I am on Spring Break. I needed this break. I have one week off. I am not working. I do not have any homework. This is nice. Let me tell you about my life in the past couple of weeks. I started off my last blog by saying that college sucks. Guess what? My feelings are the same. My classes are all still very stupid, my professors are really just annoying, and if it were not for my involvement I would not be in college right now. I have never hated classes so much. It is not just about working hard. I have no problem doing that. I just do not like wasting time, and frankly my classes waste my time and just do not challenge me. Let's review my classes.
SPN335 - Advanced Conversation and Composition
I currently have a 0% in this class, and I will be dropping the Monday I come back to college. Basically, I received no credit for any of the first three essays that I wrote because the professor grades on our writing process and not on our final paper. I think this is stupid. I know how to write an essay. I do not need to be graded on how I put the paper together. Our grade is divided like this: 35% notes from articles we read, 25% notes from the movie we are watching, 15% from our bibliography, 10% from our theme and thesis,10% rough draft, and the final copy is 5%. We start preparing our paper barely after beginning the movie. After maybe 15 minutes of watching the movie, I need to come to class with an academic article relating to the movie and I need my theme on what I am writing the paper. Are you serious? I need to watch this movie first and let it digest. Then, I can begin to research some themes. How am I supposed to get an idea for the movie after only 15 minutes? Everything is so fast, and I know it's college. It's also way too early in the morning. Also, everything is in Spanish, and movie Spanish sucks. My advisor told me it took her years to be able to understand a English movie without subtitles. How the hell am I supposed to do that in one semester? The professor does not even give us Spanish subtitles.
I should not be in this class as a freshman. It kicked my ass. And that's okay. Now I know (1) receive transfer credit when I study abroad in Spain, or (2) take this class after studying abroad or when it is offered at any other hour besides before 8:00AM. Dropping this class makes me a part-time student, which is not good. So I need to add at least 3 credits to replace this class. My advisor approved independent study for me for the rest of the semester. And it sucks because she is making me study literature. I hate Spanish literature. Some of it is cool, but I hate it. I want to work on speaking, and she is not letting me. Why does everything have to be about literature? I should have went linguistically with Spanish. I care more about syntax and communication in Spanish. I do not care about old literature. Especially when I cannot understand it. This makes me hate the Spanish major. There is no advanced class to work on conversation. Spanish 335 should be doing that, but it does not. French 335 focuses on speaking and oral fluency. Same with German 335. NOT MOVIE RESEARCH! I'm just mad. I can't believe I failed a Spanish class. Thankfully I am dropping within the drop time.
MTH243 - Calculus III
This is getting better. I am not worried. Dropping Spanish 335 gives me a lot more time to focus on this class, as previously, I was devoting everything to 335 and not sleeping, therefore skipping this class.
SPN221 - Spanish Conversation
Same comments from last blog: "This class only meets twice a week. It's boring, and too easy. The students in the class can't put any sentence together. Only like 4 of us can actually converse without having to toss some English in each sentence. I don't understand why I am in this class. Well, I do. It's part of my major. I just wish it wasn't so awful."
LAS200 - Enduring Questions for An Intercultural World
I have a B+! Hooray! Same comments otherwise: "This is a core class that everyone has to take. It's all philosophical about what it means to be human. I haven't done a single reading for this class. I don't even think I have a grade. Not sure entirely what is going on, but the class only has eleven of us, and it's in a lounge. Warm, comfortable, easy for now."
In other news:
I dropped Spanish Club. It became too academic and no longer fun.
VP Operations for IFC has been amazing and rewarding. I prepared my first budget. Scary.
I was accepted to be a Resident Assistant. I accepted the job for next year.
I did not get Summer Orientation Leader. I got Welcome Weekend Orientation Leader, but that's not worth it.
I do not think I will continue with Education for high school. I am looking toward higher education.
I guess I will continue with Spanish and Math because it's decent and fun.
I feel really bad dropping the Spanish major. I just want it to stop being awful. I just no longer enough it, and I am already in the 300 level classes.
I'm just kind of miserable. This blog makes me happy. I love reading every comment you guys post.
I miss Runescape sometimes. But I know I should not and could not devote time to it right now.
