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!!

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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.

Textbook

Every now and again I have to use my Analytical Chem textbook, and every once in a while I find gems left by a rebellious writer who’s committed to making chemistry interesting.

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To whoever that rebellious writer was, I salute you.

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.

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.

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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.