#574 – Cruising

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Not much to report today. I had to skip my morning class due to a thunderous migraine that I was trying to survive. I’ll be heading in tomorrow to try and catch him during office hours to get caught up on what I missed. Spent the majority of the rest of the day resting while it eased off. I did make it to biology tonight, where I got my midterm score: 48/50, which gives me 127 of 130 for the course overall.

I’m really not used to doing this well in school. It’s been over 30 years, for starters, so I didn’t expect this, but on top of that I’m usually bored stupid in a classroom setting. But now, it’s a whole new ball game. I was complimented on my study habits earlier tonight, and they’re really not that good – I just retain information very, very easily.

Speaking of ball games, I have two favorite teams in major league baseball, both by benefit of living locally for years for each one. My Cubbies won it all last year, and this year my Astros took the championship. It’s been a good couple years for baseball for me. Congrats to the ‘Stros on their first World Series title.

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#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.

Crash

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Short post tonight, due to a blood sugar crash a few minutes ago. I’ve stabilized, but I’m still feeling the echo of the crash and I want to go lie down and sleep it off. (If you’ve never felt your blood sugar crash before, it is a very odd sensation, and not at all pleasant to go through.)

Today was a good day. Finished my second algebra homework assignment, took my second algebra test, shipped my mom her new phone … it was a good day. More on all that tomorrow, and possible the results of the test as well!

Right now, though … bedtime.

Stress? What Stress?

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Today was my first full day back since vacation, and it was back to the usual grind. The morning’s algebra class went well, and I got to see my friend on the way out, as usual (but not for long, her class ends in a week). I went home to knock out my dailies in Secret World Legends and got a little distracted afterwards, but then got busy on cramming for my biology quiz tonight.

My study partner for biology is amazing. She takes impeccable notes in real-time with Google Docs and even adds diagrams where necessary, and she catches some things that I miss with my chicken scratch. (I have quite neat handwriting, but if I’m in a hurry, the careful practice that I put into a calligraphic-like hand goes out the window into something barely legible even to me.) Since it’s a shared document, we were both in it at the same time and after some conversation agreed to meet before class to get some last-minute studying in. She got delayed by an accident on her way to campus and so didn’t arrive until just a few minutes before class started. We tried to study, but there wasn’t much time.

Turns out, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Our instructor postponed the quiz until Monday, and so the evening was all lecture, which I took notes on the best I could. My partner was editing the Google Doc as she went, and we traded snark back and forth as our instructor went off onto wild tangents from time to time. Somewhere in there, we agreed to head to the local Starbucks after class to catch up on our studying, and that’s what we did.

There were so many students failing anatomy and physiology I that the college instituted an entrance exam for the course. The biology class that I’m in exists solely to prepare the student to take that exam. As a result, our class objectives pretty much mirror the objectives of the exam, and so rather than study more recent material in preparation for Monday’s quiz, we started working on plugging the answers into that objective list, since at the end of the day that’s really what we need to know coming out of this class. We worked together to find answers to bullet points while my partner did most of the data entry and generally had a good time sucking down coffee and studying.

So that adds a wrinkle to my plans between now and Monday night. Tomorrow is the deadline to take my first algebra test, and so I’m going to spend the morning studying before heading to my therapist’s appointment in the afternoon, then picking up my wife from work and heading home to program my radio show. Friday will be spent working on the first algebra homework assignment which is due Monday. Saturday I have an SCA event that I’ll be at pretty much all day, although I’m going to bring my books along in case I can sneak away and get some schoolwork done. Sunday will be spent finishing up the algebra homework and studying in earnest for the biology quiz, and then Monday everything’s due, and things should be returning back to the usual levels of panic and stress in my life.

Ramping Up the Difficulty

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Here at the end of the day, I find myself questioning what I did all day. I’ve gotten most things on my checklist done, and I’ve finished a take-home quiz that’s due tomorrow morning, but that’s about all that I remember. I dislike days where things are a blur like this. It makes me feel like I’ve wasted the whole day doing nothing important.

This is going to be a hectic couple of weeks. Tomorrow I have to turn in that algebra quiz in the morning, then come home and study for a biology quiz tomorrow night. I’m spending Tuesday completing the next take-home algebra quiz and my next biology homework assignment to turn in on Wednesday during class. After class on Wednesday I come home and start packing for a 7:00 am flight to San Jose (for my first honest-to-God vacation as an adult!), and then spend the rest of the trip splitting my time between socializing with friends, doing the tourist thing, and keeping up with my schoolwork. We fly in the following Tuesday afternoon, then I’m back in class on Wednesday and then back to campus on Thursday for my first algebra test. And during all that time, I need to try and keep up with my checklists as best as I can – and remember to have fun while in California.

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.