Not sure what I want to post, but here I am in the computer lab, starting a post.

I have about an hour until my next class, Calculus. I finished last classes homework last night, although it’s not due til Tuesday–I’m trying to avoid having the pile up of work that always seemed to happen in High school.

I sent a lengthy e-mail home Tuesday, here are some excerpts from that.

Well, things aren’t going too badly here. Got through a day’s worth of classes without any major trouble, except almost going to the wrong building–got it figured out when EN 201 wasn’t a classroom, and the schedule actually said SCI 201.

Homework looks to be light this week, at least in Physics and Intro Engineering. Math may be the same way–turns out that the integrated part is that the two teachers are working together, and will teach the math concept and the related physics concept at the same time. The same students are in both classes.

A major part of Intro to Eng. is the design project, and the related paperwork–we get to create a device to pick up whiffle balls. Don’t know too much, but it should become clearer in the next week–we find out our groups on Wed, and get our first real look at the playing area used on Fri.

Getting along with Nik fairly well so far, he got his half of the room more organized Sun, with another spree this afternoon. Not too muck junk on my side, yet. He bought a TV, an will soon hook up his X-box, so volume may increase–there’s study rooms in the basement, and this computer lab, which, for the most part, is vacant. There’s five computers, all brand new (as the Tech guy was saying) and four up and running. The printer doesn’t work yet.

…time seems to be flying by here. I can hardly believe that I’ve only slept here three nights–Nik and I had a long conversation about that last night, and we couldn’t decide how many nights we’d been here, and when we’d gone to bed, and so on. There was a hall meeting last night, about the Bishop, the statue, and another tonight about general stuff. Meetings tend to be later here, and then everything starts about 15 minutes late. The Comedy Sportz show, which I went to last night,
started late, which caused it to run late, and they noticed that all of a sudden, lots of people started to leave. I don’t know if they figured out that it was because of the meeting, or not. The show wasn’t as good as last time I saw them, a lot slower paced, and generally not quite as engaging–I WAS in the top row of the main seats in the Chiles Center, though–last time I was near the middle of Buckley Center Auditorium, (AKA BC Aud)…

And the message continued.

I’ve been meaning to update my website, now that I’m in college, but haven’t gotten around to it–let it be known that an update is intended. I didn’t realize how dificult it is to not have your own computer. I do have a network storage drive, but preferences, favorites, programs, etc are not there when I log on. It’s also just plain inconvenient to wander down tho the basement to check my e-mail, or see what the assignment is in one of my classes.

For the most part, everything here is high-tech. Professors expect you to check your UP e-mail daily, because they may send out changes to the assignment, reminders about assignments, changes in class meetings, etc. So far, I haven’t gotten anything important, except the notification of a room change.

As I mentioned in the e-mail home, my Calculus class and my physics class are integrated. That means that they are taught in the same room. However, the registrar hasn’t quite figured out that fact that they are integrated, and so assigned the Calc class to a different room. So the whole class was waiting outside Franz 018, while the teachers were in SCI 201. They noticed something was wrong, and then checked the schedule. So a few minutes after class was to start, a peer helper–the name for a student who’s taken the course before, and is helping out, rather like a lab assistant–showed up and led the parade of Calc students back to the correct room. The class could be fun–we’ll be using Mathematica, a math program, to do a lot of data analysis, and graphing type stuff–there’s a computer on every lab bench.

Amazing how distracted one can get online–I just checked Brionna’s blog, and folowed the link to her cousin Miranda‘s collection of blogs and LiveJournals. Interesting mix of young teen thoughts there. Then I went back to Brionna’s blog to comment there.

Now it’s time for lunch, and calc.

–Nathan

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  1. Aw, I feel all special now. Yeah, my cousin’s pretty strange. Don’t feel too obligated to hang around her webpage. She’ll probably forget about/lose interest in a few weeks anyway.

    Welcome to my world, by the way. No computer sucks, doesn’t it?

    Good luck avoiding the pile up. I tried that once, and it lasted almost a month. Hope you do better.

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