessional, but (as long as it’s not towards a student, obviously) I really don’t mind it.  If anything, I feel more comfortable around profs who occasionally swear, because it makes them seem more human.