Takin’ Care of Business: An entirely different angle on what's going on with Sam and I. I had to dispute no fewer than five sources of credit on each of the three reports, on top of loads of personal information they had wrong. Grrr. Upside: Hopefully, moving into a house, this fall.
Negative: May 2005 Archives
So, um, my name's Erica, and I haven't posted in... two months? Realizing that the posts on my blog aren't really a reflection of what I'm doing right now, I thought I'd post a little update. Right now, I'm being a lazy bum. Kind of. I'm between semesters. Last semester, I started off with (final grade in parenthesis):
- Construction Graphics and Design Process (aka Drafting) (B)
- Introduction to Design (A-)
- General Chemistry I (W)
- General Chemistry I Laboratory (B+)
- Special Topics: Flash MX (A)
- Calculus I (B-)
- Intercollegiate Forensics Activities (A)
- I have no respect for my Drafting professor. He never showed up for his class on time - he was habitually ten to fifteen minutes late for a fifty minute class. He had a tendency to teach us about the history or theory of something, and never get to the practical stuff. Then, when you asked about the practical stuff (i.e., how do I do x in CAD?) he'd look at you like you were just a few brain cells above a fungus (if that), and say, "I just covered that." Yeah, you dink, but in all of that "covering" of "that", you forgot to actually talk about practical application. He was notorious for giving assignments full of stuff he hadn't explained, and not giving complete requirements - then counting off for stuff he neglected to mention. The worst part? I get this guy for another semester of fun-fun-fun.
- In spite of my Design course being a breeze, it was also about as intellectually stimulating as poking dried cow dung with sticks. See, the professor here (who happens to be the head of the Architecture department) never felt that it was his responsibility to teach the class. Instead, he brought in a guest lecturer for every class section for the first two thirds of the class. You know what the best thing is about guest lecturers? They have no idea what the last guy talked about, so they cover the same stuff every class. When a guest lecturer had a scheduling conflict and just couldn't make it, he naturally cancelled class. The remaining third of the course was devoted to in-class work time for one of three projects in the class. That's right - three. You'd think that, having only three projects at the college level, each of them would be pretty significant, right? ...yeah, right. Both of the papers (one individual, one group) were done by me the morning they were due, in the space of three hours or so. The (group) powerpoint for the last one, which I did most of the work on, was done in a handful of hours as well. (I probably don't need to tell you how much I love group work.) There were no tests in the class, because the professor didn't like grading them. I got nothing out of this class. Speaking of which, if you're going to make your class a useless steaming pile of crap, do us a favor and don't do that mandatory attendance crap. If people aren't coming to your class, there's probably a reason. Might want to look into that.
- I dropped Chem lecture. My professor was a big fan of threatening and reminding us all what losers we were. And he loved memorization. I don't think he ever mentioned that there were, you know, patterns within the periodic table.
- Chem lab. This was actually one of the highlights of the semester. The labs were fun, interesting, and helped me understand the lecture material - but it was always too little, too late. The professor was awesome. When I was having trouble in lecture, and considering dropping, he went over the material with me in his free time and helped me find a lot of the patterns the lecture professor didn't care to mention. I'll do a lot better in lecture when I retake it, and it's mostly due to this guy. On the downside, this lab ate up so much time. Gag gag gag. Three and a half hours every Friday afternoon, plus, on average, two hours of prep, and another two hours of after-class work. That's roughly eight hours of work for a one credit class, which is not cool at all.
- Flash MX would have been a whole freaking lot cooler if the instructor didn't read out of the book all the time. It would have seemed like less of a joke if, on top of that, the tests weren't open book. And it would have been spiff if the grading criteria wasn't "completed assignment: A".
- Flip that around: Mrs. Calculus Professor, if you're going to present Calculus wildly differently than the book does, please show the differences. Particularly when your way is an attempt to make things "easier". Or hand out supplemental materials. Studying for your class was a nightmare; going to your class was a waste of time. Which is why I particularly resented the quiz-as-a-form-of-attendance BS. Ugh.
- Forensics. I signed up for this thinking, hey - I was on the Speech team all through high school. I don't want to take that steeeeenking basic speech course! I'll see if I can get my program to accept Forensics instead. They did, and I did, and... well, if you were wondering why I was missing in action most weekends last semester, that's why. While Forensics was a blast, and I made some good friends, had a good time, learned a lot - it was also a huge, huge source of stress, and ate up a ton of time. A portion of the stress was trying to come onto the team halfway through the year, and write and memorize and hone at ultra-speed. I'm writing my speeches for next year already, ahead of time; I'm going to participate as a team member, but not for course credit. That way, I can ease up participation when my course load tries to kill me.
- Building Systems, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, with the same asshat who taught last semester's Drafting class (no choice; he's the only one who teaches it)
- Elements of Architectural Design, Monday evenings, with a Monday/Wednesday evening lab
- General Chemistry I, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the late morning. I hear this professor is a lot cooler, and I'll have a two-month head start.
- Engineering Statics, Tuesdays and Thursdays right before Building Systems.
- Calculus III, Monday through Thursday, right before lunch.