I took a couple days of rest and a couple sick days before writing this. I've done that far too frequently recently, updating this journal about as often as our esteemed president gets within a stone's throw of pronouncing nuclear properly. I want to get back into the LJ habit.
- Last Monday I had a paper for my bad CC class and a mid-term in psychology lab. I did the paper as best I could on monday morning and I think it came out at least half decent. I am predicting a B B- on it since it was unpolished and this professor is a tough grader. I don't really care though. That's new.
My Mid-Term went somewhat better I think, I didn't find any questions I couldn't answer and I think my answers were decent. It was REALLY long though (42 multiple choice, 24 short answer essays plus extra credit) and I almost fell asleep during the middle of it I was so tired. Maybe my exhaustion made me overestimate how I did, I don't know. Most other people didn't do great either though so I should be fine there.
Tuesday was a day of rest and a LITTLE studying in the evening. Nothing major.
Wednesday I had my weird American Politics mid-term which is the STRANGEST exam I've ever taken. During the semester we've been assigned a bunch of quotations from all our readings that we were expected to notate as we read. Of course they were never given to us until AFTER The class they were due on so we basically had to go back and reread the stuff to find the darned quotations. Anyway I managed to actually get this done and notate everything, but when we actually went to the oral exam instead of just asking about the quotations and their context our professor started asking us to compare them. Like just grabbing a quote from Ben Franklin and one from Tom Jefferson and asking us to compare them. Poor Andrew, the first victim, was taken totally unawares. THEN after that the professor not only went on to explain all the connections and comparions she felt Andrew had missed but she invited the rest of the class to comment on everything to. This wasn't done in a way to humiliate Andrew (I.E. "Hey class, what did Andy MISS?") but rather just in the spirit of discussion. The class ended up being much closer to a seminar than an exam. This is especially ironic since the class is normally closer to a lecture than the seminar it is supposed to be.
Anyway to top it off, the last 15 minutes were cancelled after a fire alarm went off. I shit you not. And she didn't even collect our quotation sheets becuase we are CONTINUING THE EXAM A WEEK FROM TODAY. The people who didn't go yet are going to have two extra weeks to prepare. I guess that's fair.
in CRAZY land.
I also had my CC exam which was a little more normal but I think I did poorly on it mostly because the questions were TERRIBLE. They were like "Write an essay on the nature of the enlightenment movement with in depth reference to four authors in 45 minutes." How is that even close to possible? I have no clue. It's not like our professor is some kind of genius who underestimates the quality of her students either. Not that that'd be an excuse since genius and speed are not the same thing.
-Thursday. I didn't have much to do. Just a silly lab meeting that I went to where we all basically discussed what we would be doing over the next month. I also met with my professor and got a little more work assigned to me. I really need to get started on my pile of lab work but it's hard without a strict deadline. I am going to do my best to get at least the first project finished over the break. That shouldn't be too hard and should put me in good standing to get the rest done before he returns.
Friday: The last day of the midterm cycle. I had a lab report due and I did my best to do a decent job although NOBODY quite understood the assignment. We'll see how it turns out but this one is totally on the TA who didn't do a good job of explaining the assignment at all.
So that was my mid term week. Since then I've mostly been relaxing, taking it easy, fiddling around with my Dreamcast and trying to build up the energy before the final push. I also really need to look into getting a job for the summer, which will suck because I have a very very slim resume.
Today's college students focus so much on working and studying etc...etc... and they all build up great extra cirics and no critical thinking skills. I've been pretty shocked at the utter lack of critical thinking ability in my school and I blame that in part on the scheduled "I must do X if I want to achieve in life" mentality. That's probably also one of the reasons cheating is rampant these days. When you're just focused on getting that A so you can get your average to a 3.9 or getting that plum internship to open doors for yourself then it doesn't seem so bad to just download a paper off the internet in order to do so. Process baby, process.
Next up: Me on politics. You can hardly wait.