alexdegenhardt: (Yay Community)
I've been on semester break since the end of June. And the saying "Time flies when you're having fun" certainly seems true. I think we're about halfway through it. Now it's just 3 weeks til I leave for my vacation in Turkey. And as soon as I return from that the semester will have started again. On Tuesday, I hung out with Barbara (someone I study with). I haven't seen any of the people I study with since our last exam. But it does seem like everybody else is not hanging out much either. I think we see each other so much during the year that we spent summers far away from everything that has to do with school.

I've been reading a lot. I started reading the Dresden Files series. I'm on Book 10 already. Around book 4 or so Harry Dresden behaved like an idiot a lot, but I really loved the last few books. I think they get better and more complex the longer the series gets on. I've also read "Starcrossed" and "Dreamless" by Josephine Angelinni. It's YA, will be a trilogy (that seems like a major thing right now) and it's has greek mythology mixed in. I liked it a lot. "Insurgent", the second book of the Divergent series, was only so so. It picked up at the end, but in the middle for long stretches the main character behaved like a moron.
alexdegenhardt: (Smiling DLM)
I've been writing a Wordpress Blog. But don't worry, it's strictly for school purposes. We have to maintain a blog for a whole semester for "infomation society, -ethics, politics". Our subject is SOPA and ACTA. It's in German, but if you want to read it anyway, here it is. Or here's a semi-decent online translator.

School has been trying to kill me since the start of the new semester, yet again. I still love it, but I could do with less presentations and paper writing. In the next 3 weeks, I have to plan a lesson and interview a person for about an hour for a survey. I'm gonna be glad when it is the middle of April and the worst is over. But on the upside, this weekend, I can and will take it slow and relax for once.

In a couple of hours, I will see the Hunger Games and I'm very looking forward to it.
alexdegenhardt: (Monday again? Community)
I managed to survive exam week. The day after I went to two seperate birthday parties. One was more of a tea/coffee and cake affair, but the other was a drinks in a bar/clubbing all night thing. Because I wasn't tired for once, I was dancing all night and took the first bus home. It was fun dancing, I don't do it enough.

What wasn't fun was the flu I got not 48 hours later. I spent the next 6 days in bed. I had a 10 days off school between the fall and spring semester and I was sick most for most of them. Great, but it gets better. When I returned to work on Monday, my wallet got stolen, containing all my cards and the train tickets I'd already bought for Chur. So my evening consisted of calling to block my cards and going to the local police station to report it stolen. Not what I needed, especially because I still got a cough, so I didn't feel a 100%. I feel naked without my cards.

I survived this week and the four days in Chur. Part of the days were a complete waste of time. But there were bright spots: Information/Media Law was way more interesting than expected. The prof loves to hear himself talk, but he's entertaining. As usual the start of the semester is very demotivating, because you haven't even started and they tell you all the presentations you have to hold and the papers you have to write and so forth.

On a positive note, we got our grades back. I passed the Assessment-Level! Yay! And I managed a passing grade in Information Retrieval, the one exam I really felt I screwed up. And I rocked Programming. I'm really happy with my grades. Now off to semester 4!
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Afraid)
This week is particularly stressfull for me. I have 5 end of the semester exams. Today was a very frustrating day. And I fear tomorrow will not be much better. But at least tomorrow at 3 o'clock this whole thing is over (for the next 4 or 5 months).

I had my first exam Wednesday, which went okay. All in all, it's just about 20% of my total grade, so I'm not worried. Today I had two exams. And they both went terribly. What was especially helpful was the massive headache I had the whole day. The one in the morning is also not much of a concern, it's 50% of my grade in the subject and I'm pretty sure that I have at least a A-, if not an A in the other 50%. The one this afternoon concerns me more, since the grade of the exam = my grade in the subject. I hope the prof is lenient when correcting it, otherwise I'll end up having a D and I need a C.

Tomorrow we have another 2 exams, 1 in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Thankfully 1 is open book, so I don't have to cram everything from that into my brain as well. Both are difficult subjects: Programming and Information Management. I fear Information Management more, but Programming could be tricky as well, depending on what question the prof poses. Basically I hope that I manage passing grades in all of them. And I wish it was 20 hours later and over.

I'm so tired, I wish I could go to sleep now.

I'm back

Sep. 30th, 2011 03:20 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Matthew Mary DA)
I haven't posted in ages. Studying has taken it's toll.

