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Superfluous Curmudgeon VIP Member

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#1 2 years ago

It's time to party like it's 2003! :rock:

Well, sort of. I'm going to resume my job to full-time in just over a week and I've got to get caught up with everything that's been on the  backburner since the semester started. That's being a pseudo-adult I guess.

But holy Jesus that was a rough semester. I'm cleaning out my papers now and getting tidbits of memories from the countless times working at 4 am on a big assignment that no one understands and wondering how it would be possible to make it through without breaking and ending up in an asylum. Like, every assignment ended up being done last-minute. I stopped going to 2 of my classes halfway through the semester so I'd have time to work on the classes I cared about - the ones that were taking my time, life, and soul away. I got the flu 1.5 weeks before a big test. I worked so hard on that E&M class, each time bombing the test, determined to understand the material and do better the next time. Each time I did worse on the successive test. I've never done anywhere near that poorly in a class before but I managed to pass by the skin of my teeth with a C-. I actually had to ask my department chair if that was an acceptable passing grade because it wasn't specified whether a C or a C- was considered a passing grade in my department. To set the stage for all of this was about a 1-2 month period around the middle of the semester where I was very physically drained and really didn't have the energy to move around much and had a hard time thinking well enough to communicate meaningfully to my classmates. This was a bit of a problem as I was doing a design project that involved about 20 people. My energy returned about 3 weeks before the end of the semester at which point almost every night was a very late night. Somehow I managed to avoid pulling any full all-nighters but some of my friends spent days at a time without sleep. I have no idea how they pulled that off - my brain completely stops functioning after about 24 hours give or take, depending on the day. The last two weeks before finals were a complete blur. Finals week was a joke in comparison.

But there was a lot of frustration, rage, and a little bit of crying that went on. I was an angry person this semester, though I seem to be good at hiding it. A lot of the frustration came down to performing less well than I think I should be able to time after time. I'm not sure what it is, but it seems that my ability to perform has actually gone down since starting college 4 years ago. Maybe that's a lie but I'm not really sure what to think but I do know that the pain and difficulty I'm having means I've got to be getting something good out of it. If it were easy there'd be no reason for me to be doing this.

Edit: That first emoticon is supposed to be the "rock on" emoticon. But skipping straight to the hangover feels more appropriate here.




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#2 2 years ago

In college, I was in a maths class where only 4 people passed. (I was not one of them.) The teacher was just that bad.

During my first year of University, I was the only one of my class who graduated that year. And one teacher was arrested because he was robbing half the bandwidth of his ISP company to run a porn site, and he was not paying taxes.

Well, Kathryn Janeway was known for her all-nighters, and still because a starship Captain. So, if it worked for Janeway, it will work for us, too.


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#3 2 years ago

Lindale In college, I was in a maths class where only 4 people passed. (I was not one of them.) The teacher was just that bad.

During my first year of University, I was the only one of my class who graduated that year. And one teacher was arrested because he was robbing half the bandwidth of his ISP company to run a porn site, and he was not paying taxes.

My god, is there anything about your life that doesn't obliterate the competition when it comes to getting the short end of the stick?  I mean, my school has had some bad professors, but the academic affairs department seriously weighs in student opinions, perhaps sometimes too much. The result is the treacherously bad professors don't last more than 1-2 semesters. My freshman physics 2 class was essentially a coop led by a dozen or more unhappy students.




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Superfluous Curmudgeon My god, is there anything about your life that doesn't obliterate the competition when it comes to getting the short end of the stick?

Not really. That is the story of my life.


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#5 2 years ago
Superfluous Curmudgeon  I mean, my school has had some bad professors, but the academic affairs department seriously weighs in student opinions, perhaps sometimes too much. The result is the treacherously bad professors don't last more than 1-2 semesters. My freshman physics 2 class was essentially a coop led by a dozen or more unhappy students.

My first school had, for the most part, pretty decent professors who were competent and knew how to get the material across without making it too complicated.  A few things stood out to me though; my econ professor constantly canceled class or talked on his cellphone in the middle of a lecture.  And my sociology professor was a complete tool; she was one of those people who liked to think she was the "cool professor" who could mingle and get along with everybody while maintaining professionalism.  Long story short: she couldn't and she had some really bogus intro stuff where we all introduce each other and even had us write down our name, job, and age with a copy of our driver's license (wtf?) on an index card so she could refer to it.  She also had a student that was, admittedly a bit unruly but she called him out because she didn't like something he said during a break and after the break he called her a bitch and she kicked him out.  Then he came back and they got into serious fight and I thought security would be called.  Turns out this last semester when I was still considering psychology as a major, the professor was another one of those who thought she was really cool.  

