July the Eighteenth

It’s 11:00 AM now. From my perspective, while community college has provided much opportunity to me, both pragmatically and intellectually, there are some pretty bad limitations. This is the one that comes to mind primarily.

Frankly, it’s the other students there, though this tends to be more of a problem with lower-level classes, like the Chemistry class I’m doing now. Quite frankly, it’s kind of obnoxious how some of them seem totally oblivious to the course material. Like, the professor I have does some test review for a few minutes before the test, and he answers questions about a practice test he gives out.But frankly, it seems that there’s always the few students who ask really, in my opinion, obvious questions that are practically the main theme of the stinking chapters. Like for example, asking about how to calculate the relative rates of a reactant or product in a reaction given the numerical rate of another reactant or product in the same reaction.

Oh well, I’m sure if I looked at it from the other side, people would say the same thing about me…

It is now 7:00 PM now. I got a 99 on my Differential Equations test, though there was a bit of inflation. I got partial extra credit, which cancelled out most of the petty algebra mistakes I had made, and he totally discredited a problem and gave 12 free points, but even without these things, I would’ve still had an A, so I’m satisfied. I also think I did well on the Chemistry II test I took today.

I’m still having issues with making algebra mistakes, though, and it’s probably because I do such little homework, so my algebra talons are pretty dull from lack of practice.

I think I’m really starting to like applied mathematics, and it horrifies me. Ahaha…

July the Seventeenth

It is now 10:00 AM. I just finished a lab about freezing points, and now I’m sort of hanging around. The nice thing about labs is that the easier ones don’t take the entire time, and I can just lounge around for a while or go home. Admittedly, though I profess myself to be a science geek, I loathe safety goggles like the plague; my sweat fogs them up and I get dizzy since my eyesight is already pretty sucky.

I guess since I’ve got nothing better to write, I’ll confess what my senior schedule will look like in the worst-case scenario. All AP, by the way.

Biology
United States Government
English Literature and Composition
Latin
Environmental Science
Physics B
Macroeconomics and Microeconomics

It’s really not that interesting of a schedule, so I’ll dissect why that is the case.

Biology is going to have to be online, so because of that it won’t be a lot of work. I’ll still study hard, but I prefer not having a large amount of busy work.

U.S. Government, at least at my school, is a load of bull. I might do this one online too; my friend had a good experience with the online teacher.

English Literature and Composition kind of worries me; from what I’ve heard, one teacher is kind of toolish, and the other is a psychopath. I’m hoping this isn’t the case, but having one hard class isn’t that big a deal, and I do have an inclination for literary analysis, so I’ll deal.

I’m not worried about Latin since I’m good at it, though not taking it last year might hinder me.

Environmental Science and Physics B, well, a lot of my friends are taking the former, and I like the teacher for the latter. And also, the selection of APs at my school is good, but not perfectly extensive, so I don’t have much choice in the matter.

And I like the teacher for Economics, though he kind of wanders from the lesson plan, and a lot of the kids in his class said that he didn’t really prepare them for the exam. Still, I have faith in him, and I have faith in myself to work hard, and maybe I’ll pull a miracle like I did with European History… which was also taught by him, admittedly.

One thing I dislike about high school is that you have no choice in the matter as to which teacher you get, while in community college, what you pay for is what you get. While much of school comes from personal work, having a crappy teacher can be a really bad turn-off, especially at the high school level, since everyone’s so immature. I’m quite open in saying that I’m immature as well, and maybe a little grudgy.

It’s now 10:00 PM. I slept all afternoon, so that I could do another all-nighter to study for the next test, which, admittedly, I’m wholly unprepared for…

July the Sixteenth

It’s 7:40 right now. I have the awkward situation, virtue of the other classes filling up, of being in a morning class, Chemistry II, and a night class, Ordinary Differential Equations. I’m pretty much just hanging around right now, waiting for the class to start. The teachers here are reasonably good, though the courses are rushed since they’re summer and six-week long.

So, why did I choose to take summer courses here?