I love being in a fraternity. My brothers are amazing, and I always have so much fun with them, and they support me.
Beginning college classes at 7:45am is stupid. Screw all the deans and professors who think that.
College sucks. By all means, I love it, but there is a lot of fiddlesticks. My classes are stupid, and my extracurricular activities are kind of time consuming. I do love being involved though. I feel the need to blog right now. I'm going to talk about my classes.
SPN335 - Advanced Conversation and Composition
First off, the moron who thought making classes start earlier than 8:00AM is going to die before this semester is over. I am very unable to wake up this early for one class. I am pretty sure I only arrived on time the first day of class. I show up to class late every day. I do not care. Part of it is because I work in the foreign language department, so I know the teacher well. She really is phenomenal, but I am not in the mood to speak Spanish this early in the morning. I can barely get dressed. How do you expect me to speak? The class is stupid too. Basically we watch movies in Spanish and then analyze it. It sounds easy, but it is truly awful. I just got done with a literature class last semester, where we read plays and short stories and analyzed them. That was much easier looking back, because I could go back and re-read stuff and look for symbols, where with movies, I have one shot. So I decided to buy all the movies in English, because listening to them in Spanish is just awful. Our first essay had to be three pages. I turned in one badly written page. I can write great in Spanish, but not about a movie whose plotline is confusing as hell in Spanish. I'm also the only freshman in this class. I placed pretty high. I kind of regret it, but I guess I do get to feel decently badass.
MTH243 - Calculus III
Calculus and I have always been great friends. I scored a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam, 94 A for Calculus II last semester, but Calculus III is stupid and awful. We're doing vectors and all this three-dimensional crap. I'm very aware the class is all in 3D, but it's just silly. We're not even doing derivatives or integrals right now. Let's go lady. Stop boring me. Not a huge fan of this class. I've skipped it four times already in the past first four weeks.
SPN221 - Spanish Conversation
This class only meets twice a week. It's boring, and too easy. The students in the class can't put any sentence together. Only like 4 of us can actually converse without having to toss some English in each sentence. I don't understand why I am in this class. Well, I do. It's part of my major. I just wish it wasn't so awful.
LAS200 - Enduring Questions for An Intercultural World
This is a core class that everyone has to take. It's all philosophical about what it means to be human. I haven't done a single reading for this class. I don't even think I have a grade. Not sure entirely what is going on, but the class only has eleven of us, and it's in a lounge. Warm, comfortable, easy for now.
So yeah. My classes are boring me and teaching me how to cheat. I have skipped SPN335 twice, SPN221 once, MTH243 four times, and LAS200 once. So in only four weeks, I have skipped 8 classes. Last semester, I skipped my classes 27 times. That's the total amount of times. I did not skip one class 27 times. College bores me.
As for extracurricular activities, I do love them. I am a Vice President for the Interfraternity Council. I handle Operations and be a secretary and treasurer. I am on the Executive Board for Spanish Club. Truly not sure what that involves yet. I am in my own individual fraternity. I am now the technology chair. I edit our web page. I have no web page editing skills, so this will be an adventure. I applied to be a Summer Orientation leader. I got an interview. It's Monday. I applied to be a Resident Assistant. The interview was Saturday. I think it went well.
I am a Spanish and Math major with an Education minor to teach at the high school level. I seriously do not think I want to teach high school anymore. I'm all conflicted. The education department here makes me go through all this stupid crap. Just teach me how to teach.
I haven't blogged since the end of August. Wow. There's so much that has happened in my first semester of college. On this Christmas Eve, I feel like blogging some thoughts. No one in the family is really doing anything right now.
It's also crazy to think I've been on this forum since seventh grade. Wow.
I took six classes this semester for a total of 17 credit hours. For those who don't understand credit hours, it's the amount of time you meet for class. My English class is 3 credit hours, meaning we meet for a total of 3 hours (in most colleges, 50 minutes per hour) per week. My English class met Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:05-9:55, where as some classes meet twice a week or all three hours in one day. Anyway, my final GPA for the first semester is a 3.804/4.000. I'm happy with that. My classes were awful, but I learned a lot. Calculus II and Intro to Hispanic Literature were the hardest. I'm also done with English for life. Of course, I'll continue to write papers, but no more English classes.
