• 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

    Keep On Swimming

    Wednesday I went to class, and my math instructor announced the quiz would be “open friend” and that “a lot of you need help so ask for it!”

    I was the first person to finish and immediately had other students lining up to ask me questions. I got a perfect score on the quiz, so I know at least a couple other people did equally well.

    After that was anatomy lecture, and at the end of class I asked about making up the exam. He said I could come to the lab and take it then. Obviously I said okay and headed to the lab.

    He put me in a storage room and have me the exam. I think I did okay on it but I don’t know how well. But some points are always better than no points!

    When I got home I had a history assignment due that night so I got on it and got it done. I’m not completely happy with what I turned in, but I suspect it will be okay.

    Thursday I didn’t do much of anything. Today I panicked, realizing it was Friday already, and slogged through about half of my Spanish work for the week. I’ll be finishing it tomorrow one way or another.

    Right now my laptop is downloading a huge 12 gigabyte update and I’m watching music videos. I would be studying the human skeleton but I’m too tired to actually absorb anything right now.

  • Education

    Almost Through It

    I’m one week away from being done with my first class towards meeting the perquisites for the MLT program. BIOSCI100, which when I signed up, I thought was going to be stupidly easy, has not been. It’s been challenging and I’ve worked hard for every point I’ve accumulated.

    We’ve had two exams in the lecture portion, both of which I failed, but I got an A on the first exam in the lab and I’m pretty confident I got a B on the lab final that we took today.

    I’m assuming our lab workbook will score highly, based on what I saw of my group’s work in the portion that I put together.

    Last Sunday my mom and I went to the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar so I could do the extra credit assignment. Unfortunately it was raining and most of the animals were hiding in their shelters. I do think I did a good job of the write-up though and I asked questions if the people working there to get more information.

    The birds really seemed to enjoy the rain but the mammals were all tucked away, cozy and warm.

    Next Thursday we have the lecture final and if my predictions about the scores on the things we turned in today are right, I need a 65% on it to maintain my C.

    This weekend I’ll be going over the topics on the final and working on my notes. He allows a page, front and back, to use on the exam, and I need to make it count.

    I would love to get a B in the class but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect that.

  • Education,  General

    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.