  1. I really didn’t have anything better to do over the summer. As a side note, admittedly I feel kind of bad, since everyone around me seems to be doing the class for a prerequisite or something of the sort, and here I am, doing it for fun. It’s sort of awkward, but I’m antisocial and I keep my mouth shut, so it’s not a big deal.
  2. I know I’m going to have to take this class eventually. Or, I guess, I want to. I figured since I already did both parts of Physics C, these classes should be easier. Chemistry shouldn’t require any fancy math… well, not explicitly. So far, there are obvious equations which are the results of solving differential equations, like the algebraic form of the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, and related rates. So I’ve got Math, Physics, and Chemistry down, and I’ll probably do AP Biology just to round out the set.
  3. Preparations for AP Classes, to an extent. Differential Equations, I will say, are just all-encompassing, and they show up in a rather large amount of things, and I plan on just taking the AP Chemistry exam without sitting for the class.
  4. It’s fun hanging out with people with Masters and PhDs in their fields.
  5. I can’t afford to go to a real college over the summer. My family’s poor.

I guess that pretty much sums up the extent. And I’m pretty satisfied. Although the content is compressed, I know that Ordinary Differential Equations is the sort of course that’s pretty cookbook, i.e. it teaches you a bunch of recipes. It’s on the same grounds as Calculus BC. And I’ll have eight months to prepare for AP Chemistry…

It’s 10:00 AM now. Admittedly, I wrote the first version of this part at 8:30, but WordPress didn’t save it properly… I suppose I learned a lesson about blogs… copy and paste before doing anything. I guess that’s what I deserve for relying on Community College wi-fi.

Well, anyways, right now for Chemistry we’re doing rates and equilibrium. It makes me realize how important math is to science, because while some people around me are confused, it’s actually pretty negligible, with regards to intuition, with knowledge of Differential Equations modelling.

One thing that’s nice about Community College is that no one minds if you have a laptop out. Frankly, this helps me, since I can look up derivations and things like that. Like, for example, this equation:

K_p = K_c (RT)^{\Delta n}

Now, I have no damn idea where that formula came from. However, with the power of the internet, I found a proof in ~5 minutes. It’s pretty clean, too, so I’ll probably write it up in LaTeX and post it here.

It’s now 11:00 PM, and I am really exhausted… I had a Differential Equations test today, and I really underestimated it and I squandered the time allotted pretty badly. The teacher drops the lowest test, though, so I’ll have to try harder next time. Now, I finished the test, but I know I made lots of petty algebra mistakes on the way. I really like the class, though. The teacher’s pretty genial, and he knows his stuff. He’s also not terribly insufferable, like some high school teachers can get… For him, it’s just the tests that are insane, and I like a good challenge. I still have to write up a lab report for Chemistry later tonight, and I probably won’t get any sleep tomorrow, since there’s a Chemistry test the day after tomorrow…

My Introduction.

Um, hello.

This is really supposed to be more of a personal blog, but if you’re here, I don’t mind.

Why I started this blog is because I wanted something void-like to confess to. And I felt, what’s the bigger, scarier void than the internet? But it’s black and it’s dark and it’s all-encompassing, so I’ll give my heart up to it.

I’m a male 17-year old American student. And part of the reason I set up this blog was mainly cathartic. Namely, a catharsis against my AP scores.

I got straight fives on all my exams this year. And I took six AP classes. This is severely undermining my original beliefs that I was just an slightly-above-average person, taking an un-average courseload. By name,  so far I’ve taken Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Statistics, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, European History, United States History and English Language and Composition. For reference, I took an AP my sophomore year, though I won’t say which. So that’s three maths, two (or one) sciences, two histories, and an English. Math is my best subject, which is why I wanted to take all of them, though admittedly, Statistics and Computer Science A were a disappointment, and Calculus BC, being not proof-based, won’t help me in the long run.

My intentions, though, were to take a relatively balanced courseload, and be above-average, though not the best, in all of them. And to an extent, it worked. In United States History and English Language, I was certainly seen as smart and at times I impressed the teachers, but I could name two or three people who I considered better than me at those respective subjects. Nevertheless, I got my fives through pragmatic decisions and accepted inferiority. Admittedly, I skipped a fair amount of school to get the time to study as well as to sleep, but I don’t regret it one bit.

So, one of the aspects of my plan, therefore, is to get perfect attendance. It’s not a good habit to skip school, I know that. So I’ll try my hardest to not.

I want to use my senior year to be everything that I’m not, and to kick reason to the curb. I want to try my hardest, and to gain and win…

But for the rest of my plans, I’ll prefer to reveal them later, when I know that they’re actually, well, possible…

Right now, I am taking Ordinary Differential Equations and Chemistry II at my community college via dual enrollment, having taken Introductory Linear/Matrix Algebra and Chemistry I before. So, for now, I’ll blog about my adventures with those classes, and tell of my insane senior plans for its appropriate time.