Oh, you mean like grades and learning and stuff?
I earned a 99.91% in my fist class. That 1% is bothering me. It needs to be 99.90 or 99. Not 99.91.
I have learned a couple of important lessons.
1 – The art of the BS
This is not something that I learned through homeschool. At home, all lessons and assignments matter. In college, there is busywork. Busywork can take up many hours of the day. Unless the art of the BS is learned. It turns out that I can BS an essay and still get a 100. I wish I could say that I had this one mastered, but alas; I spent two hours on one simple assignment yesterday. Hopefully I will do better on the assignment that is due today.
2 – Phone a friend
Last weekend I had a difficult math problem. I could not get it right. I took a picture of the problem and sent it to the smartest people I know. Dad had company and couldn’t get to it right then. Awesome Kelly replied with “What the heck is that??” I will admit, I was a little disappointed in her. And my friend in Idaho (she needs a nickname like Awesome Kelly…) replied “I’m on the phone with the insurance company right now or I’d be all over it.” Hours later I woke up to the answer on my phone. I asked her if she could explain how she did it, or better yet, just snap some pictures of her equations. “That means I’ll have to write it out. I did it in my head.” Perhaps her nickname shall be “Crazy Math Wiz.” By the way, I did not answer the math question without fully working through the problem and figuring out what I was doing wrong. Simply using her answer would have been cheating. Duh.
3 – Look ahead
I learned this one last night. I was playing with my new “educational toy” (…which will be the subject of a blog post as soon as the battery for my camera is charged. Oops) and looked through all of the assignments for this class. I found out that in week 8 of class I’m supposed to start working on a paper that is due in week 10. It is not a small paper. I was suddenly both overwhelmed and grateful for the heads up.
Also, I have learned that APA isn’t as bad as I remember. I have learned that spell check is everyone’s best and most ignored friend. I have learned that reading the writings of others tends to make my eye twitch.
While school has given me less time for play-I miss Disney-I am pretty happy to be learning. My current class is Conflict Resolution. I am soaking up a lot of interesting information. In a few weeks I’ll be adding Introduction to Criminal Investigation. Should I be worried that all my favorite TV shows are going to be ruined?