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October 27, 2013

With midterms out of the way, this means the second half of the semester is finally here!
→ Chemistry wasn’t as bad as I expected. Although I totally bombed the recent quizzes regarding the material, I had confidence after finishing the exam. I studied using the practice exam several times and it was useful. I ended up being the first person to finish the exam so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
→ History was decent considering how I was prepared for the essay question except the multiple choice questions were tricky. I spent seven hours writing the key answers to the possible essays and studying.
C++ was horrible… I always had problems with coding supplemental functions since my instructor has specific rules (such as no void functions) so that messed me up. It’s a bit depressing since I’m majoring in the computer field. My only excuse is that I’m more focused on the network/security aspect of computers. But as they say, learn from your mistakes and move on.

With taking three midterm exams in one day, I treated myself to In-N-Out after attending the honors society meeting on Thursday. I ended up ordering a protein cheeseburger and animal style fries. A protein cheeseburger is basically a regular cheeseburger minus the buns (the lettuce leaves are used instead). I’m not really a fan of bread unless I have to eat it or it’s a baguette.

On Friday, I cooked up a meal to eat with my boyfriend. A couple of benefits that applies to us are the savings and taste. We went out to eat all of the time before August and spend around $25 per meal for the both of us. This time around, it’s usually $9 per meal for the both of us. As for the taste, the meals taste good (which is a surprise since I usually wing the meals). This week, I went back to the pan-seared salmon with more cooked green onions, chopped tomatoes, and rice on the side. It’s these kinds of things that makes me appreciate homemade meals even more.

As for this week, the only thing I’m looking forward to is going to my high school’s homecoming game and playing with the band again on Friday. The last time I really played the clarinet for a while was late February of 2012 soooo I probably need some good practice the day before or something. I should probably join band again in the nearby future. 😮

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5 Responses

  1. Stephanie ☆ October 29, 2013 at 12:04 am

    In my experience, being the first to finish an exam means that I did well with a probability greater than 95%. In high school, if I knew what I was doing, I was almost always the first to finish. The last 5% represent the times I completely misunderstood something, but that’s usually not the case.

    Also, why are void functions not allowed? Using heap memory is the only way to pass arrays to subroutines. I would have been tempted to cheat and created a bunch of bool functions that edited the heap and returned 1 into throwaway variables and laugh in his face even as I got points taken off for cheating.

    I dunno if this is required for your major, but there are security flaws that come with “low level tricks” that you’d probably want to know about, like how one manages to get a binary to execute arbitrary code, that require understanding low-level computer memory. I’m not an expert on this stuff, and I don’t know how much people in your field usually know about low-level programming, but all the bugs that taking too many shortcuts introduces are fascinating. (Some of the more famous ones, like the Cinnabar Island glitch in Pokemon Red/Blue, are much more benign. :P)

  2. Georgia Kate ☆ October 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Chemistry was the bane of my life; I dropped it as soon as I could.

    In my history GCSE (both the mock and the real deal) I finished really early… in the mock I did both questions in a part when you were supposed to pick one and then do all parts. In the real thing I had literally 40 minutes (out of 2.25 hours I think) left so I just drew out my final essay answer. And I did really well! So long as you’re confident you read the qs properly and answered to the best of your ability you’ll be fine.

    What’s C++? Calculus or something (I’m from the UK, which is why I’m clueless, ha).

    Every week the day before my guitar practice I cram all the practice I should have done over the week into one session… oops.

    Take care! xx

  3. Agent Q ☆ October 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Ah, here it is. Yay for updates on how your semester’s going! Sorry I’ve been off and on with posts…but good to be done at least. Sorry to hear that your C++ didn’t go as well as you had liked. 🙁 But you’re right on learning from mistakes. It’s funny actually. One of my professors said that during his times in med school, he learned more from his exams than he did from studying before them. I think that’s a hopeful message for both of us.

  4. Cat ☆ October 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I hope you did well on your midterms! I always hated midterms/finals for programming classes. My CS exams were usually written ones on paper, and it’s awkward to code on paper.

    Burger and fries sounds like a nice way to celebrate 🙂 There’s only a couple places I know of that lets you do lettuce instead of buns. I feel like that should be offered more because so much food is carb heavy.

    Cooking your own meals definitely saves a lot of money! We try to cook at home at least half of the week, if not more. It’s usually healthier too, since you have control of what goes into it. The only downside is grocery shopping which I find kind of annoying to do, haha.

  5. Chynna ☆ November 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I’m sure you did awesome on your midterms! My thoughts are with you, as always 🙂

    That burger sounds delicious. I always find bread makes me bloated, if I eat too much of it. They need make protein burgers here in the UK D:

    I loooooove making homemade food. It’s literally my favourite. Sounds like you had an awesome few weeks!

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