The Update About the Update that NEVER HAPPENED (I’m so sorry!)

So, um, I know that I said I’d update sometime in the second week of school and that never happened. Sorry about that!

What I have been doing is:
1) Going to class
2) Working
3) Whining about statistics
4) Updating my student life Tumblr page
5) Going to class
6) Doing some homework
7) Whining about statistics
8) Procrastinating on the Internet
9) Whining about statistics
10) Beautifying my Twitter page
11) And many more…

Do you see a trend there? Yeah, I whine about my statistics class. A lot. It’s not that I don’t like it or anything, but it’s hard and I don’t always get it right away (and I tend to lose patience with difficult concepts really quickly)! However, having the class once a week and having to do two chapters for each class actually isn’t so bad. I’ve kind of fallen behind, but I’m catching up. I’ve found that I’ve basically had to read over the chapters multiple times and then write out some of the equations in normal-speak (read: not equation-speak) and basically work it out on paper in the margins in order to understand it. It seems to be working so far. Good times…

You know, I actually like this setup a lot better than high school. I can pretty much do my homework for any class whenever I want provided that I’m not in class (or at work!) at the time, and it’s a lot easier than having nightly homework, that you have to do – because then I just don’t want to do anything. I actually want to do this. I rather like being able to sit down at pretty much any hour of the day and say, “Okay, I’m going to learn some statistics now!” and then spend an hour or whatever on it, and then be lazy again . Mind you, I’m still having trouble adjusting to the new workload and so I’m not really totally caught up on everything, but I seem to be doing okay in Microeconomics right now and I don’t think that I have any assignments due for at least a week. Which reminds me, tomorrow morning if I have time, I should probably do the referencing assignment for Political Science… It’s due in 9 days, and I haven’t gotten started on it yet. Eek! I’d kind of prefer to have that out of the way early this week, although somehow I’m thinking that there’s some sort of catch within the assignment that I won’t discover until after I’ve already worked on it. It just seems too easy, you know? Worth 15%, each reference worth 3%, and then you just have to use APA (or whatever it was) to reference, like, a newspaper, two journal articles, a book and a website or something. I might start it tomorrow morning and then email the professor on if there’s anything hidden within it that I have to do. Or I might also just procrastinate, but I’m kind of curious now.

Right, well, that’s all for tonight. I work tomorrow afternoon, and I’d kind of like to do some stuff beforehand, so I should probably head to bed soon. Toodle-oo!

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University Jitters

As my first day of classes at university approaches, I find myself wondering more and more what is going to happen, and exactly what to expect. I talked to a girl I met at some frosh events and she told me that there is a lot of reading and that, for the most part, it’ll be reading instead of assignments and whatnot. (Of course, then I’d imagine that final assessments would be worth a lot more.)

I’ll certainly have more free time at random hours – when I’m not studying, I can pretty much do whatever I want, and provided that I manage to get enough reading and/or notes done during the week, I can pretty much do whatever I want on the weekends. Considering that I’ll likely be working most of the weekends, that’s probably a good thing, as it means that I won’t be up late Sunday night trying to work on something due Monday. However, since I don’t have any 8 AM classes, that’s not as much of a worry (at least for this semester!), since technically I don’t even have to get up until 9 AM on most days unless I happen to work early, or I agree to drive one of my sisters to school.

I’m just worried that in university, since I tend to procrastinate until the very last minute and sometimes not even get things done, I’ll fall behind quite easily. I might put the reading off for one week and then assure myself that I’ll do it later, before the next class, but then that might never happen, and eventually I’ll have no idea what’s going on in class. I think I’ve even heard that’s why first year drop out rates are so high – people get lazy and then can’t keep up. I only hope the same doesn’t happen to me, but time will tell.

I’m fairly excited, though. Although my university doesn’t have a lot of clubs, the ones that they do have seem interesting, and I’m already thinking of joining a history club, the student newsletter and a women’s group. There are also some campaigns run by the student union that I’d like to get involved in: queer/trans* issues (a very dear friend of mine falls into this category and as such it’s important to me), combating rising tuition rates (self-explanatory… not to mention that Ontario’s tuition fees are the highest in the country), and raising the minimum wage (the current minimum wage of eleven dollars sets full-time workers below the poverty line).

I’m also hoping that joining various activities will allow me to meet others, as all of my friends from high school are going to different universities than myself. I’ve already met some pretty cool people at the frosh events I’ve attended, so I’m hoping I find friends soon! It’d be especially nice to have some friends in Commerce, because then we could study together, and I’d have someone to talk to about the classes, discuss professors, etc. It seems like the vast majority of people at this campus are in Psychology, which isn’t too surprising considering that the campus is not that old and the Commerce program has been around for at most two years. (I study at a satellite campus that shares their facilities with a college. There are mainly humanities programs offered.)

I don’t have classes tomorrow (Wednesday), but I may go up to the university all the same and explore the campus some more. I’d like to check out the student union office and get some more information about the different campaigns and clubs anyways.

Thursday is my first day of classes, and I’m particularly hoping for luck in regards to parking and actually locating my classes. It wouldn’t be good if I was late because I couldn’t find a parking spot! That’s the main thing, really; getting there on time is the first, and probably the most important, step for me, because I have a terrible habit of underestimating the amount of time it takes to get to a place and then leaving far too late to actually get there on time.

Signing off for now. I plan to write a series of blog posts detailing the various trips I took over the summer while I was off from school, and I’ll see about getting at least one of them published in the next week. I’d like to make a post about my classes as well, but that should probably wait until the weekend, when I’ve been to three of them, or until next Wednesday, when I’ve been to all of them. I’ll see. I’m thinking it’ll just be a comparison post on how university classes seem different to high school classes right now anyway, so I can probably write it having only gone to a few classes.

Until next time! Louisa. 🙂