Ode To September

Happy last day of September. This is the point in the term where I start to feel….sad….. except I don’t have time to be sad. I always like to cherish September to its fullest, since it’s such a  “fresh” month (new courses, new year, new start, new commitments, new schedule, new EVERRRYYTHIIINGGG !). I also had my first midterm of my fourth year, which didn’t exactly go as intended…..but that’s okay, it’s still September, summer mode is still waning away. But not to worry, I have a couple more midterms this week, time for redemption? Maybe. I tried so hard to not fall behind in my readings this year, although this year I have A LOT of readings (probably because my courses this term reflect me being 60% Science-y and 40% Arts-y, as opposed to the usual 80-100% Science and 0-20% Arts). But yes, as I tried not to fall behind in my readings, I realized I was only caught up in my readings for one class….oops. I’m also taking this one course(oh degree requirements), which I took the pre-req of last year, I’m just so uninterested in it that it’s mentally and physically exhausting to actually pick up the textbook and read it – so therefore I neglect it, just like I did last year, except that posed to be an issue for the midterms, oops. So yes, I have just started to get into the routine of things, it was definitely a struggle for the first 2-3 weeks of classes, but I think I’m picking up the pieces and figuring out how to juggle my schedule. LET ME TELL YOU, the busier you keep yourself, the more efficiently you learn to do things in a timely manner – #learningexperiencez  First and second year me had so much idle time(or at least I perceived to have enough time) to just casually scroll through my Facebook newsfeed every 5 minutes, now, not so much. I used to talk to people on Facebook chat and have conversations with them for hours…. I don’t think I’ve done that in MONTHS. I remember thinking it was old people(because at the time, in my mind, you would only be busy if you were old) that didn’t have time for Facebook….I have become that old person, at the ripe old age of 21, YIPPEE. 

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UBC residence assignments pep chat.

Clearly room assignments have been released, because the Class of 2017 Facebook group blew up. I’m watching yous. 😉 And of course the questions arise – “Can we switch rooms?” “What’s Totem like?” “What’s Vanier like?” “What’re the new Totem houses like?” “Which residence is better?” “What are the pros and cons?” ETC ETC. It’s awesome that you are all so eager and anxious to find out what your rooms and residences are like, but the main thing is, everyone’s residence experience is DIFFERENT!!! It’s what YOU make of it! You might hear other older students saying that _____ was so awesome and it’s the place to live…but that’s based on THEIR experience, just because you didn’t get assigned there doesn’t mean that your experience is going to suck. But in saying that, you ARE able to switch out if you’re not content with your current assignment(not that you really have that great of an idea as to what it’s like to live in your given assignments :S). Keep in mind that when you have found someone to switch with, make sure they’re the same gender as you, and then email UBC regarding the switch, because they do actually need to know. All of the vanier houses have shared bathrooms on each floor, as do totem houses except for the two new houses which have connecting shared bathrooms between two units or private bathrooms. Feel free to leave questions below and be sure to check out my other posts regarding UBC residences, but keep in mind that those are all purely MY opinions. #alwaysreppinvanier

Midterms start in a week.. WHAT?

So let’s keep this short and sweet… I’m so screwed. -.-

And NOW I will enlighten you on that……I have two midterms next week… Biol 112 and Math 100………. Biology is going to be HORRID. I know, I should stay positive, but seriously speaking, I was looking at the sample midterm, and I was like ‘Oh shiz.” ….NOT GOOD. Guess I’ll be hiding away in a library this weekend and study like crazy and perhaps UNDERSTAND uhhhh EVERYTHING!!! And Math….I thought I was doing okay at it….until I got my quiz mark back….and BOY was that a shocker…… SOMEBODY needs to get on top of things and just work SUPER hard. (that somebody would be me). 

At first I didn’t think that studying in my room was too bad…it wasn’t as distracting as I had expected it to be…or so I thought. BUT I was wrong….I’m pretty sure my room is extremely distracting and I just need to head on over to Koerner or Irving or something…(I’m so grateful that I’m in Vanier…those two libraries are just a 6 ish minute walk away from where I am….but poor Totem people would have to walk for like 15 -20 minutes…). Facebook, Youtube, my computer in general = HUGE distraction…I feel like there needs to be some parental lock on my computer so that I don’t go on Facebook and Youtube 3838728929176439228272 times a day.  Anyways… so my friends and I are trying to form a study group thing for Biol 112…’cuz we’re cool/ don’t plan on flunking on our midterms. Time is just FLYING by way too fast…..someone needs to just freeze time and let me do what I need to do !