Socially, I am doing great. I live in the newest dorm on campus in a suite. I have one roommate, but we share a bathroom that connects to a double next to us, so four of us share a bathroom with our own respective space. It's nice. I don't think I'll be living there next year, although it's possible. I am going to apply to be a Residential Assistant and an Orientation Leader next semester. If I get both positions, I can't accept them both. Training days conflict. RA would be great. I would save $4,000 and even get a stipend, but there's a lot of responsibilities all the time. On the other hand, orientation leader is a new summer job, and it's tons of fun, and hard work. The work means a lot more to scared incoming freshman, too. I used to do it in high school, and I would love to do it in college. It's very competitive, so I need to rock my resume and application. I also need to decide if I want a roommate next year. I did not like having a roommate this year. He's great, but I like my own space. Being an RA solves all of that as you get your own room, too. I need to figure that out.
Besides dorm life and new applications coming up, I also joined a fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon. It's been a fantastic experience. I love Greek Life so much. Yeah, there are parties, but it's a lot more than that. I was really scared about excessive drinking and being forced into things, but that hasn't happened, and I know it won't. Everyone in college drinks. I honestly think the athletic teams party more than the fraternities here. It's the amount that matters most. I've consumed a little bit, and I clearly can function and rock my GPA. It's different when you're actually around it. You just see what happens when people know their limits and what happens when people don't want to remember what's currently going on. But overall, I've made legit friends who I really care about, and there is a love of brotherly love. I can't wait for the rest of the year to spend time with them.
I am also now the Secretary and Treasurer for the Interfraternity Council. It's pretty awesome, especially as a freshman. I get to work with all the chapters of Greek Life, and that makes me happy. I love my fraternity, but I want to make good relationships with other men of the other fraternities. It's important. I've joined the Spanish Club here, and it's pretty sweet. Not that active, but it keeps going. I also work as a student assistant and secretary for the foreign language department. I make copies and handle office chaos. It keeps be busy and I make money. Next semester, I get to be a course assistant for Spanish 202. It's the equivalent of Spanish 4 in high school.
So many great things have happened. I love college. If anyone reads this and currently hates high school, it gets way better. I say the same to anyone who currently loves high school. Pick the right college for you, get involved right away, and don't let anyone hold you back. Make a mark on whatever college you attend. Change it up. Be a force to reckon with. It makes life so much more fun.
Currently, in Ohio, there is a proposed Senate Bill that would affect unions in the sense of teachers, firefighters, and policemen. I honestly don't know the exact details about this bill. Since I am going into the teaching field, I know some of the basics as to how this bill will affect the teaching field. The bill is known as Senate Bill #5. One of the big issues with this bill is that it will affect teacher's way in such a way where a student's performance determines how a teacher will be paid. Overall though, a teacher's pay is expected to suffer even more with the passage of this bill. There is tons of discussion and conflict going around about this. I haven't read the entire thing, but I know many people have brought up their thoughts about the teaching career. Many believe that teachers don't have real jobs, they only do half the work, they deserve half the pay, and if they want to complain, they should just get a second job.
These words upset me beyond belief. The amount of ignorance is unbelievable. I have observed the teaching field much more than the average student. The amount of work done by a teacher is remarkable. I'm speaking for what I see in my home town at my old high school. First, based on hours, teachers work their weekly eight hours. Teachers are expected to be in their classroom - or in general at the high school - by 7:00AM. The school day begins at 7:25AM. Teachers are scheduled to depart at 3:00PM. The school day ends at 2:15PM. 7:00AM to 3:00PM is eight hours. Their lunch break is maybe 22 minutes, and all teachers are given an hour planning period. Teachers don't sit in their classrooms for the hour with fuzzy slippers and their feet on the desk watching the TV. They are working on material for the upcoming days and classes later in the day. Sure, maybe some days they sit at their computer and browse the internet, but who doesn't do that at work on an lazy day? It happens to everyone. Teaching, in the sense of scheduled hours, surely isn't any less of a job.
