athenaltena: (Nia)
First two grades are in, the rest should be in by tomorrow. 

Crime and Justice Seminar: A-
Fiction Writing: A

I was glad to see that. I didn't have any doubt I did well in those two classes, especially with the 97% on the research paper (which I'm still shocked about) but it's still nice to see.

It was also kind of bittersweet last night when I found myself thinking that I should get to bed to get up for class... and realizing that I didn't have to. I still have work, which I'm about to leave for, but that's in the afternoon. I'm still adjusting to the idea that for the first time for the better part of two decades I'm not officially a student anymore.

Take a bow

Dec. 14th, 2011 03:07 pm
athenaltena: (KuroFay)
So as of about 15 minutes ago I am done with undergrad classes and finals. My emotional state is somewhere between "Yay, I'm done!" and "Waah, I don't wanna go!"

Oh, and remember that seminar paper I was doing so much work on? My score on it was 97%. 97%. When it was handed back to me I only just stopped myself from saying "Holy shit!" out loud. She'd already hinted that I'd done well on it, but damn. I also did pretty well on the presentation part, which was basically just a PowerPoint outlining the major points of my paper, and I did it without notes since I actually find them distracting when using a PowerPoint.

I also have my Japanese final this morning and probably did okay, though I had a complete brain-fart and completed blanked on the kanji for the number seven. For the record, it's 七. I got everything else, I just couldn't get that one. Maybe because visually it's similar to ten, which is 十. Oh well. The worst part was that the final was at 8 in the morning, so I had to wake up at 6:30 in the morning to get there in time.

So yeah. The only thing I have left to do today is get my senior portrait taken for the yearbook, with the possibility that if they turn out good enough I can use them as a proper looking headshot. I've actually been meaning to get a decent photo of me to put on LinkedIn and the like, and this is a good opportunity. I just hope I don't look as tired as I feel, though they will do "digital touch up" which might mitigate that.

Almost...

Dec. 6th, 2011 02:08 am
athenaltena: (waiting)
The saga of the final research paper is almost over. Once I turn it in tomorrow all of my major projects will be done. 

*flops*

I'm glad this is my last semester. I don't think I could take another three months of this.

*thuds*

Dec. 5th, 2011 04:15 am
athenaltena: (Default)
I'm done with the CrimJ paper, at least in this stage! Now I just need to send it to my classmate and catch any errors, and then I can turn it in on Tuesday.

Of course, the downside is in making sure that was done early I now have to cram for my Japanese dialog tomorrow. Oh well, I weighed how royally screwed I'd be to decide which one to prioritize and I think I made the right choice. The Japanese dialog isn't too bad, I think I can pull it off.
athenaltena: (Default)
I finally got pissed off enough at Firefox to switch to Chrome, especially since Firefox kept rolling over and dying on certain sites. I'll still keep it around, but trying out new things isn't bad.

The only downside is that I can't figure out how to get my comic RSS feeds back like I had them. I'll keep playing around with it.

The other day I went to go see The Muppets with a few friends of mine, and it was really good. That's definitely a family movie in the sense that both adults and kids can enjoy it. I was also really amused to see Dave Grohl in one scene, and half the fun of those movies is the cameos. Jim Parsons also shows up, though I won't say the exact circumstances. Needless to say, when he did everyone I was with burst out laughing. It was also good in that it had real emotional substance. That's right, a movie about puppets got more of an emotional response out of me than most of the movies I've seen so far this year. The visual cameos of Jim Henson also had me reaching for the tissues.

After that we went to Fire & Ice, and had to wait about an hour since there was a party of 126 people there. I don't see how you could think that a party that big there would be a good idea. For those who don't know, at Fire & Ice you load up your bowl with food and then you watch them cook it on a big grill in the center. It's pretty fun, but with a party that big there is was a night of lines. The group I was with was pretty fun though, so it all worked out.

I'm still working on my seminar paper, but I'm almost done with it. I actually work with another kid in my class, so we're going to look each other's work over before we submit. I also have to memorize my Japanese dialog, but I think I can do that.
athenaltena: (lethargic)
I'm glad that I technically only have two days of classes next week, since the end of this week has made me want to kill something.

In Japanese we have to do group presentations again, and naturally I got stuck with あまい ゴキブリ when we were drawing names. Though I can now say that this kid is actually even worse than the kid he was nicknamed after. The other girl in my group and I both made it very clear to the professor after class that we're not at all thrilled that we're going to have to put in more work as a result of this kid, and since he is so clueless we're going to have to hold his hand the entire time, and odds are that he's going to drag down our grade. We don't have a choice, but we both wanted to have our feelings on the matter known. And again, I'm not trying to be an asshole, but this kid has honestly no clue what he's doing and half the time I'm pretty sure he's high. I don't appreciate having to do more work because of this schmuck.

