I think I’m going to just let you guys assume if I don’t update often in a month, school is kicking my butt, and not apologize for lack of updates every entry. 😉 The truth is very little besides school is going on in my life, and I don’t want to be that boring guy who writes about school every entry.
Having said that, school is a large chunk of my life so writing about it is to an extent unavoidable. Balance is key; I just need to write more content. My recaps will hopefully pick back up in a week or so. Finals are next week, and I will have a small break before Summer classes begin. I actually recently started the first Animorphs book out of nostalgia (Amazon recently released the series for Kindle and I couldn’t help myself), so I’ll be adding it to my series of recaps soon. Animorphs is frakkin amazing; if you have not read the series yet, you need to pick it up, no matter how old you are. I actually never finished the series. My plan is to restart it from the beginning and actually read it to the end.
I can’t believe I only wrote one entry in February. So sorry about that, guys. February kicked my butt. Well, I guess school kicked my butt in February. I finished one of my courses, Math for Elementary Education I this past Monday. It geared up soon after my last entry and went full-throttle until the end of the month. I got through it, however, and I got through it with an A. I’m pretty proud of myself.
My lowest grades were the project grades, and they were group projects (read: the devil).
We just got our test grades back from our last Math for Elementary Education test, and I made a 93. Some of my classmates in my group text are going, “Yes! I made a 87!” and are getting comments like, “Woohoo!” and “You go, girl!” and meanwhile, I’m sitting here thinking, “Wonder what I missed. I’ve got to do better. There were just four points between me and a B.” Don’t worry, I definitely do not tell my classmates that I’m (mildly) disappointed about a 93.
During the first week of Spring classes, my American Literature instructor asked me what I made in my last English class. I told him I made a 99. He said that means I had to have made a high A on every test and essay, and I probably wouldn’t be able to do that in his class. We have had one test and one essay so far, and I made a 100 and a 96 respectively. Looks like I’m doing what he said I probably wouldn’t be able to do; however, his comment gave me anxiety. I stressed about both of these assignments and worried while I awaited the grades, even though I knew I had done my best.
School started back yesterday. I have some really interesting classes this semester. I am going to talk about my schedule and first thoughts on my classes in the next few paragraphs. Skip to the heading below if this doesn’t interest you, haha.
I’m taking Math for Elementary Education 1 and 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 PM. The class is so long because the class is actually condensed. Halfway through Spring Semester, I’ll take my final exam for MAT 211 (Math for Elementary Ed 1) and will begin MAT 212 (Math for Elementary Ed 2), which will end when my other Spring classes end. Put another way, I’m getting 6 credit hours for this one slot of time. My professor is French and has a thick accent, but I understand him well enough. We haven’t dived in too deep yet, but from what I can tell, I’m going to struggle a little bit with this class because I was taught standard algorithm when I went through school, and I rely heavily on algebra. I’m so used to making equations to solve problems. This math is completely different than everything I’ve ever done.
New Year’s Day has always been a day of reflection and hope for me. I look back at the previous year and try to think of my accomplishments. Then I look ahead and try to think of actionable decisions I can make to better my own life. I believe we bring our own happiness in this world, and it’s up to me to ensure I am living life in a way that makes me happy.
2017 was actually a pretty great year for me. I was trying to think of things I’d like to change in 2018, and although I came up with some resolutions, it was difficult because I feel like I accomplished so much in 2017: