Thursday, May 04, 2006

I deffinately aced my final....

Damn it feels good. Just one more to go and then I'm responsibility free until I go home on Sunday...

Look out bars.

So I haven't slept since the last time I blogged...I've been up for almost 30 hours now. Which is nice. On the plus side though, I do feel like I'm going to ace my test in about an hour and half. I also feel like I did well on the essays assigned for this T 101 class. I haven't figured out the clue yet, but hopefully I'll have enough time to do that after my cat nap.

This might be the last time I blog before these are reviewed for grades, so I just wanted to say it was interesting doing this and although I didn't understand a lot of Thom's teaching style while I was in his class, looking back I can appreciate it a little more. It was unique and, in hindsight, I enjoyed the class. (Now hopefully my grade reflects it.)

I'm not sure if anyone besides me ever looked at this blog, but if you did I hope you enjoyed my daily bitchings. That's pretty much all my posts were, but that's ok. I saw this as a medium to vent. I'm really a pretty uppity guy, and I think you would like hanging out with me.

Well I'm starting to doze off again, so I better get another cup of coffee and keep studying for this bad boy...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I have never been more angry with a teacher's test than I was with my final exam in CLAS-C 101 today. I have been to every class and attended every discussion, which (one would think) would help one in preparing for the final....nope, not in the class.

Instead, the teacher decides to pull the most obscure questions from readings assigned at the end of the semester that she did not cover in class. Oh I did the readings, however, because the material was neither covered in class, nor posted on the outlines on the course website, I deemed them as background material. My teacher thought differently though, and opted to inculde multiple questions, asking for specific details that did not pop up at any time in class.

Now I'm all for teacher's throwing curve balls and keeping the students on their toes, however, when I hear multiple students say aloud during the exam "What the fuck?", it might be time for the teacher to reevaluate her test-writing style. After all, she had not graded anything in the course, my grade (which was an A) was the result of the TA's grading--so I was accustomed to different sorts of questions being asked.

I am infact so angry about this that I plan on writing a letter to the department voicing my opinion and asking for either [a] them to ask the instructor to alter her teaching style (the lectures were terribly unorganized) or [b] not emlpoy her next semester.

Needless to say, I am fuming at the idea of loosing an A because I bombed a poorly written test in a poorly written class.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Today's rant is focused on....Book "Buy" Backs:

Now I understand the fact that class books become dated and the material needs to be replaced with a more modern edition. HOWEVER...come on now, people cut me a deal. The IU Bookstores must be making a steal from all the money they get back on books, and how little they give students at the end of each semester.

For some reason I have a problem with spending $80 on a book and not getting anything back, because it's been used for a year. Hopefully, I'll be able to make some money from selling it over E-Bay, because I sure as hell w0n't get any money back from this campus.

Oh well, that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

It's about that time of the year again....the time were everyone realizes a full year is coming to a close, and a time to reflect on how different things have become since this time last year. I am not an exception.

A lot has changed for me...I felt like I matured a lot this year. I took on more responsibilities than at any other time of my life, and I felt like I met everyone's expectations. I was in charge of "parenting" a pledge class of 27, educating another class of 14, and maintaing a solid GPA all while balancing out social activities and leisure time.

My time management skills have gone through the roof, and I feel like now, more than any other time in my life, I can complete an array of tasks without having an anxiety attack.

Sp while it's sad to think that I won't be living with the same people next year or sitting next to the same people in my classes, it's pretty satisfying to be able to take something away from a year and feeling that I've improved myself and made an impact on my peers.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

It's kind of odd how bland and boring the Microsoft Windows program, Excel, looks when you just open open the application. However once you have taken two classes that entirely devote themselves to teaching you how powerful Excel is and all its capabilities (as I have), you really gain a new appreciation for it.

It can do so much more than help users create "pretty" tables and easy to read graphs. Once you get down to the nitty-gritty, users will be able to run 1000's of simulations that help predict and dictate future business decisions.

I'm currently studying for my BUS-X 201 practical tommorow, which is why I bring up this ever-so fascinating topic. I wonder how many other programs out there are much more powerful than their initial apperance...and damnit, why don't I know about it, yet?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I would say this semester has deffinately been a turn-around for me. Not so much in terms of my GPA, because I've always had a strong cumalitive grade point average, but in the way I approach my classes.

It's been said that all 80% of students care about is earning points, or getting a good grade; while only 20% put what they've learned as the course's priority. However, only 20% of teachers care about the actual grade given (leaving that 20% to want the students to learn the material).

I'm not sure what exactly it was that did it to me, because I can't pinpoint the exact time. But I'm glad to say that I know officially consider myself to be in that minority of the student body.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I don't understand what's with everybody who gets all these drinking tickets during Little 5. I understand the occasional slip up, like a sober ride going over the speed limit and a cop breathalizing everyone in the car, but even then...COME ON! It's Little 500, you know that the police are out in full force, so why not just play it safe.

God knows I'm not talking about not drinking (because that would be ludacris), but at least stay the night at whoever's friend's house you're at. I would much rather the luxury of sleeping in my own and spending the night curled up on a buddy's kitchen floor then go out on the streets with a "sober" driver, knowing full and well that I could be throwing 400 bucks and a whole day of picking up trash away for it.

It's just not worth it...everybody knows the rules, if you play by them you'll be safe. I'm just sick of hearing everyone's pitty stories already...WISE UP.

I'm sitting here in the library now (for the 9th hour of the day) and I'm feeling like I actually accomplished a lot of work today. It's a pretty good feeling and even though I haven't seen the sun for almost a full day, I know once I get my transcripts it'll be worth all the hard work I've put into my grades.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I feel confident about my GPA this semester, I'm just hoping that I don't end botching all my finals and having to work another job of construction...eeesh.