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Summer Semester

The summer semester officially ended yesterday, but I was done with all of my class work on Friday once I took my music appreciation online final. I’m still waiting on the official grades to be entered in the system, but my online reporting for music appreciation shows I received an A, and for oral communication, I received As on every assignment except the first test (a high B). I think it’s pretty safe to say my 4.0 GPA is in tact.

I’m still surprised I was able to do this. Not just to get back to school, but test right into calculus and receive an A, as well as get As in all of my other classes. I’m proud of myself, and it’s motivating me to want to keep doing my best so that I can graduate near the top of my class.

Now, I only need to get a handle on other aspects of my life. There’s a new job opening in my company that I recently applied for, and if I were to get the job, I would get a nice pay increase. I’m not crossing my fingers, though, so at the moment I’m still pretty poor, and still asking for help. Best to assume things will just continue as they are.

Please help if you can. I won’t get listed in the public search until I reach $100 in donations (which may never happen) but I want to give it a shot.

http://www.gofundme.com/gallbladderhelp

Thanks again!

Day Off

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Took the day off work today. It’s nice to actually get a chance to relax and have a three day weekend without having to make up the time later or work OT. The last half of 2013 was insane work-wise, so I’m welcoming this bit of a slow down. Unfortunately, my shipment of textbooks for school arrived earlier than I had anticipated, so what would have been a good plan of having it sent to work turned out to be a bit inconvenient.

I made my way to the office to pick them up before meeting my mom and brother for some lunch. It was nice to have some time to relax and talk with them, as my mom works nights and my brother lives a bit farther away, so we don’t see each other quite as often. After lunch we left my brother and grabbed some Starbucks, then came back to my place to relax until dad got off work. I’ve had a headache most of the day so I haven’t gotten a whole lot accomplished, but sometimes you just need a little down time.

When I did crack open my textbooks, I got a little intimidated by the Calculus book. Just peeking at some of the pages makes my head spin. I’m really hoping it won’t take me too long to adjust to doing math again. I just have to keep focused and try to do my best.

Preparations

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After another snowy morning and a long day of work, I spent the evening doing a bit of shopping to get ready for school, and decided to take Friday off since things have finally slowed down. I found a new backpack, and though it’s bigger and cost more than I would have liked, I liked the color too much not to buy it.

School is getting close!

A stroke of luck

Sunday night, the community college I’ll be attending this semester purged everyone who had registered for classes but had yet to pay.

This was one of the days I had been waiting for. Since talking to an advisor, I was told to take Analytic Geometry and Calculus I, as well as College Composition II (I took I back in 2003). Unfortunately for me, all three of the math classes were full by that point, so I was told to contact the math chair to see if they would override the system to let me take the class. At the same time, the honors courses were recommended to me, so I also sent an email to the person in charge of the honors program to see about taking Honors College Composition. I received immediate replies from both – out of office replies, stating they would return January 6th.

For more than two weeks I waited, anxious about whether or not I’d be able to take the classes I need. I almost forgot about the purge, but between snooze alarms on Monday morning, I grabbed my phone with the sudden thought of checking the math classes. Only one slot had opened up… and it was in the evening class I had hoped for!

I jumped out of bed and registered for it, adding a regular College Composition II course as a placeholder (and just to be sure I have a class if for some reason I’m not accepted to take the honors course). It can be changed easily enough. I was actually hoping to have heard back by now, but due to the previously mentioned snow storm, the college was closed both yesterday and today, so I’m still stuck waiting on that front. Classes start on Monday, so there isn’t a lot of time… I just hope everything works out!

New Toys

(Backdating so I don’t skip a day, but I do plan to update again for today!)

My first day back at work for this year didn’t turn out quite as I expected. On a break from my usual tasks, I went ahead and checked out MacBook Pro prices on the Apple site, since I needed a new laptop for school and my loathing of Windows 8 chased me away from any of those machines. I’ve used Windows all my life (with the occasional immersion in Linux), and to me Macs were always the shiny fancy toys that I could never hope to afford.

To my surprise, the prices of the MacBooks weren’t drastically different from the Windows 8 machines I saw in MicroCenter on new year’s day. I even discovered that, being a student, I could get a discount. I was planning on waiting until I got my school loans to figure out what I could afford, but to my surprise, Apple approved my financing, and I ended up purchasing a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. I went for the middle model – 8gb of RAM, 256GB flash-based drive, etc. The closest Apple store to me was out of stock, but luckily it’s not the only one in my area, so I was able to find a location to request in-store pickup. One of my pet peeves about shopping on the internet is waiting on shipping, so any time I can pick up in a store, I do it.

