Standards

April 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm (Rants, School)

Walking across campus today, I passed by a rather large tour group.  As it is a wonderfully warm day, everyone was dressed appropriately for the weather, especially the tour guide.  Or, in her case, perhaps overly so.  Actually, it’s under-ly.  The tour guide was wearing one of the shortest dresses I have ever seen, on this campus or anywhere else, except perhaps on hookers in movies, but then again, even they leave something up to the imagination.  Is it too much to ask for our tour guides, representatives of our school, to have some sort of standards for dressing?  Or is it a new tactic: come here, and sure you’ll pay a lot, but look at what you’re getting for the money!  Not only a good education but a gorgeous campus and loose women!  Yey!

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A Short Summary of the Annoyances of This Weekend Outside the Purview of Normal Stresses

April 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm (Friends)

As I have not the heart to relive the disastrous events of this past occasion, I shall point you, dear reader, to my lovely roommate’s recounting.  Mind you, having never seen Sweeny Todd before, I still enjoyed it despite the distractions 😀

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Dare I Say It?

April 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm (Happy, Summer)

I do, I do dare! (raise your hand if you thought I was going to say “believe in fairies!”)

*looks around furtively, then whispers* I think I’ve gotten the first inklings of a tan!

Hooray for gorgeous days and classes held outside!

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Pollen, Pollen Everywhere…

April 13, 2008 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized)

You know it’s spring when your computer has a film of bright yellow pollen covering it thanks to its proximity to the open windows in your room.  Your laptop, your papers, your books, your printer.  Basically everything.  Lovely.  Plus, have you ever handled a piece of paper covered in pollen?  It feels weird (in a gross way) on your hands.

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C’est La Vie

April 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Talking to my mother about something totally unrelated (well, maybe not totally), she brought up the fact that my aunt and uncle and their kids (on my father’s side) are moving this summer because of his job.  Where are they moving, you ask?  Well, I shall tell you:

HAWAII!!!

How cool/unfair is that???  I have seriously been doing research on moving to Hawaii for a few months now, and now part of my own family is moving there!  On the bright side, I now have an excuse to go there for visits and see what it’s like first-hand.  On the downside, I don’t get to move with them.  I wish I could convince them to let me help them move…

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My Faerie Having A Little Fun

April 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm (Faerie, Songs)

So I opened my iTunes today to listen to a bit of music while I read my fabulous magazines that my mother sent to me (think Forbes, US News & World Report, etc – not Cosmo or anything remotely similar) and the following is a list of the titles of the first set of songs on my most inclusive playlist:

  1. Are You Ever Gonna Love Me?
  2. With A Little Bit Of Luck
  3. You’re Still the One
  4. That Summer
  5. Where Would You Be
  6. All Over You
  7. So Close
  8. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
  9. Outside Looking In

…and then it started being more random, but seriously! Look at those titles and imagine them as a conversation or something! They all fit together in some way! Or am I just going crazy?

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Where’s the Motivation?

April 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm (Homework, Rants, School, Writing)

I am a terrible student.  Seriously.  I cannot, for the life of me, seem to get myself jumpstarted on any sort of writing task.  Or reading task, for that matter.  Or anything that I should do, either for school or just for myself, for that matter.  And I can’t figure out why or how to break the cycle.  It is so bad of me, and so bad for my schoolwork and life in general.  I mean, I spend more time worrying about an essay or something overall than I do writing the stupid thing!  So why can’t I sit down and just write it and get it over with?  I don’t know!  And it is enormously frustrating!  Gah.

Kill me now.

Please.

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The Joys of Pig Roast

April 5, 2008 at 11:53 am (Uncategorized)

Today is the joyous occasion of Pig Roast here at my lovely college.  What this means is that I am awakened at 10am by drunk people both inside and outside my dorm.  This sort of behavior continues all day and into the night.  The halls even reek of alcohol, and it’s barely past noon.  There is something wrong in the fact that only I and a handful of other students here think that this behavior is wrong.

And there’s a large tour group outside my room currently.  I don’t think I would have come here had I toured on this auspicious day.

I did have the chance to talk to a friend of mine, R, who agrees that this is the worst day to be on campus, and the only safe place is basically locked in your room or hiding in the library.  We both agreed that we love the school, but cannot stand the student body.  But neither of us are in a position to tell if this would be different anywhere else.

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An Actual Discussion? In French? C’est pas vrai!

April 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm (French, School)

In my French class today I think we had the first actual useful session all semester.  The drill sessions are supposed to supplement our learning in class through smaller, completely discussion-based sections.  There are only eight of us in my drill class, plus the instructor, who, by the way, is also a student, just a year or two ahead of us.  On a normal day, our instructor, J, goes through oral exercises with us, of the repeat-after-me variety.  It’s not totally useful, but I like it for the reinforcement of the vocab that we have in class, but other than that, I don’t get much out of the discussions.

Today, however, we actually had a discussion held (almost) entirely in French!  We’re learning the subjunctive, which allows for much more complex sentences, and so the textbooks creators decided that this would be a good place to put in vocabulary about prejudices and racism and sexism and all that fun controversial stuff.  So that’s what we talked about in French today.  And it was awesome!  Everyone was actually speaking in French, forming sentences on our own, rather than repeating exactly what the instructor said, save for the one word we had to conjugate or whatever.  This is what I wanted drill to be like!  This is so much better practice than ridiculous repeat-after-me drills.  Now, granted, a few people – well, most – people in the class aren’t exactly at my level and so can’t speak very coherently, but still.  How are you going to learn to speak in French if you can’t learn to think in French?  That’s what these conversations are all about anyway, teaching us to think in French.  It’s not like there’s much participation in the normal class.  I mean, the few times that I have had the opportunity to ask the professor a question or make a comment or something in class, I usually start off in French and then he tells me to just use English.  So basically, he’s the only one who speaks in French for the whole class, unless, again, we’re doing some sort of exercise where the only real thinking we need to do is conjugate one verb.

Again, I understand that the vast majority of the class is simply not ready for conversational French since this is only a 200-level class, but I would like to see some more emphasis.  I mean, the earlier you can get people/students thinking in French, the better.  Right?

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