Monthly Archives: May 2009


A few days ago, I printed off the 80-some computer pages of my novel, which roughly corresponds to 130 book pages. While only about a third through the story (or less), I wanted to re-read everything, take some notes on character development, do some revising, and basically clean up what I have so that the next section can start fresh.

I’ve only gone through 30 of the pages so far, and I’ve been covering them with red marker pen. While this may seem bad in your eyes, I love it since it lets me revisit the old story and make it better. It’s always good to make things better, right?

Anyway, it will probably be a few more days before I finish it. I still have a lot more to do, plus most of those first pages had some revising work done on them by me a few months ago. I won’t be started the next big segment until after I finish this work.

Speaking of work, I start my job on Monday. I don’t mind, as it will give me money to save for next year, plus provide a little bit of a distraction from my life. I’ve had a lot of stuff going through my brain recently, not all of it good.

Summer Vacation

With the last final completed, the dorm room emptied and locked, and the relatively long drive from East Lansing complete, I am officially half-way through my undergraduate career. Pretty weird when it feels like just yesterday I was explaining to a fellow student at orientation that the street is called M-A-C, not Mac.

What have I learned? Honors credits should be taken at every opportunity, since struggling to fit them in your schedule in addition to difficult classes is not fun. I still have at least four more to go, with only one of those assured. Not the best situation to be in, not by a long shot.

Not worrying about food is great, and it will be missed. I’m moving into an apartment in the fall, which means I’ll be cooking and grocery shopping and everything else that entails. No more can I just walk to the cafeteria if I’m hungry; I’ll need to prepare and cook the meals when I want to eat, plus wash the dishes after.

Don’t rely on other people for grades. Even if you are part of a group, do whatever you can to ensure that you get a good grade. Look over their stuff, reduce their responsibilities if they can’t be relied upon, or kick them out of the group. You shouldn’t have to suffer for being too nice.

Finally, no amount of studying and stress can replace the memories that you make. Sure, you may 4-point all of your exams, but if you lose friends or miss the opportunity to make new ones, you’re losing a lot more. Plus, you can always just stay up late to finish the work you couldn’t earlier, right?


I have four finals: Linear Algebra, Biology II, Classical Mechanics I, and Planets and Telescopes, in that order. It shouldn’t be that bad, but the front of that line-up will be tough.

Linear Algebra: I dropped by last test, which I did not study a single iota for, so I’ll be coming at this one from behind. I’ve started reviewing the basics again just to refresh my memory, but then I move on to linear transformations, orthonormal subspaces, and eigenvalues. Good thing I have until Wednesday for this one.

Biology II: Basically the bane of my second semester, I am not as worried about this final. I’m pretty much going to get a 3.5 in the course, and that may be bumped to a 4.0 based on the Dr. Luckie “Sorry for having you work for me for a grade” curve. I’m reviewing major topics and refreshing my memory, and that’s it.

Classical Mechanics: Another sure-thing 3.5 if I go over basics. I would like to bump this to a 4.0, since I am a Physics major, but the semester homework assignments potentially screwed me out of that one. The final is worth a lot of the final grade, so it may go up to a 4.0 even with the sub-par homework.

Planets and Telescopes: I have a 4.0 in the class, got extra credit for completing some assignments on time, and Horace likes me. I can’t really express how little I’m worried about this one. Definitely a good “wind down” final for my Friday morning.

Well, don’t expect any more posts from me until after this fourth finals season is over. I’ll be studying and grading exams for the next week. Wish me luck!