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This is it. My last semester of my undergrad is going to start tomorrow. Am I ready? I am. But like the saying goes, time flies by. And logically speaking, it’s because you remember moments of your life from the past that carries with you, on each and every passing day, so when the time actually hits, you don’t really feel that it was actually a long time ago.
I’m not here to talk about my degree or my university in particular. I want to focus on the fact that I’m starting class tomorrow on the very last milestone of my journey to becoming an adult and ending my voyage of going to school as a student or child. University hasn’t been particularly different from high school, though obviously there are blunt differences between the two. But to be quite frank, I felt like I just ran through another era of high school. And the summer breaks don’t end up making it feel any less different.
I don’t want to cheese things up and make this as glamorous as society perceives things like graduation or commencement. But in reality, it is. It is a leap forward to adulthood. It is a leap forward to achieving greater aspirations in life. And given my lack of experience in a reality outside of academia, I have to ask myself, am I ready? Am I ready to work throughout the year, without calling the summer period off? Am I ready to earn a viable amount of income to support myself in the real world?
You can say yes to all those questions. Well, your kinda forced to. But reality is, academia and professional work, are different in many ways and people (or shall I say students) are often not prepared to face the challenge of being there in the real world. They can’t. Most academia institutions teach students how to read textbooks and follow instructions. They don’t teach students on how to intuitively become successful at their future job. Our minds or what academia teaches us, is to think in a linear fashion. If A = B then C = D. That’s what the textbook says. But following the textbook wouldn’t be practically possible, especially when you start working.
It’s not the books or exams that I’ll miss. My greatest joy from academia that I’ll miss were the moments where you were given an opportunity to build a connection with the people around you. It’s the times where you got to say to xyz friend, “Hey, you have the upcoming PA Day off right? Want to hang out at the movies?” None of that nonsense will be possible once you and xyz friend graduate from academia. Your schedules run parallel to each other and commitments/priorities in your life take precedence over a casual hangout.
I want to end it here. There’s a lot to experience after graduating from academia. A lot of that will be a challenge. But a challenge that will be faced by everyone. And hopefully you are ready for it.
Time for my first day of class!
January 18, 2016.
(CNN) — New York police arrested a Bronx man in connection with the 22-year-old killing of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, previously known as “Baby Hope,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Saturday.
The man, Conrado Juarez, 52, is the cousin of the girl, police said. He was arrested at a restaurant in Manhattan where he worked as a dishwasher, Kelly said.
Juarez admitted to the crime Saturday morning, Kelly said, adding charges are still being developed.
The arrest came as the result of a tipster who came forward, police said.
“Today, NYPD investigators have given young Angelica her due justice,” said Chief Phil Pulaski.
The NYPD Cold Case Apprehension Squad never stopped looking for leads in the case, continuing to hand out flyers and canvas nearby neighborhoods every year on the anniversary of the July 23, 1991, discovery of the body.
The tip came after their latest canvas in July.
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Following last year’s surprise Worst Company In America victory by Electronic Arts, there was hope that the video game giant would get the message: Stop treating your customers like human piggy banks, and don’t put out so many incomplete and/or broken games with the intent of getting your customers to pay extra for what they should have received in the first place. And yet, here we are again, with EA becoming the first company to ever win a second Golden Poo from Consumerist readers.
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***Update, August 1: In response to the thousands of people who, after reading this entire post, decided to harp on one single phrase (“I’m no feminist”), I wrote this. If you want to know how I can say all the things I say here, yet still reject “feminism,” click the link and I’ll explain. Otherwise, carry on. Thanks for stopping by.
Our country dangles on the precipice of starting a third World War. We are on the verge of a completely unnecessary conflict where the United States will fight along side Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. This, in another day and age, might earn the crown as the Most Controversial Story of the Week. But we’re in the year 2013, and this is America, so a young pop star’s dance moves on an MTV awards show have predictably overshadowed the prospect of global chaos and bloodshed. I wrote…
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Ok so this is one of my another rants again. So everyone in the New Year thinks about New Year resolutions. And come on, let’s be honest here, there IS NO WAY that you will keep that resolution for this year. So why do people make it? Well it just seems that it’s a “fad” that comes and goes around the new year season therefore people think, “oh if that guy is thinking of making a resolution of losing weight, so shall I!” NO DON’T DO THAT! You shouldn’t be influenced by what that other person is doing! New year resolutions are complete BS and we know it ok? Aside from the fact that it is BS, making them just makes you seem to want to do something, but in fact you aren’t really going to do, or plan on making a change to it.
