It's been forever since I posted, which is frustrating, as I WANT to post more, but keep getting tired and not wanting to bother. Ugh.
Finals are over, thank goodness. This quarter was hard and it looks like next quarter will be harder. I've signed up for six (6) classes, plus I'll be in a research internship thing (where I help a grad student with his research into bioremediation) with an interesting teacher. I desperately need the "experience", so I've got something to put on a CV other than, 'Hey, I've taken lots of classes, I've got these three-ish degrees, and I have a good work history, so you can be sure I know how to get to work on time every day."
I know I've got a B in programming, and if I had more time and more free brain-space, I'd sort of like to continue. I wasn't practicing enough on it; it needs daily practice with writing and thinking things through and I just didn't have time for that. Maybe if I get a job, I can try to spend some time during the week improving my C++. (Or maybe I should look at Ruby or something?)
I think I've got a B in PChem, which is great. The final exam was hard, but not impossible, and I think I understood most of what's going on there. I'm worried about next quarter, though, as I'm not sure that teacher will give us the equations for tests. Not having to remember all the equations, just how to use them, is really good for me, because I often get the equations upside down, but usually remember how to use them (and modify them) perfectly well.
I've no idea what grade exactly I'm getting in Microbiology. Either an A or a B. Numerically, I appear to have a B, but I don't know how the points are weighted and if he does any curving or anything after that. We'll see. I didn't find the final hard at all, but I like microbiology and it makes simple sense to me, so I didn't expect it to be particulary taxing. I mean, yes, it's a lot of information to know and learn, but it's not hard, the way PChem was.
If I don't get an A in the seminar course, I'll be very surprised. It entailed sitting and listening to people try to do public speaking, whilst not having any experience, training, or guidance in it - and also giving a short presentation on an assigned topic. I'm good at public speaking, I can rattle through information quickly and carefully, making it both interesting and clear, so I'm not at all worried there.
PCR is more of a muddle. I think I did okay, but the teacher doesn't post anything like marks early, so I have absolutely no idea how I've done. I can't have done all that poorly; I got good results in all my experiments, I made a cute little poster about my independent project, I learned a lot ... Eh.
Next quarter I'm in the second third of PChem, Instrumental Methods of Analysis (the only lab class next quarter), the final Seminar course, Advanced Criminal Investigation, and Survey of Forensic Science. AND Environmental Microbiology, the new, extra course. And the research lab, of course.
That's ... that's doable, right? I can totally handle it. I think the two Forensic Science courses will be doddles, and I'm hoping to get some knitting done, actually. I can't do work for other classes in those lectures, but I don't expect trouble from them.
I'm still steadily working on the fanfic and I think it's time I started moving on original fiction. I've read a bunch of gay romances recently and I know my writing's just as good. I'm just procrastinating and not finishing stories, so, time to start finishing. So to speak.
The frustrating part is that some of the writing is just bad. It's not just that it's not to my taste, but it's ... not good. Ugh.
Anyway, it's super late and even though there's more to say, I'm for bed. G'night.