Only at MUST: St. Pat’s Break

Today was another amazing 70+ degree Spring day. In fact, I wore flip flops for the first time this season! I also have painted toenails for the first time since… a year and a half ago. I used to not be able to stand my toes unpainted, but then I got used to it. You see, I have this very embarrassing problem on my big toenails called fungus and I’ve been trying to get rid of it ever since then. Google says it’s a very difficult task without taking anti-fungal meds that can cause liver damage… sigh. So for now I just covered it up with polish and will forget about it until I go to the Health Foods Store for a better solution. It doesn’t look as bad as it sounds by the way…just a thickened nail that is barely a different shade of color. (I can’t believe I just told you that. Can anything sound more disgusting? I’m not gross, I promise! I have no idea how I got it, ew!)

Now there’s a late night Spring thunderstorm. Does it get any better than this? Oh, maybe if I was cuddling, yes! :)

Today was my last day of classes this week because of St. Pat’s Break! Woo!– now everyone (besides me and maybe a few others) can get drunk. I’m going to go visit my Grandma instead.

Some of my professors are way too supportive of the whole St. Pat’s campus-wide drinking binge. One asked if he needed to re-schedule a student presentation around the students’ drinking schedules? We were just going to watch a movie on Tuesday, but we’re behind in the class so we didn’t.

Hello! The reason why we have Thursday and Friday off plus the weekend is so they can party then! Why excuse the whole week? When would they ever do such a thing any other time?

Another professor asked the class to show, by a raise of hands, who would be coming to class drunk. Several raised their hands and he said it was okay, and he would do a “cool activity” that day instead of regular class.

He ended up doing a liquid nitrogen demonstration, like he has been doing in local schools for the past 20 years. It’s funny because I figured out that he came to my elementary school back in like 3rd grade or something! I vaguely remember the demonstration and being afraid to touch the liquid nitrogen. But today I did (quickly) stick my hand in it–and ate a frozen marshmallow (they’re good roasted and frozen.. who knew!) — and ate yummy ice cream made from it! Also, who knew that ice cream was so good with just a few ingredients (cream, sugar, vanilla)? I also watched, through a pair of goggles, a plastic ball and tube get shattered against the wall and table. Liquid nitrogen is really cool and so is feeling like you’re back in elementary school for a college class. He said when we are teachers (if we stay around this area) he can come to our classrooms to do his demonstration!

Here’s part of the ice cream making process from today:

So I didn’t mind having the “cool activity” in Environmental Physics today, but the whole St. Pat’s tradition gets on my nerves. From the start of January(?) until this week, there is a countdown of how many “daze” until St. Pat’s week. As it gets closer, campus becomes a sea of green and you pass by yards of frats with guys on couches with signs that say “Honk for St. Pat’s” and “You honk and we’ll drink,” with accompanying beer cans all over the yard. Students and staff receive emails with various crimes committed during the week (Last year there were several incidents of rape and they act like it’s expected and no big deal. If it was any other week, I’m pretty sure it’d be concerning!). There are other crazy things like guys “killing snakes” on your way to class, a drunken parade, and anything else that always make it the “Best Ever.”

Not so much.

Maybe these people should try going to their future jobs drunk and see what happens? Perhaps I’m a little biased because 1) I don’t drink and think it’s quite ridiculous to get drunk and 2) I transferred from a Christian school where drinking alcohol, even when legal age, is totally unacceptable. Nah, I think I’m right in saying that St. Pat’s is a little bit crazy here at MUST. I’d probably get in trouble for saying that on campus. ;-)

Oh, I forgot to say how my Ecology presentation on the Everglades went last week. HAH. I’m judging it on the fact that after class, some guy that I don’t know came up to me and asked “If I’d like to go out with him sometime?” I think it might’ve went well. As for how the rest of that guy’s afternoon went, he may say differently since I broke the news that “Actually, I have a boyfriend.” I think this is funny that it happened to me, so I had to share. Ryan laughed too when I told him… but he probably thinks I should wear a fake ring on my left hand to keep the boys away. ;-) Just kidding, just kidding… I doubt it will happen again. I look like I’m 12 y/o, remember?
I hope no one from MUST reads this post…. including my professors, the communication guy for making fun of their name, hardcore Pat’s fans, or the boy who got rejected. But hopefully you enjoyed hearing me rant.

First Impressions: Spring 2010

My second day of classes are finished! (I only had one today and a lot less anxiety. Phew.) I think this week is going by slow even though it’s only Tuesday. Is that bad?

Now that I’ve been to all four of my classes, I’m going to tell you my first impressions of each… (I did this last semester and it’s interesting for me to look back on them to see how the classes really turn out.)

General Genetics– It seems like I have a great professor. He’s been teaching there for 21 years and I think he’s almost perfected the way he teaches the class. Grades are not weighted (tests aren’t worth a certain percentage of our grade, etc), instead it’s all by points. He gives us clicker quizzes each class and even if we get an answer wrong, we still get a point. We just have to get half of the total questions right to get all the points. He also gives homework points for problems in the book. Then the rest of the points are tests, in which all the information comes from lectures. He said he wants to make the text book “recommended” instead of required. One test is take-home because it’s the Wednesday after Spring Break! How kind of him! Oh and I think this class will be interesting, I just hope I can grasp all the material.

