Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I have an appointment to go and see an apartment today! It's a studio/efficiency for $450 not far from here--on the other side of Carrollton from where I am now. I am thinking it will be too small, but I am also waiting to hear back from a lady with another apartment that is also on that side of Carrollton. It's $600 but it's furnished, all utilities are paid, and it's a separate building from the main house. It's probably about the same distance to my job as the other place, but further from the bus stop I use to go to school. Hopefully she emails me back tomorrow!

I don't remember if I posted this before, I but I really want to slowly transition into only purchasing natural body care products. I recently spent a bit of money at LUSH, but doing so felt so rewarding and I actually love the products. I want to try everything. I've also been eyeing some other handmade brands, so I'd like to try some of those as well. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Back to school is approaching!

Everything having to do with my last post panned out pretty well. I had a long talk with who I was talking about and we pretty much agreed to just be friends. In my mind, anyway. I realized just how hypocritical I was being in expecting him to wait for me. He's a good man and an excellent father (I was moved to tears more than once when I saw him Christmas Day), but he doesn't know what he wants out of life right now. I, on the other hand, know what I want and I need to put myself above anything else. Not doing so allowed myself to be in the predicament I am in now with my living situation. I'm not looking for love at all right now; I need to focus on myself first.

Enough about my personal love life. I'm supposed to go to a friend's house today so that we can work out but I haven't heard from her yet. I need to take a bath first anyway, so I have plenty of time. If it doesn't work out, I think today I am going to just tidy up the house a bit and then scour the Internet for some slow cooker recipes. My sister bought me one for Christmas and I seriously can't wait to use it.

I can't believe school starts in a little over three weeks. I am so ready. I can't wait for the online bookstore to display which books we need so I can go ahead and get them. I should only need a Chemistry 141 textbook, Chemistry 142 lab manual, and whatever book I need for English 102 and my history class. I am determined to get a 4.0 this semester, which would raise my GPA at Delgado to a 3.82. All of my classes are challenging this time around (even history since it's an honors course), so I just have to stay even more focused than I did this semester and I know I can pull it off. If I do it, I've decided to reward myself with a new iPhone. I've never owned a smartphone before, so it will really be a reward I can enjoy and really use. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Trust.

I hate, HATE when people lie or are deceitful. Just be up front and honest with me. That's all I ask. This is just opening my eyes to why I need to get out of this house on my own and not rely on anyone moving in with me. I love myself entirely too much to set myself up for another failed relationship when I can see just how it's going to be before it even moves to the next level. I've done .enough crying for this relationship. I had trust issues the last time I dated him right after Katrina, so I don't know how I honestly expected honesty out of any new situations.

/rant

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Lead.

Last night I hung out with a good friend of mine (the same one from Wednesday) and had a great time once again. I was there for almost four hours and we just talked and laughed and talked some more. One of her guy friend's employees is Lil' Wayne's dad and with my boss's connection to his mom, she decided to look him up on Pandora and see what the fuss about him is all about. She was not amused. Haha. I really wish I had a video recorder for her reaction because it was priceless.

By chance before I left last night I looked on craigslist to check the apartment listings and I think I may have a lead on one. It's a furnished efficiency off of S. Carrollton on this side of Claiborne (it says on the streetcar line) that includes cable, wi-fi and all utilities for $650. I'm pretty sure I can't do much better than that, so I am going to give them a call today while I am at work. I really hope I get it. I am even considering moving out in January if I like the place because it's such a good deal. I'll try to see if I can set something up with them on one of my lunches and get things rolling.

What else? There's something else, but I'll write about that another time. Makes me kind of giddy just thinking about it. ;)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quick post before going to work

I looked at my Delgado account last night and I have a negative balance--yay! This means everything is in Ordnung for me for financial aid for the spring. It looks like I won't be getting anything until mid-February, but I'll have enough saved up by then to get me by for the first two weeks of the move. I'm expecting about the same timeline for taxes as well because with the government standoff this year, the IRS will be running late in accepting returns for processing. January 31st will be the first day they start accepting returns.