Oh, and as I was walking to my next class I spotted The Ex with her arm around some girl. Lovely. It's even the same time of year she dumped me.

And then in my philosophy class we had some privileged, ignorant idiots who actually tried to use Social Darwinism as a justification for bullying. I hope I don't have to explain what's wrong with that. I also mildly lost my temper and apologized to the professor afterwards, but he said that in that case it was warranted.

So yes, just get me to the end of today and the two days I have next week. Hopefully I won't kick anyone into the next timezone, as sorely tempting as it is.
athenaltena: (-_o)
We're learning kanji now! And most of the rest of my class would rather get a root canal!

*shrug* After 5 years of Russian not much phases me anymore when it comes to foreign languages. I think writing kanji is actually kind of fun. I did have to buy the new book since we got to the end of our first textbook.

Oh, and said book is the last textbook I'm ever going to buy as an undergrad. How's that for a scary thought?

*blush*

Oct. 18th, 2011 09:38 am
athenaltena: (chie)
I had to email my fiction writing professor my self-assessment for a story (since it's something new she wants us to do with all the work we hand in and I forgot) and she sent this note back:

Thanks so much for sending this.

You're a real asset to the class. Thanks for being so very involved!


*blush*

That was nice to hear since I sometimes feel like a know-it-all in class, even though I don't think I am and honestly try to avoid coming off as an asshole, since I don't like that type of person.

The irony is that I've always considered myself kind of shy, but the older I get the more I realize that most people seem to be shyer than I am in the sense that I'm often one of the only people who speaks up!
athenaltena: (Silly)
In one of my classes today several other students did a PowerPoint, and though it was pretty good they also had a rather… unfortunate typo.

Mainly, they meant to write “assess” but instead wrote “asses.” It might have just been the fact that it was the end of the week, but as soon as I noticed that I just lost it and had to cover my mouth with my coat collar so I wouldn’t interrupt them with my laughter. Apparently I was the only one who noticed, too, since despite my efforts to contain myself a few people sitting near me noticed the fact that I was shaking. I explained to the professor after class why I did that so he didn’t think I’d gone insane, and he admitted that he hadn’t noticed the typo either.

God, it’s been a long week.
athenaltena: (writing)
Our new writing assignment is to write a scene where someone is killed with something you can find in your medicine cabinet. I picked floss. It's turning into a very dark comedy.
athenaltena: (Ritsuka)
I just got to write as part of a Japanese assignment, "Please don't listen to that person, because that person is an idiot."

その ひとを きかないで くだしい。 その ひとは バカです から。

先生* didn't actually tell us to say that, per se, but we have to come up with 30 sentences where we tell someone not to do something, and that only seemed to be a natural one to come from me. And it's useful phrase in any language.

I am glad that this is my last semester, since I'm barely a month in and I'm already tired of being exhausted. I am extremely glad I bit the bullet and got a cat, since that takes the edge off of the stress. Except when she's play-biting me, but even that's cute, and she's considerate enough to not draw any blood.

* "Sensei" i.e. what I'm supposed to call my teacher, though she also accepts "professor"
athenaltena: (sleep)
And I more or less did nothing to celebrate it today, but am trying to put something together for the weekend. It barely even registered that my birthday was this week until about Sunday.

The unfortunate part about being an adult is I had a lot of other stuff to do, including study for a Japanese test, work, and go to class. It was okay though, I talked to some of my friends for a bit after class, my parents called to wish me a happy birthday, I made macaroni and cheese, my all time favorite food, and am now making cookies. Not bad.

I also got myself some comics, bought myself a book and took advantage of a sale to get a t-shirt I wanted. I realize that one reason it's hard to shop for people as they get older is that if they want something they can get it for themselves. I did get Supergods from mom and dad got me an N7 hoodie that should show up any day, as well as a check from my great aunt. My grandma's also sending something.

So yeah. *shrug* No big deal, it was okay.
athenaltena: (excited)
In my philosophy class the professor got started today on moral relativism, and essentially said that his job in the next week is to tear that philosophy down, since neither he nor the author he’s going to have us read like it.

I am absolutely giddy because of this, because I also really hate moral relativism, because it is, in essence, a cop-out. I get what it’s trying to do and the principles behind it, which I think have some worth, but whenever someone drags a moral relativist position into a conversation what it really does is shut down the conversation, because there’s nothing you can really say in response to “well it’s all relative.” And that was exactly what this professor said.

It also turns out that a lot of our class identify as moral relativists, and I have a theory that one reason it’s common among people of my age group is that we’re taught to respect other people and all that, but the thing about moral relativism is that the fact is that you need to be able to say that some things are objectively wrong and others are objectively right, otherwise you won’t get anywhere and there is no way to enforce moral standards or take action against those that willingly break them.