Environmental Physics– Strange class… it’s for “non-science” majors. Yes, I am a science major and some physics students take it…so really that doesn’t make sense. But psych and business majors take it for a science credit, and secondary education students (like me) take it to fulfill weird DESE requirements. It will involve only a small amount of math and it starts with the basics of physics. After that, we will talk about environmental issues. 13% of our grade is attendance, but we can still miss 5 class sessions without it affecting our grade. We might have quizzes if we make him mad, which he said we won’t. So no tests either? I’m a little confused on that part. We have small homework assignments and a presentation at the end of the semester. He showed us the grades from last semester and all were A’s (besides two B’s I think.) Oh and a lot of class sessions we just watch videos, and then write a report over them.

Psych of the Exceptional Child– This class is required for my education certification, and I think I’ll like it (considering I like psychology and education.) It’s about students who aren’t the “norm”; mostly about topics in special education, but also a little about gifted students. Sometime during the semester we are required to observe in one of those classrooms and then write an observation paper. The professor seems really nice and I’ve heard great things about her. I think you can get a minor in psych and take every class with her. Oh and I bought this text book at the bookstore for cheaper than online! This has happened to me before but I still think it’s strange!

Ecology– I know my professor already because he’s my advisor. He’s really nice and laid back! I found out (or maybe I already knew) that he commutes from St. Louis. Wow; a 1.5 hour drive! It’s hard to tell what the tests will be like… but either way, I know he’s really willing to help us. I think the material of this class will be interesting (or at least some of it, like current events in ecology). We also have a group presentation in this class and then two short writing assignments.

So this is what I’ll be busy with for the next 17 weeks. Woohoo! ;-) Okay, I shouldn’t complain since I still get paid to go… it could be worse! You know, like having to pay for this stress!

Spring Semester 2010

Today marked the beginning of yet another semester.

Can you sense the excitement in my voice writing?

I’m not used to having such a short break, as in 4-5 weeks, in-between semesters. The last time I went straight from Fall to Spring was in 2007-2008. Then I had a break in Summer 2008 (kind of, besides two online classes), took the Fall 2008 semester off, started back in Spring 2009, had Summer 2009 off, went back in Fall 2009, and now… I’m back already and it’s Spring 2010! How it’s already 2010 and how it’s only my fifth semester is beyond me… weird.

Maybe if I didn’t take 12 hours at a time, I could graduate in a timely manner. But who does that?

So again this semester I have just enough hours to be considered full-time. 12 hours, which is quite enough for me. I’m enrolled in four classes: Genetics, Ecology, Environmental Physics, and Psychology of the Exceptional Child (no labs.) The layout of my schedule isn’t bad considering my earliest class is at 11 am, I only have one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’m finished at 2 pm on Fridays.

Today I was really frustrated because I had anxiety and it made my stomach upset most of the day. I didn’t feel anxious in my head, so I didn’t understand where my body gets these messages. I’m going to try passion flower as a natural remedy for anxiety… I saw it on Dr. Oz and then googled it. I need to do something or I’ll never make it through normal life, like going to the dentist this month (because I’m afraid they’ll threaten to extract my wisdom teeth.)

Anxiety aside, my classes were fine and I didn’t feel as intimidated as I usually do. Maybe I’m catching on to this college thing … or maybe I’m in for a good semester. I really hope both!

Oh, speaking of anxiety– I also had it yesterday. A different kind though, one that doesn’t disturb my stomach. The kind I get when I tried to study for history tests last semester or when I feel over-stimulated. It still sucks though because I can’t concentrate on anything. I think it was partly caused from being glued to my MacBook for entirely too many hours. Oops, I’m really trying to work on that now. I need to find better things to do with my time.

Prayers, hopes, wishes, and dreams for a good semester.


Yesterday I had an advising meeting for Spring 2010 with my advisor at MUST. I’m glad he is understanding and laid back.

I also re-applied at AU (for what, the 3rd time?) online. Good thing it’s free.

Today I registered for 12 hours at MUST for Spring 2010. Genetics, Ecology, Environmental Physics, and Modern Western Civ. No labs.

I also sent off a transcript request form along with tenfreakingdollars to MUST, to be sent to AU.

(Un)welcome to the story of my college life.

What to do, what to do?

  • Have a “normal” college experience or umm, a not-so-normal one?

  • Graduate sooner or later? By sooner I mean, later, and by later I mean, later later. Confused?

I just did the math for “fun.” If I were to graduate from AU and start back in January 2010, I would have 44 hours left (which doesn’t count labs, but I would really have about 10+ hours of labs left) and I would only graduate with a biology degree. If I were to graduate from S&T and continue on from now, I would have 48 hours left (no hidden lab hours or any labs for that matter!) + one semester (13 hours) of student teaching and I would graduate with a biology degree and a certification to teach.

But I’ll probably graduate from neither. :)

FYI- In December, I’ll have 91 hours total.

  • Take or leave a refund that, with addition to my refund from last semester, would pay off my student loans?

  • Graduate with only a biology degree (and do what?) or a biology degree and a certification to teach?

  • Change my major and start over? Hey, why the heck not?

  • Live at home or with my bff?

  • Live two states away from my bf or two floors? Get married sooner or later? (By that I mean, it’d probably be wise to spend real time together before we consider the next step.)

  • Be lonely or be surrounded by people?

  • Focus less on getting a degree or on my well being?

  • Make transferring a hobby?

  • Walk to class in 5 degree Indiana weather or drive 10 miles to and from class and walk a short distance in more “southern” type weather? Or better yet, move to a tropical location?

  • Run away and start a new life somewhere else?

  • Kidnap Ryan and move to FL?

Okay, okay, I’m getting a little ridiculous, but sometimes I have to humor myself to keep my head from exploding.

It’s a win-lose-win-lose-win-lose situation!