I'm having so much fun thinking of how I will put my place together. Having lost everything twice, the thought of starting over is actually not as daunting as it would be to other people. I'm only taking maybe one or two of my dressers (I bought them from my sister and they are really well-made), my kitchen utensils that I bought myself, my business stuff, and clothes. Everything else I am starting over with.

I want to find a place on the opposite side of Carrollton than where I am now because it's much nicer and quieter. Cypress Trace by the expressway is nice too, but they start at $700 and I'm not sure I could really afford that by myself. We'll see!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Arbeit

I know I am going to have to toss this over in my mind a bit, but I am considering getting a part-time job at night while even when school starts. I'll be living on my own for awhile, so I could really use the extra money. I'm a workaholic as it is, so I don't think it will be much of a problem for me. I'll be tired, of course, but what else is new? It would be temporary, of course -- just so I don't have to take out another loan next year for school. My grades are good, so scholarships should be on the table pretty soon.

I need to go soak in the tub for awhile and think about it.

Priority

So.

I've been actively searching for a new apartment and I must say I am very excited. It's so fulfilling to be able to have your own place to come home to and not have to worry about anyone else. I can't wait to enjoy the mingle-while-single life again. Recently I went to a friend's house who I haven't hung out with in awhile, and did just that and it felt amazing. There's many more nights like that to come, of that I am sure.

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from Delgado informing me I made the Dean's List (you have to have a 3.5 or better GPA)! I'm so excited for that. I feel like I worked hard enough for it this past semester, but this coming semester I am really going to be buckling down and earning that 4.0. I'll conquer chemistry if it's the last thing I do! :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Grades are in!

Three A's (General Biology, Louisiana History and ENGLISH!) and a B in Calculus. I am beyond happy right now. See, when I lived in Buffalo, I was so unmotivated to do anything at all that I failed English twice because I didn't do the required essays. Look at me now though, acing an HONORS English course! Hell yesss!

And now on to next semester. My official schedule is:

Tuesday/Thursday
8:00-9:15 : Chemistry I (science majors)
9:30-10:45 : English Composition II
11:00-1:59 : Chemistry I Lab (science majors) [Tuesday only]
2:00-3:15 : Special Topics in History: Nazism and the Holocaust (honors)
4:30-7:00 : Calculus II

So, yeah, next semester isn't going to be very fun. To make matters worse, each class alternates between Building 1 and 2. If you know Delgado, that's clear across campus. Tuesdays are going to suck not only because I have class basically throughout the day except that one hour and 15 minute class between Nazism and Calc II, but also because I have one minute to get from Building 1 to Building 2. Of course I have to leave early from lab. :/ Good thing that's only once a week.

I've been looking high and low for an apartment for February and nothing yet. I want to be in Chalmette again, if not just for familiarity but for safety. I like the neighborhood where I live but I don't want to live that close. Not that much longer!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Finals over!

Finals are finally over! I passed my English exit exam that was Tuesday (woo hoo!). I purchased my Calculus book today for next semester - I rented mine this semester but I just went ahead and bought the one I have. It's not like I may not use it ever again. I actually plan on keeping just about every book that I need, especially if it pertains to my field. I am actually counting on only having to buy my Chemistry lab materials and Psychology book from the bookstore since they are so damned high. As soon as I get a full paycheck under me, I am going to go ahead and buy my chemistry textbook--like my biology book, they're making the science textbooks like looseleaf paper where you just insert them into a binder. I may as well get all of that together well before the semester starts.

The only two things I have left to do for the semester is a presentation for English and a field trip of sorts to the French Quarter for Louisiana History. I am really hoping I can use school as an excuse to get out of work for that day. I am so looking forward to it and I have my camera ready already!

