Archive for December, 2009

Break Break Break

December 11th, 2009

Break. Yes. Finals are done. On Monday, I had the public speaking final. For their final projects, the students had made videos to promote the college. Here you can find one of the three. I was very proud of the result. Because I was the TA for public speaking, I did not have to take the final for the class. Tuesday, I had my most horrific final: linear algebra. I had been struggling with that class since the second week of classes. The final was worse than I could have imagined. I think I might have gotten about sixty percent right, if I am lucky. I hope the rest of the class did equally bad, because the professor will curve the grades. After the final, I was extremely happy. Finally, I was done with linear algebra. Wednesday, I had my transitions to advanced math final. I have liked that class throughout the semester and I had been doing pretty well. I just wanted to make sure I did not ruin my grade on the final. When I was taking the exam, I had two problems that I could not figure out. However, I refused to give up. Eventually, ten minutes before exam time was over, the answers came to me. In a daydream, I saw my high school math teacher explaining how to calculate the sum of a sequence. I needed that for one of the problems and I jotted down everything I could before my professor demanded the exams to be turned in. Thursday at 2:00 pm, I had my last final. It was a principles of rhetoric final. The midterm in that class was hard, so I expected a challenging final as well. I didn’t get much sleep because I had to store so much information in my brain, but I think I did well on the final.

So, finals were done, no obligations for a while. The last thing I wanted to do before I would relax for eternity was selling back my books. I had bought a 140 dollar linear algebra book and a 120 dollar transitions to advanced math book, so I expected a good amount of money. When I offered the lady my books, she looked at me plainly and said: “that would be 18 dollar.” I said: “what!?”. I kept my books and thanked her unfriendly. I will try to make my first internet sales soon.

Bastiaan

Status hell week: passed

December 6th, 2009

I am feeling good. Soo good. It is the weekend before finals week, but I don’t think I have felt so relaxed since the beginning of the semester. My responsibilities for ISA for the semester are fulfilled, my responsibilities for the Ambassadors program are fulfilled, my responsibilities for the Wooster activities crew are fulfilled, but most importantly, I survived this past week.

As I said in my previous post, I had turned in my matrix project on Tuesday. Then, I was planning on pulling an all-nighter for my principles of rhetoric term paper. I followed my plan. I started working at 10:30 pm and I worked until 2:16 pm. Sixteen hours of paper writing. When I last saved it, I had no clue if it was a good paper or a bad paper. I just knew I had to turn it in. The deadline was 2:30 pm. After I had turned in the paper, I started experiencing weird sensations. In class, it felt like someone was pushing on my skull with two hands. In reality, my head was not touching anything.  I couldn’t read what was on the board, although I usually have HD vision. At 4:30 pm, I finally got to take a nap. It lasted 20 grand minutes. The result was great. I had to work in the library at 5:00 pm and I felt reasonably tired. Not unreasonably tired like before.

At 10 pm, I had a hall program. I ordered four pizza’s and we watched the hall video I had made. I was very proud of the result and I was lucky enough to have my supervisor walk in to this model hall program. I was RAing like a star.

Then, a little before midnight, I turned off the light to go to sleep. I departed to dreamland quickly. When I woke up, it was forty minutes into my first class. I smiled. I had just had the best night of sleep in weeks. After that, I only had one class left in the semester. Now, I am preparing for finals. I only have three finals. That is very easy compared to others. Some people have four finals plus several papers. I can enter my finals week with a relaxed attitude.

Bastiaan

All-nighters

December 2nd, 2009

I skipped a week of blogging. No, this was not accidental. It was Thanksgiving break from Tuesday afternoon until this past weekend. Before that, I was attending the American Model United Nations conference in Chicago.  A week without classes, but this week I am catching up. This weeks counts at least as a double week of classes.

Model UN was great. I loved talking to many new people and seeing how students simulate the UN. I also loved Chicago and the great Hilton Chicago that we were staying in. The College of Wooster paid for our hotel and our transportation, so I only had to pay for food.

New York City was great too. I had been to New York twice before, so I could now enjoy the city without the pressure of having to visit all the touristic highlights. I stayed with friends of my girlfriend. They rent a small apartment on 62nd street between 1st and 2nd avenue. A very nice location for such an expensive city. New York was busier than I had ever experienced it. The black Friday shopping was insane. There were masses of people on the streets, in the stores, everywhere.

Unfortunately, I had a big project due on the Monday after break. It was a matrix project and it had given me much stress during my “free” time. I finally managed to finish it on Tuesday. Our professor had given us a one day extension that I very much needed. Now, I can just hope his grading will be friendly.

Tomorrow, I have my term paper for my principles of Rhetoric class due. I hope that my professor won’t read this blog because of the information that I will share with you right now: I have less than one page done. I am analyzing an article that accuses Obama of using mass hypnosis. I read the 67-page article and I have some sources I can draw on, but all the writing still needs to happen. I have just been doing some research on how to pull an all-nighter. The bottom line is: drink plenty of water, eat proteins, don’t nap longer than 20 minutes, keep your window open, dim your screen, take short breaks, think positive thoughts. I hope this will get me through the night. I know it won’t be fun, but it needs to be done. This is the last big project of the year 2009 (excluding finals) and I want to do well on it. Saturday, I will let you know how it went. Whatever the result, it will be turned in by then.

Bastiaan