• Education

    The Semester is Almost Over

    Today was my last regular exam in my math class. I did not take it. I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, finally dozed off after 2am. At 5am, Tejon was digging a hole into my back, and crying piteously, so I got up to let the boys outside.

    Two hours later I managed to fall back asleep only to wake up at around 830am. I gave Moppie her meds, and sat down to watch the videos on the things that would be on today’s exam… and I fell asleep somewhere in the third video.

    I woke up with 15 minutes to spare to get to my Anatomy lecture so I jumped into the car and took off. Missed my math exam, but it wob’t hurt my grade any and as long as I get a B on the final, I can still get an A in the class. Can’t beat an A!

    I’m looking forward to this semester coming to an end in a couple weeks so I can start my Winter classes which are going to be a breeze after this semester.

  • Education

    School Stuff

    Well… Grades are posted for my half term class and I got the A I figured I was going to get. Considering I had one of the highest points scored in the class and there was a curve, I would have been shocked to see anything else.

    We’re past the middle of the semester and I honestly have no idea how I’m doing in Spanish. The instructor still hasn’t graded anything except a few assignments from the beginning of September.

    Math I’m doing well in but the stuff we’ve been doing the last couple weeks has been being difficult for me. There’s an exam and I am dreading it, but some points are better than none, right?

    Anatomy. Ugh. It’s not good. I’m really, really struggling and it shows. That said, I’m really upping my study game and hoping to pull out of this slump with this next exam that’s in two weeks. We’re currently studying the muscles and nerves, and there’s just so much to know.

  • Education

    Well… That’s Done.

    Today was one of those days where I really feel like I would have been better off staying in bed. I was so tired this afternoon, and I fell asleep shortly before I needed to leave, almost making myself late.

    Then on my way to Valencia, I overshot my turn off by 6 miles and was more than halfway to Lancaster. Had to flip a bitch and head back.

    Math was confusing today. And we have a quiz on Wednesday so I need to study today’s stuff and make sure I actually know it. I might be feeling a bit of burnout.

    Last night I also didn’t quite get my Spanish homework done in time so I’m going to get a late penalty on some of that too. Ugh. But I think I’m still just maintaining an A.

    Tonight we got our current grades in Anatomy and JFC I think most of us are idiots. Of the 54 students, 23 have grades under 65% and only 13 are over 80%. I know the common thread here is the instructor, but I really think we’re just mostly dumbasses with bad study skills. Myself included.

    When I got home, Mom had dinner waiting for me, and after I ate, I decided to get my Women in US History final out of the way. I opened the test to see the drop-down for the answer choices, but none of the questions were visible. After trying the final on 3 different devices, I could finally see the questions, but I’d also wasted 15 minutes of precious time. And then halfway through the exam, twice I had to run to the bathroom because of surprise GI upset.

    But I got an 84/100 which gives me an 89% in the class, and there’s a curve, so that’s a solid A. I’m just glad I’m done with that class now.

    I’m definitely thinking I need to redo my class scheduling though to take no more then 14 units a semester but I dunno. We’ll see where my grade in Anatomy sits in a few more weeks now that I’ve just gained an extra 4 hours a week and I’m going to double down on studying.

  • Education

    Freaking Out Over Nothing

    I did this week’s quiz in my history class and was absolutely sure I had a perfect score, but after I clicked submit, it came back as 35/40. Ugh.

    Between entering my last answer and hitting submit, one answer got changed from the correct name to just three letter “k”. Grrr.

    I freaked out because it means my grade would slip down to a high B and I immediately emailed the instructor about what happened.

    Then I started reading the messages she’s sent out over the last few days and I realize she grades on a curve and I still have a solid A.

    I was panicking for no reason at all.

    I have an A on the VHL portion of Spanish but a B on the Canvas part. I’m not sure how she’s going to average them together but either way, my grade is good there.

    I have an almost perfect score in Math, and I think I have a C in Anatomy but that should come up after the next two exams.

    Right now I should be sleeping because I need to be up at 8am but I’m wide awake… Gonna be another night with not enough sleep but tomorrow is going to be fun either way!

