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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2012||08:53 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]

I have been super-duper tired thanks to the millions of paper my professors keep assigning me.

What annoys me is my professors never ever tell the class what they want from the paper or how they will grade it until they give you back your first graded paper. I really wish I would get some sort of criteria so I can know what they are looking for besides "Write about this topic, and make sure it is two pages long." Some of my professors have been crazy about detail while some would rather you just be brief as possible.

I am happy I managed to pass the CPR portion of my CPR and First Aid Class. I was nervous as hell I would fail. I could still pass the class grade-wise, but I really need that card for jobs in my field (early childhood education).

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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2011||08:08 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]

When I was younger, when there was nothing in my life to do but do homework and go online, I used to read the Xangas and Livejournals of my classmates. It was somewhat before Myspace; I remember when the majority of my classmates flocked to Myspace. A part of me misses the days where people blogged about their day and feelings. The closest things I have today are status updates, and I don't have as much because I just cleaned out my friend's list on FB.

I added my schools today. I doubt anyone pays attention to them.

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It has been awhile. [Jun. 28th, 2011||12:37 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
 
Yesterday, I managed to sign up for my classes. I'm retaking my math class, as well as taking the next Child Development class. I won't start these classes until the end of August, which is next. All I have left to do is pay for the classes, which I will be doing sometime this week, and buy my book for my Child Development class, which I can't do until mid-August when my school posts the required book. I won't have to buy a math textbook as I still have the one from last semester.

My adviser helped me pick out a good teacher.

I tried to convince myself that my last teacher was "okay", but looking back he was a a bit of a jerk. Each class period he would basically call us lazy, and berate the class for not doing well enough. We were apparently the worse class he ever had, and he told us that we should just drop the class because we'll be taking it next semester with him. I kept thinking, "Well, if the whole class is not doing so well, why not try to find out why?" Sometimes it is a combination of factors.


Were there students who didn't pay attention? Sure. Some of my classmates texted and/or left class early, but these students were NOT the entire class. If you have a problem with certain students, talk to them outside of class. Do not waste 10 or 15 minutes ranting how we should all drop the class, and that we do nothing but text and sleep. 

We were far behind because 1) the teacher was letting us out early for two weeks, despite students pointing this out, 2) snow days and 3) we missed a day of class due to a tornado drill. 

I had to deal with a similar teacher back in my freshmen year of high school. That teacher would spend class periods talking about his period issues, how lazy we were, and that he wanted to move back to Germany as he felt the students there were better. I was told by him I would never be more than a 'C' math student, which I have proved wrong several times since then. I remember talking to a teacher about him, but nothing really came of it. 

I was passing the class with a 'C' before the final, which I didn't do good on. I studied my ass off. 

I know I need to learn to speak up in situations like this. I think next time I will consult an adviser.

On a lighter note, I will be going to the beach soon. It has been two years since I went, but it has been three years since I went with my family. 

I'll be driving down in my car for the first time. I'm both excited and nervous. I haven't driven to a place that is about three hours away, plus more if you consider traffic. 

 

 

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It has been awhile. [Jun. 28th, 2011||12:34 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
 
Yesterday, I managed to sign up for my classes. I'm retaking my math class, as well as taking the next Child Development class. I won't start these classes until the end of August, which is next. All I have left to do is pay for the classes, which I will be doing sometime this week, and buy my book for my Child Development class, which I can't do until mid-August when my school posts the required book. I won't have to buy a math textbook as I still have the one from last semester.

My adviser helped me pick out a good teacher.

I tried to convince myself that my last teacher was "okay", but looking back he was a a bit of a jerk. Each class period he would basically call us lazy, and berate the class for not doing well enough. We were apparently the worse class he ever had, and he told us that we should just drop the class because we'll be taking it next semester with him. I kept thinking, "Well, if the whole class is not doing so well, why not try to find out why?" Sometimes it is a combination of factors.


Were there students who didn't pay attention? Sure. Some of my classmates texted and/or left class early, but these students were NOT the entire class. If you have a problem with certain students, talk to them outside of class. Do not waste 10 or 15 minutes ranting how we should all drop the class, and that we do nothing but text and sleep. 

We were far behind because 1) the teacher was letting us out early for two weeks, despite students pointing this out, 2) snow days and 3) we missed a day of class due to a tornado drill. 

I had to deal with a similar teacher back in my freshmen year of high school. That teacher would spend class periods talking about his period issues, how lazy we were, and that he wanted to move back to Germany as he felt the students there were better. I was told by him I would never be more than a 'C' math student, which I have proved wrong several times since then. I remember talking to a teacher about him, but nothing really came of it. 

I was passing the class with a 'C' before the final, which I didn't do good on. I studied my ass off. 

I know I need to learn to speak up in situations like this. I think next time I will consult an adviser. 

 


 

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(no subject) [Dec. 11th, 2010||10:41 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
Mom, you do realize you are yelling at my dad for yelling and making the flavor of Kool-Aid you told him to buy? Calm down. It is not the end of the world. You can stop throwing a temper tantrum now.

Any time now...
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Exams [Dec. 11th, 2010||01:02 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
Exams are next week.

Joy.

This weekend is going to be Hell.
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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2010||11:00 am]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
I told myself, "I would post at least one a week."

Well. I broke that promise over nine thousand times (/overused meme).

College got to me. I am burred under piles of math work, and I have a Abnormal Psychology exam this week. I am not ready, but that can be said for most college students, and besides, I will be able to take one sheet of notes (front and back) with me. Notes are be wonderful at reminding me of facts I forgot, or bullshitting answers.

