WHAT IS UP WORLD
Blogging once a week really makes me appreciate it more and more. In this very stressful environment, it’s extremely important to have something to relieve that stress. For me, blogging is one of those things. That’s not to say I’m going to blog about stuff other than what’s going on in my life right now (though believe me, I want to). But I need to get some stuff off my mind.
First of all, last week I lamented how difficult university is. Well, it hasn’t gotten any easier. But I am falling into some patterns, learning what is so far working best for me, and that makes me a little less scared. For me, programming, chemistry and math are challenging but fun. I like working on them because it relaxes me slightly. I’m super OCD about assignments, and try to finish them as soon as they come out, and use the rest of the week to review material and understand what the heck is going on in some of my lectures. I don’t know if that’s a good way to study, but it does leave me with a lot of time to worry about understanding the material instead of finishing assignments. So I am figuring out how this is going to work, and it’s been alright so far.
That’s three of my five courses. Oh boy, the other two are another story. Circuits is HARD. Physics is even HARDER. Good God, we’re two weeks into lectures, and there have been a couple classes where I haven’t understoof 90% of the lecture. This is very concerning. I’m going to work really hard on these two classes, and if I don’t get better at them, I’m throwing dignity out the door and getting extra help. Ironically enough, circuits and physics are probably two of the most important courses I’ll have as an engineer, and I’m struggling with them the most. Maybe I should do chemical engineering instead? I’m plagued with these kinds of questions. But yeah, physics, circuits, physics circuits, physicscircuits everyday is necessary for me. I will NOT fail. We’re two weeks in, and it’s time to start worrying about midterms. I’m scared, very scared. But I will NOT fail.
I started applying for jobs for my first co-op term today. This is even more stressful than the coursework, I would argue. Writing cover letters is a timely process, and so much detail needs to be spent on all the finer aspects of it all. I pumped out 25 cover letters today (no, that is not a typo). It gets easier when most of it is just copy-pasting, but even then it takes one hell of a long time. Tomorrow will take even longer, as I need to apply to over a dozen jobs on their separate websites, most of which are poorly designed and thereby end up taking half an hour per application. And speaking of jobs, I’m applying to a few cool ones. I applied for a position for Apple, because why the hell not. (If Apple hires me, I will do anything. ANYTHING.) I tried applying to a lot of reputable companies, like BlackBerry, ExxonMobil, D2L, SMART Technologies, Suncor Energy, RBC and more. I hope to whatever God there may be that I actually get a job. Hell, I don’t even care where I get the job, as long as I actually get one. It’d be great to get a job in Calgary, but it’d be just fine to get a job altogether, too. So I hope that works out.
A couple of miscellaneous points. I’m actually making friends, which feels great…and I’m sure would feel better if I could actually spend more time with them. I was originally worried about being a loner, but to my fortune that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m getting very sick of Subway, and generally miss not eating out every day. The dryer machine in our residence is either awful, or I’m putting too many clothes in at one go. You’d be shocked at how rude a lot of students are towards professors. Maybe it’s just me, but there are a hell of a lot of obnoxious and aggresive students who assault the professors with questions. Ask questions, but maintain a level of respect while you do it. And be respectful of your peers too…there are actually jerks, jerks everywhere. And if my roommate ever one day reads this, I don’t appreciate hearing what you and your girlfriend were up to last night…please, play some music while you do your business. Last but not least, I miss my family and friends. But I’m getting a little less homesick. But it’s still there.
Wow, it feels great to let loose in writing all this. Believe me, I really want to post on books, music, hockey and current events again, but there simply isn’t time for me to do it. I will do my absolute best to fit it in sometime soon, but I can’t promise anything. A big thanks to anyone who continues to follow this blog…it means the world to me. It really does.
Two weeks down, eleven more to go. Cue the music.