The timecard only tells part of the story. Teachers do plenty of work outside of the classroom. The biggest activity is grading. I have graded papers for teachers. It has fun moments and horrible moments. It's enjoyable when no red slashes have to be given, but sometimes a red slash through a butchered response provides a good laugh. Yet, after a few graded papers, the pile seems never-ending. The letter grades continue to vary. It's important to always mark the incorrect answer on every paper. Sometimes an incorrect response is left untouched. Once all the papers are graded, a grade book cries for updating. This can either be done once or twice. Some teachers enjoy having a written grade book and a electric one, while some rely on technology solely. All of this thrilling entertainment isn't done in the classroom. It's done at home. The hours at home aren't rewarded. They are expected, and the pay and time card do not reflect the work done.
Grading is more than quantative stress. The assignments vary on expectations and content. An English paper from a remedial class has different standards than that of an advanced placement class. What about a teacher who teaches three subjects in one day? Not only does the grading complicate, but the planning extends. Weekly plans for one class is enough work as it is, but three classes just builds up pressure. While many teachers do not follow precisely the directions from college about lesson planning, plans are indeed made. Preparing three different subjects with assignments, notes, and instructions is an adventure.
The adrenaline for such adventure is fueled with love and care. Teachers do a lot of work behind the scenes. Their fifty minutes in front of any student have to be captivating and meaningful, even during a test. It's upsetting when this isn't understood by people. I know I didn't like getting homework and reading assignments. Behind all the work, there's a meaning. Teachers want us to learn, grow, and succeed. I look back at all of the assignments I have received. I may not remember the criteria, but I remember the lessons learn. Teachers have a gift to do what they do. They are hard-working people of society. It's a real job with real hours. Ignorance unfortunately shadows all of this. I hope I can one day turn on a light to help vanquish the shadow.
This girl needs to realize college expenses will be adding up quickly, and spending money on a hair stylist in college is just dumb. You are not going to prom. Go to class and learn. No one cares what you look like.
They dropped the charges because it went media, not because it was an accident and shouldn't have been sent. Lies. Another story where my reaction is basically "calm the f down"
I worked my butt off in high school honors classes and advanced placement classes, and I still couldn't maintain straight A's. There was always one or two B's. These classes were hard and challenging. I'm proud of the hard work that I did accomplish. I was awarded Summa Cum Laude at graduation, which is for 3.75+ cumulative GPA. It infuriates me for this girl to be denied a recognition that many schools, including mine, have stopped acknowledging. We recognize the top 10, in alphabetical order. Valedictorian is something to be proud of. I can't believe this school district, especially at the co-valedictorian part. That Norway killer should be sent to this district and let loose where the administration works. A better administration is needed.
I am having another one 2011 on Thursday, but I wanted to post the 2010 one. The time limit is three hours.
What do you guys think? If you want to see the 2011 one, message me.
The prize was $50.00 for 2010. The prize for 2011 is $100.00. Money goes to team.
Each item in the category is worth the amount of blue points. For example, category 1 is worth 1500 points as each item in category is 300 points. The players don't know how much each item is worth.
The hardest category is worth 500 points per item.
I'm in a really weird mood right now. I've just been reading up on some Casey Anthony stuff. It's not that interesting anymore. I've never been a parent and I don't plan to be for a while. There is a part of me that wants to think she didn't do it. Now, the stories are twisted and she did do some very suspicious lying. I think she had a part in it. I also think her parents had some affect on her growing up, based on how she acted after the death, and just the general story. Now, I've read she is going into hiding, or at least trying to, and of course now she has to worry about trusting people. As odd as this may sound, I kind of want to be there for her. Murderer or not, she was proved innocent, and she has to move on with her life. The friend in me would like to help her. I don't mean by writing her a check to go get some stuff to start over, but just helping her out in general. Maybe my heart is too good. I wish her all the best. I hope no one murders her, unless that is what is meant to be. Overall, I hope her future brightens up.
They always told us in second grade that we would need cursive in fifth grade and higher, and no one writes in print. Lies. Cursive is a waste of time. Well, not really. I somewhat use it when I take quick notes. My handwriting is a mix of print and cursive. It's kind of cool. The one thing that makes me wonder is, if you don't learn cursive, how do you sign your name? I mean, I know a lot of people that just capitalize the first two letters and then do scribbles. I write most of it out in a distinct way that's not easily forgeable. I do support working on keyboard proficiency. That's a new life-long skill needed.