On a lighter note, I have been with my boyfriend for two years now. Not counting that one online relationship that lasted about fours years, to a guy who doesn't even acknowledge my existence, I am pretty proud. Two years means that I have not done anything idiotic enough to cause a break-up. I truly love him, and hopefully the months and years will continue.

Perhaps I'll try to keep to my promises...this time. *sigh*
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rantage [Aug. 26th, 2010||11:04 am]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
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[Location |United States, Maryland, Ellicott City]
[Emotions |annoyedannoyed]

I hate Geek Squad, and I know I am not the only one who feels that way. Look on the internet and you will find plenty of complaints made against Geek Squad, and Best Buy who hosts them in their store. There are horror stories ranging from laptops never returning to warranties being completely ignored. As many times I have had my laptops, which includes the two previous ones I've owned, I am not surprised when it comes back with no operating system, scratches, or even having it break the next day. Recently I had to take my laptop back because it had screws missing. When there the Geek Squad guy noticed the power jack should be replaced. He also stated that the screws AND the power jack would be replaced for free considering that it is still under warranty for the next few months.

I have had power jacks replaced before, for no charge, even when that was not the issue that it was sent out for. I realize that they will do tests to see if everything it working, and if it does not pass it they will replace it.

A few days, maybe a week, after the laptop was shipped away they called my father, who was the one to buy the warranty, to say that they were going to charge him over $200 to repair the laptop. Wait, what? He fought that, and basically said if it was going to cost him he would pretty much take it to small claims court. My father is dramatic when it comes to shit like this, and I guess to a point I am. At the very least, the power jack should of been replaced for no charge. Then did it in the past, what was different not? There were no claims that the damage was caused by someone using the laptop. Just, "it is not under warranty." Yeah, that claim got thrown down pretty quickly.

Yesterday, they called saying that the laptop was in. We told them that we would be picking it up tomorrow. My dad wants to deal with themselves, to see if the laptop was working, etc. Today came, of course, as it is today, and they wanted him to pay more money to cover the shipping. This time they claimed that the laptop was not under warranty.  I call bullshit on that. You do not go from "it is just under warranty" to "there is no warranty" because that just sounds fishy.

My laptop is under warranty for another few months. If they want to make that claim, do it to someone who does not have the proof to back it up. Not my dad, who by the way, it making a complaint. He's one of the screaming, angry customers you hear about on customer's suck. I can't say I am proud of it, but I can see where his actions and feelings come from.

I am about to go investigate my laptop to see what repairs they have done.

Nope.

No repairs. Refusal to repair the laptop due to my dad's refusal to pay the price.
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“i hate the games…but yeah, i’ll be buying them…” [Jul. 25th, 2010||10:47 am]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
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[Location |United States, Maryland, Ellicott City]
[Emotions |awakeawake]

"…but they suck.”

I don’t know about you, random user I saw on Youtube, but it sounds like you might just be buying the games just to have something to bitch and complain about for the new few months. You already stated that you hated the game, as well as the appearance of the Pokemon. Yes, let’s spent almost $35 on a game that you don’t have anything positive to say about.

Oh, and for the record.

Pokemon = Pocket Monsters. Stop fucking complaining that they do not look like animals. What part of Pocket MONSTERS do you not understand? They could look like the monster in your closet to a Electric/Ghost thing that can change into random objects, such as a fridge.

raaaaaaaaaaage~

Oh, I have a final on Tuesday and then I am done with my math class. I retook a test and managed to almost do perfect, if it was not for the fact I got one question wrong. Oh well, jumping to 96% is still pretty epic considering I failed the class -twice- in the past. I am hoping to bump my overall grade from 87% to a 'A' through the final exam. I'll need an A---so here's to studying and relying on luck.

Then I have to house sit for my aunt, which I am getting paid for. I will have a month to relax before my fall semester starts.

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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2010||06:54 pm]
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]
I managed to get some productive things done besides drag my sleepy ass to class this morning. I signed up for my fall semester classes today. I'm taking Abnormal Psychology, Creative Writing, Math, and Psychology of Happiness. I didn't get much choice for my humanities class. When I went to see what was available, only two classes popped up. That means that they were only offering two classes. It was either Psychology of Happiness or some honor-leveled class. The honor-leveled class didn't sound that interesting, to be honest. This is my first major semester after taking a break from college.

The other classes...well...I've been meaning to take them for awhile.

For the math class I am taking at the moment, I am holding a 'B'. I haven't gotten a good grade since I took my Business Math class back in high school. I failed this class two times before. This is the third time I am taking it, and finally it is starting to make some sense. I'm no math genius or anything. I loath math. But, I will pass this class with a 'B' or higher. I'm determined. No crazy friends who make me miss class, no confusion over slope and y-intercept, no dying when it comes to the area of some odd-looking shape. I do think my math teacher needs to be more clear...

My math teacher, before the first exam, stated that showing work was optional despite what was written on the test. She said that it was beneficial, that it could only help you. She repeats this as well right before the class takes the second exam. Fair enough, right? Until the second exam was graded and she stated that if you show your work, get the right answer, but you did the problem wrong you would get points marked off. This pretty much goes against her little speech on how showing work can ONLY be beneficial, that it could not count against you, etc. Each answer was worth five points. Since I did not do the problem right she marked four points off. I got the right answer.  One out of five. I mean, when you get the problem wrong but show the work you get half-credit. That's three point five out of five points. I understand you are supposed to get the concept done, but be more clear on how you grade, or stick to your word. If you change how you grade notify your students. Most of the students are her age or older.

That is the type of shit that annoys me. It'll annoy me throughout the class.

=|

Going to close my boyfriend's account tomorrow. He's coming along, of course. Bank of America is evil.
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