Friday, May 28, 2010

WHAT was i thinking?!

i think i really did it this time.
i registered for a history course for this summer.
it was the only course available this summer that would count towards my degree that would even be worth taking....
however, summer courses are 8 weeks.
a normal semester is 16....
it's half the amount of time for the same amount of credits.... on a topic that i am CLUELESS about....

what did i do in history class, you ask??
i slept.
i drooled in my books and slept.
it wasn't my fault.
i had the most BORING, monotone teachers who would put videos on....

first of all, if you put any video on, it's about 99% certain i'll fall asleep.
now if it's in black and white, and someone narrating pictures in a monotone voice....
it's like 107.5% certain i'll fall asleep.
i FIGHT staying awake in movie theaters, mmmk?
so my husband learned early on, to save the money and wait 'til the show is on cable....
we'll fall asleep watch it then....

WELL.
now i'm determined dammit!
i have NO idea what the hell history has to do with Nursing,
but whatever.
it's required.
and as much as i hate the idea of taking this course,
i'm doing it
and as much as i want to just go to my school's website and log in and click "drop" next to my class, i'm not going to....
that's too easy.
i've always had it easy.
i've always taken the easy way out (well, except in many stupid relationships, but whatever)

so here i am....
with earphones in my ears, listening to video after video of history stuff....
i'm fighting like hell to understand this stuff....

jason and i bickered back and forth this morning.

jason: "what's there not to get? it's not theory. you just have to remember it."

me: "that's the whole thing.... i DON'T remember it."

jason: "what don't you remember?"

me: "i don't remember ANYTHING!"

jason: "well what can you do about that?"

me: "I DON'T KNOW! IF I KNEW, I WOULD HAVE DONE IT LIKE 15 YEARS AGO!!! DUH!".... "what does ecology mean?"

jason: "the study of e-coli."

way to break the ice....

just to give you an idea of how this course is moving along....
Week 1 (this week):
-read 130 pages from textbook. (chapters 1-4)
-begin reading "The Jungle" by upton sinclair
-read all 4 super huge, long readings online (he supplies links)
-watch 4 powerpoint presentations
-read professor's lecture notes (14 pages typed)
-study and KNOW all 8 pages of study guide questions (answers can be found in ANY of the above and below assignments)
-watch 12 videos ranging from 10-30 minutes each
-answer the discussion board question which must be at least 2 paragraphs, and then respond to at least 2 other student's discussion board thread and that, too, must be at least 2 paragraphs....
-all answers must be cited (so you can't just say, "because i remember this from 10th grade." or "because that's what my stepdad told me.".... DANG it!!!!)

and he didn't put the study guide questions in any particular sequence. in fact, i'm pretty sure that when he typed them out, he clicked some magical button that said something like "scramble the shit out of these questions so they'll have to watch a video, go to chapter 4, back to the lecture notes, and then rip their hair out"....

i'm all over the place, and likely will be for the next 8 weeks....

oh, and on a side note, i also accepted a freakin coffee shop job on monday too.
what was i thinking?
after posting this whole, "what would you do if money didn't matter" thing got me thinking....
coffee shop.... that would be fun.... i could get a little break.... have a tiny bit of extra money.... and FREE COFFEE, YUM! (that would save me a little bit of money. nevermind how much. it's ridiculous what my frappuccino addiction costs us....

soooo, when starbucks asked if i wanted to work there (being that i go there 7 days, yes SEVEN days a week), i said, "SURE!"

gotta get back at the online course....

oh wait.... what's that??
it's LEWIIEEEEEEEEEE....
crying.....

i really don't know what i was thinking....
oh, that's right.
i wasn't!!!!


5 comments:

Ms. Anthropy said...

Never had the time, when I had the brains. Now, I have the time, but no brains left. Good luck!

buymebarbies said...

HAHA, me too, Ms. Anthropy!! I sure would've loved to use my sharp brain when I had one!! Pat and I tease the heck out of each other all the time! Ash, you can do it!! Auntie will help with Lewie!! LOL

Bossy Betty said...

Isn't there a movie or something that would cover all of this?

Oh, wait a minute. Bad teacher! Bad teacher! Let me try again.

Ashley--This seems totally reasonable and I know you'll do a great job once you begin. You can do this!

(No, really! Isn't there a DVD somewhere?)

Pat Tillett said...

refer to facebook comment, given yesterday at 10:22am...

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

Is it a community college? The one thing I learned from California Community Colleges, is that if you learn what's on the study guide, you'll learn what's on the exams....