Anyone want me to write anything?
I just read this article at work, and stories like this bug me. I am just giving my opinion, and I really apologize if I offend someone, but I feel that this gay kid was asking for something like this to happen. Now, he doesn't deserve to be shot; no one does. He was asking for some type of trouble. First off, you don't tell a heterosexual man that you love them when you are a homosexual, unless it's meant platonically. It doesn't work out, and especially at this young age, you're going to bother someone. The maturity level doesn't exist. Second, my biggest issue with homosexuality, he shouldn't have been wearing heels and earrings. Homosexuality is feeling attraction to men. Nothing wrong with that; we were born this way, blah blah blah, Lady Gaga, meow. Wearing women's clothing and accessories to school when your career is not being a drag queen is odd. I am a firm believer that humans should respect the fact that there is a women's section and a men's section in department stores, and if something works for both sexes, it won't be strictly in one single section. Men should not wear high heels and feminine earrings.
As I previously said in another blog, I'm homosexual, but I'm not about to go buy a purse and dress like a woman. I would never wear heels, unless I was a ninja and needed a quick way to stab someone with my shoes, but I could always install a knife into some shoes. It's so frickin' hard to want to come out when you're surrounded with men acting and dressing like women. Why can't gay men just love men and be "normal"? You don't have to be a diva. Dressing like women isn't going to make homosexual more accepted; it's just going to frustrate a lot of people.
I'm not a native. The proctor asked me if I was, because my score was native level. I'm entering Intro to Spanish Lit. Normally I would have taken this Spring of 2013. I'm surprised. I know I'm good at Spanish, but to be asked if I were a native, I can't get over it.
I feel really bad for my friends sometimes. Well, there is only one in particular. He's one of my best friends, but he seems depressed a lot of the time. When we hang out, there's always laughing and storytelling, but I know he's looking for some type of relationship. Every girl has turned him down in some way. He's decent looking. Looks are helpful, but a good personality does wonders. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say it. I wish I could do something, but I know that he'll never be satisfied until he finds love. Oh well. Our high school sucks. I'm glad I'm out. By all means, great memories and great relationships made, but the college life, I hope it is much more promising. More diverse people to meet, more enchanting people. I wish the same for my best friend. He has one more year left. May he get through it and find the woman of his dreams, yet never forget his best friend. I fear that happening, forgetting about my close friends when I find love, and when they forget about me.
This is a depressing paragraph. What else can I share?
I turned off Twitter mobile. I was sick of people tweeting stupid and personal stuff. I don't need to know about the day a girlfriend and boyfriend have sex weekly. That's stuff you keep in the relationship. A friend tweeted today that Panini's, where she works, has a new policy; if you have your cell phone out, you're fired. She tweeted this during work. Put the phone away and do your damn job. I just never see the need to tweet things. I try and tweet funny things, but just random crap like that, to me it's stupid. Facebook was created for friends to connect; what the hell was Twitter created for? It was nice to know what friends were up to, but it just turned into ANOTHER place to complain about life and expect attention. I'm frankly not doing much better with this blog, but this is what blog are for, this is what is on my mind.
It's nice to have this blog. The chances of someone I know finding it online is very rare. Even if you search for "MRC's Blog," it doesn't come up. Anyway, it's been a while since I posted anything, besides yesterday. Previously, I wasn't on here since December, based off my blog. That's crazy. I used to be an addict, but I just got involved with more things. It's weird to think I joined this forum when I was in seventh grade, and now I am a graduate of my high school. I start college August 25. That's just crazy to think about. It's still shocking.
So over the past year, not much has really changed. Senior year academically was rough. It's my fault; I picked these classes. I had 1st period AP Calculus, 2nd period AP English, 3/4 period AP Biology (an hour and a half of a bald, monotone man lecturing about biology is worse than oral herpes), 5/6 Honors Physics, I had an hour break for lunch and study hall-ing 7/8, 9th period French I, and then I got to leave early at 1:20 every day. That was nice.
