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!