Now, what you shouldn’t do is demean someone or treat them unfairly, as the Unitarian Principles put it, you should acknowledge their inherent worth and dignity, but if they do something wrong, you absolutely should call them out on it. In fact, I’d argue you’re required to. With moral relativism you can’t do that, because it’s all relative. It’s true that if we go too far and constantly put down people who don’t conform to our standards we become oppressors, but it’s a double-edged sword that does have a legitimate purpose, we just have to be careful how it’s applied.

I prefer to think of “right” and “wrong” more in terms of positive and negative consequences, since they can be objectively measured and it takes subjective judgments out of the equation. I hate to drag Godwin’s Law into it, but my professor did so I’m citing him here, but Adolf Hitler killed millions of people, despite what certain denier nutjobs will try to claim. Objectively, that was an extremely negative act, one if not the worst one in history. But if you’re going the relativist position, you can’t make that judgment, because it’s all relative.

So yeah, I am absolutely giddy that we’re going to spend the next week tearing this one down.

日本語

Sep. 11th, 2011 11:00 pm
athenaltena: (KuroFay)
Glad to see that my Japanese skills didn't totally deteriorate over the summer. Some stuff I had to look up, but I remember most of the basics, in fact more than I expected. It probably helps that over the summer I wrote notes to myself at work in Japanese to keep my skills fresh. I did have a few problems remembering some katakana, but that'll probably come back. At least I can do the hiragana.

That said, I found it odd that my textbook does not actually contain the word "textbook." And no, we were not allowed to cheat and just write テキストブック aka the "Fuck if I know it so I'll put it in katakana" method. The word we were supposed to use is きょうかしょ, which I had to look up in my notes from last semester. But seriously my textbook doesn't have the word textbook in it. Huh?

During class on Friday we also confirmed that I screw up left and right in Japanese as well as English! For some reason I have trouble telling the difference between them, and always have to do the "hold up hand and see which one makes an L" method.
athenaltena: (Clow/Yuuko)
Today was pretty good as far as classes go, though it did confirm that mentally I'm past college now, as frightening as what's actually past college is. I can see why upperclassmen get so annoyed by freshmen.

I had three today and on Monday Wednesday and Friday, and I knew the Japanese teacher. Unfortunately あまい ゴキブリ*, the guy who just doesn't get it, is in the same class and demonstrated that he hasn't changed a bit by barging into class 10 minutes late with his music so loud you could hear it across the room, but I'm on the other side of the room from him.

My fiction writing teacher is also nuts, but in a good way. I think that's kind of given for someone who teaches a course like that. She definitely likes putting people on the spot.

And it turns out I've had my philosophy professor before in the Philosophy of Science & Myth class, but I didn't recognize his name when I signed up, being bad with names but good with faces. He recognized me too. He's also nuts, but I like him. My favorite thing about him is that he looks and dresses like you'd expect a cop to, but he's a philosophy professor. He's also extremely dry and quite hilarious. And now that I think about it he kind of looks like McNulty from The Wire.

Other than that today was kind of a wash, since I had to wake up early but gotten woken up even earlier by something, I suspect a neighbor's alarm clock. Once we're all closing our windows that should decrease. I was also kind of flabbergasted to realize that the potheads that live downstairs from me were already smoking before 8 in the morning. What's even more worrying is that I'm pretty sure one of them works in a hospital. I'm sorry, I don't object to the pot on principle and am all for decriminalizing it, but I don't care how good a doctor you are, if you're baked I don't want you treating me. The reason House can get away with that is because he's fucking House.

It was also fucking miserable out and raining the entire time, and I had to go on foot to and from. I got soaked going and even more soaked coming back, so when I got home I lay down for a few hours since I had an appointment at five. After a bit of that I realized I still didn't feel well, so I rescheduled my appointment for Friday. I just couldn't get back up and drag myself to the Back Bay in this weather, and since my throat is a bit itchy I'm hoping I'm not coming down with something. Although if I am I actually can't blame the school's petri dish of disease, since I actually started feeling this on Tuesday.

*See this post for an explanation as to why he's called that
athenaltena: (Ritsuka)
I don’t think I’ve had that variety of anxiety dream for a while now. I dreamed I was back in high school (and if you’ve followed my journal long enough you know that alone is enough to classify it as a nightmare) and all sorts of foolishness ensued.

I couldn’t take my car in since my dad was using it (which is in fact true at the moment, though I don’t need my car out here) and had to take the bus. I’ve mentioned before that if I never have to be on another school bus in my life I will be all too happy, since at nearly 22 years old I still have nightmares about the school bus thanks to the shit kids used to do to me when I had to take it and the fact that the adults at school were too incompetent to do anything about it (yeah, still have a chip on my shoulder, why do you ask?).

