Well, since it has been precisely 9 days since I last updated my blog, I thought it was high time that I put my finger to key and made a super-enormous update.
Since I complained about them in the last major post, you're probably wondering how my three midterms (happy birthday to me...) went. Let's begin at the beginning, with German 111 (Beginner's German I); no surprises there, listening excercises, identifying objects in pictures, answering german questions in (real) german (shocking I know) and a 100 word compostion on "mein Tagesblauf." All in all, it went well and I was out 20 minutes early. 30 minutes after walking out of my German exam, I began my History 111 (The Early Modern World) exam. As my professer,the eminent Dr. Andrew Gow
is more interested in teaching us lowly undergrads how to read sources, "do history" in his words, the exam consisted of writing two essays on sources we were permitted to bring in to class with us. The essay questions were new but that was really the only challenging part of the exam. 60 minutes and 2 exam booklets later, I was on my way to my third and final midterm of the day.
If I had to sum up my Religion 200 (Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion) midterm in one word it would be, "Short." Having been given the 12 possible essay questions for the midterm ahead of time it was rather straightforward for me to prepare for the exam. One entering the classroom I sat down, received the exam paper, wrote the required single page single spaced on the two questions, and handed in my exam to my instructer. Total time elapsed from sitting down to standing up: eight (8) minutes. Yep, gotta love Arts courses.
Friday, I wrote my Religion 240 (Introduction to Buddhism) exam. I took the whole 50 minutes allotted to write the exam. Enough said.
In other news, my Mom, Dad, and Sister came up to celebrate both my birthday (27th) and my Mom's (30th - Happy Birthday Mom!). The family and I (include my roomate/cousin Rachelle) went to the Olive Garden and had a nice meal, complete with a server who didn't know whether or not they served club soda. Hmmm... Anyway, it was nice to have the family here for a couple days, and a trip to Costco to fill the freezer and cupboards was a definite plus.
I have also recently taken a page out of Anders's book and taken on some tutoring work. Interstingly enough, I'm tutoring first year Economics. I try to keep the fact that I'm a Religious Studies major quiet when trying to win a pupil, if only to avoid the inevitable conversation that always goes something like this:
Them: "so you're in your fourth year then"
Me:"no, actually this is my first year here, but my fifth year of University"
Them:"you're doing your Masters?"
Me:"no, I'm actually doing another Bachelors' degree"
Them:"oh, what's your major?"
Me:"Religious Studies, actually" (why I always say actually, I don't really know"
Them:"so what's your first degree in?"
Them:(in a puzzeled voice) "you did your degree in commerce, and now you're doing a degree in
Religious Studies? That's an odd combination"
Me:(looking at my shoes) "ermm, well, yes... uhm, what about those demand curves."
Personally, I don't think it's that big of a change. I mean, in Religious Studies we study people who worship all-mighty God(s). In commerce, we study people who worship all-mighty Buck. Tell me what the difference is.
On a totally different topic, for those of you who are interested, here are a couple of pictures of my house:
My Living Room:
My apologies if the quality of the pictures isn't that great, but they'll at least give you some idea about my new digs.
I captured the above pictures with my new webcam. Yes, I now have the technology to video chat with any and all of you who so desire (not that anyone is ever on when I am, but oh well...). I suppose I could also set up a live video feed from my bedroom so an entire world of voyeurs could see the intimate details of my life. Maybe I'll do just that, charge $20/month to supplement my tutoring income, although most people would likely drop subscriptions pretty quick, when the found the only exciting thing was me changing in the morning. (an awesome sight to see, I might add.) And I think that's quite enough on that topic for now.
To wrap things up, today's german word is, "anders." It means, "different" Seriously!
complains about being sick of undergrad. Caitlin, it could be worse, you could be finished a degree and tacking 3 - 100 level classes with 299 idiotic 17 year olds. Not that I'm complaining, just putting things into perspective.