The rest of the day was torture, waiting for the clock to run down, but somehow I survived and went to pick up my new toy. After getting some dinner, I went home to watch the Blues game and get my MacBook all set up.

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So far, I really like it, but I have a lot to learn. My only experience with Macs was back in grade school, and that’s been over 10 years now, so while I know a few things, there’s a lot I need to figure out. I’m sure that it’ll be second nature after a few months, though, and I know this will be a good computer for school!

On another note, I’m a bit miffed that the Home & Student version of Office for Mac doesn’t have outlook. My university uses it, why should I have to pay even MORE for it? Microsoft, I’m really starting to hate you.

On a good note, the Blues absolutely crushed the Kings last night, 5-0. Now, the Blues are only 3 points out of first place, and they have three games in hand. Let’s Go Blues!!

In closing, have an Omi:

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Testing

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I left work early to head to the college for my COMPASS placement test. Seeing as it’s been over 10 years since I graduated high school and my math review didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, I had my expectations set low. After a long wait, I finally got started.

Of course, math was first. I was able to pick a level to start with, so I chose the middle, which was algebra. I must have been doing alright, because at some point it switched to college algebra on me. I was totally clueless on a few questions, but did my best.

After the test, I was surprised to find out I had scored well enough on the math section to place right in the class I need, Analytic Geometry & Calculus I! My reading and writing scores were perfect as well, receiving a recommendation to look into honors courses, so I headed over to talk to an advisor and see what my next step would be.

The advisor told me I should start with the aforementioned math class (she was surprised I tested into it, saying it’s extremely rare!) as well as College Composition II (I took I in the one semester of college I have under my belt so far). After turning in forms and talking to financial aid, I went to register for my classes, only to discover that my math class only had three sections, and they were all full.

After another talk with advisors, it was recommended that I contact the math department chair to see if there was any way I could take the class this semester. My major is very math intensive, so it’s important I start the math as soon as possible. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping they’ll be able to do something from me, but I got an out of office reply from the math chair, so I’m a bit disappointed.

No matter the outcome, I was pleasantly surprised by myself today, and I came home to much deserved cake and a few presents from my roomie~

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Busy weekend!

I had intended to update daily, but this past weekend was busier than I had thought it would be. On Saturday, my work had a (very disorganized) bowling holiday party, which I left early to go see this!

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I was glad I did, because I really enjoyed the movie. When it was over, we went to Red Robin with my parents (since my dad wanted to be somewhere he could watch hockey!)

On Sunday, I had to work six hours, ate, then went home to do some chores and start studying for my upcoming COMPASS test. After killing my brain, I decided that I would NOT be ready to take it on Monday, unfortunately.

Last night, after working late, I tried to look for a Christmas gift (without success) and then went home to study some more as I watched the Blues game. They ended up losing in OT, and I ended up with a headache after looking at algebra problems all night! By the end of the night I determined that my level was good enough, and so today after work I’m going to take the test. I’m nervous about the math section, but I think I’ll do fine, and will probably only have to take some sort of trigonometry class before diving in to the college level math.

I also hope to know what my class schedule will look like by the end of the day. After the test is over I’ll make my way to talk to some advisers who will hopefully point me in the right direction. This is all a bit scary but I know I can do it!

Hockey

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So last night I ended up going to the hockey game with my dad and brother. The night’s match up was the St. Louis Blues vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, and we scored some lower bowl tickets for about $20 each. Sometimes I really love Stub Hub! After running a bit late getting off work, we ended up making it on time, and I even had enough time to hit up the team store. I bought ornaments.

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Not as pretty as some of the ones in the online shop, but they’ll do!

After the first period and three Blues goals, it was clear who was dominant, and they remained that way to win the game 6-3. There were some bizarre bounces and strange goals, but the home team came out triumphant. It was a good game!

And tonight was the public debut of my new Steen jersey, and wouldn’t you know he scored a goal for me 🙂 Yay!

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It was a fun diversion from reality!

When I got home, I had an acceptance email from the community college, so today’s task is figuring out what to do next. I’m both nervous and excited!