rhia_starsong: (oxford comma)
Well, I start the first class for the paralegal certificate tonight at 6, so I have to go eat dinner right about now (it's only 4 here!).  It's all the way down in South Park, and I'll have to fight traffic on 77 and the Brookshire, which is why I have to leave so early.  I'm a little nervous, but I keep reminding myself that I just got a college degree, so I can do this.  Yes.
rhia_starsong: (Josh victory is mine)
Guys, I did it, I finally graduated!  The ceremony was today, and it was awesome.  Well, except for the part where I'm pretty sure the crowd at my high school graduation was better behaved.  It's like these people have never been to a graduation before (which is impossible, since obviously their kids graduated high school to get to college in the first place).  It was so bad that most of the names they called were impossible to understand. 

It was a little weird, because I'm so used to Davidson's small graduations; not only have our final grades not been reported (yesterday was the last day of exams), but we don't even get our diplomas until February--in the mail.  So we crossed the stage rapid-fire, handing a card with our name on it to the dean of our college, who read it as we crossed, briefly shook hands with the chancellor, and were off.  It took about an hour to graduate ~1200 PhD/masters/bachelors degree students.  But it was still pretty neat, and my dad and stepmom came all the way from Alabama to see me.  We all went out to lunch before and dinner after, with ice cream cake and sparkling wine (not together) at home.  It was a lot of work, though I suspect that cleaning the house for all this was more work than this semester at times, and I feel like I richly deserve this after so long.

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: (facepalm)
People are idiots.  I know this because of people who leave reviews on Google about places they visited and say things like, the place isn't "family-friendly" (i.e., it doesn't cater to bratty children above anyone else) because the morons in question brought a seven-month-old on a garden tour and then, when the baby made what the outraged parent claims were "very SUBTLE noises", stared at the rude parents when the kid interrupted the guide several times.  The nerve!  Yeah, like seven-month-olds know what subtle sounds are.  Please.  People, don't take your small children on tours, or really anywhere in public.  It's just rude.  And, yeah, you're gonna get glared at, because your kid's ruining the experience for everyone else who actually paid to get in.  Suck it up or suck on it, but don't whine about it on the internet in a review.

In other, more positive news, UNCC has finally, after months of effort, fixed every class on my transcript properly, so now I can apply for the paralegal programme and email them my unofficial transcript!  Yay!

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: (facepalm)
Wow, I think the girls behind me in the library this morning have just confessed to illegally taking controlled substances.  O.o  Yeah, if you don't actually have ADD, Adderall will keep you up all night and give you heart palpitations.  Duh.  And it won't really help you concentrate, either.
rhia_starsong: (hf tenacious)
I am about ready to strangle someone at Gmail.  Their new ridiculous verification shit made me waste about 15 minutes this morning on a crappy school computer trying to log in so I could print an assignment due at 9:30.  The fucking CAPTCHA was nearly always illegible and then their "recovery" idea is to text your password to your cellphone.  Problem is, I don't bother with texts; I don't have it on my plan, and I get charged for every one that someone sends me.  And there was no option to tell them not to text me.  Google, I appreciate that you want to keep my email account safe, but find a better way to do it.  If I had waited until just before class to print this thing, I would have been late. 

No love,
Rhia

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: (facepalm)
You know what's really annoying?  People in the library who have no idea what an inside voice is.  Granted, I'm in one of the areas that has space for group study, but the vast majority of people here are polite enough to try to keep their voices down.  These guys have been talking as loud as they feel like for at least a couple of hours.  I can hear them over my music and sound-proof headphones.  They seem to finally be getting ready to leave, but it's really really irritating.  Grr.
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I'm sitting here waiting for my morning class to start, and I look over to check the time on the wall clock.  My thought?  Huh, those always look the exact same no matter what classroom you go in.  I wonder if they're like, the bulk classroom-standard clock?  Maybe there's a classroom clock company.  Yes.  I clearly need caffeine.  Or something.  This building is kind of old, but I've noticed that all of them seem to be that way.  It still has an honest-to-God chalkboard and manual pencil sharpener.  And a row of coathooks along the wall.  I kid you not.  It feels like grade-school.  Almost done with classes for the summer.  I have another week.  I've registered for three classes in the fall; two history and one poli-sci. 

Has anyone seen the new movie Inception?  I really want to see it, but I kind of feel like a loser going to a movie by myself.  Waah, you guys all moved away!  Someone in my geoscience class said the movie was really good, and the previews Jen and I saw looked neat.  Nothing on the job front, sadly, but one thing at a time.

Two tests tomorrow.  Need to study tonight.

I'm feeling really nostalgic for The West Wing today.  Oh, show.  I miss your idealism, your snappy dialogue, your smart, dorky, funny, passionate characters, and your political escapism.  In honour of my favourite show ever, a quote. 

Shallick: ...right to keep and bear arms...

Toby: It doesn't really say that.

Shallick: Toby!

Toby: In fact, it doesn't say that at all.  The only way it says that at all is if you remove some words from it...

Toby: It says a well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of the free state...the government shall not infringe.  The words 'regulated' and militia are in the first sentence.  I don't think the framers were thinking of three guys in a Dodge Durango.