So yeah, as soon as I find out my final grades, of course I will post them on here. I know next semester is going to be especially hard with Chemistry and Calculus together, but at least I am getting this math out of the way. Only three more left to go now - Calc II & III and Differential Equations. Not bad at all. I actually have some pretty cool, down-to-earth kids in my Calculus class that will be moving on with me to Calc II next semester, so that's always nice.

Well, tonight my project is to gather up everything I need for my taxes in January. If I don't do it now, it will never get done!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I don't want to do anymore writing!

I had my English exit exam today and I really am sick of writing for the week. I don't even know how I did because I felt like part of my was loaded from the Vicodin I took beforehand to deal with my stomach pain (prescribed to me, of course). It definitely helped with the pain, but I hope my essay wasn't as loopy as I felt my thought process was. I only have two more writing assignments to do before Thursday, one of them being optional. I just don't feel like it. My brain is so cloudy between the pain and medication that I don't know which way to go. I also have my English Honors project to work on, which I am procrastinating like mad to finish. Such is school, right? I am not expecting a good grade on that, but anything better than a zero is okay with me. I only want to pass this course--English is enemy.

Today was my first day back from being sick since last Wednesday and I must say I hate my job more than ever. Tomorrow we have our annual corporate visit, so we spent all day making the store look unnaturally recovered. They don't want to hear that it's the first of the month or that the holiday season is upon us. Everything must be perfect. Fucking morons.

I guess I should work on those papers now. I don't want to spend any time writing tomorrow--I have three exams to study for on Thursday. Tomorrow night will likely be spent entirely on Calculus. The other two I can study for the day of the exam.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Back to (my) business

I really, REALLY miss my makeup business. I put it on hold for school, but I am seriously considering starting to work on it again. I think it would be so amazing to do that and make enough money so I can actually only do that and school. The money I make at my regular job is adequate for now, but just not kicking it. I get my little loan checks for school twice a year too, so that helps. I am officially going to be in the brainstorming stage after this post---dreaming up color combinations. I am so excited!

I think I may be the only New Orleanian I know who doesn't think D&D smoked sausage is the best smoked sausage ever. Sorry. Bryan all the way.

I only have one test left for the semester - Louisiana History. I just remembered today, so I really should be getting my notes together.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Paper finished, Calc test next

I just finished my Louisiana History paper (I'm in the school library right now) and I think this evening will be my very last test for the semester. Of course finals are coming up and I know I'll be doing lots of cramming for that, but no more tests! I really have to do well on this test too, as it determines whether or not I will get an A or B average on the tests. I have a B right now, but just need a 95 to get the A average. Of course I need a 90 or above on the final, but I think I can manage that. At least I hope I can...

I should go study for this test now. Til next time!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, especially in the last year or so. I believed in a person I shouldn't have, and I severely regret doing so. I don't consider myself to be naive, but only a good person who tries to see the good in other people. I've come to realize the hard way that not everyone is a good person. I tried my hardest and I give up. I stress out enough with work and school, so it's time to do what I have to do. I've said it so many times that I'm not even telling anyone what I do until after it's done. I plan on burning my bridges so badly that going back won't be an option.

On a lighter note, I got an 87 on my Calculus test. Woo! Only three more class days to go until the final exam and one more math test! I still can't believe this semester flew by so fast. I have to figure out what I am doing for my honors English project--it's pretty open-ended and has to deal with propaganda in some way. I can't wait to be done with English, period. I know part of my job once I graduate will be writing reports, but that's fine--I just hate writing actual essays about topics I likely won't encounter later on. Propaganda is something every person should understand, don't get me wrong, but I just hate writing about it. Blah.

I only have two more papers due until the end of the semester, too. One is an opinion paper on whether I think Huey Long was good for the state of Louisiana and one experience paper for Louisiana History. Shouldn't be too bad. Of course, we'll be practicing for the English exit exam probably every day for the last three class periods, so there's always that to look forward to. :/

Enough about school for now. I don't even want to write much about it anymore because I feel like that is all I write about, but this is my blog isn't it?