I got suspended for hacking my school's wifi network on December 1. That was a horrible day, but looking back, all of my friends and good teacher's laugh at it and make fun of me. I didn't really hack though. I was fixing a teacher's laptop, and I found the password stored in her internet settings. I had no idea the passwords were stored. At my house, the password is on our modem, and we never bothered to change it. So we have to enter it on new devices in the household, but only once. It just never occur to me that the password remained stored. Well, when I found it, I put the password into my iPod touch, and I could get internet in certain parts of the school. I did my work, but when nothing was going on, I pulled my Ipod touch and checked the news, my grades, etc. I couldn't get Facebook or Twitter. Oh well. It didn't go on my record; only expulsions do, so no one in college will ever know.
I started to really focus on learning French, and now I'm working on Italian. I still have lots of French to practice and perfect, but I love Italian. Both are fascinating languages. It's what I want to do with my life. Well, somewhat. I want to go to college for a degree in teaching and be certified to teach Math and Spanish at the high school level. That makes me marketable; I'm either a trilingual Spanish teacher, or a trilingual Math teacher. I'm seriously going to work on Italian and French on my own. I love foreign languages. I wish more of my friends could speak foreign languages.
Totally random change of topic, but I hate twitter. I try and tweet funny things, but it's just a way to badmouth people on Facebook. I hate it. I'm all about love. No hate. Soon everyone on facebook will be on Twitter, and then Twitter's purpose for badmouthing people who were on Facebook and are now on Twitter will cease to exist. I have dumb friends; there are some things that should not be posted on the internet. Frankly, if I can describe your sexual history or pastimes to another friend based off what you have on the internet, you're a whore. Plain and simple. Keep that stuff to yourself, and if you want to share it, share it with close friends who know how to keep a secret.
I think I'm also comfortable admitting I came to terms that I am a homosexual. It's not a big deal. I'm still pretty awesome. Most of my close friends know, and family, and it's all good. I have male friends too that are straight and still hang out with me. I think it helps that I totally do not follow the stereotypes. I don't sound like a diva, my hair is naturally brown and that's how it will stay, my jeans fit me and are not skin tight, my voice doesn't sound like I have a pair of pliers attached to my privates, etc. I apologize if I have offended anyone, but I'm just speaking about stereotypes and how I don't follow them. If you don't believe these are stereotypes, watch "Brüno." Anyway, I'm single, and I don't mind that. Hopefully I'll find someone pretty cool at college. I'll be sure to blog about it if I'm still active on here.
Any questions? =)
I'm hosting a scavenger hunt in my city. The list is 100 items and 3 hour time limit. Would anyone be interested in looking at the list, and giving me feedback on anything I should change? Post a comment here and I'll message you some details. I also plan to post some type of life update soon here, and maybe blog some more. I have lots of thoughts to share. I hope everyone is doing well.
Well, it sure has been a while since I posted something here. I'm still impressed I hold #4 for most blog views. Good times, good times. Here's just a quick life update. I'm a senior in high school in horribly, ridiculously evil classes. President of three clubs and officer in two others. For some reason people think it's a good idea to let me lead things. Oh well, I'll try not to disappoint them too quickly. I speak French now; that's pretty fun. I went to Costa Rica last summer for the second time. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Did I mention awesome? Awesome. There's not much. I'm almost 18. Just finished all college apps a couple weeks ago. Now working on scholarships. Life is really great. I miss this old place. I probably won't be super active, but I hope all is well. May everyone have a great holiday.
My grandma has been a huge part of my life. She basically replaced my dad who doesn't live with us anymore. She cooks everyday and takes care of my mother, brother, and myself. She doesn't even live with us and she comes over every day. That's why I was really upset with the news that she MIGHT have breast cancer. I said it wrong in my previous post.
Around July 25, I got the news that she might have breast cancer, and I took it the wrong way and got really upset and shaky. I just couldn't imagine seeing my grandma with cancer or eventually dying. The thought was terrifying and I don't know why but I wanted to leave Sal's Realm. About a week later, I found out that she doesn't have breast cancer. She had a biopsy done and whatever was taken out was the majority. There is still a questionable area and now she's taking a pill for the next five years. That was really shocking. My grandma has an unknown unhealthy area and she's on a pill for five years to make sure it's not cancer. I know it may be necessary, but it's sad. I'm back at Sal's because I've calmed down and there are some other forum areas that I still live to visit even if my interest in RuneScape is dead.