It snowed this morning. Not hard, just a few flakes here and there. Luckily though I got to sleep in, until about 11 am or so. No classes today; it’s exam week now. Just studying.
Well, I mostly studied. The temptation to slack off is high, and I’m giving in a little right now sitting in the coffee shop. I keep telling myself that come Wednesday afternoon I can forget about classes for the next couple weeks. Yes, after Thanksgiving, while most other college students are thinking about upcoming finals and winter break, I start a new quarter. It’s not as bad as it seems; I’ve gotten used to it.
I’ve had many teachers over the years. Some good, some bad, some that really don’t stand out. Well, at the moment, I’ve got one who’s pretty bad. It’s always interesting when you get one of these, because there are a lot of different things that can make a teacher bad. Getting a bad grade isn’t necessarily one of them, though it can be. Sometimes it’s because the teacher’s boring. Sometimes they just aren’t good at presenting. It can go on.
This particular teacher is an older guy. He seems like a very nice guy, and it’s obvious he knows his stuff. I have heard that he’s good at explaining stuff if you go to him outside class. However, I’m rarely interested in his class. While the material isn’t that hard (thank God), he talks slowly, and often stands in front of exactly what he’s writing on the board, making it hard to take notes.
Now, I consider myself a technical person, and in general I generally find math and other technical subjects interesting. Now, this should be an advantage. Generally, when I read about something I’m interested in, I retain it more easily. Though I know everyone’s different, I’ll take a stab here and and say that this is probably the case for a lot of people. I think that a good teacher is someone who can latch on to this, and while they may not make the subject interesting all the time, they at least give you the tools to do so yourself. By this I mean that they’ll do things like talk loudly, move at a good average pace for the class, and pretty much just get the point across in the most efficient way possible.
I’ve had good teachers who do in fact accomplish this and, as I mentioned, this particular teacher is lacking. Nevertheless, I’m kind of stuck with the class. I guess it could be a lot worse; I could get one of those teachers who flips out at the mere mispronunciation of his name (I’ve heard a few stories). It’s just something I’ll have to work through.
A lot of people dispise Mondays, as it is the beginning of the week for most. It’s the time when the weekend is over, and you have to get back to the drudgery of work/school/whatever. I used to feel the same way. Okay, I guess I do still a little. But for the most part, Mondays actually aren’t too bad. As long as I get enough sleep the night before (going to bed at around 11:30 on Sunday does this), I’m pretty good, even after a rough weekend. My schedule on Monday isn’t too bad; it’s actually similar to the other days of my week.
Well, yeah, I’m in school, and at some point my schedule will change or I’ll go to work and I’ll end up hating Mondays again. But for now I’ll just take the time to enjoy it while I can.
Well I’ve been back a full week now, and I must say it’s not so bad. Some of the same old stuf as last year, but this time I think I have a better handle on some things, which is good.
One thing that’s nice is that it’s starting to get cooler, particularly at night. This is good because we can air condition less, though we still end up running the one in one of the bedrooms, as we don’t get the cross breeze and there are computers running. But the rest of the apartment is staying cooler more now.
There are a few classes that I’m trying to get myself into the right state of mind for. Namely, I want to do well. Not just that, but excellent. I need to annihilate them. In a good way. They are just ones that I would like to conquer. Now, what I’m still working on is getting myself into the right state of mind, developing the right habits, and I think I’m improving. Sometimes I think you have to brainwash yourself, just a little bit.
Well, I’m going to try to get some sleep. But before I do, I will say that I’ve decided pursue turning WordPress into more of a content management system, rather than try to throw together a bunch of PHP. So, I’ll probably expand the category selection, and put up a few static pages. I’m not sure when I’m going to get around to this, but at some point I most certainly will. And who knows, maybe I’ll think of something else too.