Tomorrow (technically today) is Dad's birthday. I wish I had a car so I could drive down the road to where he is buried. Speaking of driving, Joe wrecked the car. Tore the front bumper, fender and headlights completely off and damaged the radiator. It's not able to be driven, of course. And he was at fault, so guess who's insurance is going up? Yeah. I've told him so many times he can't drive, but here is the proof!

I've been thinking about New York a lot lately again. Not to live there because I am in school now, but to visit. I'm in desperate need of a vacation out of town. I don't have vacation time until May though, so maybe I can reward myself if I do well next semester. :)

Ah, well. It's 3am (and I must be lonely...had to lol) so I should be getting to bed. I shouldn't have fallen asleep when I got home.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Today was a good day!

Today was actually the best day I've had in awhile. First, in Biology, I found I should be able to reschedule my final exam. I have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but for some reason my Biology exam fell on a Friday. That means I have exams on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the first week in December. I really can't afford to take off three days of work. I am really thankful he's such a cool teacher. I just have to email him or talk to him after class on Tuesday.

I had a Louisiana History test today and of course that went well. Had to turn in the rough draft of my English research paper and that went well as well. I just need to develop my conclusion more and I had a mistake with punctuation with a parenthetical. Then, finally, I had a Calculus test today and I actually feel quite confident about it! I answered everything, even the bonus. I am 100% sure I got the take-home bonus right too, so yep! Great day, indeed. And then tomorrow is pay day, so what is there really to complain about at this point? :)

So my bank card from Capital One gets reward miles through Travelocity on it now. Of course it takes a long time to accumulate, but I definitely want to go ahead and take a trip with them when I have enough. I'm not saying this year or even next year, but sometime.

I am so happy the weather is finally turning chilly! I was a bit under-dressed today, but that's okay. I bought enough jackets at the end of the season last year and I finally get to use them! :) I saw that the weather will remain cool, so tonight my project is to switch my summer clothes for winter clothes.

'Til tomorrow (hopefully)!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Got my Starbucks brewing...

I finally bought some ground coffee so I can save myself some money in the morning. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but recently I got back into having my morning Starbucks at school since they put them in the place of PJ's. It's not terribly expensive since I only go twice a week, but still. I'd like to start drinking it every morning if I could.

I actually just brewed myself a pot so I can have some energy to write this paper and do my time-consuming biology homework. I thought I would be able to do the homework tomorrow, but it's an online assignment and due at 8am. Crap.

There's a store in Elmwood I really need to go and check out, maybe when I get my next school check in February. It's called "Charming Charlie" and it's mostly a women's accessories store. I've never been there but my boss's wife shops there all the time and he says she gets some really nice things from there. I just saw the website and, yeah, I could get lost in there. Haha.

I guess I should get this show on the road. It's already 10pm and I've procrastinated enough.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Only a month left

I can't believe there is exactly a month left of this semester. It has gone by so fast! Finals are right around the corner and I'm not even stressing about it (yet). While I don't think it will be a complete breeze, I feel like I have a pretty decent grasp in all of my classes. It's the papers that are going to kill me.

I have to work the next two Sundays which completely sucks, but it's because of the Angola trip last Sunday. I hate how we (as in Tabby and I) have to work several Sundays in a row for trivial reasons like Saints games and then they (Vincent and Joe) just work one, but the one time I ask off on a Sunday that isn't "our" Sunday we have to work two in a row as well. It's not my decision of course, but fair is fair. /rant

I was looking at UNO's website today and I came across a summer internship program from the Department of the Navy that sophomore students can apply for. I'm not sure what I'll be classified as when I get there because of the 29 credits I will have taken by the end of next semester, 26 are being transferred toward my major (I'm going with naval architecture and marine engineering). I am taking Louisiana History (3 credits) now because I needed it for civil engineering when I wanted to do that.  That sounds like sophomore status to me. According to the curriculum flowchart, I am supposed to take 31 credits my first year. So I guess we'll see. I also want to take German classes the entire time I'm at UNO. I may not graduate for another 6 years after this one. Oh well.

