First Week..Fresh Start..

How I would describe the first week back: ‘meh’. There wasn’t enough excitement.
I’m not entirely sure what it was, but this first week of term seemed rather unsatisfying….almost disorganized in a way – taking notes in class was a struggle, no motivation, my brain’s still on vacation. I’m positive the never ending rain has SOMETHING to do with it. I don’t quite know how I feel about my classes yet..I think I need to get used to them, not the content itself but the actual environment of my classes.  It bothers me how I can’t pinpoint what exactly is ‘off’…but maybe it’ll get better. I’m rather surprised that I’m actually getting to my morning classes ON TIME, if not earlier *shocking* – I think I’ve halved the amount of time it takes for me to get ready in the morning, less dillydallying.

Tips for future students, especially incoming first years, DO NOT buy books for second term at the end of August/beginning of September from older students… WAIT for your booklists to come out in late December. Why? Because SEVERAL first years this year bought the ‘General Chemistry’ textbook for Chem 123 at the beginning of the school year….and now they’ve realized that that book is of no good for them as the Chem department decided to use a brand new book! Lesson learned? I sure hope so.

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Second Year Registration – UBC

So second year registration is coming up for all you people going into, well, SECOND YEAR! So you guys just found out your majors….now what? If you aren’t sure what courses you’re supposed to take for your major remember to check out this super useful page UBC SCIENCE CALENDAR – scroll down and find your specialization and it will give you a ‘sample’ of what your second year should look like, as well as the next few years to come! The common second year ‘pre-med’ courses that the majority of students in life sciences(excluding biochem/chem) tend to take are: Chem 233, Biol 200, Biol 201(or Bioc 202…but during the Winter session, most people take Biol 201), Chem 205, and Chem 235. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 

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The title should be read the same way as the ‘shots’ in the song ‘Shots’ by LMFAO – just so you know. Now go back and read it again if you didn’t read it the proper way in the first place. 
My desk looks like some chemical reaction just got overly catalyzed(this is why I should never work in a lab) and just went too fast and then exploded. I have physical chem stuff sprawled out all over, in the hopes of trying to understand kinetics enough to get this problem set over and done with. I think I’m getting SOMEWHERE. Crazy to think that the final is in just 2.5 weeks, I think I’m supposed to catch up on everything during this long weekend rather than freak out and panic a day or two before exams begin. It’s forecasted to be sunny for the next week or so, is this global warming in action? If so, that sucks, but it’s nice to have a sunny March after all that heavy downpour. 

Not sure why this music video is soooo long, but this song has been stuck in my head for the past couple days.  We Are Young was the Fun song stuck in my head at this time last year, so here’s a new one for this year, who knows, there could be one for next year too. 😀 

And song #2 that has been stuck in my head. I always did like P!nk. She doesn’t disappoint. Although, I will say, I’m not a fan of her music videos.
Notice a theme in these songs? Maybe more than the obvious one? Hmm. 

Just Breatheeee

PHEW. I am officially done with midterms, finally. Guess when my first final is? In 30 days, that’s less than four and a half weeks from now. Do you think I’m ready to even THINK about finals?! NO! Absolutely not. But let’s be real, when am I EVER ready to think about exams in general? Like, never. There are so many little deadlines for things here and there as the term comes to an end, and it’s just too much to handle at times! I think this year’s reading break just made me fall behind in everything, isn’t it supposed to do the opposite? Whoops. I am incredibly behind in Physical Chem…it’s just sad. I was behind by 10 lectures, but now I’ve somewhat caught up and have 5 more to catch up on. Oh boy. One step at a time. It’s election time around here, residences, undegrad societies, etc. Facebook has exploded with campaigns, voting event invitations, people endorsing campaigns, etc, etc, etc. I have to think twice to figure out who I’m talking to on Facebook since it seems as though no one’s profile pictures are of them anymore haha. ALSO. Highlight of MY day –> FINDING OUT THAT K’NAAN IS HEADLINING FOR THE AMS BLOCK PARTY!!! K’Naan, at UBC. OH MY. *excuse me while I learn how to breathe again* I couldn’t believe it at first, I thought it was a joke. HOW the AMS managed to do that, blows my mind, but they did NOT disappoint. SO GO GO GO GO GO GO! GET YOUR TICKETS! There’s a little Somalian sun to brighten up a rainy rainfall warning kinda day. 😉 

Reading + Break = Reading Break (minus the Reading)

