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.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I am doing a very interesting speech right now over the legalization of same-sex marriages. I am a blatant heterosexual, and (as far as I'm aware of) have no homosexual friends. However, after reasearching the history and down-right illegality of withholding rights from same-sex couples (specifially, the right to marry and receive benefits) I have grown to support them.

This doesn't mean that I have any plans of walking hand-in-hand in a gay pride parade, but it is nice to know that I've become more tolerant and accepting than some of my peers.

Eeessh...it's that time of the year. Time to cram all the information I've been taught (or should have been) into one very stressful week whose outcome will linger over my head for the better portion of my summer.

I'm really nervous about this semester, considering my GPA could fall anywhere between a 3.0 and a 3.4. I'm starting to realize that my time at IU is going by a lot faster than I ever expected, and if I want to get the jobs I've dreamed about I need to be able to put a solid grade point average on my resume.

I have a lot riding on these next couple of days, and needless to say, I'm pretty nervous about it.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

I really enjoy weekends at home (in Zionsville, not my frat house). Weekends like this let me catch up school work, reasses myself and remind me why I'm in school. Every construction worker I pass when I'm running errands is motivation for me to stay in school, get my degree and make an ass-load of money every year. Don't get me wrong construction workers are a great assest to society, I just feel as though I am a better fit behind a desk than behind a bulldozer.

On the same note, every Corvette, Saab and Mercedes I see with a man in a nice suit gives me a goal to work towards to--which all starts with getting good grades in school.

I feel as though weekends at home are underrated by my peers. Although it isn't the party scene we've come live and love, it is a pleasant reality check, that lets me appreciate college all that much more.

I'm particularly frustrated with one specific class now (a class that I will not name). I am currently recieving a C+ in the class, and am likly to finish with a C, regardless of how well I perform on the final. This really pisses me off because I have put almost twice as much effort into this one class than I have in a few others that I am going to finish with A's.

I feel like I have learned more in the class I am getting a C in, than any other class, but my grade does not reflect this. According to the grading scale I am outputting an average performance, which I know is bullshit. I've talked to people who have different teachers, but are supposedly covering the same material and are recieving the same credits as me and they are scoring much better on their tests, despite the fact that they put in much less effort.

I just wish there was some way for teachers who are instructing the same class to come up with a core syllabus so there is less discrepancy between those who actually have a grasp on the material (such as myself) and those who can get by with just memorizing a few highlighted words in their books.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

In yesterday's post, I was commenting on how nice weather can liven up an undergrad's mood, and give them sense of freedom from their responisbilities. The next day, however, is a much different story...

It's the day after I took my "personal day", decided to skip a few classes, lay in the sun and read PlayBoy. And let me tell you, I'm starting to regret taking a day off in the middle of the week. All that work I put off yesterday has turned around to bite me in the ass today.

So instead of being somewhat responsible and splitting up my workload evenly amoung two days, I've dug myself a whole to the point where I have to sacrafice one whole day, instead of half of two. To me this is worse than splitting up the work because now I can't allow myself to have any breaks of reward myself at the end of the day with a PlayBoy and some UV rays. Instead I'll be spending the whole day at the library, inside, looking out.

God, I hope this is a likfe lesson for me.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I really enjoy days like today where it's 80 degrees and there isn't a could in the sky. It seems like the whole campus gets a boost of spirit: classes seem shorter and more intersting, people are more friendly on the sidewalks and there just seems like there's less stress, overall.

You gotta love Spring Semester at IU. With the Little 5 just around the corner it's hard to believe that days like this won't last forever.

Monday, April 10, 2006

So I spent a lot of money this past weekend. My fraternity held its annual formal in Louisville this year. Me, my girlfriend and about fifty other brothers and their dates stayed at the lovely Hyatt Hotel downtown and enjoyed a DJ, open bar (if you were of age), and dinner with one another.

And ya' know what, despite the fact that I have to greatly reasses my financial situation just because I threw caution into the wind and said "Fuck it, it's vacation"...I'm not that upset about missing several hundred bucks from my bank account. It was time well spent, with people I enjoy being around in a different setting than we're used to. And I know everyone else I've talked to has enjoyed themselves also.

So while I might be living off bread and water for the next couple of weeks, I'll still have the memories of ordering shrimp cocktails, sitting poolside with some of my favorite people.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I realized something about this blog today...most of the topics are focused around me bitching about the administration and how they run things. And then I realized something a little more important....it's my blog and I can write whatever I feel like on it. If I want to "stick it to the man," then so be it.

So here's today's bitching....

I don't understand why teachers who give out random quizes in class only allow a student to drop one score. I don't think it's fair allow only one po-quiz to be dropped because unforeseeable circumstances may arise more than once a semester. But if I am unavoidably attained two or more times, my grade is going to suffer.

Obviously students who attend class have an extreme advantage come test time over those who never show. But the test scores are the grades that should illustrate this point, not the pop-quizes that I rarely have a chance to prepare for.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Someday I'm going to pay someone one million dollars to invest into research geared towards a device that will be able to translate the differences between a woman says to a man, and what she meant by saying what she said.

I'm sure a lot of fights and breaken hears would be spared.

I think it would be beneficial for all professor's to cancel at least one class a semester. Once a semester, every instructor should structure into their schedule one day off for the students. This could be seen as a tradeoff for weekend or late night test times.

Obviously, students will be missing a class, and thus an extra opportunity to learn the material. But let's be honest...in the grand scheme of things, it's not all that important. You have to figure (espicially the class immediately following a test) that students are generally "mentally absent" anyways. And this day off could give the students a boosted sense of motivation.

Perhaps with an extra day of rest the following class's attendance will be close to 100% and participation is also likely to increase if the students do not feel a sense of being burnt out.

It's just a thought for the administration to consider...I know I feel this way, and I've talked to many other students who share my belief.