It's almost 1am now and I need some sleep for work tomorrow. Saints play at the Jets at noon. Who dat!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Terrible morning.

I'm not going to complain about what is going on in my personal life right now, but this morning was a pretty bad one for me. I got to school upset, but my day quickly got better. I finished and printed my paper during my break after Biology. Got my English "test" back and it was a 90 (woo hoo!). Then in Calculus, we turned in an extra credit assignment on Tuesday. I didn't even finish it but I turned it in anyway and got 4 points out of 5! Woot! Also, my boss found my keys at work which had been missing for three days now. So yep. Not so bad of a day after all.

I can't believe there is only a month left to this semester. My, has it flown by! It's nice that we have almost two months before we go back too. I am really going to need it to recover from the holiday season--normally my job has us opening and closing from 8am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays. For the holidays, it's going to be 8-9 Monday through Thursday, 8-10 on Friday and Saturdays, and 10-8 on Sundays. I seriously doubt we're getting any extra payroll, either. That schedule starts the day after Thanksgiving (which we're open 8-5. They were so generous to give us a whole hour to go home early). Blah!

My schedule is going to be so full next semester, especially on Tuesday when I have Chemistry Lab. I can honestly say that I really love school though, so I think I will be okay. It's the English that I'm not looking forward to. I have the grammar stuff pretty much down pat, but I just hate writing creatively. :/ I have a 600-800 word essay for English due in two weeks. I know I'll b fine, but I'd much rather do a thousand Calculus problems than write an MLA-formatted research paper.

I have two sections of Calculus homework due tonight, so I suppose I should continue with that. Sigma Notation and Definite Integrals are on the menu tonight!

patrickJMT (YouTube link)  - He's my go-to for any concepts I don't understand. Highly recommended if, like mine, your teacher doesn't explain the concepts behind the formulas.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PAPER: The Coushatta Massacre (Louisiana History)

    In the years following the Civil War, the defeated South found itself knee-deep in turmoil. Louisiana was no exception. White residents were becoming increasingly agitated that the pro-civil rights Republicans, who a vast majority of the South had opposed during the war, had come into office. As a result, they banded together to form the White League. The League’s purpose was to rid Louisiana of the Republicans and restore white supremacy. They would get their chance in 1874 to do just that in a small town in northern Louisiana named Coushatta.
   After the Civil War ended, the Union granted universal suffrage to men of the South, freed slaves and white men alike. Although Democrats largely dominated the elections before the war, the freed slave population could now vote in Republican politicians that would cater more to their needs and values. In March of 1874, a Republican from Vermont named Marshall H. Twitchell came to Louisiana in order to work with the local Freedman’s Bureau. He was later elected to the state senate, appointing his family members to local positions along the way. He continued to work with the freed slaves, or freedmen, in promoting their education and making sure they were adequately represented by the government. The White League took note of this and decided to make their attack while Twitchell was in New Orleans at the Republican state convention. Twitchell’s brother-in-law, who Twitchell had appointed sheriff of Coushatta, wrote him while he was in New Orleans to warn him that the White League was forming in Coushatta and their intention was “the extermination of the carpetbag element. Nothing more, nothing less.”
   Twitchell wrote his brother-in-law a reply, but it was intercepted by the White League and published in the local newspaper. They claimed that Twitchell and his family were planning a black rebellion and rallied locals into action. After hundreds of men were rallied together from Coushatta and the surrounding area, they stormed the homes of six white Republican office holders and twenty nearby freedmen and took them hostage for several days. The whites were forced to sign a petition stating that they were to leave Louisiana and never return. After they left the city, they were hunted down and killed however, along with the freedmen since they were witnesses. Twenty-five men were arrested and charged with the killings, but they were released due to lack of evidence.

