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Spring 2011 Class Schedule

scheduleIt’s week three in the Spring semester and I’m very happy with my classes and teachers. Thank gawd for RateMyProfessors.com!

As opposed to last semester where I traveled between three different campuses, now I’m just at one- and it’s my favorite one. I’m taking trig online and that seems to be going well. I love my sociology class, of course. I’ve introduced my teacher to The Venus Project and The Story of Stuff and he’s very impressed with my awareness of these things and will show SOS in class. I’m pretty amped about our final research project – I’ve chosen the monetary system.

I chose my Lit class as well as I’d hoped, from the many options. I really needed a refresher of the time period and the first day the teacher pointed out that it’s the most relevant time to today, although apparently many students don’t think that. And lastly, my government class is turning out surprisingly well. I’ve got a really kooky teacher with unique political views that don’t piss me off and I’m enjoying our weekly assignments. The actual material blows, as expected- but him admitting the absurdity, irrelevance, and stupidity of much of it makes it more tolerable.

So, I’m back in total full swing, working on those A’s and trying not to neglect the hell out of my poor innocent blog. Cheers!

First Day of Spring Semester

I’m very happy to be back in school. When I’m not forced to get up at 5:30am and get going, I don’t. I don’t get as much done, I get too much sleep, go to bed too late, I skip my green smoothies, don’t drink enough water, lose energy, and ahem, don’t blog. Not good. I also don’t get credit towards my degree.

This semester is another big one also because at the end we’ll be moving to Austin!!! I’ve waited sooo long for this and as soon as my last final is taken I plan to high tail it home and start packing up whatever is left so we can get on the road immediately.

My goal and wish is to be in Austin by my 30th birthday, which is at the end of May. We have to sell our house first and we don’t really know what to expect there, but it’s going to happen. We’re outta here and all up in Austin come the semesters end.

School makes the time go by faster and with our relocation plans that’s good for me, let this semester whiz by as quickly as the last one did, and get all A’s too!

I hope your semester goes great, Happy 2011!

Dogs Help Students De-Stress During Finals

I love this idea! Dogs helping students de-stress during finals – I could definitely use that! My mom’s beloved sweetie-pie Lhasa Apso, Vincent (r.i.p), was a part of the PAWS Across Texas, an animal assisted therapy program and I always thought it was such a wonderful thing.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/stressed-students-go-to-the-dogs-before-finals-23517040

World Habit Day & Zeitgeist Moving Forward Release!!

What a big day today is! First I want to mention that I now have all the test scores from my first round of exams this semester and…. (drum roll please)…. I made a 96 on every exam!! It looks like I’ve achieved a certain level of proficiency in my newly applied study skills and I’m super excited; it’s nice when your hard work pays off.

Okay, moving on to other news…

Today is World Habitat Day. It’s a holiday enacted by the well known Habitat For Humanity and was created to raise awareness of global housing issues. I was actually going to work on a project for Habitat this past Saturday, but all the volunteer spots were full by the time I went to sign up. I support the work they do and when we’re fixing up our home we always shop at the ReStore near us. However, it seems readily apparent to me that none of our current efforts are really ever going to do a damn thing but achieve small, dis-connected successes- a lot like wading in water. If someone doesn’t eventually come to your rescue, all that staying afloat will end in your drowning at some point.

Housing the planet is my call to action; and I’m doubly planning for making strides forward in the current system and in the one I feel we must embrace. But the latter is the only place we’re actually going to see a planet full of people out of homelessness and poverty. I strongly feel that until we address, seriously address, the reasons we have so many people without even basic, adequate shelter, then we are doomed to being hamsters in a wheel, working hard doing the same old shit just to stay in the same place. And when you pull that thread and follow it back to the source, like so many other pulled threads, it leads to a total broken system based on the pursuit, acquisition, and abuse of money and power.

Which brings me to our next headline of the day…

The 3rd Zeitgeist film trailer has been released!! Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is set to release January 2011 and I’m so excited! If you haven’t seen the first two films and researched into it’s origins or the foundation of this movement, now is the time! There are still plans for a Hollywood style feature film on The Venus Project planned for the future, intended to be a major step in raising awareness – I can hardly wait for that one. In the mean time, we have more Zeitgeist goodness to look forward to right on the horizon.

My Chegg is in!

I know a lot of people wait to get their books for school until they attend the first day of classes to see if they really need them. However, the way information is put online these days made it easy for me to evaluate that ahead of time. If it was optional, that was indicated and I know myself well enough to judge whether or not an optional text will be useful to me. Of course, if funds are low or haven’t come in yet, that’s a whole different reason to wait and could be good if your teacher puts texts on hold for use across campus.

I went ahead and figured out everything I needed and ordered it online at Chegg.com. I found a 10% discount code online which basically meant free shipping & they ended up giving me a 25% discount towards my next order too. I placed my order on Tuesday August 24th and the receipt said they would come in by 8/31 and 9/02. But early this morning (Friday August  27th) I heard the neighbor dogs barking and the exhausted sound of a large transport vehicle braking in front of my house. My Chegg is in!

They got my books to me the Friday before school starts- 3 very short anticipation filled days away! I apparently saved¬†$384.93. I also planted a tree because with every order they plant a tree- something I’m sure you can guess I LOVE! Something I didn’t love was the enormous Dr.Pepper door hanger flyers that had some stupid ass “fill in your favorite things” list on the side. (Like ANYONE is going to use that. They wasted a tree just printing that worthless shit). They also included a small Chegg branded sticky pad and pen- another decidedly not green move for a company whose marketing is based on providing and promoting earth-friendly (or should I say -er) choices.

Overall, I give them an A-. They helped me recycle text books- which saves trees-, save some green (as in $$$), plant a tree, and I got my books fast and properly filled. Now let’s just dump the corporate giant advertising and wasteful promotional products- c’mon I know you can do it Cheggy-weg.

Fabulous Photo Friday!

A stylish landing pad for busy adult students- love!

organized hallway

I don't know the origination of this image, if you do please let me know!

Back to School: Part II


University of Texas at Austin wordmark.

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Whoah. Shit got real, real fast. I finally sat down and picked up my college research again and with lightening speed things are taking shape. It’s surreal to me how my understanding of college has just ‘clicked’ this year; I just get it now. And what I don’t get at first, I quickly figure out. The past two weeks I figured out that I will be going back to school- this Fall! I was maybe a bit short-sighted on this one due to being consumed by burlesque, but I definitely wasn’t expecting to get back on the horse so soon. I mean, while I researched my ass off in February I only did it for about a month. I would say that one month and the two weeks I’ve been back at it is crazy fast to have this much figured out.

My initial research had me thinking that I would be attending a 5 year B.Arch degree program. Scratch that. I settled on the “4+2” (definition below) that I was so sure wasn’t for me. Why? Well, despite the 5 year being concentrated study it does not result in a Masters degree in most schools; apparently this is changing but it’s not there yet. Of course the four-two does and I like that. Also, I wanted to have a minor and take classes in a variety of subjects and the natural breaking point after gaining my bachelors appealed to me. However, all this is secondary since I’m a transfer student and as I understand it means I’m ineligible for that path, which does make since to me.

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