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So I don't know if I mentioned it here before, but I decided to take 20 credits this quarter. Only four classes, but yes, 20 credits worth of work, jam-packed into ten weeks. I just really wanted to take the next quarter of Ancient Greek and I need the 15 credits for my English major. So I'll suck it up and deal. On the plus side, I get done by two everyday and don't start class until ten. So yay there. But I was also really nervous about one class when I read the syllabus before the quarter started. The teacher sounded really strict and his base grade is a C. If you do all of your work, you can get a C. If you do interesting, insightful work you can get a B. If you do truly excellent work you can get an A. So I was wary of that one class. But it turned out that the teacher of that class is amazing. He's funny and interesting and makes class really entertaining.

But this was my first weekend with homework from classes. And it looked like I had seven or eight things to do. But I got all of them done yesterday. And I got a two page scene written for my fiction class, plus attended and wrote up one of the three Live Literature Events I have to go to at get an A. I'm wondering if maybe I really just have too much time on my hands and taking 20 credits will help me use that extra time more productively than say, play three hours of Bejeweled on Facebook. And I still have time for pleasure reading.

I hope that I'll be updating more regularly than I have been. So until next time...
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red_reaper: (Inner demons)
I feel so bad for neglecting my Dreamwidth journal. I haven't posted here in like six weeks and it saddens me. So here's the lowdown on what's been going on for the past month or so. I moved into my dorm, which is actually pretty sweet as far as dorm rooms go. Our bathroom is attached to the room and shared with just four girls (including myself) instead of an entire floor. We have a huge window and my bed fits in a little alcove-y space. This weekend when my parents visited we hung drapes so that when my roommate is still awake at night I can sleep without having light issues. And I bought a lamp so I can just live in the cave now, coming out occasionally for snacks and classes. I was sadly poster deficient when I first got here, so I also bought a bunch of posters. One of my favorites is the Procrastinator's creed. It has like ten rules of being a Procrastinator. "I believe anything worth doing would have been done already." "I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, while infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero." and "I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind". I also have a Serenity poster (which is awesome) and a Blues Brothers poster that reminds me of my dad. The only real downside to my dorm (which is more a downside for other people, not so much for me) is the fact that our quiet hours start at nine in the evening and go until nine in the morning. So it's a really quiet study dorm, not so much of a party dorm.

Which is not to say we haven't had some fun events. The very first night here there was an ice-cream social and I stayed up until midnight, one in the morning, playing games with some of the people who live in the Edens/Higginson dorms. There's actually three dorms that all sort of hang out together. And my first Saturday here we had an 80's Night where everyone dressed up and had fun dancing and hanging out. Plus just last Saturday there was a Pre-Halloween dance with a chocolate fountain and all these fun spooky decorations. There was also a costume contest which was a lot of fun. The first Friday here there was a carnival for the entire campus which was awesome. There was a caricaturist and a face painter which was so much fun. All these thing have kept me pretty busy.

I also got involved in quite a few clubs, which take up quite a bit of time as well. On Wednesdays I have Harry Potter club, which is fan-freakin'-tastic! We are all divided into the houses and there's a house cup competition. You get points for bringing food to events, dressing up for parties, house teams winning games, playing Quidditch, etc. We've played Harry Potter Jeopardy which was actually super challenging. The questions were often obscure things and you had to have read the books to get most of it. Ravenclaw (my house) won that night because we're awesome and brilliant. We also had Nearly Headless Nick's Death Day party just last night, which I went as Tonks to. There was Telephone Pictionary, which ended up being really dirty in some cases and just plain bizarre in others (elephant bowling with Harry Potter's head for instance). We also played just plain Harry Potter Pictionary, which the Ravenclaws kicked ass at! We totally annihilated the competition. We had like 17 points where the next highest team only had 7. It rocked. On Thursday I have Glee club, which is actually doing singing and dancing like on Glee. We sang together for the first time on Tuesday and it was so good! This club has the potential to be really awesome. I also do Disney club on Thursdays. We started out as a Disney Karaoke club and then became a Disney Fan club. We've done a karaoke night and Halloween is going to be awesome. We're watching Nightmare Before Christmas and carving pumpkins in the afternoon. Then we're going to dress up and trek across campus singing Disney songs and throwing out candy. I can't wait. Fridays I am involved in something call CCF. It stands for Christian Campus Fellowship and it's like my church while I'm in college. We also meet in smaller groups for each dorm on Wednesdays. It's a great time of worship and fellowship with other college student Christians and I'm really happy to be a part of it. The girls in my group are just awesome and I'm glad I get to know so many people who share my beliefs. It's great.

My classes are also pretty awesome. My Greek class is by far my favorite over all. The language is so interesting and my teacher is amazing. He's hilarious and teaches from his own textbook so he doesn't have to conform to the way other textbooks are set up. Plus it means that we didn't have to buy a book as he posts what we need online. It's sweet. My linguistics class isn't too bad, but it's a lot of new terminology and I don't even really have a building block to build off of. So it can be a bit challenging to grasp new terms. And my Plot and Narrative class isn't super hard, but it's a lot of reading. And reading books that aren't particularly riveting. Although the assignments consist mostly of three papers, so that's pretty awesome.

Speaking of books, I will try within the next few days to post a slew of the book reviews I've done. I really have been reading, I just keep forgetting to post the reviews. Bad Reaper, you need to keep up with everything. I think this is about everything that's been happening with me. Oh, by the way, I am typing this from a shiny new laptop hand delivered by my family this past weekend. Having loan money does have some advantages.

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red_reaper: (Reading)
I can't believe how hot it is getting here. I feel like I'm going to burst into flame when I step out into the sun. I also have low blood pressure, so summer is a time when I'm really susceptible to fainting if I don't stay hydrated. So I stay inside most of the time. And yesterday, while staying inside, I started and finished The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Percy and the Olympians series. The first book is actually being made into a movie that will release in February 2010. The review is under the cut. There are some spoilers, so ye be warned.
The Sea of Monsters )

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red_reaper: (Buffy reading)
Recently I got sucked into the show Greek, which I'm really enjoying. I finished season one on Sunday. I think my favorite character has to be Cappie. But watching Greek has meant that I haven't finished a book in a while. Yesterday though, I finished reading How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is part of her Love at Stake series, which I ended up starting in the middle of. Luckily, they're able to stand on their own so you don't have to have read the previous books to understand what's going on. I personally suggest reading them in order though, then you get to know all the characters ahead of time. Anyway, the review is under the cut and beware of spoilers
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire )
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New Classes

Aug. 4th, 2009 09:22 pm
red_reaper: (Inner demons)
These past two days were the Freshman Orientation for my university. I went and learned more about the campus, financial aid, programs, etc. It was pretty fun actually. I got to eat in the Dining Halls and learned a little about getting involved in the choir as well as other programs. I also registered for my classes for Fall. Since I already earned my Associate's I got to have major status and get a couple of English classes that I really needed. One of the classes is so important that is if I didn't get it, I wouldn't be able to do anything more to earn my degree except take electives. But then I have one sort of off-the-wall, spur-of-the-moment class. I registered for Greek 101. Now I have never intended to take Greek or had a real drive to do so, but maybe it'll be fun. Can't wait for fall.
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