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Not Dead

Bad habits all around me...

Bad habits all around me…

No, I’m not dead. It’s been a few weeks since I last posted on here… school, work, and sleep–that’s about all I have time for. However, I need to make time for these posts. I don’t keep a journal anymore (no time), so this blog will have to serve as my public journal. Furthermore, these posts always seem so therapeutic. For me, that is, I don’t know if you feel the same way about them.

I’m currently in the fourth week of my second semester (counting the jam-packed summer semester). Today I completed the first of my monthly trigonometry tests–aced it. On Friday, I have a pre-calc exam, and on Sunday I have an anthropology paper due. Busy, busy, busy, and here I sit writing and taking periodic swigs of cold Budlight (the first one in months, I swear).

I dropped my creative writing course, by the way. Now I’m down to four courses: anthropology, chemistry, pre-calculus, and trigonometry. I dropped it because 1) I was only taking it because I thought it would be an interesting expansion of my studies, 2) I’m already set to go over 65 credit hours by the time I complete my Associate’s degree, and 3) dropping the course opened up a little more time to work and support myself financially.

My goal has always been to be at least a week ahead on my assignments, which would be possible given that I’m only taking online and blended courses this semester. However, I’m not even close to achieving that. My assignments seem to be getting done just in time. Yesterday, for example, I submitted my anthropology assignment with 30 minutes to spare. It’s not that the studies are difficult or the assignments overwhelming in quantity. I’ve simply been working too much the last several weeks.

I really love the studying. I have no social life, and sometimes I yearn for it, but always the urge to study suppresses it. This evening I learned about ionic bonds for the first time. I had always assumed that all chemical compounds come in discrete bite-sized molecules. Now I know that a lot of them form non-discrete 3-dimensional lattice formations via ionic bonds. Amazing isn’t it? I enjoy studying so much that after college, and after grad school, I may well go into research. Theoretical physics… now wouldn’t that be fun?

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Looking Forward to Fall 2013

Notepad and Pen

Here’s a picture of a notepad and pen. Just because…

For the fall semester, I enrolled in five courses, and I’m excited about all of them. I’m going to note some of my feelings/ideas about the coming semester, and after it’s all over, I’ll see if it went as well as I think it will.

I will be taking all of my upcoming courses online, except for one: chemistry will be a blended course–lectures online, but lab in the physical world. By taking them online, I can work on raising funds to support my addiction to education.

Introduction to Anthropology

I picked this course primarily because it seemed to be the most interesting course that satisfies segments of both the Gordon Rule and International/Intercultural requirements. I know there will be at least four essays, but they don’t scare me–they’re only required to be two pages long. As long as I find the subject interesting, I don’t mind writing the essays. I think I will enjoy learning a little more about the history of that species of rascals that currently infests Earth.

Introductory Chemistry

I’m really looking forward to this course. I’ve always been interested in learning about the fundamental building blocks of nature, and while the elements of chemistry might not be the quarks of quantum mechanics, I think I will learn a lot and enjoy doing it. I didn’t study chemistry in high school, and I’ve never “played” in a laboratory, so I’m really looking forward to that aspect of it. If I can learn the skills to become the next Breaking Bad methmaker, that’d be a bonus. I kid.

Trigonometry

I’ve studied trigonometry before, so I don’t think this course will be very difficult for me. It will mostly be review, but I have to take the course before I can enroll for the calculus series.

Pre-calculus Algebra

Same as above. About half of this course will be spent reviewing what I just got done reviewing in College Algebra. I’ll slog through it looking forward to the day when I can finally enroll in that first calculus course.

Creative Writing

I’m still vacillating a little about this course. If I don’t like the syllabus when I look at it, I might drop the course. I hate poetry, but I enjoy writing. I have a moderate interest in writing science fiction, and I’m hoping this course can help me. If you have any advice for me, please leave a comment!

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