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This week has been nothing short of shitty. First off, I end up getting a cold again (I usually only get sick once a year, but this year, thanks to my brother, I got sick in September during midterms and now I’ve caught something again). It was a sore throat that was incredibly irritating for a couple days, then a couple days of the normal cold symptoms. Luckily it was very mild so I’m nearly over it. Then Tuesday morning I think I performed a winning act for klutz of the year. Izumi was up to something (she had been bad all morning, getting into things, knocking stuff over, etc.) and so I got up to see what she was doing. I ended up jamming my toe into the wall. This isn’t really all too strange for me. About a month ago I ended running straight into a wall in the apartment (I don’t remember if I wrote about that or not), and banging feet on walls/doors/furniture is nothing strange for me. However, this hurt much more than usual. I was limping around the apartment until I had to go to lab, which luckily was the only class I had that day. That was painful, because I had to wear close toe shoes. When I got back and took my shoes off I noticed that the painful little toe now resembled a large, swollen, purple something. It was badly bruised, twice the size of my other little toe, and still incredibly painful. I had to wrap it for a few days, but it’s now returned to normal size, and is back to normal color with the exception of some bruising still on the inside (which means I hit the inside of my little toe on the wall, which really makes no sense). But it continues!
But yes, I shall get onto the suckiness of school. My classics class isn’t too bad. I’ve learned a lot of the stuff last semester, but it’s a gen ed so it’s really just something I’m taking to get an easy A since I have to take it. Physics is…physics. I’m taking it at community college, and that, by the way, messed my semester up even more. I’m a full time student, but only a part time student at the university. So I had to fill out a consortium agreement for that, saying that I was splitting my credit hours with a visiting institution and was still a full time student so I could get my aid. Well, that aid still hasn’t come. I turned it in nearly a month ago and they still haven’t finished processing it. I don’t know how hard it is to process it! The community college’s financial aid office had to fill part of it out, so clearly they recognize that I’m taking classes there (oh, and I won’t even get into how stupid and difficult it was to get them to recognize me as a resident and get residential tuition, it’s not like having a license from the state and living here my entire life means anything), yet the university is taking forever to take care of shit. But yes, physics. The professor is apparently great at teaching it, but we’re going so slow right now. We haven’t even gotten into physics, it’s just been math stuff that I somehow still remember from high school. And the labs…how stupid the labs are! I thought an hour for lab was short, and I was right. It turns out that hour on lab is actually just sitting in a classroom some old guy with a heavy accent coming in and telling us what the lab is going to be about. Then it’s up to you to go to the lab in your own time and do it. It would make more sense to just schedule the lab, and if you get done early then you can leave. That’s how it is at the university. That’s how it was when I took physics in the summer. I have yet to do the lab, and the report is due Wednesday. I’ll probably just stay after class on Monday and do it so I don’t have to take the bus all the way out there.
