College of the Canyons

Class & Partnerships

For my class this semester, we have to pair up and do a presentation in front of the class. I initially paid up with a girl who sometimes sits near my in lecture, only to find out last week that she dropped the class and didn’t tell me.

My instructor set me up with a new partner, who happens to be in my lab group. Okay, great. Except today he tells me he’s dropping the class too.

I am not going to try to find a new partner. I’ve got the basic information put into slides already; I just need to add photos, diagrams, illustrations to make it look interesting.

But ugh. It sucks having to do all the work myself even if I don’t like working with other people.

Fuck Me

Today was one those those days where basically nothing goes right. I had some packages to mail out so I left for class an hour earlier than usual to be sure I had time to find a post office and send them off before my lab.

Google maps was less than helpful, sending me 20 minutes out of my way to the Santa Clarita mail distro center which does not offer retail services. By the time I find a retail location and got my packages mailed, I was late for my lab.

In lab, we got to take a peek at our last lecture exam scores. I failed. Most of the class failed. At this point, assuming I get 90% of the points allotted for all other activities, and I get at least 50% on the final lecture exam, I should be able to scrape by with a C in the class. This is frustrating because this class is the backbone for my entire program. I don’t think it’s all on me though. Most of the class is failing and I feel like that’s on the instructor too.

I also found out that my presentation partner for lecture dropped the class and didn’t tell me. Same thing happened to one of my lab group members, so we paired up… And then he told me he might drop too. Whatever. I have an idea and I’m going with it either way. With our without him.

Lecture tonight was basically canceled. We still had to show up and judge the two presentations that were presented tonight, which was fun. One was on augmented reality and one was on tardigrades. We get points for that so it’s an easy way to help my grade.

Fuck though. I’m so frustrated with this course right now. I really wanted a B but at this point I would be thrilled with that C.

Fishy Frenzy, Destashing, & Back to School

I ended up with a 29 gallon instead of a 20 long- same footprint but a bit taller. Lola still hates the guppies but not as aggressively now that there’s a lot more space. I did lose one (never did see the body) but the other two are doing well. I’ve also added 8 zebra danios and 6 black tetras. There’s also a black mystery snail and a gold inca snail. I’ve added more plants too which I hope take off and grow like mad. I might add a bristlenose pleco if I can find one but that should be about it.

I destashed and donated 4 bags of craft supplies, finished crafts, and books, plus the two small acrylic tanks and all their accessories. That let me free up quite a bit of space so I could clean up a bit more. I have a few boxes to break down and take out still, plus a comic book box that housed sewing patterns that I can unfold and store in the closet.

Last week on the 5th I started class. BIOSCI100. Its mostly review for me so far but its fun. Not too challenging but we’ll see how I do on the first exam. I still need to find a partner for the presentation we have to give and choose a topic. I have a few ideas but gotta find a partner first.

Project Get My Shit Together

I met with my Department of Rehab counselor today and we spent a little over an hour working up my plan to become a medical lab technician or maybe a medical laboratory scientist. I could be a legit actual scientist!

Basically, it looks like this :

  • Complete perquisites at CoC
  • Meet program requirements (things like health testing, malpractice insurance)
  • Complete degree
  • Sit for state licensing exam
  • Find employment
  • Continue to support me thru first 3 months of employment

They’ll be paying for everything, even my transportation fees, which is pretty amazing.

Tonight I applied for admission at College of the Canyons and also applied for FAFSA.

In two weeks I’ll be attending orientation for the program, and hopefully I’ll have all my questions in order by them.

One of those questions is if I take the Phlebotomy elective within the program, does this get me my phlebotomy cert, which is a requirement for admission into the program. If it doesn’t, will I be better off getting my cert thru AV Adult School instead?

There’s a lot to think about but taking everything one step at a time will ensure everything is done right.