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Spring 2014 Finale
June 9, 2014

I’m finally done with the semester and school year! This semester, I took 12 units (4 classes)- which is the lightest load within the past 2 years. I didn’t have any night classes for once except the trade-off is that I had a Saturday afternoon class instead. It wasn’t too bad but I got lazy a few times about going to school but still went anyways.

Political Science

This local government class was a six-week course and a debate happened in almost every class meeting. It’s interesting to hear about the opinions other people have regarding the city or state laws and so on. At first, our final was supposed to be based out of the textbook but since the presentations about a state/local issue took longer than expected, we had to type an essay about what we thought about the state’s politic system.

Calculus

This class is a combination of around 2 or 3 semesters worth of calculus put into one. I thought I wouldn’t pass this class at first because I struggled a lot with AP calculus in high school… But it turned out to be a lot better than I expected- mostly because we didn’t have to deal with sin/cos/tan/sec/cosec/etc. We did derivatives, integrals, and multi-variable stuff; which was decent at times until the professor throws in optimization problems where we had to incorporating shape formulas with the other stuff we learned. More than half of the class ended up dropping the class. I’m glad I didn’t struggle too much with the class and didn’t have to worry about being in danger of failing the class. The final was decent except the optimization problems and related rates were confusing :(. Despite of that confusing part, I enjoyed taking the class. ☺

Java

I didn’t take the prerequisites for java so I had to figure most of the stuff out on my own or knew some of the kinks from C++. The professor was useless since most of the lectures were half-assed since he basically shows us what a program does and what a couple of lines/functions mean. It didn’t help that this class took place every Saturday afternoon. I spent most of my time focusing on calculus so I’m planning to read over a couple of java textbooks over the summer. We had to do a project where we had to create a game and include image animation + sound. My game was based out of rock-paper-scissors but with a Pokemon twist to it where it’s “fire-water-grass” instead. So you have to choose one of the elements and there will be an animation shuffling through the three elements for a few seconds and it stops on whatever element the computer chooses. [Note: The computer already made their choice before you choose any of the elements so their choice is not based on what you picked.. But this shuffling is done for cosmetic reasons.] After it finishes shuffling, a sound effect is played (cropped from 3 effects from here). Oh! And there’s a background music- which is the piano version of one of the game’s battle theme song (youtube video). There will be a popup telling you whether you won, lose, or it’s a tie. I wanted to use one of the background pictures of the game but I had problems getting it to fully work and stuck with a cyan-colored background instead. As for the pictures, I made them on Photoshop except I was limited to a few shapes so I had to make do with them. And if you wanted to play again, you click on one of the radio buttons again whether it’s the same choice or different. I could have done a better job with this game but I was really tight on time due to finals so I did the minimum work and still got full points on it. Anyways, here’s a screenshot:

Microeconomics

I tried enrolling for economics under this professor for a few semesters until I finally got in this semester. Aside from the normal reading and assignments I do for the class, I enjoyed this class more than macroeconomics. The final was easier than I expected because the professor never made the tests relevant to the study guides but for once, he used the exact questions from the study guide! Assuming that I got the answers from the study guide right, I should be good for the final. We could also retake one of the tests for a better grade after doing the final except I normally score in the 80’s so I need something better to potentially ace the class.

Special Thanks

I planned to list special thanks to people for the spring semester but I’m expanding it to the past 2 years (since I started college) soooo special thanks to these people (or group name) for keeping it cool and everything (in the order that we met). Parents, Adan (boyfriend), Samson+Ernest/Jozie, Jenny, Andrew, Accounting groupie I, Russell, Mary, Tracy, Cody/Czarina, Jessica, Annie, Ismael, Mariela, Kimmy, Robert, Adam, David, Tadeh, Jamie, Accounting groupie II, Narbik, Jason, Sarah, Hai, Alexander, Matt, and {more}.

In addition, special thanks to the blogging community and readers for the support. I’d list everyone who commented within the past two years but it will take ages to sort through 800+ comments. I’ll keep it short and sweet by saying thank you to (in no particular order) Ivy, Kris, Chynna, Isi, Tara, Cat, Michelle, Tiffany, Alice, Amanda, Stephanie, Agent Q, my blogroll, and everyone else. If your name wasn’t mentioned in particular, I still thank you.

Else

Time for my 3 1/2 month vacation before I start my third year at Cal Poly Pomona ☺.

PS. I’m finally switching the e-mail I’m using when I comment on blogs so check your e-mail or spam if you didn’t get it!

7 Responses

  1. Cat ☆ June 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    It sounds like you enjoyed most of your classes! That’s always good 🙂 haha, I like how you used a Pokemon theme for your Java project. Congrats on getting full points on it! I hope you have a good vacation before school starts up again!

  2. Tara ☆ June 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Whoo hoo on finishing up this semester! I always love that feeling of relief and freedom when the semester ends. It always feels blissful for me.

    You enjoy that 3 1/2 month vacation. I miss having those as an undergrad student! Those were the days for me, and I envy you for them!

    I like that Pokemon rock-paper-scissors thing! That’s a clever idea 😀 I’m not big on Pokemon, but as a gamer, I approve, haha!

  3. Jessica ☆ June 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I hope that you did well on all of your finals, and I have to admit the only class I would probably pass would be Political Science. 😛 I am absolutely horrible at anything to do with Maths, and Java confuses me. 🙁 Anyways, hope that you’re having a great week!

  4. Michelle ☆ June 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned about the email switching. It did go to spam, but it shouldn’t anymore. I fixed it, thank goodness I checked. Hahahaha

    I’m glad that you enjoyed your classes and happy you passed them all! Honestly, you deserve your break. Enjoy it well!

    Also, I feel so honored that you mentioned me *shy* I completely appreciate it! I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your blog. It’s one of the few blogs that I do read.

    Good job! ^.^

  5. Chynna ☆ June 11, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Dang, gurl. Those classes sound hard, but you kind of make me miss going to school. Things were a lot simpler then and I didn’t have to worry about bills and money, etc. Ah, the good times.

    Congrats on finishing this semester and the school year! You now have freeeeedom..

    Aw, and thanks for mentioning me, boo 😀

  6. Agent Q ☆ June 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Nice project! Well done with the full credit. You certainly deserved it! 🙂 Next up, your own spin-off Pokemon adventures game. You totally should create one! 😀 Anyways, congrats on finishing your semester! Enjoy your ~3,5 month vacation before classes resume!

    It’s weird how your first comment ended up in my spam folder. :/ At least everything’s fixed now!

  7. Holly ☆ June 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Yay for finishing the year! To be fair, I’d get quite lazy if I had to go to classes on a Saturday. That sounds like my idea of hell.

    I like the Pokemon game you created. 🙂 I’d love to learn how java worked one day.

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