The Fall 2020 semester is nearly over. Thank Bob. I’m so done with these classes. Chem can be hit or miss. Some things I get right away and some things I feel like I’m barely hanging in there. But there’s only a few weeks left and I am pretty sure I will squeak by with a pretty solid B.
Spanish 102 is going a lot better this time than the last time I took it, but some things are still challenging. I’m pretty solid on remembering that regular verbs end with e or i in the past tense so I can kinda fudge my way through talking about the past for the most part. Fake it until you make it, right? I think I’m going to finish with a B in there as well.
I’m taking Winter 2020 off. In Spring 2021, I’m taking Microbiology, and one more Spanish class. I had hoped to squeeze in 4 Spanish classes total but there’s not going to be time for a fourth once I start the core program for my goal of MLT.
I need to send out emails to find out who I need to talk to and when I need to start getting things together to actually apply for the program before this semester ends. I won’t start the program until Fall 2021 but there’s a lot of stuff I have to get in order first and I mean a lot of stuff. Paperwork, grades, a physical, insurance policy, phlebotomy certification that I need to do in Summer 2021. I hope there’s a guide on getting all that done because I already feel overwhelmed thinking about it.
As to this post title, its not even Thanksgiving and I’m starting to see Christmas stuff creep in. Ads for artificial trees, gift guides, decoration crafts… the list goes on. I’ve purchased a gift for my mom, a gift for Perla, and I have a few items for Tracy. I still need to get for Jami and for Rafael. I have no idea what to get for him at all so it probably won’t be awesome.
The kittens are supposedly going to be picked up by the rescue tomorrow sometime, but they haven’t answered my texts asking about what time we’re handing off. And somehow, my car is supposed to get to the shop tomorrow as well, likely to have the water pump replaced. I say I’m not sure how because its losing a ton of water any time its running so its not really drivable until its repaired.
I think I’ve figured out how to get Plex working in the trailer, streaming from my server, but not sure. I need to re-up my subscription on a service before I can test out my idea. I also want to switch to a different VPN service, but I’m not sure if I can do that and still keep things working outside of the network. Research must be done.
I’m not gonna lie. I’m struggling this semester and we’ve barely started. I managed a B on my second math quiz and a B average over the homework we’ve done so far this semester, but I’m really struggling and am going to see about tutoring in The Learning Center this week. There’s no way I will do well on the first exam without a lot of help, which of course I waited too long to get.
In Spanish 102, I’m also struggling a bit, and it doesn’t help that this will be the 4th week of class, asked only the first week I’ve attended. Thankfully my instructor is really understanding but it’s frustrating to see how ill-equipped I am in this class.
A&P II I have a lab practical tomorrow, which I suspect I also will not do well on. This semester has not been off to a good start in really any way.
My car is still in the shop, after I ruptured a brake line Friday night and lost my brakes (thankfully while in a parking lot) so my mom has taken Monday off from work to drive me to class. Because we have three lab exam, I should be done by 230pm at the latest, instead of the usual 4pm. And maybe after we leave campus, we can go to lunch. This week is going to be trying.
The good thing is right now I have a decent B in both math and Spanish.
Winter session is over and I fucking killed it.
I took two classes that are normally taught over 15 weeks, crammed them into 5 weeks, and came out with an A and a B.
The thing that was going to make our break my Poli-sci grade was the video assignment we had to do. It was worth 150 points, and we had to get 15 minutes of interview time with a person or people with questions that tied into a podcast we had to watch.
I came up with 4 or 5 questions, which were heavily judged by people on Rav as being all wrong and interviewed two friends. We recorded the videos, I edited them into a longer video with my thoughts and ideas, and I had about 20 minutes total play time.
You guys, he gave me 145/150 on it! I was not expecting to do anywhere near that will and it gave me a solid B in the class!
I’m done with my Nutrition class, and even if I only get a 75 including the extra credit on the final, I’ll still get an A in the class. So that’s awesome. I’m super happy about that, and it was a great class.
I made this for my instructor as well and she loved it.
Poli-sci…. I wish I could be so confident but I’m most likely getting a C. I’ve got an 80.49% right now, the last week’s work still has to be done, and unless I do really well on both the final and the video assignment, there’s not even a chance of getting a B. But a C is passing so I mean if that’s what it comes down to, I’ll take it.
Planning on knocking out a few of the assignments tonight so I have less to do last minute.
I also went to the bookstore today and got my books for spring, which starts on Monday, my parking permit has been ordered, and my paperwork from disabled student services is ready to distribute to my instructors.
I’m tired. I walked all over campus to get things done and while yay! It’s all done, my legs are sore from all the extra hills.
All my final grades for the Fall 2019 semester have been posted and I did better than I thought I would across the board.
A&P I – C
Women in US History – A
Beginning Algebra – A
Elementary Spanish I – B
I’ve added a page to the menu where you can follow my classes and my progress towards my degree. Obviously it won’t get updated often, but you can see my grades as they are finalized.
In Winter I’m taking two of my general education requirements, and in spring I will be taking more math, A&P II, and the next Spanish class.
Not only did I pass the math over failed 5 times previously, I got a motherfucking A! I kicked math’s ass!
I need to brush up on factoring before I take Intermediate Algebra in spring, but as someone who had historically had so much anxiety around math, this is so big.
I am over the moon proud of myself!
Es el fin del semestre y no creo que aprenda mucho en la clase de Profesora. Ella no es buena y la clase es fácil y difícil. ¡No hay tarea pequeña en esta clase!
El examen final es una sorpresa. El profesora habla sobre un video chat pero no sobre un examen escrito.
Basically, the instructor dropped two bombs on us today. One is that she’d changing the whole grading weighting, and two, we have a written final that was not mentioned at all during the semester.
I took the final this evening and it marked so many questions wrong that should not have been wrong. Anything with an accent? Wrong. Because of that, I got a D instead of what could have been a B. I emailed her and I hope she reviews then and adjusts our grades.
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.