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Sweet Relief

Tonight I had lecture. The last lecture before the final for my BIOSCI100 class. I didn’t want to go but I did because even after 6 hours of working over my notes for the exam, I still had questions about a few topics and I knew we’d be reviewing for the exam too.

When we got there, he passed around a sheet to put our names and student ID numbers on. Some instructors do this on the first day of class and on days there’s an exam, but this was a normal day so it was a little weird.

We finished the end of chapter 20. He then tells us that because we showed up, we’ve been a good class and he knows it’s been hard for a lot of us, we’re getting the exam to take home and complete at our leisure, due Thursday night.

I reviewed most of the exam questions, realized I already had most of the answers in my notes, and headed home.

It took me about 90 minutes to answer all but 5 multiple choice questions and 5 or 6 short answer questions, with only a few I wasn’t 100% about the answers.

Tomorrow I’ll go thru the class notes again, find those 5 other answers, and doublecheck the rest of them. There’s no reason I can’t get an A on this exam, and maybe a B in the class.

Fucking Why?

I was reviewing financial aid on AVC’s website and it said I had an award of $644 per semester for 4 years. I was super excited and was planning to use part of it to take some Spanish classes.

But after looking into it more, there’s a host of reasons I won’t be receiving it that I can’t do anything about unless I lie my ass off about my intentions for my education.

It’s so fucking frustrating that education is so damned expensive in the United States. We can all benefit so much from it but most of us can’t get it.

Then I discovered that AVC offers payment plans for class fees… But they require a $25 fee plus interest, which brings my $250 class up to about $300 not counting books. That’s not an option either.

I checked with the adult school and they offer ESL but not Spanish courses.

The last thing I can think of is to look for private lessons, and see what’s affordable relative to a semi-regular meet-up…

And can I add onto this to make my financial situation a little uglier? My laptop died and I needed to replace it. I didn’t order what I really wanted, but I ordered what would do what I need it to at a minimum of expense.

The good thing about a new laptop, is I’ll hopefully have a good little machine that I can design all sorts of great new patterns on, and maybe I’ll go back to doing some minor graphic design.

I’ve noticed when I add a new item to my etsy shop, I usually get a few small sales over the next week. Maybe adding a new item once a week is the way to go?

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.

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.