  • Education,  en Español

    Everything Is Crazy

    I’m in the second week of the Fall semester and I feel like I’m drowning. I know in a week or two, things will feel more stable, but right now I keep thinking I bit off more than I can chew.

    My math class, which I was terrified I was going to flunk out of in the first week, is the only class I’m not worried about. My instructor is amazing and I realized all the review I did with the Khan Academy app really put me ahead. We’ve had one quiz in the class and I got a 100%. I’m extremely confident that I will be equally successful at least 3/4ths of the way through the class, and I feel like the instructor can actually walk me through anything new.

    Women in US History isn’t hard, but I did just totally fuck up an assignment. The class is 100% online, which of course has its own challenges, but after doing a factory reset on my phone, my phone was showing the wrong date, and I thought I had less then 15 minutes to get an assignment in. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever turned in, but it’s clearly not the best either. This class only rubs half the normal term so in about 6 weeks it’ll be over.

    The reason I did a factory reset on my phone is because I was trying to do my Spanish assignments and the microphone on my phone would not work at all. I confirmed it was working for phone calls, but no apps. A reset has fixed it though so I can continue with my Spanish assignments.

    I actually started out enrolled in a Spanish class that meets on Saturdays but quickly switched to three online class because the Saturday instructor was awful. Abrasive, sexist, and after talking almost entirely off topic for more than 4 of the 5 hours of class time I knew it wasn’t going to work out for me.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology I. We have a lab practical on next Wednesday and then the following Monday, an exam in the lecture hall. I’m freaking out that I’m going to bomb the crap out of them both, but hoping that I’ll do okay. The lab practical involves looking at a lot of slides and identifying the type of cells we’re looking at, where in the body they’re found, and what they do. I’m going to be spending my long weekend studying histology until I dream about it.

    Only Math and Anatomy meet on campus and it’s only on Mondays and Wednesdays but the hour long drive each way is exhausting. There’s not enough coffee in the world to make up for it.

  • Education

    And It’s Begun!

    Monday was the first day of the Fall semester.

    My history class was opened on Sunday, and I’ve already got the first assignment turned in. I’m supposed to comment on two other student’s submissions, but so far no one else has turned anything in and it’s due tomorrow. There’s points for commenting, so hopefully someone puts something up soon. I also emailed the instructor my disability accommodations but she hasn’t replied. The class is basically going to be “American feminism” so it should be kinda fun.

    Monday I went to campus early to pick up my accommodation printouts for my instructors, and ordered my parking permit. That took a little while, and then I went to my first class.

    Math is likely going to be an easy A. I was so worried about it but I think my instructor is actually a math fairy and the class is going to be great. I might bring something to crochet during the first few weeks.

    After that was Anatomy lecture, which was mostly deciding who was getting an add and who was getting dropped. One of the girls from my group in BIOSCI100 was supposed to be in the class but she got dropped.

    Lab followed that and we spent a couple hours looking at slides. It was pretty cool, and then to make it cooler, we got to meet the cadavers and dig around in one of them a bit. We have 3 cadavers!

    I have a ton of studying to do for Anatomy but none in math. And on Saturday I have the first meeting for my Spanish class. I’m pretty excited about that.

  • Education


    The Fall semester begins on Monday. I still haven’t picked up my parking permit and I think I need to pop into the disabled student services and meet with a counselor. I emailed DSS to see if I do need to come in and if they can squeeze me in before classes Monday or Wednesday.

    I’m going to be in class for 7 long hours on Monday. Wednesday will be easier at only 4 hours.

    My online class will be accessible beginning on Sunday, and we need to post an introduction to the site as a way of checking in. Hopefully the first assignment will be listed too so I can get started on it.

    Saturday I have Spanish at oh God thirty in the morning. That’s going to be tough because I’m not a morning person at all. I’m hoping that in Spring 2020 I can take the next Spanish class at CoC but I’m honestly not sure. It just depends on scheduling.

    My goals for this semester is to pass everything with all B’s or better. I don’t see History, or Spanish giving me any difficulty and I think I can get through the math with a B if I really try and use Khan Academy to back me up. The only class I’m really worried about is Human Anatomy and Physiology I and I have to get at least a C in it.