Tomorrow I have my Crystal Structures workshop….still not entirely sure what to expect…but I know plenty of people that already did theirs, so I can just ask them, so that’s always nice. And it would probably help if I actually did the pre-reading….which I WILL do….tonight. I really can’t believe how fast time is speeding on by…I’m still surprised at the fact that it’s still September…..oh the life of a university student.

And it also sucks ‘cuz I’m sick…when you’re sick everything just sucks. The cold weather, the rain (although it hasn’t rained since monday), school, everything. I don’t like being around people when I’m sick, I just like to keep to myself, and  socialize as little as possible…I feel like I get self-conscious when I’m sick…I’m weird, I get it. And another thing about being sick….you pretty much go to class and sit there, barely registering what the prof is talking about…it seems like a waste of time….but yeah. Story of my life this week. 

ALSO, another thing….any of you who are planning on taking English 110……make sure you have a decent sized course load before you take English 110….there is quite  a bit of reading to do…and reading takes time…and you have to [over]analyze what the author is trying to say. It takes SO MUCH TIME. And the books that your professor picks may not be very INTERESTING…..it’s pretty much like high school. And don’t make the mistake I made….where you don’t read the book until the night before you have an in class essay to write ABOUT the book. <<<< MAJOR MISTAKE. And I know I’ve been majorly slacking with keeping up with this blog…like posting twice a week sometimes…YIKES. SORRYYYY. I’ll try to blog more often…..pretty sure blogging is like therapy…cuz when you get stressed out…you just spill your feelings to the rest of the internet…FEELS GOOD.

Totem? Vanier? DEAL WITH IT.

Oh my goodness, people are posting LIKE MAD about room transfers and all that. I feel like the list of transfers keeps growing and growing. Loads of the older students are posting about how people should just be happy with what they have and that no matter where they are, it’ll be equally as fun. And people that want Totem because it has always been the one with the ‘rowdy’ rep… it really honestly depends who is all in totem… you never know, all the party people could actually be in Vanier…or even equally spread out (which is PRETTY likely). And the people that got the new dorms…most of them are disappointed that they’re in the ‘middle of nowhere’ …and that it takes so long to get anywhere they need to be. But to the people that DID NOT get the new dorms…they treat them like some sacred place. People have gotten to the point where they’re willing to give up their first child for a new dorm (obviously we hope they’re kidding haha). But really, sometimes ‘old is gold’. 😉 And when you think about it, how much time are you going to be spending in your dorm? The walls are pretty thin, so if you’re planning on studying in your room…you’re going to get pretty distracted (OFF TO THE LIBRARY YOU GO!) AND I can’t get over how much I am loving and appreciating the enthusiasm and optimism and positive attitudes of the older students. Plus the RAs all seem INCREDIBLY SUPER! And I cannot WAIT to get started with my REZ LIFE!

Time to Make a ‘To Do List’

Summer has just gone by soo fast, I make it sound like summer is done…but it’s actually not.. I still have 20 days left until move in. Lots to do in 20 days.

TO DO:

  • Upload grad pictures onto Facebook…? (I’ve been meaning to do this since mid June…maybe I’ll just wait until..who knows when? :P). NOT GONNA EVER HAPPEN. 😛
  • Put my grad photos in an album…I have an album, and I have about 100+ pictures printed out ready to go (since mid June).
  • Get more stuff for my dorm room…ONCE I FIND OUT IF I’M IN A SINGLE OR A SHARED. (maybe once this task is accomplished, I’ll post something about what I’m going to put in my dorm room/what I have for my dorm…)
  • Start making up my list of things to bring to university!!
  • Apply for my UBCcard… ‘cuz I don’t want to wait til September.
  • Take a picture FOR my UBCcard ^
  • Pay off my fines at the public library…they’ve been carried over for QUITE some time…I think it’s time to just get rid of them.
  • Buy jeans. (not that I don’t own any..it’s just I need more…I can’t live without jeans).
  • Organize all my Calculus 12 stuff into one binder, to take to university.
  • Reorganize/get rid of unwanted things on my bookshelf.
  • Call a UBC advisor to figure out something about my ‘potential’ major.
  • Round up all my Starbucks cards..pretty sure I have a total of $30-$40 just from those cards..

