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I think I'm going to drop ECE329.

It's one of the major classes I have to take, in order to progress onto other classes.

If I stay in EE, that is. If I switch to CE.. then, I don't know.

Why? Mostly because my first midterm grade means the highest I can get in that class, with perfects on the second midterm and final, and perfects on the remaining homework problems, will probably be around 78%. Assuming no curve.

But it's impossible for me to get a perfect. On anything. Time proven fact, yo. So my final grade would probably be worse, around 68%, maybe, if I'm lucky. I don't know.

I've e-mailed my professor, and the advisors for ECE. The drop deadline is this friday.

I really don't want to drop the class though... I dunno... somehow... it's been ingrained in my mind that giving up=failure.

I know it's not true. And that since I'm taking 16 hours, dropping won't hurt me that much. Although I'm not all too sure if there's a penalty involved with dropping, at least before friday. Dropping after friday = automatic F.

Yeah, I really hope I can stop posting depressing content soon.

I think I need to spend all of spring break at home, studying. I need to study Math, ece391... possibly ece448. Read ahead in physics.

Gods, what's wrong with me. My studying abilities have gotten progressively worse, I think. Focusing is often an issue. Remembering things usually doesn't happen at all. And exams scare the fucking bejebbers out of me. Although that's probably just due to low self-esteem.

I went to someone's house (or rather, was driven there by said client) today. He had a pretty 20" new iMac. And... I don't know. It wasn't that he didn't understand computers... it's just... the way he looked at things... was different.

I think it's because Apple's made things so... userfriendly.. that people can't... no, don't.. have to learn. They just use. Until they run into problems, or something they don't understand. For example, he kept referring to his home folder as the "[username]" drive. I didn't try to correct him, though... really didn't want to confuse him further.

I don't know... it's these kinds of people who see error messages and just don't bother trying to read them. Kinda reminds me of... mem actually. When it comes to textbooks, actually. When I'm tired, and come across stuff I don't understand. Huh. Now that was an eyeopener. Kinda.

But yeah... Spent an hour and three-quarters at his house, showing him stuff, and running backups (which, interestingly, don't work when your external hard drive is formatted as FAT. Weird..). And then, I spent about 45 minutes at home, on the phone with him, walking him through the Tiger installation process.

Oh, and Apple support = stupid. Apparently, he called them. And they told him he should backup his home folder. So he tried copying it, which gave errors. And then he renamed it. Causing him to "lose" all of his data. -.-;;;; And Apple told him to find someone locally to fix his system.

Oh, and apparently he has issues with eudora and attachments. And the attachment he was having trouble with opened perfectly. And then wouldn't open in Word because his Office Test Drive time was up. So Apple told him to get Stuffit. Not download, but BUY. -.-;; The poor man didn't need to buy the $30 software - Stuffit Expander is Free! And zip files open automatically in MacOS X by default.

Alrighty, I'm going to bed. It's 3 am again. And e-mails have been sent, homework has been done, and textbooks have been read. So it's time for sleep. Rejoice.

Current Music: Headstrong - Trapt, unreleased

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shanrina From: shanrina Date: March 8th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Is the grade the only reason you're thinking of dropping? Not that it's not a good reason...I dropped a class this semester because of the grade I knew I would get...just wondering.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: March 8th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
More or less, yes. Well, and because I didn't really get most of the material, and playing catch up is a pain in the ass with four more moderate/heavy classes at the same time.
shanrina From: shanrina Date: March 8th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Catch-up is indeed a pain in the ass.
jaiwithani From: jaiwithani Date: March 8th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
No worries. Dropping = sanity and getting to know all of your material better = better education = more POWER = eventual world domination.

I once had a user who had some spyware/trojan problems....and Dell told her she needed a new hard drive. ::kicks Dell:: I got her fixed up in a few hours - she's one of those people who needs to call in someone every few months to exorcise the evil spirits from her box (in fact, I'm fixing it AGAIN over spring break...well, work is work).
prionz_rok From: prionz_rok Date: March 8th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about the reluctance to drop; I was in Honors Calc last quarter, and even after receiving THE lowest grade on the midterm (a 31%), I was still heartily ashamed. Dropping classes in college isn't anything like dropping from IB to honors in high school. It's about looking for a better fit, not taking a really easy class because you're lazy/stupid. *Hugs* Seriously, though, if you think it's best, you should. I was *astounded* by how much better I felt about life in regular Calc.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: March 9th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't be afraid to make a large decision, if that's what you feel would be wise. I wound up switching universities midway, as I eventually realised I just wasn't going to be a Chemical Physicist, fascinating as much of the course was. (Though I certainly had my differences with the designers of the course i wound up on, such as their insistence that Modula-2 would be an excellent language to start out with, rather than something boringly useful like C. Said tutor then graduated us into.. Ada. Oh gods. If you ever see that name, run)

WTH did they even mention Stuffit anyway? If it's a Word .doc file, Tiger's TextEdit will open it itself. (Not really complex documents, of course, but the usual sort of lettery stuff) I'd recommend dropping a polite note to Apple outlining those problems - they may take the lessons to heart, and perhaps offer some token of apology.

Ah, to think I could've had a system a couple times faster, had I only waited.. then again, there still isn't a 17" MacBook Pro, and I've had over four months of blissful computing so far.

I still wish Apple would do away with the iBook/PowerBook - or rather, MacBook/MacBook Pro - distinction, considering there's really so little difference between the families now. The original iBook, yes, that was a strictly limited machine, very tough (that's one set of hinges that won't break!), and cheap. But now, well - compare the 12" iBook and PowerBook. Pretty much the same, except for minor bumps in GPU and suchlike. The 15" and 17" models are somewhat more different, but the iBook's really not that far away in spec, but a fair bit apart in price.

That said, I'm not exactly unhappy with Hyzenthlay. ^_^
From: luigichan Date: March 9th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Homework's done. Know what you need now? Sex. ...maybe.

By the way, do you know anything about sending portfolios to colleges?
tinkleneko From: tinkleneko Date: March 9th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*huggles* Good luck oniisan...
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