In the dream I also showed up to school wearing my panda nightshirt (which I actually wore to bed) and had to struggle to find decent clothes in the lost and found while late for my first class. This was no doubt prompted by the fact that my last semester of college classes start tomorrow.

This dream did remind me why I think that anyone who wants to be a teenager again is either a fucking moron, in denial or has serious memory loss. It sucked.
athenaltena: (Gil)
Just got three out of four of my grades:

Elementary Japanese II: B+
Global Health & Healing: A-
Contemporary Science & Innovation: A-

The only one that's missing is the English, and they have to have the grades in by 5. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
athenaltena: (Bored)
... When you don't have cable or internet. I found out about an hour ago when I went out on an errand that Osama bin Laden was dead. Wow. I'm stunned. I don't tend to wish death on anyone, but I'm glad they got him. I was among the people who thought they'd never get him.

In other news, yesterday I went to Ikea with D, and it was a bit like being in Oz. We mostly go stuff for D's room, and my legs are shot from walking around there and moving stuff up the stairs. We also picked up D's cat, Thomas, from where D had been staying with a friend, and he's a very, very well behaved cat. She raised him since he was 7 weeks old, and it shows. He's very relaxed and doesn't really cause trouble, so he seems like he'll be a good fit.

We also got the sink fixed today by the maintenance guy, and while he was there he fixed two of our windows that hadn't been opening properly. Very nice guy, and I'm glad we got that fixed.

I'm working on my take-home final for my sociology course, and I'm about half done. I have my Japanese final tomorrow, and then my English final on Thursday, and then I'm done for the summer! Granted, besides work I don't know what I'll do with myself over the summer, but light at the end of the tunnel and all that. I also hope I get at least a little cash for my books, since while I'm not broke after the taxes thing I don't have much in the way of savings anymore and need to start building them up again.

I'm also not sure if I'll do a radio show this week, because the Comcast guy might be showing up at the same time I'd be doing it. I'll see how it goes.
athenaltena: (writing)
So it was a little startling earlier this week to realize that I was registering for classes for my last undergraduate semester ever. This may or may not have led to some nervous whimpering.

The classes in question are:

SOC-433 Seminar in Crime & Justice
JPN-201 Intermediate Japanese I
ENG-370 Fiction Writing Workshop I
PHIL-127 Contemporary Moral Issues

The fiction writing one and the Japanese are because I want to have a little fun, dammit, and I only technically need to take the soc and philosophy classes to fulfill my degree requirements. Technically I already have enough for the philosophy minor, but I need an "expanded classroom requirement" which that course has. Somehow. It's not quite clear from the description how it works, but I was assured by my adviser when I met with her to go over my choices that it counts.

I also figured that the fiction and Japanese would keep my on my toes and keep me from getting senioritis, though considering I already am a senior credit wise if I was going to get it I probably already would have. Maybe. Transferring makes stuff confusing as to whether you're technically a junior or senior.

It did take me far too long to realize that "E. Staff" is not the name of an actual staff member of the English department, it's just what they put in the faculty field of a class when they don't yet have someone assigned to teach it. I only realized that when I was discussing courses with someone and mentioned that I had "Professor Staff" for the writing course, at which point I got laughed at. Though I can see how a kid might think that there is an entire family of "Staff"s who teach in different departments...

I'm also two credits ahead thanks to the ones I transferred in and the summer course, so short of something completely unexpected I'm on track to graduate in December. The actual ceremony is in May, but I can get the diploma in December.

After that... *runs away screaming*
athenaltena: (Rakka)
Leave it to Boston to go from balmy but spitting rain the morning to sunny and freezing cold in the afternoon. I wasn't expecting it to get so cold so soon so I dressed for warmer weather, and thus froze my ass off walking home. I then tripped while walking down the street and banged my knee and the heel of my hand. I took an ibuprofen when I got home to lessen the inevitable swelling. Though at least being frozen has also dulled the pain, at least for now, though I'm stiff as hell.

I also almost forgot my umbrella at CVS when I put it down to bag up my stuff and remembered halfway across Government Center, but luckily the guy at the counter put it aside. He also said that he though it was a real katana for a second.

And since my thought train seems to be going backward, this morning I pulled out my Odaiko New England t-shirt, which I got at Pride, and realized that I could actually read the katakana on it. I could not when I bought it.

Angelo also just came home and handed me a piece of junk mail, and I was reminded that I can usually tell whether it's junk mail by how it's addressed to me. I have a hyphenated last name and both names legally count, but junk mail tends to either drop one name or treat my first last name like it's a middle initial, and that tends to be a red flag because legit stuff usually gets it right. That was the case this time.

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