I really can't stand that attitude, it's just so phony and doesn't make me respect you; if anything it does the opposite.  But that's not to say all is bad.  My calculus and art professors have both been really great and helped a LOT when it came to assignments or understanding something you that was giving you trouble.  I wish more professors were like that, but meh. 


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#6 2 years ago

My college's management couldn't run the proverbial party in a brewery, so I cared less and less about the course until I reached the point I am at now: I have no idea where I am in relation to everyone else in the course, or whether I have already failed it (they probably wouldn't even know if I asked them). There's very little I want to do in life or can do in life, so I spend my time and energy on whatever I feel like doing, and it feels immeasurably better. The stress has almost entirely dissipated away.


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#7 2 years ago
BarbasMy college's management couldn't run the proverbial party in a brewery

Pretty much that. I remember there was an office with three people in it doing the admin for my department, and they couldn't even get the course guides out on time. And I know that the profs handed it off to them in plenty of time. Then there's your 'adviser' who you met for like five to ten minutes a year to pick what courses you were going to take.

Honestly, it was pretty much attend the lectures, (make sure not to read the book first, or else you'll be very bored!) attend the tutorials, write one essay and take an exam for each course - both of which you'll find out how well you did with after the course is over. You wouldn't get everything just from reading the book, but it was close enough. I remember asking what the point of attending the lectures was if you could just read the power point and getting some answer back along the lines of socialising with other students. :rolleyes: 

Don't think the professors thought that their teaching was any more valuable than we did. There were a large number of people there who... you really got the sense that, by and large, the main redeeming feature of their job to them was their research. That the teaching was more some unpleasant thing they had to do to pay the piper. (Not that I'd blame them for that perspective, mind.)

You needed to go to get certified, and there were some discussions that you couldn't have had otherwise. Some of the clubs were great, and worth going to. But in terms of knowledge, if you had the dedication, I think you could have got most of it without going.




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Everyone wants a degree now, but degrees aren't worth anything like the time and money sunk into them. You face throwing away years of your life for little practical return, to which the alternative is either the armed forces or a series of middling jobs. The inevitable series of disappointments is good training for the mushroom clouds, though. And there's nothing like sitting in an English Literature seminar on a sunny Monday afternoon to drive home the realization that you're living on an expiring planet.


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#9 2 years ago
Lindale During my first year of University, I was the only one of my class who graduated that year. And one teacher was arrested because he was robbing half the bandwidth of his ISP company to run a porn site, and he was not paying taxes.

I see your porn site teacher and raise you a lecturer who got kicked out of his EU grant and university because he had photography as a hobby, one day went batshit insane, photographed himself naked at home and in public places, plastered those pictures all over his personal homepage and plastered the link to said personal homepage all over his university pages.


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BarbasEveryone wants a degree now, but degrees aren't worth anything like the time and money sunk into them. You face throwing away years of your life for little practical return, to which the alternative is either the armed forces or a series of middling jobs. The inevitable series of disappointments is good training for the mushroom clouds, though. And there's nothing like sitting in an English Literature seminar on a sunny Monday afternoon to drive home the realization that you're living on an expiring planet. [/quote]

There's some truth to that, and there's certainly a lot of the school/university system that I'd like to change. All of which said, I can't assign the blame entirely to the universities themselves - in many cases they're being used to patch over a secondary education that wasn't really provided.

I think that university quality, though not finances, would benefit from only accepting mature students. Those over the age of twenty and who've at least a couple of years work under their belts. Hiring practices would have to become less discriminatory with respect to a higher degree if they wanted to attract young talent, and the subjects those who went on to university choose to study would be different - and the manner in which they'd do so and relate to their teachers.

At the moment we have children making decisions when they're 16-17 years old, in a highly pressured environment, (their teachers will almost invariably tell them to go to university if they're vaguely able to do so - indeed in my sixth form there were entire lessons given over to filling out your UCAS application, whether you wanted to go or not; there were also representatives from universities they brought along to tell you how great it was,) with no life experience, with little to no experience of managing finances, making quite significant financial decisions. In many cases we're talking about someone taking on debt, both financially and in terms of their time-commitment, for dramatically more money than they've ever seen in their life - and a great deal more than they can reasonably expect to for a fair number of years.

We don't grow adults at most of our schools. We do the exact opposite, we keep people childish - almost infantilised. One suspects that has at least some effect on the nature of the education that they go on to receive. 

[quote=Zipacna]I see your porn site teacher and raise you a lecturer who got kicked out of his EU grant and university because he had photography as a hobby, one day went batshit insane, photographed himself naked at home and in public places, plastered those pictures all over his personal homepage and plastered the link to said personal homepage all over his university pages.

Jesus. O_O




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