August 25th, 2004

Neko (lofulah)

Gah...

So much rain. My roommate and I went out at 7... I had to return books, and he needed engineering supplies. (eto... ruler and mechanical pencils). And it started pouring as we tried to get back... We got on a total of 3 busses, the first two telling us that they, although being our route, weren't going to go back to PAR, our dorm. O.o So strange.

Anyways, got majorly soaked, although I discovered that my new backpack (hip pack, really, as it's like what Lady has, since it rests against my hip bones. Well, no, on second thought, it actually bounces against my butt instead of across my back. So umm.. butt pack? hehe... right. moving on.) is decently waterproof. =^.^= As in, none of my books got wet.

First day of classes today. I had (starting at 12, an hour per class):
Japanese 201 - Elementary Japanese, level 1 (odd numbering system, I know. You'd think it'd be 101)
Not too bad. I'm going to regret this, or so something whispers, but I like the teacher. Granted, the pace is a hell lot faster than I think I'd enjoy, but hey, it's college. I actually understood most of the phrases that she used, I think, even without her translating it into english. Emphasis was placed on class participation. Fuck. I won't mind talking to her one-on-one, but in front of the class? Yeah, I know everyone's probably just as bad, but this be stressful. So the solution? Be the best in the class so I don't embarass myself. Grr... That takes work.

Math 242 - Multiple variable calc. With Mathematica, the apparently sexy software.
Egh. I wasn't expecting software. And the was MAJOR emphasis on US learning, and the teacher being the guide. So it's really a self-learn course thing, with us.. exploring. ::sighs:: Shall have to find this piece of software for mac or steal it from the system. The bright side is the lab is stocked with beautiful eMacs and iMacs. And the possibly bad side is the odd homework submission process. Teacher seemed discombobulated and pointed to the class assistant and was like, yeah, he'll be taking care of your homework, ok-good-bye?

Oh, and I got the wrong textbook for Math 242. Apparently we have no textbook. Just a CD-ROM with the homework on it. And I had already opened the wrong textbook that was shrink-packed with a software key (which I hadn't opened.....). But I dunno if I'll be able to return that... Damndamndamn, losing money.

ECE 110 - Electrial & Computer Engineering: Introduction? I don't know...
Feh. I dozed off for maybe 5ish minutes while she was reading off the paper she gave us. Seats were comfy, and I had been wasting 1 hour between Math and ECE 110, aimlessly walking around in the ECE building because it was raining. After that, we talked about physics. Basic stuff I already knew. Took all I had to keep from dozing off again. ::annoyed::

After that, I had a ECE Mentor meeting. Which was like, upperclassmen would become our mentor. 'cept it was at 5, and it was only 4 when ECE 110 finished. So I wandered off to the beautiful engineering library and wasted 10 minutes climbing stairs. Then I wandered back, met Kendell - My dad's cousin's son - and a few years older than me. Said hi, wandered back over to organizing people, talked, sat down, met another freshman who got there early, talked to him, (matt? Or mike? -.-) managed to get the same mentor as him. Not a girl, alas. We got free food and I headed back to my dorm.

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Note to self:
Thank you for taking the time to register. Please print this page for your own records. You are now enrolled in the class:
PAR, Carr Lounge at 6:30-8:30PM on 10/6/2004


It's a mandatory sexual assult awareness program. Probable waste of two hours.

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Yes, there are at least 15 lj comments I need to get back on, and at least 3 times that number of posts to read. I will get to them. I think there's also other e-mails and such that I should reply to. But they will have to wait until I'm more settled down... Life is oh-so-cheerfully chaotic at the moment. Besides, I don't have internet access in my room, so responding to those e-mails/comments is kinda hard. Not impossible, but awkward.

So annoying. High Network security + Lack of support personel = annoying disconnects and unresolved problems. I've heard over 3 requests for assistance now, over the hour that I've been in this computer lab. Granted, the high network security is reasonable. The amazing number of computer illiterate people is frightful.

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Do people actually make wax for the chin? Or will stuff like NAIR work?

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It's getting colder here... I've been sneezing so damn much. I need to switch over to jeans I think... instead of shorts. (short shorts~ short shorts~ short shorts~ Tight tights and short shorts~)
Neko (lofulah)

(no subject)

I hope this message finds you well and ready (or just about ready) for the
new school year. I hope you are excited at your new school!

I'm asking a favor. In an effort to improve my performance and that of the
RM students, I'm asking for feedback regarding IB Physics.

First of all, I thought across the board, the exam scores were good. A lot
of people really destroyed paper 3. The thing that held the scores down
was the fickle moderation of the lab notebook. We submitted scores of 6 or
7s for nearly every student. For some reason, IB reduced that to mostly
4s. I can't figure this out and I'm very upset with this change. The
baffling thing is we have done the same thing for the past 5 years and the
lowest notebook score we've gotten is a 6 (unless things were missing). I
have Mrs. Solomon looking into this.

Anyhow, I'm really concerned about the exams because I want to know how I
can prepare you better. Although, as a class we did well on paper 3, a
great deal of you struggled on paper 1 with many students getting a 3.

If you have any thoughts on what could be done please share. I would
really appreciated it.

Also, please comment on things I did well and things I did not do well
while you were in my class.

Finally, please comment on the things Mr. Martz did well and the things he
did not do well.

Feel free to say whatever you want. Besides there can be no repercussions
because you are out of RM! But if you are going to say Willard sucks
please style it up and say WILLARD SUX!

Thanks for your time. I would really appreciate your response.

One final thing. I have made a new bulletin board in my room titled Oh The
Places We'll Go! My plan is to have all the students I write a
recommendation letter for to provide me with a bumper sticker or some
small memento from the college of their choice to place on the wall. If
you want to be on the wall, pick something up from your school and send it
to me or drop it off if you come back to college life day at RM.

Mike Willard
Physics
Varsity Baseball
Richard Montgomery


So, what's to say, you guys? (That includes the was-juniors.. Actually, you guys especially, since it'll affect you guys the most.)
Points running through my head at the moment:
-sporadic grading?
-stupid annoyingness of rube goldberg
-difficulty of tests?