Take my podcast for example. If I were to treat the podcast as a “resolution”, even though it’s really not, but let’s just say it is. Then I would have kept it the “resolution” for a while. And why is that? Simple answer. I’m passionate about making this resolution. I love doing the podcast because I have a strong passion and desire to showcase music to other people and I also have a strong (and weird) passion for radio broadcasting. This helps me make my “resolution”. Ok now let me put in terms of an actual “resolution”, like losing weight. Unless your uttery passionate about losing that 40 pounds stuck in your belly, then you probably aren’t gonna do anything about it (or a doctor tells you that you need to lose weight because you just been diagnosed with a disease). But even if the doctor tells you once that you should be exercising each day to lose that weight so that you don’t contract disease, will you continue to do it for lifetime? Probably not. See us humans, unless we really want to do it because it is considered “fun” or exciting for us, then we won’t do that “thing” unless sometime dire strikes us and forces us to do that “thing”.
It’s really simple. To put it into simple terms, it’s about the passion and want to do something. If you don’t have it, then your not gonna do it.
So don’t go out today and tell your friends that you are planning on making a new year’s resolution. There’s literally no point, except if you really want to lie to them.
2012 can be summed up in 3 words for me.
But of course, I’m not going to leave it into those 3 words. I want to go in depth into talking about these 3 important issues that happened in 2012. So let me go in order with how I wrote them down.
1. Podcast. The MTI Countdowns had an excellent year in 2012. It is undeniably one of the most active years on the podcast. So the questions remains, why put so much work on the MTI Countdowns in 2012? Well I have a number of factors on why I have dedicated so much work on this podcast. The main reason why I continue to do this is the hosts. If you looked at past countdowns, ex. before 2010, you would find that I hosted the majority of the podcasts. I would basically do one whenever I felt like it. I wouldn’t have any commitments and I wouldn’t have made any, because I would have needed to do a lot of work by myself to have the podcast done. With a team, we split up the work evenly and therefore workload is a lot less on me. Another benefit with hosts is that the word starts getting out that there is this podcast out there. And that leads up to another reason why I continue to do the podcast. And that reason is because of it’s popularity. Not only did we get over 6000 listens/downloads for ONE of the episodes, but we also managed to go to the number 1 spot in the pop charts (in the summer of 2012). We also constantly maintained our position in the top 500 podcasts on Podomatic. Ok so other than popularity and the help from friends, what other things made me pursue the MTI Countdowns? Well there is one last item that I would like to mention. And that is my passion for music. I love music. I think music destresses me all the time. I always like showcasing music that I love and enjoy. The podcast is a perfect way that I show this. Though I’m not a huge fan of popular (current) music, I still listen to it quite a lot because there are a few of those current songs that are catchy and good, which are mainly songs I try to add to the podcast. Ok so that’s enough of talking about the podcast. Now let me move onto my second important note of 2012.
2. Job. I got my first job this year and finally got to see what it was like having a job. Let me just say that making some money isn’t some easy shit. If it wasn’t for my union, I don’t think my boss would hire me back again for another year. Not that my boss hates me, but I think she would be able to find much better candidates than me. But with that said, I really appreciate all the lessons I learned during my first job. Whether it was knowing that big brother is always watching you or understanding that a job is harder than you think it is, I have learned so much throughout the summer 2012. Would I go back to this job again? Definitely. Would I have acted differently if I knew how the job was like? Definitely. Did I enjoy my summer? Uhh, that’s hard to answer. But this summer was definitely a memorable summer with all the ups and downs. Now before I really get fired for writing this post because I know Big Brother is always watching me, let me move onto my last point.