Facebook Humiliation…errr..?

I’ve come across this quite a few times..girls causing drama over Facebook. Thankfully I have never been a victim of this, or carried it out. Public humiliation…really isn’t classy. It’s quite rude and unnecessary. Like seriously…why do people feel the need to post something on a social networking site in order to humiliate someone? Everybody screws up..but you don’t have to post it on Facebook!  Some people feel that posting such stuff about other people ‘decreases’ the drama? UHM heelllooo.. NO! Even if the person doesn’t feel bad about what they did…it just shouldn’t be posted up on Facebook…that’s just WRONG. The whole Facebook world doesn’t need to know that ‘so and so’ did such a horrible thing. Drama shouldn’t be fed, it should be AVOIDED... Get some class people..

Study!Study!Study! TIPS!

These are just some tips for studying (mostly aimed at high school students). And I can say I am an experienced person, I have learned lots and I’ve made mistakes with some study habits..and have yet to figure out some more efficient study tips for UNIVERSITY!

STUDY TIPS + METHODS

First of all, no two people study in the same way..so some of these tips might work for some, but might not work for others. I have a friend who BARELY studied AT ALL outside of school(or in school really) ..he was really good at retaining information from the teacher…he’d ask lots of questions in class(they were really good questions too!) and that was his method of studying. He didn’t really need to memorize the textbook in order to study. It seems so simple..but unfortunately that method does not work for me, if I went through with that method, my results would be disastrous. In some ways I am a self learner, I need to read things for myself, but having a teacher explain doubts and stuff does really help. Some people cram and I agree that it DOES work..but it’s not efficient. Cramming works for a small test, but you end up forgetting the majority of what you crammed after the test is over(I am guilty of that). So I wouldn’t really RECOMMEND it. And then most people know the cue card method…some people like to write a question on one side, and then the answer on the other side..I personally find that to be a waste of cue cards, so I just try to put as many questions as possible on one… write the question in one colour, and the answer in another colour.

Going into grade 11 and 12, we had the same teacher for some courses, and the one thing he said and EMPHASIZED, especially in grade 12, was to review course material every day for about 10 minutes once you got home. Yeah…I never took that seriously, I just thought that our teacher was crazy, but at the end of the year, once it got to final exam time…I realized I was crazy for not listening to my teacher. He was so right! Reviewing material as often as you can REALLY REALLY REEALLYYYY is the best idea and best method of studying. And I definitely regret not listening to him, as do my friends…we all struggled during final exam time.

PRACTICE QUESTIONS

Always do your homework..sometimes teachers will give out assignments that aren’t worth marks at all, and you might have the ‘option’ of doing them…don’t take the easy way out and not do it…DO IT!! Assignments really help set the concepts in stone for you. Do as many practice questions as possible. I am the queen of doing practice questions. Especially once I got into grade 12. WHY? Because I realized that they really help. My first Physics 12 test..was honestly the worst thing ever. I thought I had studied enough by looking over notes and doing like 5 practice problems..when I got my test back..I pretty much cried…I had a low C…I had never in my life gotten such a low mark! I just wanted to quit school at that moment. But obviously that’s not the ‘wisest’ choice…plus my parents would probably kill me! haha! So I thought to myself  ‘What can I do about this..?’..so before the next test I did SOOOOOOO many practice questions, like probably 30-50 questions…(these were old provincial exam questions, you can just google ‘belmont provincial exam archive’. And I did my test, got my results back, I got 95% …..I was like WOW. I wasn’t even strong in grade 11 Physics, my marks were mainly in the 70s-low 80s..except somehow magically I got 87% on the Physics 11 final. And then I carried on with this trend of doing so many practice questions for each unit..and my first test and last test in Physics 12 were TOTAL OPPOSITES mark wise. I went from a low C on my first test……to 98% on my last test. I went from strongly disliking physics to having a SLIGHT interest(my main drive was motivation to do well). And remember this applies to all subjects…do as many practice questions as you can, and if you find that you don’t understand a concept..go back in your notes and/or textbook and READ THAT SECTION OVER UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND IT!

