rhia_starsong: (hf tenacious)
Ah!  I have now finished all my work except for preparing a short synopsis on my research to share with my class when we turn in the history paper next Thursday.  I still have to give my presentation on my English paper, but all the written work was turned in today.  The history paper, barring any cosmetic changes, I finished just now.  It's 19 pages, with a cover page and two pages of bibliography.  I really think it's the best paper I've ever written.  I'm considering asking my professor if he thinks I should submit it to an academic journal.  He was really impressed with my initial draft, and the final paper is over 12 pages longer than that, with much more detailed information and analysis. 

I'm really getting excited about graduation, y'all.  It's next Saturday, which is so much closer than it sounds!  Mom has gone all out for this; I think she may be more excited about it than I am.  It's been so long, and I'm really glad this is finally (almost!) over.  Then I have to finish up the application for the paralegal class, and (hopefully--crosses fingers and toes) I will be able to get a real job in an attorney's office in six months.  
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Hah, it is done, and I have done it!  Well, sort of.  I finally completed the first real draft of my big huge history paper today.  And my hands feel like they're about to fall off from all the typing.  But.  It is currently 16 pages, with a 2-page bibliography.  It's supposed to be 15-20 pages when I turn it in on the 15th (yikes, that's so soon!), and I have a meeting with my professor on Thursday, so I think I'm on track.  I totally just worked through lunch and am currently inhaling a burger and fries in the Union.

I feel a lot of relief finishing this draft, though.  It's been hanging over my head, and I finally got enough material to add almost ten pages to the original draft, which was admittedly kind of crappy.  That's what procrastination will do for you.  I think this draft is pretty decent, though I'm sure it will benefit from me printing it out and going over it again later.  I love working on computers, but some things about writing I just have to have hard copy in front of me.  

I've still got to write a 'reflection letter' for my English paper (::eyeroll::) and then create a 6-8-minute presentation, including a clip from the show no more than 2 minutes.  As if I didn't already spend enough time on this.  I did get about a 98 on the paper itself, though.

Well, I'm finished with lunch, so I guess I'll head home, before the crappy server here annoys me too much more.

rhia_starsong: (oh shit)
Well, it's a little late for Halloween, but if you're looking for something horrifying, try the book I'm reading in my history class: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.  I've had to stop reading this before bed, guys.  Seriously, this is the most sickening thing I think I've ever been exposed to, and it's worse because it actually happened.  This actually makes the Western idea of what the Nazi concentration camps were like look like a picnic in spring, it's so horrifying.  This is the stuff that makes you go, "Oh, god, I never, ever wanted to know that," but someone's got to learn it.  I kind of just wish that someone wasn't me.

In other news, I finished my rough rough draft of the English paper (the one on the portrayal of the military in SG-1 and SGA) this morning.  We were supposed to 'workshop' each others' drafts; pass the draft to someone, they fill out a sheet about it, repeat.  Well, the people in my class are a bunch of slackers.  I mean, even more than I am.  In my group of four, I had six pages (missing some detail from a few sources and a conclusion for the eventual 8-10-page final paper), and one person I think had three pages.  The other two people had two pages.  One girl didn't even get to her actual thesis statement!  ::facepalm::  I finished up the rough draft to turn in this afternoon; it clocks in at just over 8 pages right now.

Now I have to really get going on the paper for said history class.  I really need to sit down and devote about a day to going through all my research material and making dedicated notes.  Then, I think we have a 10-page draft due soon-ish.  Yikes.  This paper is not horrifying, however; it's on British home front propaganda, official and unofficial and officially unofficial.  It's actually fairly interesting (to me) but I won't bore any of you with it.  

rhia_starsong: (chibi!bug john)
All right, the year is off to a good start; I got the short paper we wrote for my history class back, and I got an A on it!  The professor thought it was excellent. 
rhia_starsong: (chibi!bug john)
Well, apparently procrastination can pay off; that film paper and annotated bibliography I did literally at the last minute?  I got an A+ on both.  That, or this school really has no standards.  All the final grades aren't in yet, but in the two that are posted on the web, I got As.  This brings me up to just shy of a 3.0 overall GPA!  This is exciting, guys.  

On the down side, I'm sick again.  It's the sore throat with nasty white stuff all over, really gross, really painful.  I went to the doctor two days ago, and the rapid strep test was negative, but all the symptoms point to either strep or some other bacteria, so he prescribed antibiotics.  I opted to get it all over with and get the enormous penicillin shot instead of taking 10 days of oral antibiotics.  It leaves you kind of sore, and it goes in the hip.  Ouch.  But worth it; I think it's beginning to work.  I was supposed to drive down to visit my dad and stepmom in Alabama, but I'm not making a 7-hour drive by myself feeling like this.  It's a little disappointing, because this is the longest break from school I'll have until I graduate in December, and I haven't seen them since this past December.  Oh, well.  

There was a rare bird sighted nearby a few days ago, but I couldn't go see it at first because I had to study for finals, and by the time I could go, it was not there.  It was a purple gallinule, which kind of looks like a little kid got into the paints and coloured it in:

rhia_starsong: (Default)
Yeah, totally wrote that annotated bibliography in an hour and a half, right before it was due.  And I totally made some shit up on it, too; nothing huge, just a few generalizations because I didn't actually read much of the sources.  ::shrug::  I should still get well above a C in the class, which is all I need.  Class tomorrow, then two exams next week, then it's over!  (Until summer, about a week later.)
rhia_starsong: (Josh victory is mine)
Ah, one final paper down, one to go.  Sort of.  It's not actually a paper, it's just the annotated bibliography as if we were going to write the paper.  It's due Monday, but I've already got my sources and started on it. 