3. University. In the beginning of 2012, the big deal was actually worrying about getting accepted into a good program/university. That meant constantly thinking about my marks and how a 70 is a terrible grade to get. While in grade 12, everyday, I would wake up and open up my iPhone and check my university application to see whether or not I had gotten accepted or not to the program/university I wanted. In all the programs/universities I applied to, I only got rejected by 30% of them. That was much less than I thought. Actually a few of them didn’t really reject me (well few as in the ones I wanted to get into, not the ones for backup), they placed me on the wait-list. Ok so after I picked out the one I wanted (which wasn’t easy, but I had already kinda made my mind when I first got accepted to my current university), it was time to get ready for university. Well, not exactly because although my program is directly off a university curriculum, I currently go to a college. That means we do not have most of our classes in lecture halls. It also means that most of my profs actually know my name. WOW, don’t you wish your profs also could call you by name? I actually really enjoy my program right now and the people I have classes with. Many of my classmates are really excellent people to talk and socialize with! The only down part of university is the fact that our exams are very challenging. I mean it’s not much different from high school, but with university, if you end up failing the exams, then you will have to retake the whole year again (or at least for my program, some of my friends says they just get kicked out if they fail, which is even worse). But that’s a reality all my friends have to go through when they are in university. It isn’t just for my program. Overall, university so far has been an interesting experience and challenging one too! I’m prepared to go through the toughest terrains in university and as most people have to in order to get their bachelor’s degree…
Well that wraps up my 2012 highlights. I want to write more, but I honestly do not have anything else to mention other than those 3 points. 2013 is just going to be another interesting year to go through.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I’m so sad that spring break is now over for us. This was actually one of my best spring breaks I have ever had. Why? Because I did a lot of things and received many things that I have always wanted! Everything from crossing the international border for the first time with my friends without any parental supervision and receiving my super awesome HD Radio, there has been quite a lot of fun fun fun this break.
What comes after the break? Stress, stress, stress. I’m getting worried about getting back our math quiz back, even though it is a quiz… Along with that, I’m worried about an upcoming test about population in my world issues class. School is really catching up and ruining my fun fun fun… Seriously it really is… Senior year in high school is so tough because colleges and unis are looking through your GPA and SAT scores (don’t ask me what my score was cuz I really don’t wanna talk about it :P).
My doctor is already telling me that the stress that I’m producing is damaging my heart, therefore causing it to have problems. Nothing too severe though, just a faster heart rate. It beats the fastest when a teacher is handing out a test back or an important assignment. I always get more worried about getting it back instead of actually doing the test or assignment. Most of the time, I hate talking about a quiz or test the minute you finish it because I don’t not want to know what I did wrong. Usually when a teacher begins to talk about it, I end up failing that test or quiz for no apparent reason. It’s just a bad jinx for me. D:
I’m pretty sure most of you have had this problem with your friends where they tell you that they will go somewhere with you, but only to say no last minute. I hate how many of friends do this because you get so excited for literally nothing. Your like “PERSON A IS COMING YIPPIE! SO EXCITED” and then they tell you an hour before the meeting that they aren’t coming because of some reason. Some of those reasons are explainable, like my mom made last minute arrangements to do this and that, but none the less, this shows how disorganized you are. If you say, HEY I’M GOING TO YOUR PARTY or HEY I’M GOING TO THE DANCE, then you do it! Don’t just back out last minute! It gives all your friends false hope and shows that you don’t really care about them or put the things they do into importance.
None the less, I have decided to end my relationships with a lot of my friends because they have not been committed to any of the events I told to attend. Plus their excuses were not really believable. I have heard, I have study the entire holiday so I can’t make it (the person who gave me that excuse didn’t even care much about her marks), My mom won’t let me go that far (even though we’re pretty much adults), My mom made an appointment on that day (well you should of told her that you’re busy today and book the appointment to another day?) and yah dadada.
I feel really bad when I don’t attend someone’s party that they invited me to, now that I look at it. I feel bad for those times where I rejected them because of some silly excuse and if it was me right now, I would have not rejected them.
Lots of “young adults” my age are much more likely to vote for the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, unless your from those “conservative” states (the Bible Belt states). Why? Why do young adults from New York or California love voting for the Democratic Party, even though half of them have no idea what the party is willing to do to benefit them?