Then there’s micro genetics. The prof says a book isn’t required, but I’m going to probably get the older edition of the one he recommends, because it’s cheaper than the current edition and I’m having the hardest damn time getting anything in that class. The lab feels worse. I don’t like the TA. My TA last semester for micro techniques was amazing. She always had a power point ready to explain the concept of the experiment and had the procedure drawn out in an understandable way on the board. If you needed help she was more than willing to help. This TA just says what’s going to be done in the lab briefly then let’s you look at the lab manual and do it. Not overly helpful, and she doesn’t seem like she likes to answer questions too much. The lab in general sucks though. I don’t like my partner too much either, but nothing can be done about that. The lab this last week, the TA said it would take twenty five minutes tops, it ended up taking an hour and a half. I had nothing to do for that entire time so I just sat there, listening to music. Meanwhile, everyone else in my group was talking about med school, because apparently that’s what they all want to do. I’m like the only person in that class who doesn’t have anything to talk to. That’s unfortunate, because at the end of the semester I’m going to need a partner for a project. This little group kind of feels like my group from my first chem lab. I was just kind of there, I didn’t really do anything. I do stuff in the lab, but I don’t really talk to anyone while doing it. Last semester I did all the time, it was an awesome group. I’ve kind of just given up on trying to be friendly with people. I didn’t have any friends going into college because they all went elsewhere. I attempted in all of my classes freshman year to strike up conversations with people and make some friends. I did the same thing sophomore year, yet it never worked. So I just gave up on that. However, this whole thing has made me think even more about grad school, and how if I manage to get in I think it would be best to try to go somewhere else. I think I’m just in need of a change of scenery. If I decide to go for straight out micro, then ideally I’d want to go to Cal Berkeley because they have one of the top programs in the country. I doubt I could get into there though, my GPA probably wouldn’t cut it despite the fact it’s been improving. If I don’t go there then I’ll probably have to go to a northeast school, which wouldn’t be my choice. Cold weather, incredibly far away from my family and no good Mexican food (yes that last one is one of my concerns, you’d understand if you lived in Arizona all your life). By the way, if you’re ever in Arizona, specifically the greater Tucson area, you need to try a Sonoran hot dog, it will change your life. I’d recommend going to BK (not burger king), but just get one.
I can’t even think if that’s everything or not. I got a call from my mom when I was writing this so I got distracted. I just need to keep going I guess. One more week and I get to go home for the Chocolate Affaire, and then at the end of Feb I get to go home for Matsuri, and then possible the Ren Fest in the beginning of March, but for sure to see Wicked over spring break since it’s going to be here. I’m excited for that, I wanted to see it when it was in Tucson but didn’t have the money. It’s funny how much I’m going home this semester, last semester I didn’t go home for months, not even for Thanksgiving (which led to me missing Glendale Glitters, much disappointment). I’m still looking for a job, because I need money for stuff, but also because I want to save some money up for I can go to SDCC. I wanted to go last year but never managed to get a job despite applying for dozens. I won’t get into my job woes, it depresses me thinking about it.
Oh and I forgot to mention! Basketball! It goes on. Wildcats aren’t doing to great, but I think we’re making a comeback. Making it to the big dance in March seemed as if it was dwindling away, but it’s coming back because the Cats are coming back. I can’t help but think it’s because of Parrom. I was so happy when he got back onto that court, although he hasn’t been playing that great. But since that loss that should never have been to an inferior Oregon it seems as if he’s back to his old self, playing like a boss from the Bronx. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just check for Kevin Parrom in the news, it’s from the fall but yeah. Turner has really improved with handling the ball, he’s turning into a real Arizona PG (although he needs to watch how he conducts himself on the court). Lavender continues to make the 3 pt line his bitch, along with Fogg. Hill and Perry are getting aggressive rebounding on both sides, plus Perry is playing the big man position well, despite really only being a PF. Chol is slowly getting better, although next year he’ll probably be able to be an actual PF since we’re getting a new center in and a 6’10 PF. That’s Arizona’s weak point now if I had to choose one, the team’s lack of a big man.Tags: basketball, fun, School
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|Megan on April 19, 2012|
Hey, cold weather is a good thing! it actually doesn’t get all that cold in the northeast anymore, thanks to global warming (now the north still does). I can’t handle any temperatures over 65, so I’m thinking about moving to antarctica. Hey, penguins are cute, and I’m sure they make better neighbors than people do. Too many repugs in Alaska. There’s a lot more Mexicans moving to other parts of the country, so it isn’t hard to find real Mexican food outside the west/midwest now. Of course it’s not as prevalent as it is out there, but it’s not like we’ve only got Taco Bell here.
I got a bad cold a month or so after you, and zinc lozenges are incredible. As long as you get some flavored kind, like lemon, because zinc is pretty bad tasting. Mine were just like hard candy, and they made everything so much better.
All I know about basketball is the ball, the court, and the Kardashians, so I’m leaving all those posts alone.