   The massacre ultimately strengthened the White League and instilled fear in freed black slaves as well as their supporters. They were not just murdering blacks for intimidation anymore but also whites, and the American public took notice. News of the massacre made national headlines, and northerners looked on in horror at the violence that was taking place against blacks by white supremacist groups. The groups were able to take control of Louisiana politics through force and intimidation. The Southern Democrats continued the violence on blacks until they were able to oust the Republicans from their elected seats. They attempted to install their own governor, John McEnery, in what would be a rebellion in New Orleans that would be later known as the “Battle at Liberty Place.” Federal troops would be sent by President Ulysses S. Grant to squash the rebellion, and the White League disintegrated almost as quickly as it was formed.  


It's a little rough around the edges, but tomorrow after my first class I am going to polish it up. I am still about two sentences or so short of the required length, but I am tired tonight and Lord knows I am not a morning person! Maybe I can get up early enough tomorrow morning to make me some of that Starbucks coffee I bought the other day...Hmmm... :)

Paper due tomorrow!

I have a paper due tomorrow for American History! It's done for the most part, but I have a little less than half a page to write left. Just the conclusion. :/

Tonight I got Joe to bring me to Chalmette to get myself an outfit to wear to Vincent's wife's surprise birthday party on the 23rd of November. The colors are cream and gold and I really didn't have anything especially nice to wear. I found a knitted, thin sweater-like shirt that was tan and cream and some cream dress pants. I also found a matching handbag (it's so cute!) and the jewelry to go with it. I must say I am happy with what I bought. Now, all I need is a belt for the shirt and a nice pair of shoes. If I had the money I would really just love to update my wardrobe completely. I really love dressy-casual clothes more than I do jeans and a t-shirt, but I don't have very much of it. I'm thinking when I get paid every other week, I should buy myself an outfit. :)

Ah, well. It's getting late and I need my rest. Good night!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Told you so.

My Calculus test ended up being a 54. I knew it. :/ I really can't afford to miss even a single day of class, I see. On the upside of things though, I got an 81 on my Biology test (I thought I did worse) and an 84 on my in-class English paper from, like, three weeks ago. Considering I didn't have my book to look back on I think I did pretty well. I wasn't too keen on in-class essays, but we will be practicing a lot for the English exit exam and it really does help. Speaking of essays, I'm writing my first one for Louisiana History. I'll try to post it when I'm done. It's about the Coushatta Massacre of 1874. Extremely depressing, but also a reminder of how far Louisiana has come.

So today I made my first class "friend." Haha. He's a young kid in my Calculus class, and he was saying a few of the kids from our class go over to his house (which is across the street from Delgado) since he has a huge dry erase board to do problems on. I don't know how well that will go over with Joe, but we'll see. I could definitely use the extra practice. He'll be in my next Calculus class too and he's also going to UNO, but for electrical engineering. We'll see.

I don't think anything else is really going on right now. I'm leaning back toward naval architecture and marine engineering at UNO. Lol. I'd like to see how many times I go back and forth between majors, but I do have to make a decision sometime in the spring.

I need to get back to this paper. Until next time!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I bombed my Calculus test!

That's right. I studied and studied, but because I missed that one day awhile back, I bombed my test--big time. There were only ten questions and one bonus question on the test. Blah! I'm never missing a class again. I tried to teach myself the material, but I got some kind of test anxiety (which I never get, but I guess it was from being unsure about what I learned) and I know I failed it. It's a good thing she drops the lowest test grades. I can still pull off an A if I get high A's on the final two tests and of course on the final exam.

It's been a long day. I'll write some more tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm getting the hang of this!

It feels so good to be able to want to blog again. I never thought there would be so much going on with me, but there is!

