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Jan. 21st, 2003 | 04:05 pm
mood: blahblah

It appears I have taken a six-week hiatus from writing here.

I assure you that this was completely unintentional.

I think that I am going to write down a time when I will spend at least 15 minutes forcing myself to write here every day, and write that time slot down in my brand-new happy little Clie which is probably the neatest palm pilot ever (well... not as neat as some of the pocket PCs or other models of the clie, but definitely the neatest for my needs) and then stick to that schedule. Dance practice time on my own will also be scheduled the same way, because I have decided to be an organized person (ha ha ha) who actually has time to do all the things that she needs to get done.

But that was not what I had intended to write about.

My first class of the semester was "Statistical Reasoning for the Behavioral Sciences," a statistics course taught by a professor who seemed to me to be very insecure and very concerned that everyone in the class both like her and like statistics. I think she was trying to be humorous at a few points, having heard that humor wins over a class, but she came across as flaky, false and sarcastic.

Needless to say, my clie and its wonderful game, no mess, will be an infinitely saving grace for me as the semester progresses and I continue to try to attend this class.

I should not have so cavalier an attitude about attending class, given the ridiculous amounts of money I pay to go to school here, but since I pay such insane amounts of money, I think I have a right to enjoy my time here, and if my time can be better spent not in classes where I don't learn anything and the professors couldn't care less if we show up anyway (such as genetics last semester where I showed up to approximately 15 minutes of one class per week and still got a straight A in the course), there is no reason for me to force myself to go. Fortunately, most of my classes are not like this -- my professors in the past have been engaging speakers who loved their subject matter and didn't care whether the class did or not, knowing that the real way to make a student love something is to love it yourself and to be yourself teaching it.

I think it's probably good that I'm not taking very many psych courses... because the psychologist types turn into VERY STRANGE professors who have immense desires to be liked and accepted and to have whatever subject they happen to be teaching also be liked. I only had one psych professor who wasn't like that... and his was the best psychology-based course I have taken.

On a completely unrelated note, there has been much drama in the past month or so that should eventually be back filled. But that is for another entry to be written AFTER I have cleaned my room and AFTER I have done my laundry.

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from: kalatia
date: Jan. 21st, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC)

I'm glad to see you back. I love reading your entries. :)

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The Star For Which All Evenings Wait

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from: drdelfi
date: Jan. 21st, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)

I got a B+ in genetics. :(

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from: vanillahyacinth
date: Jan. 21st, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)

Lizzie is back, yay, yay! =) *happy jumps*

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from: discountsatori
date: Jan. 21st, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)

It's good to see you back around, Liz!

I took a class my junior year that was probably identical to your Statistical Reasoning course. I think mine was called "Advanced Statistical Methods for Psychology Majors" or something like that. SO VERY DRY. I wish I'd had games to play during that class, too. The good thing with stats is that once you pick up on the basic formulas, you're fine. There really isn't as much "reasoning" involved as they'd like you to think.

My stats teacher tried to be "humorous," too. I remember her trying to make analogies between statistics and characters on Friends. Needless to say, she was no comedian.

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Fava beans and a nice chianti

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from: quantumflux
date: Jan. 22nd, 2003 08:16 am (UTC)

nomess is a good game... and good to see you again.

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Hey There Lizard!

from: misterphoton
date: Jan. 22nd, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)

Good to see you back posting...my friends list just isn't the same without you! By the way, I got a total deja vu with the first sentence of the third paragraph...didn't you say that at the beginning of last semester? :-P

So hey, today I had a personal struggle with my hips...evidentally they hate cha cha. I guess I'm just too white. Hee hee.

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Re: Hey There Lizard!

from: stellae
date: Jan. 28th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)

Hehehe. Don't worry about your hips... worry about your knees. The hips will follow naturally. :-P

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