#572 – Shifting Gears

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A few days ago, I was spending about a week concentrating on nothing but algebra, trying to get ready for a test and to finish a homework assignment. Last night, things shifted towards preparation for my biology midterm this evening. I was prepared to have to cram for this midterm – I’d been studying along, but a lot of the details weren’t fresh on my mind, and so I wanted to try and rectify that before the exam.

And then today happened.

I started this morning out early. On school days, I drive my wife to work and then usually head back home for about 40-45 minutes before driving part of the way back to my wife’s office to go to algebra class. Today, however, I needed to get to school and talk with Student Accessibility Services regarding spring registration with accommodating instructors. This morning was a walk-in day for SAS, and I knew I needed to be there early to have the best shot of being seen in the hour I would have between the time they opened and my algebra class. So rather than head home, I just stopped off at school, waited until 7:30 for the doors to open, then headed in to stake out my spot in line.

I shouldn’t have worried, however. I was the only one there for some time. The problem with my plan started when 8:00 came and went, and no one was opening the SAS office. Around 8:20 or so a guy came by, asked if we (there were more of us now) were waiting for SAS, and then informed us that SAS staff has been delayed and they weren’t going to open until around 9:00 -= which is what time my algebra class started. I gave up at that point and went to class.

Class went well – I received my second test score back (got a 95!). Afterwards, I was walking to the car when I decided to take a chance on seeing SAS today rather than calling for an appointment later in the week, so I swung by and found that no one was waiting – I could be seen immediately. I wasn’t there too long, but I registered for three classes next semester.

But it’s the fourth class I needed to enroll in that threw a monkey wrench into things. The college won’t let anyone register for anatomy & physiology without first having successfully passed the AP entrance exam, which is what my biology class this semester is supposed to be preparing me to take. I thought about it and decided to throw caution to the wind and went next door to assessment to see if they gave that exam at that campus or if I needed to go to the campus my biology class meets at. They said they’d do it and in fact started the process of me taking it right then and there before I told them I’d need a day or two to prepare. Armed with that info, I went home and started studying for the midterm.

I admit I didn’t get in as much studying as I would have liked to have done, but before long it was time to head to class and face the music.

There were some questions on the exam that were trickily written, but I think I caught most of them, and did at least passably well. We’ll find out late this week or early next week how we did.

So that leaves me with tomorrow to study for my entrance exam, which is made up in part of stuff that we haven’t covered in class yet. I’m going to have to do my best to trust in the stuff that I already know, and bone up on the stuff I’m missing tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s going to be long, but productive. Looking forward to getting that entrance exam behind me.

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#571 – Avoiding Repetition Is Hard

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This will be my 571st post in this blog. To the best of my knowledge and perfunctory research I’ve done, I’ve never repeated a title. This is getting harder and harder as time goes on, and I find myself searching past posts to see if I’ve used it before.

The searching is somewhat time consuming, although in truth it’s only a couple minutes of my time, but it does keep me from writing, which is what I want to do with this blog. So starting today, I’m going to preface my titles with the post number, to make sure that each post is uniquely titled.

Now on to the post for the day, which will be short.


Today was basically spent goofing off. I did do a couple hours of studying later in the evening along with my biology study partner in preparation for midterms tomorrow, but I needed today to recharge before buckling down to finish studying tomorrow between classes.

Tomorrow morning I will drop my wife off at work then head straight to campus to meet with Student Accessibility Services in order to register for spring classes. While I can do this process on my own, this semester has taught me that getting accommodating instructors helps a great deal. (I’ve got one this semester that’s quite accommodating and one that’s not really accommodating at all.) Going in to meet with them ensures that I get instructors that will work with me and my specific accommodations. After that meeting I’ll head straight to algebra class, and then home to study for biology midterms. While I’m not really nervous about this exam, I do have to admit that I’m not quite as prepared as I want to be, and I want the information to be fresh in mind come exam time.

I’ll let you know how I think I did tomorrow.