Monday, September 09, 2002

Slugging It Out

For this daily thought I really wanted to delve into something heavy and philosophical, but I have been so distracted lately that I can’t think of anything. I guess it’ll just be the usual, and maybe something will come to me.

Today I got up for work, got there, and did a bunch of my homework. It was a fun time. I then moved along to astronomy, which seemed boring as ever. This class is filled with seniors looking for an easy cake class to pad their credits and GPA because they finally realize that the last three years of partying doesn’t exactly make you an honor student. Almost everyone in that class must be management or communications majors because they all seem way to stupid to do anything else. Sometimes I wonder how half of the people who go here actually manage to get accepted. I guess if you’re willing to throw money at the administration they’re not going to keep you away.

After astronomy I went to my algorithms class. Now here is a class where I have no frickin’ clue as to what is ever happening. This is not because the material is so overwhelmingly hard. No, that’s not it at all. It’s because our instructor can’t communicate. Everything we go over is just a blur. Half of the time he doesn’t quite know what he is saying and you can easily tell by all the mistakes he makes in his notes and when he is working on the chalk board. He is constantly erasing and rewriting what he writes, then he’ll look puzzled, glance at the ceiling for a bit, erase something else and write something new. It also doesn’t help that what he writes is completely unintelligible. If you could videotape me during class, all you would ever see is me looking dumbfounded and constantly mumbling, “what the hell is going on here,” as I scratch my head. If this keeps up, I’m afraid I’ll just reach the point where I’ll give up completely and not care because it’s not worth my effort to try and teach this course to myself (from the 1000 page, 83 lb. book that describes what we are going over). I honestly don’t think I’ve had a worse class in the last three years that I’ve been here.

After my classes I was supposed to have a meeting with the head of the honors department here at CSB/SJU to discuss my standing in the honors program and what I have to finish to graduate with honors. My appointment with him was at 1:00 pm and I waited outside of his office until 1:30, but he never showed. I left a message on his door and told him that I was disappointed that we didn’t get together. He emailed later and apologized because he forgot to put our meeting in his planner. I’m starting to think that this school would work real well if there just weren’t any students here. Then the administration wouldn’t have to worry about such complicated things, such as WRITING SOMETHING DOWN IN A PLANNER.

Well, I’m done. I really can’t think of anything else to put up today. Let’s hope I get a spark soon that will light my writing fire again. I used to be able to crank out pages in minutes and now I’m struggling to come up with relevant things to write. Well, I’ll just keep plugging away and hopefully you’ll all still keep reading.

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