I totally just wrote a seven-page paper this morning in an hour and a half, and it's pretty good.  That was due this morning, so I'm done with that.  Now I just have two final exams, which shouldn't be too hard, and I'm done for the semester.  Then I get a week off before I start summer session, but that's only one class the first session and one the second.  Then three classes in the fall and I'll be done.
rhia_starsong: (lurk)
So, I've been lurking around my flist the past several days without posting and without answering many posts/comments. Today...nope. Still not over. The paper which has been eating my life (The Vietnam War and the Catholic Church: the Vatican Response to the war and its Impact on US Policy and the Responses of American Catholics) is just about done, for good or ill, and will be turned in at 9:30.

I managed to get an extension on my math work seeing as it was due today as well and I haven't had time to work on it at all (my professor is absolutely terrific!), so now I have that to finish.

Then, I get to slow down a bit, and study hard for three finals.

The fun finally starts after that, in the four or so days between the end of exams and graduation, when we're all hanging out with no work (except packing!) to get in the way do.

Oof. Also, it's really cold in Commons right now, which is where I'm finishing this paper over breakfast. I haven't been up this early during school on purpose since freshman year. ::grumble grumble sassafrass::
rhia_starsong: (Five/Turlough)
Okay. Today, I really do have to be disciplined. I have to really try to get through all my sources for this Vietnam paper so I can start writing the damn thing. It's due on Wednesday, and in that time, I also have to do an 'extended assignment' for my math class (also due on Wednesday), study for all three of my finals, and still manage not to go insane. It's beautiful outside, it's Friday, I want to play, and I can't. I suspect I may end up writing my first-ever Doctor Who fic and doing my laundry in order to procrastinate before the day is over.

Godlet, are we roleplaying tonight and tomorrow, or tomorrow and Sunday?
rhia_starsong: (Jamie)
Okay, so I updated my computer this morning, and was a tad unhappy to discover that some of my Firefox extensions no longer work. So I have had to hunt down replacement features, not all of which are comparable. I'm trying out a new posting tool with this entry; we'll see how well I end up liking it. (Of course, I had just gotten used to DeepestSender, too.)

Well, time to get back to work on that paper...
rhia_starsong: (need sleep)
So I'm making note cards for a fifteen-page research paper on the Vatican response to the Vietnam War, and I realised after about four or five cards that they have lj tags.  No, seriously.  They're marked by comma-separated terms, just like we mark our posts.  It made me giggle, more than was necessary, really.

I'm at home right now, because I was stupid enough to schedule a doctor's appointment at eight tomorrow morning, and it's closer to get to it from my house than school (plus my idiot parents have the car and won't give it back).  Thus necessitating me getting up at the ass-crack of dawn.  So even though we have a new wireless router, it's no match for college LAN, and my distribution upgrade is agonisingly slow.  I'm considering telling the poor thing to just give it up and wait 'til I get back to campus. 

I need to spend my next 'break' from researching making a few more Doctor Who icons; I don't feel like I have enough options.  For all my other fandoms, I have bookoos (yes, that's a word, shut up spell check) of different icons, but I've been somewhat slow on this one, hampered in part by blurry screencaps, burninated episodes (curse you, beeb!), and impending finals.  Hopefully I'll be able to make a few over the next couple of weeks, since I'm staying at school after finals until graduation.

The past couple of days, the weather here decided it was January again.  At the end of April.  What the fuck is wrong with you, Nature?!  I WENT OUT IN FLIP FLOPS, AND IT WAS FORTY DEGREES.  Not on!  The good news is, it's supposed to be about seventy-five tomorrow.  Gotta love the south.
rhia_starsong: (classic who)
Ok, maybe the basement of our college library isn't exactly comparable to a dungeon, but when you have a research paper due in just over a week and 2-3 finals coming up, it sure feels that way.  Plus, I'm stuck in the section where they haven't replaced the carpet yet, and it's this revolting mustard/puce colour that really clashes with like, everything, and the furniture hasn't been replaced since the building was new in 1973.  They've finished renovating the other two floors, just not this one.  And I've always hated this carpet; let me see if I can approximate the colour for you: like this, but with a bit more mustard to it.  Gross, yeah?

Anyway, I've been searching and reading about 1960s Catholicism in America and the Vatican response to the Vietnam War for about three hours straight, so I'm a little sick of this study carrel and I wouldn't mind if they turned the a/c off.  Plus, there's this old clock right above my head that makes a really noticeable noise every single time the minute hand moves.  It got old real fast.  At least I don't have to go blind by trying to look at microfilm today.  When I was working on one of my other papers a while back,
[livejournal.com profile] kayliemalinza was keeping me company, and doing a bit of work for me.  She admitted that as an English/Film Studies major, she's never had to use microfilm before now.  I admitted that right then, I hated her just a little bit.  As a history major, there's at least one class every year that ends up requiring the use of microfilm or microfiche.  Sometimes, you even have to go to another campus to do it, because I don't think that Little Library is named inaptly. 

But now I'm on a field trip for change to make copies (I have no money left on my CatCard) and index cards to take notes on.  it's a little sad when this becomes a bit of excitement; get out of the library for ten minutes to get more stuff so you can go back to the library and stay for another five hours!  Yay! 

ETA: Well, it seems that I am not alone in the dungeon. Apparently, even Steph Curry gets stuck down here to work on his research.

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