It’s Certain Now

I’m graduating.

Some of you may know that my graduation ceremony happened over three weeks ago and be thinking, yes, yes we know, you actually already graduated, is it only now clicking?

Well I walked across the stage, shook the hand of the President of the university and was given a diploma holder, but three weeks ago it wasn’t certain I was going to graduate.

Now realistically it probably was certain based on where I was going into exams, but to be really, really literal, our final grades weren’t in yet so we had no way of knowing and I had one class, this oneeee classssss that was worrying me a bit.

You see it was an ethics course, Ethics in the Marketplace, and while a business course it was also branched under philosophy and the last philosophy class that I faced off with nearly got me. I just scraped through that one with a D and I honestly don’t know how I even managed that. It was required for my minor and heading in I didn’t know it was philosophy. The methods and arguments all seemed so confusing and it being an 8:30am class probably didn’t help a whole lot either. When I sat down in my first Ethics class in January, a required course for my major, and found out it was a philosophy course my heart sank. And then, to top it all off, 20% of our grade was reliant on participation. My last philosophy course had gone badly and I’d never taken a business course; I felt at rather a disadvantage.

A few weeks in, time comes round for the first assignment to be due and the instructions were a bit vague so I did my best and waited to see what my mark would be. The day the assignments were being handed back I logged online to peek at my mark before the papers came round and was floored to see I had a 0. 0%? How can you even get 0% if you handed anything, like literally anything, in?!

After class I went up to the prof because my paper hadn’t even been handed back and he was like, “Oh yeah, did I forget your email in my inbox? Whoops! I’ll get that to ya as soon as I can!” (Super chill guy, probably my second favourite prof throughout university. Has like flowing, shoulder-length, ringletted, white hair and a double piercing in one ear in which he always has a set of two hoop earrings. I say he’s the retired pirate prof)

So next class, before it starts, he comes and stands in front of me and says, “So we have a problem.” My stomach drops and I’m nearly panicking, did I do it completely wrong? Did I misunderstand everything? Am I going to fail? Am I not going to graduate? Am I going to have to stay another year for this one course? Whyyyyy crueeeeel worldddddddddddd…. Etc.

“Your assignment is really good! You need to speak up more in class!” Relief could have melted me onto the floor in that moment. And while the class did end up being one of my favourites overall it was still very challenging. I always felt like I was uncertain in what I was doing and yet my marks usually implied I was doing alright so the exam was going to be the final test (like, literally, cause it was the last test, but like it also determined like everythi-you get it, it’s a bad pun :P)

Realistically I could have gotten 0 on the exam and passed the course, not well! But passed. Well, my mark was entered into the system two days ago. I done good guys… I done good.

I’m graduating.

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Praying for a Miracle

Just a quick post today, but if you pray, if you could be praying for my mum. She has kidney failure. She’s had problems with her kidneys since she was 19 and just over six years ago she had to go onto peritoneal dialysis. During that time while on dialysis she was fine, diets restrictions and the actual dialysis process had to be worked into everyday life but she was very energetic and to all appearances, healthy.

In the last month or so the dialysis seems to have run it’s course. It isn’t helping the way it was before, her muscles and joints are extremely tense to the point where going up and down stairs, or even just pouring a glass of water is very difficult, also one of her medications’ side effects is a cough that is causing her a lot of throat and abdomen pain. She’s had to go onto the transplant list but that can take almost a minimum of six months to get a new kidney.

We’re praying for a miracle. We have been for as long as I can remember. I believe that God can heal her kidneys and make them new so they work again, but I also believe that he can also provide healing through medical solutions such as dialysis or transplants. So we’re praying that God provides healing whichever way he knows is best. In the meantime we’re also praying for relief of the pain in her joints and muscles.

So yeah, if you pray, if you could keep my mum (and the rest of my family too) in your prayers, we’d really appreciate it 🙂

Talk to you tomorrow!
-B

Online School?

I am convinced that my brain is oozing from my ears which is not a good state to go into an exam in, therefore instead of blogging tonight. I am going to bed. Sociology exam tomorrow, definitely NOT my favourite subject, plus I took the course online. I do not think I will take online courses again.

Here, have some pros and cons to online university courses:

Cons:

Less personal: Your professor may still teach at your university or they may not, but either way you’re not seeing their real physical face in class and they’re not seeing yours. This makes people like me feel less responsible for keeping up with classes, they have no face to put with the wavering mark after all…

Easy to be distracted: online courses are just that, online. And you know what else is online? Facebook, tumblr, twitter, youtube, yahoo news… I rest my case.

Boring: If you are left with an uninteresting professor you’re stuck watching someone boring teach you a possibly boring class. Also, being (likely) at home with your computer, it’s easier to pause, or fall asleep because its just you, you’re not walking out of the class in front of classmates, you’re not falling asleep in front of a prof. It’s easier to hide from the actual class and work parts.

Forgetting: Unless you give yourself a very good schedule and force yourself to stick to it chances are you’ll fall behind. I did. I had about a months’ worth of classes to catch up on in this last week. I’d recommend forcing yourself to do it at the same time on certain days as if it was a real class. Make a reminder on your phone, write it in your agenda BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE KEEP UP, falling behind and catching back up is NOT FUN!

 

Pros:

Self-scheduled: You can take this class when you have time. You can watch the recording when you’re available. You can watch multiple classes in a row. You don’t have to worry about missing a class.

Can watch where ever: You can be sitting on the couch in your pjs with bedhead for the whole year through this class and no one will know…!

Can pause/rewatch: If you have a hard time keeping up with a prof while talking notes, online courses are great because you can pause, write your note, and push play again. You can also rewatch classes while studying if you feel your notes missed something the first time around

I feel it takes a very self-controlled person to take an online course. Someone very diligent and responsible. In this case, I was definitely not and because of that I personally will avoid online courses in the future. Especially for courses that aren’t required…

 

Oh and major side note, THOR 2 TRAILER CAME OUT! But seriously, guys, you gave us a great trailer and now you’re not going to give us the movie for seven months? I mean come on…

Table smash

 

 

 

 

 

Well, guess you kind of did get a blog post! Talk to you all tomorrow!
-Becky