In the last couple of months, I :
-survived semester 1 & 2 in my quest to get a bachelor's degree in Information science.
-turned 31 (I'm old :-))
-went on vacation to Copenhagen & Sweden
-bought myself a Kindle

The icon is from my current obsession. I watched Downton Abbey online, then bought the Season 1 DVD's and I seriously ship Matthew/Mary hardcore. They need to get together and stop breaking my heart every episode. Last Sunday, I stayed up til 2 o'clock to watch the newest episode, just because I couldn't wait to see it.

The third semester has started. I'm mentoring a group of first semesters. And two weeks into the semester, I'm already developing a serious hate of the constant group work. I get the uses, I just don't like it.

I'm very much in love with my Kindle. I read so much more now, I've started to read even in the short time between me getting off the bus and arriving at work. And the text-to-speech is very practical for the times, when you have to do the dishes, but want to keep reading. Obviously, it's not the same thing as an audiobook. I doubt for example that the robotic voice of the Kindle would have made me cry the way Stephen Fry did with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

Stressed

Oct. 23rd, 2010 10:02 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Sunshine & Optimism Glee)
Long time no post.

I've started my new job. The first two weeks I spent doing nothing, just listening to people explaining me things. This week I finally got some things to do. On one hand, it's great that they really take the time to bring me up to speed. On the other hand, I'm very impatient and I like to be able to do stuff on a practical level. I think next week, I'm gonna get to do more. Yay!

I really like the people I work with. The company is relatively small, only 25 people and it's a familial atmosphere. They have a nice breakroom with a microwave, so I can take my lunch from home, which is important, because I'm now on a budget. Also every week, we get a basket of fruit delivered to the breakroom, from which we can help ourselves. I like that a lot.

Meanwhile on the school side of things, I'm stressed. There are two papers due in December. A small one which is supposed to be 8 pages and a big one that's 12-15 pages. And I've never written a scientific paper in my life, so it's scary. There's something else due Mid November. And 10 smaller things where one is due every week. I'm trying to balance all these things and eventually have more of a social life again. This week there was no school, so at least I had time to research a little bit. We'll see how it goes.
alexdegenhardt: (Fun Briefcase Inception)
I'm officially a part time student and on the way of getting a "Bachelor in Information Science". I was in Chur from Wednesday to Saturday for our first block weekend. They dolled out a lot of information everyday though. My fellow students are nice and as much as one can tell after 4 days it is how I imagined it to be. It's a bit scary and I have serious doubts on my ability to plan and time manage everything. I've never written a paper with like citations and stuff. But I know, everybody else is in the same position.

The cool thing is, I feel like I'm among my people. They all love books as much as I do. Several of them are working in libraries and book stores. Agewise it's quite mixed, the ages range from 20 to midforties. I hung out mostly with one of the three Barbaras. Tomorrow, we have the first 4 regular lessons.
alexdegenhardt: (I Want Brains Heroes)
I got the job. Yay! I'm starting October 1. I even managed to negotiate my salary somewhat successfully. I'll start off with slightly less than I wanted, but after 3 months, when my probationary period is over, I'll get slightly more. I have all that in writing. I'm happy and relieved. I just hope I can fulfill their expectations of me... And I need to refresh my french a bit, since I'm gonna come in contact with people from the french speaking part of Switzerland on the phone from time to time.

The other thing I'm nervous about is my school. Tomorrow I'm gonna go to Chur for a 4 day introductory week of sorts. I'm excited and very nervous. I'm gonna meet my fellow classmates. God, I hope they're nice. My friend Martina, who did the whole part time student thing already, told me that it's very likely that they have similiar interests. After all, they chose the same branch of study. I hope she's right. I think I'll feel much better tomorrow evening.
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Afraid)
I'm having a little panic attack. It will pass in a bit, I'm sure. It's just that I've gotten the stuff for school yesterday, more information and things. It makes it real, you know. And it's starts very soon. From September 15-18 we have a block week and on September 21 regular class starts.

The other thing is that I had a second interview at the same company this week and I think it went well. It would be something quite different from what I've done in the past. Nothing finance related, although my job would be mostly about numbers. And if I get the job, my start date would probably be September 1, which is even sooner than the whole school stuff.

And it's just a bit much. The uncertainty is killing me and I'm a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of starting both a new job and a new school in the next 4 weeks. It's scary and I don't know if I can do this.

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