It’s a simple answer. Our teachers. Our schools Most teachers are definitely left wingers (of course, there are the few), as seen by their union. They teach us left wing ideologies like gay marriage is ok (I have nothing against it, but this is just a point I’m making), Marxism (learned about it in English class) and how war is not a good thing (it isn’t, but this makes students less supportive of our military). There are other examples of how students can get influenced by what they learn in school, but these are some main ideologies that I found wrong in the school curriculum. Why not learn about capitalism in English class? Why are we only learning about Marxism, Feminist, Freudian and some other left wingist ideologies? Why aren’t our teachers letting us know that capitalism is the driving force of our somewhat wonderful (hey, we’re still the number one country!) economy? Look at North Korea. Look at what communism has done there. Famine. That’s what. So why aren’t teachers educating that to us?
Most, if not all, of my friends will vote for the Democratic Party quite blindingly, since I know some of them do kind of live under a rock and have no clue what’s going on in the world. Voting for the Democratic Party is totally fine, IF you know what they are trying to support for. Don’t just go to the voting counter and vote for them. Look at what the candidate is trying to do if he or she gets elected. If you like what they want to do (even though we ALL know politicians are liars, COUGH COUGH OBAMA), then you should vote for them.
This post isn’t supposed to sway people into voting for the Republican Party, this post is just to get young adults more educated on what they are doing when they are voting in an election. If you enjoy raising taxes to the higher and middle class people and giving money to poor people, then vote for a left wingist politician. But don’t just vote for that person because everyone else is doing so. Do what you want. No peer pressure. And you shouldn’t be subjected to this peer pressure because as citizens of this country, we must decide what YOU think will be the best candidate for this country. NEVER do what your friends are doing. They may not share the same political ideologies as you are.
Is a mark supposed to represent how smart a student is? Or is it supposed to symbolize the hard work that person has put in? Many people argue that the marks are supposed to represent both, which is why when colleges/universities decide on admissions, they will look at a person’s GPA (and not just their SAT/ACT mark). However, I believe marks are only a representation of how smart the person is. For colleges/universities to look at our GPA is just as fair as doing an IQ test to see if your set to get admission to that college/university. Now why does hard work not get counted into our GPA? That’s simple, if you think about a kid who tries hard in school but can’t seem to grasp the concept of a subject (mainly in the maths and sciences), do you think hard work will pay off? Nope. Here’s a great example. The kid who sits beside me in math class. Everyday, he gets out his notes and pretends (well not really), but he writes the notes off the textbook and determines that is enough. I would perceive that he is lacking the knowledge in math and probably in life, because he thinks that writing notes is more important than listening to the teacher. This is an excellent example of how dumb kids can’t get high marks, no matter how much they try. His current GPA in math is 1.45. No jokes. It may be because he messed up his first quiz, but that’s only because his studying methods are questionable.
So why don’t colleges/universities do it? Why don’t they just make up an IQ test for admissions? Why do they look at your GPA and SAT/ACT scores? That’s a question for the admission folks to answer. I believe they need to look at the ways of grading the GPA, if their gonna use it. Teachers (talking mostly about those in the maths and sciences specifically) need to understand that tests/quizes aren’t the only forms of determining a person’s GPA score. There are many other forms of assessments like projects, presentations, etc. Those usually help those who are dumb, but want to try, a chance to score a higher GPA (because of their hard work). They shouldn’t be penalized for studying hard (even though their ways of studying is pretty questionable).
All I want people to know is that in the real world, we don’t grade people through doing tests/quizes. They do not determine whether you can do the job or not. Many like MANY jobs require social skills, which can’t be gained through tests and quizes, however, in group projects and assignments, they can help you gain the required social skills in the workplace. My chemistry teacher said this, though I find that really hypocritical, since we only had one project in the entire course. Everything else was assessed through a test, quiz or lab test. It is good, that he understands that test taking isn’t a good way to educate folks like me.
So, question remains, are we able to change the policies of schools across the world and how colleges/universities look at GPAs? Maybe. But we need to start with educating those math and science teachers and telling them that tests and quizes aren’t the only ways to grade a person.