For the first time in SEVEN years, I have a real bank account! I had Capital One and then Bank of America when I was in NYC, but I was young and stupid and messed them both up. The other day I received an invitation in the mail to open an account with Capital One! I went to the branch by my job and all I had to do was pay the balance owed (only around $80) and I was good to go! It feels so awesome to be able to go to an ATM and deposit cash into my account. I signed up for the premier rewards checking. It's $14.95 per month unless you keep an average monthly balance of $1,500. Of course with me not having to pay rent until April-ish, that won't be very hard. I have three pay periods in January, and income taxes and student loan money coming in February, so the minimum balance won't be a problem by then. I'm so excited!

My Calculus test is tomorrow! Ahh!! I think I'll do fine with everything but the word problems...Of course that's what I will be studying tonight. I am dedicating Friday and Saturday to history paper-writing and Sunday to studying cramming for biology. There is so much to study, but hopefully tomorrow he will do some kind of extra credit exercise like he usually does.

I need to go on a diet, and very soon. Since Joe got the car, I don't walk anywhere anymore. All of the exercise I get is at school and work, and that's not very much! I think I will just go ahead and eat what I have (I hate wasting) and then go grocery shopping for healthier foods. That sounds good.

Anyway, I need to finish studying so I can get myself some rest. Until tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Third post in a day! So what?!

I had to post because I totally just taught myself two sections of Calculus. *wipes brow* I missed a class about a week ago and we covered those two sections. I hate asking for help (a weakness that needs to be gotten over, I know), so I just pored over my textbook explanations and voila! Rolle's Theorem, Mean-Value Theorem and Absolute Value Maxima and Minima, you do not scare me!

I know I'll read these entries and think to myself, "Man, those were the good old days, when math was easy!" Haha. Calculus really isn't all that hard to understand, folks. You just have to kind of picture what's going on in your mind and infer sometimes. I actually really enjoy it, but I wouldn't tell anybody that. :)

Rolle's Theorem

Baton Rouge, or not?

Today I got kind of emotional thinking about where I want to go to school once I finished with Delgado (next semester!). I would really love to stay in New Orleans, but UNO doesn't really offer any engineering programs that I am interested in. I think I will most likely (hear the uncertainty there?) go for chemical engineering, or maybe even biomedical, but UNO only offers mechanical, civil and marine. Blah on all three, really. With chemical, there are so many different job opportunities, so I think that's going to be the way to go.

So where am I looking to go? LSU! I've never been to Baton Rouge, but I have seen it many times on my many road trips to and from Natchitoches when I lived there for two years. I have no idea what it's like as a city. I know there are a lot of Katrina transplants there, so that's always a good thing (maybe it's a bad thing, I don't know lol). My only concern right now with living there is being able to find a job while I am there. I only need something part time. Ahhh so much to think about!

This coming week and and a half is going to suck, I think. I have a Calculus test on Thursday (which I am totally unprepared for and need to cram!), a General Biology test on Tuesday, and my first Louisiana History paper due the following Thursday. Of course I haven't started on that yet. :/

So off to study I go! I'm determined now to get a 4.0 this semester.

Waiting for my sister...

I'm sitting in the hallway outside my sister's class right now and I honestly have nothing to do. I forgot my Calculus book at home, otherwise I would an doing that homework. I feel like I've already gotten out of the habit of doing my math homework every night ans I hate it. We have a test next Thursday, but after that I am promising myself to get back on track. I'm shooting for a 4.0 this semester!

I saw a poster today for the honors society of two-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa. It costs $75 to join. I know next semester is my last semester at Delagdo,but I am considering joining anyway if not just for the title. Decisions, decisions.

It's kind of hard to type on my Kindle, so I'll leave it at that.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Choosing an engineering major--Y U so difficult!?

I'm sitting here and I'm supposed to be working on my Louisiana History paper. Instead, I'm googling different engineering majors and trying to figure out which I want to go into.