It’s Reading Break for me, if you didn’t catch that. Whose wise idea was it to put ‘reading’ and ‘break’ together? Every time I’m not studying, I almost feel guilty.. uh ohs. BUUUUUT, I know I don’t need to feel guilty as long as I eventually get everything I need to get done, done. Right? riiight? riiiiiiight? RIGHT. I feel spoiled being at home, it’s just so nice, everyone needs a little downtown every now and then, away from the hustle and bustle of UBC. As much as I love living on campus, there are times when I have wished that I could just live at home, or maybe just live on campus with my home closer than it is so that I could go back home more frequently.. siigh, oh well. I kindaa feel like I’ve been on break for more than a week, although it’s only been like 3 days, but in my mind, I shut my brain off right after my Chem midterm, which was over a week ago. Pre-break midterm recap: my Psych midterm definitely did go well in my opinion, apparently the class average wasn’t as high as the professor wanted it to be, and I got the favourable end of that, so I’m happy with that. Whenever a professor says the average of something wasn’t as high as they would have preferred it to be, I automatically think that the next exam WILL be “easier”. The disappointing part of that midterm was the fact that I blanked on the fill in the blank portion of the exam…(blanking on the fill in the blanks? perfect), it was the kind of blanking where you remember what the answers are AFTER you hand in the exam – blah. 😦 I horrendously screwed up the more “science-y” aspects of the fill in the blank questions – and as a Science student, that’s slightly embarrassing. >.< 😦 Maybe if I had studied a tad bit more than I did, I wouldn’t have blanked, to be honest, I definitely could have put in more effort, but that’s what they all say. Then there was Chem 205….ohhhh man. The average for that midterm was too damn high. I don’t think any of my previous classes have ever had an ‘A’ class average on an exam…. I can’t even express how “scared” I am for the final. I feel like this is all a catch, “easy” midterm, brutal final – that’s the way it goes. This brings back memories(more like nightmares *shudder*) of the Chem 123 midterm and final, last year. The Chem 123 midterm had a high 70s average, and then the final came along and well, we were ALL in for a surprise with that one. One of the reasons I think the average was so high was because the midterm was scheduled too early into the term, it covered very little material, and it was pretty basic(concept-wise). Although it was “basic”, it was very easy to make calculation errors, sigh. I feel like the Thermodynamics questions can be tedious with calculations, you need to make sure you pay VERRRYY close attention to the signs in your calculations, the units, and which formulas to use when.

*side note* UBC’s Harlem Shake made it onto the new guyyzeee. Hitting almost 100 000 views in 2 days, right on. 1400 UBC STUDENTS DO THE HARLEM SHAKE (CTV NEWS)
Regardless of whatever negative commentary we may have received about the Harlem Shake, it doesn’t really matter, it was a beautiful day, everyone had fun, all the effort put into it by Hollis Mason, The Calendar, and just all the students in general, to make it happen was phenomenal, and it portrayed our campus and school spirit rather well. 🙂  

Long Weekend, We Meet Again.

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND! Perfect! I am alas finished with midterms until after Reading Week. So how am I spending this lovely long weekend in February? By catching up on everything I’ve neglected in the past week and a half because of midterms. University is a vicious cycle of staying on top of things, falling behind, and catching up, but you get used to it after a term….or two..or maybe three. 😉 I just had my Physical Chem(Chem 205) midterm last night, I love how very few people know what section they’re in(we spent a fair bit of time figuring out what section everyone was in). To be fair, it would just be easier if they had a box with all the sections on the front of the exam and we just had to check off the time/section that we’re in. I thought the midterm  was quite fair, but it was definitely a tad bit “tedious” with all the calculations. The second question was 15 marks and it was all calculations….you’d think “calculations? oh that’s easy,” but if you screw up in one place…everything else will most likely get screwed up, so you need pay close attention to everything. I was thinking about this the other day, but I’m finally in a term where I actually LIKE the majority of my classes – I would say liking 4/5 classes is pretty good, whereas in first term of first year I think I “enjoyed” maybe 1 class out of the 5 I was taking…..and in second term I enjoyed/could tolerate 2 out of the 4(I don’t know what compelled me to even stay in Science haha)……second year is definitely more interesting, so if you’re wondering, it DOES get better. One more thing about midterms, just because I feel like I’ve come across this “a lot” recently.. if you do cruddy on a midterm, don’t think it’s the end of the world, surprise surprise. Midterms are usually on average worth a quarter of your grade (give or take 10%) – yeah, yeah, that may be a “large” ish chunk, but there’s always room for improvement. If you did poorly in comparison to your standards, just don’t hold it against you. Be upset, go for it, just let it out, but don’t be too harsh on yourself, we all screw up every now and then, and yes, it sucks, I know, but learn from your mistakes and just aim higher next time and make some changes in your study habits. Honestly, pouting about it, what is that going to do for you? Nothing! Make changes, have an open mind and be positive. I’ve had those times where I’ve studied my butt off and then I flip over my exam and my mind just BLANKS, and all that’s running through my mind is panic and how much time I wasted studying like a mad woman for that exam. It’s definitely disappointing and a huge let down, but maybe all that studying wasn’t “efficiently” done. When you go into an exam, you don’t want to be “overconfident”(unless that works for you) and don’t be “underconfident” either. You need the combination between a little fear, and being confident,  you need to acknowledge that you studied as well as you could, and that you know what you know, nothing more, nothing less. Anyway, figure out what type of studying method(s) work for you, it’s a bit of trial and error. Some people can sit in front of their textbooks all day and they’re fine, some people can only be in solitary confinement for a few hours at a time with their books.