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08 October 2008 @ 02:07 pm
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I was going to regale you with the half-dozen bizarre and vaguely-amusing pictures I have saved on my phone, but these library computers don't let you save anything to the desktop.  Srsly, California?  IS THIS WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS?

Well, I guess it makes sense for porn- and virus-prevention purposes, but still. :P

Managed to get my French essay due date extended until Monday, hurrah!  My teacher is probably sick and tired of my shit.  First a wedding, now a computer disaster... what the hell is wrong with that girl?  I bet she does it on purpose.  D<

Got my baby back from the store, ostensibly intact, though I had to wait around for ten minutes for the guy to get back.  That man needs an attitude adjustment or a pay dock, I'm TELLING you.

Near (lawl) as I can tell, the problem is that history classes take a big-picture approach, and I'm a small-picture person.  I don't like names and dates and battles, though I learn them because I have to.  The endless Pharaoh lists in my Egypt class were infuriating, and I lost track of which temples were which.

Well, I had it all pretty much down until the final was over, at which point I immediately permitted my brain to let go of all of it, and it fluttered off into the blue sky, never to return.  Then I went home and wrapped Christmas presents.  8D

Anyway... my Greek myths class last semester was a little better, because I kept waiting for "And now we're going to look at slides of THIS temple's layout," but it never came.  YEAH, ZEUS AND YOUR BILLION GIRLFRIENDS.

This time around, it's a legit history class -- and upper div, oh, God -- and it's exactly what I wasn't wanting.  It's interesting enough, I suppose, but it's extremely non-linear, and that concerns me.  Basically the structure of the class, such as it is, is that he assigns us massive readings with an assignment tacked on to those, and we do them and then come to class.  He starts out quasi-lecturing, and then someone asks a question, and then he goes off explaining that, and then someone has a question based on the answer to the previous question, so he goes to answer that, and then an hour and a half later, he assigns the next reading, and we go home, and I'm all like, "@_@??"

First of all, if you're not going to give me the little-picture social (anthropological?) history I'm looking for -- I don't give a crap what the economic forces at work were when he was crowned; what kind of shoes was he wearing? -- the least you could do is teach in such a way that I can actually keep track of what the hell is going on.

I'm making it out to be worse than it is, but... I dunno.  I'm really worried I'm going to crash and burn on the impending midterm, basically because I have no clue what we've learned or why we've learned it.  The prof states consistently that the problem with Medieval European history at the most fundamental level is that it really just isn't laid out, but isn't that his job?  Making sense of it so that we can understand it?

It's also possible that I'm just slow; everybody else is either getting along fine or keeping their mouths shut.  The ones that worry me are the people who ask really insightful questions all the time while I'm sitting there with a sheet of fanfiction across my lecture notes (erm, can you say, "Root of the problem"?) going, "How did you get all that out of a reading so long I skimmed it and so dense I couldn't make head or tail of what I skimmed?"

It's probably just my lazy-ass-ness, all things considered.  I'm just not accustomed to working hard, and I hate having to, and I can never motivate myself. XD  High school was challenging, but it didn't beat me, and senior year was so easy that I forgot how to work hard.  Last year I coasted and did well enough, and now I've got a class that actually wants to broaden my horizons, and I'm balking.  It figures. :P

If you actually read all that, I hope it enlightened you as to the deep and twisted inner workings of my horrifying psyche. 8D

 
 
Feeling: ditzyditzy
On the Radio: Three Days Grace - Three Days Grace
 
 
 
Marmmarmaladefever on October 8th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Upper Division: Welcome to my world.

I have never been one for history classes. I don't do horribly in them, but I'm definitely on the lazy side where paying attention/reading/comprehending my notes is concerned. Bleck.

Glad you got your baby back!
Vitamin Ctierfal on October 8th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
And what a world. XD

Yeah, it's the paying-attention bit that usually gets me. >_>
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Vitamin C: L - Do Not Wanttierfal on October 9th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm beginning not to know WHAT I want. Though the historical novels bit probably hits my brand of nail on the head -- I like history in the form of a story, only a story that makes sense, not the Merovignian muddle I'm getting at the moment, I guess. XD One of my favorite assignments ever was for that Egypt class, when we either had to make a Powerpoint presentation on the material, write a five-page paper as if one was an archaeologist discovering an artifact, or... write a fictional story revolving around said artifact. All the encyclopedia entries I cited were things like sandals -- because I had to know what kind of sandals the kid was wearing to talk about him running down the street, damn it. And what kind of street? XD

Anyway... yeah. School kind of fails. XD
richelle2972richelle2972 on October 9th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah...I suck at history classes. My slight dyslexia kicks in and I get all the dates confused and mixed up and it's just bad. XP But you've always done well in school so no matter how much it sucks I KNOW you'll make it through with flying colors. It is rather painful while enduring it though. I am also glad that you got your computer back. :)
Vitamin C: L - Bewilderedtierfal on October 9th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Heh, fortunately, Bs no longer terrify me so much. Though I'm doing oddly well on the assignments I've been writing at ungodly hours of the night before they're due. XD I guess we'll see. :P