My first pick was civil engineering, but I think it's an overcrowded field and the coursework is supposed to be pretty simple. Petroleum, maybe? UNO doesn't offer it, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette does. I'm sure I could move to Lafayette if I wanted to. What about environmental engineering? It's supposed to be as simple as civil, and I'm not sure how the job outlook on that one is. Biomedical? I'd consider it, but I don't see any schools in Louisiana that offer it and out-of-state tuition anywhere is downright outrageous. Maybe chemical - it's a difficult (let's call it "challenging"!) curriculum, it's a main form of engineering, etc. I don't know. As I'm researching, I see LSU offers both petroleum and chemical engineering. Ah! lol.

I have to sleep on it for a few nights I think. The question is whether I want to move anytime soon. I do, but I guess I have to wait and see how my life is next semester. I should have a car and money should be paid back to me that I lent out by then, so we'll see.

I can't wait to be on my own!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Midterms are over!

After much hard work and sweat, midterms are finally over! Well, they were over about two weeks ago, but I haven't had a chance to update this blog. :P

I have a pretty much guaranteed A in both Louisiana History and General Biology I (for science majors). Louisiana History is by far the most interesting class I am taking right now because it's always nice to know why things are they way they are. Louisiana (mainly New Orleans) history is so colorful anyway. Biology isn't so bad either, but it's just not a subject that catches my attention. I like my professor though, so it's all good.

The two B's I got for midterms were in English Composition I (honors) and Calculus I. My English professor told us he doesn't give A's for midterm grades because students more often than not will slack off if he does. So is that an A? It might be! In Calculus, my professor drops the lowest test grade at the end of the semester and adds in the bonus points to the test average. So, really, right now I have a 92.5 average once the first test (a 76) is dropped. Woop!

Needless to say, I'm having a pretty good semester so far. I would jump for joy if I get straight A's, but I'm not 100% confident that will happen. We'll see though!

I already have my schedule figured out for next semester too. Here it is:

CHEM 141 General Chemistry I (science majors) - 8:00-9:15am
FNAR 120 Art Appreciation: 9:30-10:45
ENGL 102 English Composition II: 11:00-12:15
HIST 240 Special Topics in History: Nazism and the Holocaust -2:00-3:15
MATH 222 Calculus II - 4:00-6:15pm


I am really torn over whether to take 5 classes or not. I decided not to take and honors English course because I heard the professor isn't that great. English has never been my strong suit anyway, and I am almost regretting taking it this semester. I don't really need to extra history class, but it's a topic that's always interested me since I was in middle school. Also, with it being an honors course, it keeps me in the honors program for next semester. :)

But school from 8am to let's say 6:30pm? Yuck. It's a good thing I always loved school!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Trying to keep up!

School starts in less than two weeks! I can hardly wait. I've already received an email from my General Biology (for Science Majors) teacher. It just basically tells us which textbook is required for us. Here's the thing. I did a little research and I definitely will be buying as many books off of Amazon as possible.

(from the college bookstore)
New: $113.95 (with free connect code)
Used: $85.45 (plus $32.65 connect code)

(from Amazon)
New: $75.46 (with connect code)


Really? First of all, I was kind of taken aback when I saw that the email said we have to purchase a code to access homework. Really? According to my sister, most of the science courses are like that and for the math courses, you have to pay for access to MathLab. Yeah. Speaking of math, for Calculus, the college bookstore is charging $248.75 for a new book, $186.55 for used, and $111.95 to rent it. On Amazon, a new book is $154.29 with free shipping. Yeah. I'll likely want to keep my Calc book anyway for future reference since I have, oh, THREE Calculus classes to take. Kill me, please?

Bah, this is giving me a headache. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

First post!

I guess this is where my intro goes.

My name is Brittany and I am 26 years old. I've made the decision to go back to school this fall after dropping out of college six years ago. I'll be studying civil engineering and I am so excited!

This is mainly a blog for myself so that I can look back and see how far I've come. I currently work in retail at a dollar store. While we do have fun at times, I hate my job. I'd be perfectly happy if I never had to work with the general public again.

I'll write more either later on tonight or tomorrow.