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Random Thought

So a few weeks ago I thought I had lost out, but what I realize is that I more than likely dodge a bullet.

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Time Flies

Where do I begin… My time has been consumed with my studies. I finished one degree this past December and started another in January of this year. The difference in the quarter system and semester system took some getting used to, still trying to decide which one I like better. Not that it matters because semester it is for the next couple of years. I’m doing a whole lot more reading and with an emphasis on theory and analysis which is making my head hurt. I’ve never been so exhausted after a week of classes as I’ve been over the past 7 weeks. I’ve got one more week before Spring Break starts, and when I say I’ve never been so glad to be having a week off, I mean that with every fiber of my being. I probably should have taken some time off to wind down before jumping out of the pan into the fire.

The level of maturity in some of these students leads me to question why parents even bother to send their children to college. If parents only knew how much time their children waste or how the act they might think long and hard about spending their earned dollars at a private college. Hell I’m questioning my decision to attend classes in person versus getting my degree online. Of course if I had to do it all online it would take me forever to complete it. I guess I can’t complain too much, I get to sit down face-to-face with my professors if I get lost in the material and the personal interaction helps me stay focused.

I think this will be a good place for me to unload. Facebook had been a good place but I think I just need to journal instead. I need to get back to writing anyway, plus I’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable venting and just releasing energy here. 

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Focused

   My focus is paying off. I’ve gotten back in to my fitness routine and it shows, my muscle tone and energy level is up. I even did a 4-mile run a couple of weekends ago, although when I started I had no idea the run was going to be that long. After the run I just knew my knees were going to be mush but to my surprise they didn’t hurt or swell up at all. My clothes are fitting much better, no more snug feeling in the mid section.

   I’m re-taking this algebra class and I promised myself I would not fail this time around. So far so good, I’ve taken 2 test so far and I’ve gotten an A on both tests. Two more to go, the next one is a take home test and I have a week to complete it. I have to give a lot of credit to my professor, she is excellent at her job. Even with all the problems she is dealing with at home, she does everything in her power to make sure everyone understands the material, unlike my last math professor. I’ll be getting her an edible arrangement when this quarter is over, don’t want it to seem like I’m buying my grade. As much as I dislike politics and government I’m liking this political science class, I’m just glad my professor is a lively character.

   I was pleasantly surprised to recieve a letter from the college inviting me to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I’m honored but also feeling a little bit of pressure on keeping my GPA at 3.5 or better because I have a few challenging classes coming up. I’m going to apply and see what happens, I’ll never know if I don’t at least try.

   Now if I can just stay focused on my writing, I start working on it but then get distracted which turns in to procrastination. I’ve got to find a way to balance out my school work, fitness, writing, and other activities. My writing group helps but it only meets twice a month, I owe a couple of clubs at school some pieces and some photos for the Reflections magazine and the Newsletter. Sometimes I feel like I’m spreading myself a little thin and now that I’ve written this note I can see that I have, but all these school clubs and other activities are what’s driving me. So even though it might seem like I’m complaining I’m really not because I could easily quit at any time.

   Time to get busy and re-write these math notes from today.

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The Countdown Begins

Just one more week of classes. I’ve learned a lot about writing and done a lot of writing over these past few weeks. I also joined a writing group that meets every 2 weeks. Both of these have forced me to learn to write on the fly and have challenged me. I’m glad I took this course and glad I found the writing group, maybe now I can finish my writing.

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Changing it up

I was just getting back in to writing peotry and now we’ve shifted from writing poetry to writing short stories. The last couple of class exercises have been writing short stories. The topics have been interesting enough, not sure if I’m going to stick with what I’ve already started or maybe find something else that peaks my interest. Whatever the topic I will not have time to procrastinate like I do in my other writing.

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Some good information

http://writerswrite.co.za/cheat-sheets-translate-emotions-into-written-body-language

Ran across this list, time to go back to my writing to see if I have done this in my works.

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Getting the Grades

I wish all my classes were as much fun and interesting as the 2 classes I’m taking now. On my first writing assignment (interviewing my name) I got 99 and my second assignment (sonnet) I got a 97. Feeling good about that. Took my first pyscology test last week and got an 86. Doing good so far.

The third assignment is to write a longer poem. Had to read the drafts in class last week. I actually had two, just need to decide which one I want to focus my attention on. May just complete both of them since I’ve already started. One is going to be a little harder than the other, it’s a list poem. I’ve got too many things listed and need to try and figure out how to make them work together.