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I've finally gotten the results I wanted, yay! :D (After almost 4 years of struggling, lol!) I can't believe it: I upped my workload, and, for the first time, worked during semester, yet received the best results ever. If only I had the determination right from the start of my first year, haha!

My computer, however, decided to break down again. :( I'm trying not to spend money on fixing it again (I'm afraid I won't be able to pay my tuition loan when I graduate and the interests would start rolling), since the experts don't seem to know what's wrong with it anyway (I've sent it for repairs about 3 times already and the computer would run properly for maybe a dozen times more =_=). I reformatted my computer and it ran perfectly for a few times before problems surfaced. This time, besides the occasional refusal to boot up (no keyboard lights and stuff, only the sound of fans turning), the computer would suddenly hang with a neon coloured screen. Nope, blue screen of death is too boring for it. I have gotten bright pink once and cyan twice now. O_O

I'm so close to finishing CS already. I would really hate to drag it on until my next holiday. PLEASE OH PLEASE, DEAR OLD COMPUTER. You're only 4 years old, not that old yet! ':(


Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does. And even more about the teacher. (Part of the problem is that his grasp of English is good, but not general enough to actually explain anything without specific technical terms, which none of us understood because there isn't a class that feeds into that. Add that to his pronunciation and I spent about three days convinced that we were measuring things in "Kilodolphins" and all of my biology friends had a good laugh. (They're called KiloDaltons, and they're a stupid substitute for grams per mol. I asked the professor if they were the same, though, and he said "what is grams per mol?" so I think he genuinely doesn't know any of the stuff prior to his class in english.)

I don't understand cumulative courses. I do know that our Geography professor gave up and issued a formality final. (We had to show up, that was it. We were just graded based on the four tests we'd already taken.)

Found out that my Cryptography class is going to be great, though, if the book is any indication.
Jan. 4th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
Kilowha-? Grams per mol is so much easier to understand and convert into other things for. o_o We have a lot of foreign lecturers here too, so I totally know how you feel. XD

You have a damn cool Geog prof! If our profs here pulled such a stunt, the Dean/board or something will question him. He sort of NEEDS to produce a bellcurve. Somebody MUST be below average. Which is especially stupid when our class is small. (Guess they didn't learn statistics and standard deviation =_=)

Okay, you're getting me interested in cryptography now. XD Still sounds scary to learn, but it sounds like the stuff magic is made with!
Jan. 4th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Geography was a 101 course, so it was pretty much expected that most people would pass. People fail themselves out here, what with the drinking and the skipping class and all, and there's no pressure on professors at the lower levels to curve things so that people fail. In fact, if the top score is less than 90, they usually take it as a sign that they didn't spend enough time on whatever topic the test was on.

Except in classes like O-chem. That class.... ew. 80% was the new A in that class.

What? From my understanding, they've already filtered you all so they've only got top preformers, and if everyone understands 90% of the material, then shouldn't the average be 90%? Especially if you've got a class of 10 or so. *Scratches head in confusion.* Clearly, they don't know that much about statistics, because you're not (supposed) to be graded in comparison to the rest of the class, you're supposed to be graded on understanding of the material. There's a bit of a ceiling on how much material you can understand, after all - you can't get much more than 100%.

Well, the book is strictly non-programming, and there were no prerequisites for the class, so it can't be too technical. Probably it's history and simple ciphers and using programs we don't have to actually make to encode things. :)
Jan. 5th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
I know right? I don't understand what's up with all that pressure they're putting us through too! I once saw this comic where a bellcurve was drawn like a mountain, and those scaling up towards the top (the "average" section) would help each other up, but those on the other side (the "A" section) would turn back to shoot those trying to come over. It's really sad that some people really step on others to reach the top. (And you know how there are so many jokes about Asians being "magical" in their studies; I think it's the competitiveness of our environment that shaped us like this. >_>)
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're trying to turn you into diamonds? (I hear pressure over time makes carbon into diamonds, lol.)

That comic is kind of true, but... well, that's honestly probably part of the reason I didn't get on that well with the other accelerated kids in middle and high school. Because I was already over on that side of the bell curve and had no idea where anyone else was, nor did I much care. I was all "more books, please!" when everybody else was stressing about class rank and all.
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
LOL that's quite a fitting analogy! XD

Haha, I think you would have gotten loads of friends by handing out answer keys! ;P
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
We're carbon-based life forms. It's eeeevil chemistry!

Yes, probably.


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