Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More and More

Well, I've actually managed to come back and write something less than 3 months from my last post. I will call that an accomplishment, for now.

I am still giddy every time I set foot on campus. I hope the feeling doesn't go away anytime soon but given what my fall schedule is going to be I fear I'll probably be cursing the place soon enough. That is until the games start back. Megan and I are (hopefully) planning to get season tickets for this season and the idea of spending Saturdays between the hedges is almost too much to even think about right now.

Classes are going relatively well. Calculus is about how I thought it would be: not much of a challenge but just hard enough to make me pay attention in if I can just get the online homework done I'd be in a really good position in that class. I really like my teacher, too. Maurice Leblanc from New Orleans. I haven't had a chance to learn much about him yet but when class gets hard I plan to camp out in his office. Spanish on the other hand is a totally different animal. The professor speaks nothing but Spanish and it seems we are being asked a lot for it to be only the fourth semester of study. I had to write a 300 word essay in class today and the topic was "Cual es el problema mas importante de los Estados Unidos?" (most of those are cognates but for clarification "What is the most important problem in the United States?"). I wrote about the economy and believe me, you don't understand how much you rely on an advanced grasp of language and vocabulary until you try to explain/be persuasive in another language. 300 words may not seem like a lot (it's about a page/page and a half) but it's a lot in a second language after only limited study, and it's really a lot to have to produce on your own with limited use of a dictionary (we were only allowed a 10 minute period at the end to use a dictionary). Eh, I guess I have to be pushed to learn more, just not ready to be pushed so hard.

I'm nervous about starting organic chemistry in the fall. Many people don't realize how serious UGA is about sciences, especially biochem. It's amazing some of the research being done there and I'm really excited to get into the lab.

Did you know you can go straight from a bachelors to a Ph.D. in Biochemistry? Megan hates that (can't really do that in English). If med school doesn't work out for whatever reason I think that's what I'll do is just go ahead and get my Ph.D. So basically, I'll be a Dr. one way or another.

Still looking for a place to live and our lease runs out July 31. Yeah...I should really get on that.

I haven't started packing either...

Any thoughts on the current field of Republican candidates? I'm not going to make any snap judgements, except for Romney, Palin, and Bachman...hate them all, but I'm hoping there's at least one sensible non-radical member of the group (appears to be Huntsman right now but who knows).

I'm looking forward to Ryan and Sara's visit this summer but I'm SUPER excited and Cody and I will be making it up there in August. Now we just need to get Austin up and we can complete the set.

Random thoughts: loving Game of Thrones and Treme this season, pienso en espanol mas y mas ahora, how do people learn html code, still not motivated to do my boring as all get out job, my cats are awesome.

Okay folks, homework time...

I love you all!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Back At It

Yet again I've managed to completely fail at blogging. In addition to being totally absent lately the only reason I'm really writing this is to test out my new blogging app on my iPad (yes, I just got an iPad, I'm drinking the Kool-Aid and loving it). It's 10:15 right now so I'm going to have to keep it short since it's time for me to be getting to bed. I'm in class now at UGA. I have an 8:00 am Spanish followed by a 9:15 Calculus. This means that I have to get up at 6:00 every morning so I can get to campus on time. I don't mind getting up so early but I do mind not getting at least 7 hours of sleep.

Classes are going really well. I'm so excited to be on campus that I almost piss myself with excitement every day. The only downside to my days on campus is that I have a crazy long walk between my first and second class and only 15 minutes to make it. I could have scheduled my classes so that I wouldn't be in such a rush but I look at it as an opportunity to push myself and exercise rather than an imposition.

Okay, well I really have to be going now but since I just paid $5 for this crappy app I'm definitely going to need to make sure I get my money's worth out of it!

Much love!