BALANCE

You want to balance your lifestyle as well. Don’t sit at home and study 24/7. You need to exercise, eat right, socialize, do fun stuff, study, and get enough sleep. If all you do is study, then you’ll just get bored of it, and sooner or later you’ll think you’re studying..but you won’t be retaining information. Time management is key, if that’s not your strong point, then you might want to make yourself a visual timetable, stating when to do what.

MOTIVATION AND COMMITMENT

I kind of went over this before, but self-motivation is KEY. If you’re not into something, then how do you do well in it? Don’t do something for the sake of it..when it comes to getting good marks, it benefits you, so you should be motivating yourself to do well! If you get a bad test mark, then don’t be down about it, think of ways to IMPROVE your mark. Bad tests are really opportunities to do better in the future, change your study habits, do whatever you can. I used to be the kind of kid that couldn’t handle getting low marks..but you’re going to gain absolutely nothing if you pout about it. It just means it’s a time for CHANGE. Be committed to schoolwork..do the best you can. I have some friends who at the end of grade 12 said they wished they did better in school and actually paid attention..cuz they felt like they could have actually done well. You don’t want to get to that point where you regret how you acted about school. For example..I went into Calculus 12 thinking that I was going to drop it by the end of the first week, my friend and I both went into it like that. Although my friend followed through and just dropped it. I had the tiniest bit of motivation to keep going…and almost every few weeks I’d say I’d drop it..but something in me just kept me going, as well as the support of my friends and teacher and family(which I am sooo grateful for). And eventually I finished Calc 12…definitely wasn’t my best course..but I had the willpower and commitment to stay in it..and I finished it, and it felt good!! Plus it prepares me for university math. But DO NOT go into a class saying you’ll drop it! BAD IDEA!!!!

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS

STAY ORGANIZED! Keep all your notes and review assignments and everything together! Binders work GREAT! You don’t want it to be time for final exams or just regular chapter tests and not know where all your notes are! Disorganization wastes time that shouldn’t be wasted! Don’t throw our reviews or anything that your teacher gives you. In Math 11, my teacher gave us chapter reviews before every test, she gave us two per chapter…and I wasn’t very good at keeping them..I somehow always lost my math reviews..and then year end finals came..and I was screwed. Everyone had their reviews except me..but thankfully I have awesome friends and they let me use theirs! So that’s a mistake you should avoid. Definitely learned my lesson there!

REVIEW!REVIEW!REVIEW!

As I said before..review course material every day, or as often as you can! Set aside time in your day to just review things, it really helps and before you know it, you’ll actually master all the concepts! Just don’t cram, unless absolutely necessary and unavoidable, and there is absolutely no other option. Biology is a lot of memorization…so taking notes from your textbook really helps..and when taking notes, don’t rewrite the textbook….pretend you’re highlighting…and just write down the things you’re highlighting, and if you’re not sure what to study, ask the teacher, teachers love it when students ask them questions, it shows that you have a learning attitude. And also remember to read your textbook…don’t just rely on the notes your teacher gives you. Chemistry is also memorization to an extent PLUS applying concepts, so  you need a good understanding of the concepts. History and Law and other Humanities type courses are usually all memorization of dates + key terms and events. Physics and Math courses…UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS..memorization and doing things mechanically won’t take you very far, so do as many practice questions as you can for these.

GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS

Facebook is the greatest distraction of all time!! Seriously, it’s a waste of valuable time…I sometimes find myself sitting in front of the computer on Facebook for more time than needed. FACEBOOK MAKES YOUR MARKS DROP. Best thing is to not sit in front of a computer while doing homework. Cell phones are also distracting..you just HAVE to text back someone if they text you.. haha. Just stash your phone for as long as you can. And remember you CAN take breaks in between studying!!!

TEST TAKING

The night before a test, don’t panic and cram..just relax…go over your notes..and get a good night’s sleep..and have the attitude that you will do FANTASTIC! Aim for a 100%. Go into a test/exam with a positive attitude. BE CONFIDENT. If you studied efficiently, you’ll do fine! 🙂 Good Luck!

HOPE THESE HELP! 🙂