Shallick: Well, you don't really know what the framers were thinking, do you?

Toby: No.  But I do know that  if you combine the populations of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Australia, you've got a population roughly the size of the United States'.  We had 32,000 gun deaths last year and they had 112.  Do you think it's because Americans are more homicidal by nature?  Or do you think it's because those guys have gun control laws?
rhia_starsong: (mcshep yes)
Crosspost from LJ: entry here
rhia_starsong: (Default)
So, the summer class is going well, although this is possibly the most depressing paper topic I've ever had--Holocaust Survivor Syndrome in children.  The whole course is pretty fucking depressing, really; good thing the professor's a riot during lecture.  He came in the first day mocking us, calling us 'little bastards' in a way that we knew he was (mostly) kidding.  He's got this great accent; he's Dutch, but been in the States long enough that it's flattened quite a bit. 

Downside, though, is that the room we're in only has one (seriously, one) outlet, and it's at the back of the room.  And since there's not a whiteboard, it's really hard to see the yellow chalk--the low lighting for the powerpoint doesn't exactly help.

Upside: I've finally learnt to type as fast as a professor talks, and more importantly, as fast as I think.

(I really hope I get this medication issue fixed very soon, though, because I want to finish my damn degree before I'm thirty.) </grumph>
rhia_starsong: rule,britannia (britannia)
So, the summer class is going well, although this is possibly the most depressing paper topic I've ever had--Holocaust Survivor Syndrome in children.  The whole course is pretty fucking depressing, really; good thing the professor's a riot during lecture.  He came in the first day mocking us, calling us 'little bastards' in a way that we knew he was (mostly) kidding.  He's got this great accent; he's Dutch, but been in the States long enough that it's flattened quite a bit. 

Downside, though, is that the room we're in only has one (seriously, one) outlet, and it's at the back of the room.  And since there's not a whiteboard, it's really hard to see the yellow chalk--the low lighting for the powerpoint doesn't exactly help.

Upside: I've finally learnt to type as fast as a professor talks, and more importantly, as fast as I think.

(I really hope I get this medication issue fixed very soon, though, because I want to finish my damn degree before I'm thirty.) </grumph>

DC al fin

May. 13th, 2009 05:26 pm
rhia_starsong: (nine glee)
That's it! I'm DONE with school this semester.  I finished my exams today with a marathon of both exams today.  I know I did well on the philosophy review this morning, only blanking a bit on one question, and even the psychology one was a bit better than expected.  So I may not have done everything I should have, but I took these exams, and now I am done.  'It is done, and I have done it.'  And now I am going to hang around with Muppet and Kaylie, and go out to eat in a bit.

Huzzah!
rhia_starsong: (Default)
...by Pres. Obama. (Sorry. I may end up abbreviating things in this post due to an unfortunate tendency of the upper left keys to be difficult to press, particularly w and r.)

But first, a story from philosophy class. We were talking about Thomas Reid's response to Hume's argument from contiguity. The argument goes something like this:
  1. What I am directly aware of seems to diminish as I move away from it.
  2. The table does not diminish as I move away from it.
  3. Therefore, I am not directly aware of the table.

Which of course is complete rubbish. Anyway, I was actually on the way to making a (good) point, and couldn't resist the awful (if true) pun: Hume seems to have literally lost perspective. Yes. I went there.

Anyway.

The rest is under here... )

:(

Feb. 21st, 2009 04:19 pm
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Well.  We lost.  And I will say straight up that the team we played were very good, and we did not at all look like the team we have been.  However, I think the biggest factor in this game was THE EFFIN' REFS.

I mean, everyone could tell these guys were godawful.  They called tons of fouls on us that weren't there, or that they didn't call when the other team blatantly committed them, they failed to call lots of things, not just fouls, and it was just really bad.  The NCAA should suspend these guys. 

Not that we helped ourselves much; Steph Curry only had 20 points, and we just really looked bad on offencive boards, got the ball stripped from us on fast breaks and driving to the basket, the works.  Ugh.  We need a turnaround, and fast.
rhia_starsong: (Tosh)
...except I'm never awake at night anymore. Because in order to get to class on time, etc, I have to get up at 6.15am. There's something wrong with the world when I get up at six everyday, guys.

On the other hand, I'm truly enjoying myself at school for the first time in way too long, and my classes seem doable so far. I'm excited about Mondays now, because the Davidsonian asked me to copy edit again this semester. So I'll be hanging around pretty much all day on Mondays from now on. Yay!

Have I mentioned before how much I adore Dr Palmer? Today, he had us discuss among each other various things that would seem to need closer examination, then, he had us all go up in front of the camera and say our name, where we're from, what we like to do, and what we wish. Since it's a 101 class, lots of people, took a decent amount of the 50 minutes, and then class was over! Life is good.

And Dr Barnes. Oh, Dr B. There are six of us in the seminar, and he has this habit of finding cute ways to address us in emails, so we got one this morning to the "Everyday Half-Dozen" since it's a class on everyday life, and yesterday, when he was figuring out where we were going to meet for class, he mentioned his study, but then realised that his mother-in-law is staying with them right now, and he really doesn't want to face her nosiness! Oh, it was really funny, but I suspect you had to be there.

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