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Spring Semester 2013
June 14, 2013

I’m finally done with the Spring semester and my first year of college!! I managed to squeeze in 38 semester units (or 57 quarter units) which was pretty good considering how it’s difficult to enroll into the classes you need these days. To make things “organized” in this blog post, here is a short summary of the semester by “categories”.

1) 19 Units?!? You Cray Cray, Girl.
At my school, the maximum amount of units a student can enroll in per semester is 16 unless they have authorization from administration for more units. I went through so much hassle in the beginning of the semester and had to get authorization twice because of an issue with the student portal. With enough patience, I successfully enrolled in 6 classes totaling of 19 units. I was at school from Monday through Thursdays from 6~14 hours daily. Thankfully, I had Friday’s off. The combination of classes I took were pretty rough with 3 difficult classes, 2 moderately difficult classes, and 1 easy class.

2) How ‘Bout Them Classes? Woo!
The 6 classes that I took were pretty stressful… Philosophy was the hardest class for me because it involved too much logic I couldn’t fully comprehend that would please my instructor. I did my best in all of the assignments/tests and received mainly D’s on them. I didn’t drop the class and still managed to pull off a C. I am relieved because I rather have my GPA slightly drop instead of having to retake a similar class which would ultimately set me back in transferring on time. Anthropology was the second hardest class because of the materials we had to learn such as Evolution, Genetics, Primates, and Hominids while having to take notes solely by listening to the lectures. As for Statistics, the exams were extremely difficult to ace and it’s not based on a curve. While one person aces the exam, I fall in the top 3~7 scores with a C ;-;. Going to the moderately difficult class, we have Speech… The difficult part was finding time to do the research in order to put the speeches together. Economics had its difficulties in regards to the homework and whatnot. Finally, there is Music– a really easy class since I play(ed) instruments and all of that good stuff. The only thing new in this class were intervals and triads but that wasn’t enough to make the class hard for me.

Here are my grades. Although it didn’t reach my goal of wanting a 3.5+ GPA, I still got plentiful of units out of the way.
Anthropology: ??? Maybe a C or a B
Economics: A
Music: A
Philosophy: C
Speech: A
Statistics: B

3) What Social Life?
Surprisingly, my social life was decent regardless of the heavy load of coursework. I made some acquaintances/friends from all of my classes. One of them from Statistics usually eat lunch with me once a week or so during the semester. I also hung out with others including those that I met the semester before or friends from high school. On Friday’s, I enjoy the day by spending it with my boyfriend :).

4) You Can Drive? What?!
One of the many things I’m fortunate to have is a driver’s license since the middle of my senior year. I finally put this privilege to good use this semester by driving back and forth. During the fall, I would get dropped off. My driving “skills” definitely improved this semester. I went from commuting via streets to driving in the freeway. The thing I hated the most about driving is finding parking on campus. It’s almost impossible to find parking if you arrive during any of the rush hours between classes. I managed to cope with it as much as I could.

5) Would You… Do This Again?
19 units in one semester? NO…. Unless the classes are fairly easy, then I have to think about it.

This past semester was an interesting experience. There were times when I wanted to give up and flip the table… But I survived and I’m happy the semester finally ended. I want to thank everyone who was supportive and encouraged me to do my best :). With the Spring semester being over with, it’s time for Summer!!!

14 Responses

  1. Claudine ☆ June 15, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Congratulations for passing the semester! 🙂 It really feels fulfilling when you survive difficult subjects, huh? I don’t get Philosophy as well, although I did manage to get a passing grade too. Haha! Enjoy your summer vacation!

  2. Cat ☆ June 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Congrats on finishing your first year and with several As too! I took the most amount of units my first year too, though not as high as 19. I still think that’s crazy! After the first year, I stayed around 12-14 units each semester since the classes were getting harder. I’m glad you still had a social life with all of that work 🙂 It’s good to have a balance!

    I hated finding parking on campus too, and some parts were blocked off during the day if you weren’t staff, which limited the spots more. I ended up living near campus the whole time, so I could just walk.

    Your birthday was recently, right? Happy Birthday! I hope you had an awesome day 😀

  3. Jamie ☆ June 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations on getting high grades in your classes! You may not have gotten a 3.5 GPA, but at least you did really well in all your classes, despite how hard they were! I’m very proud of you for sticking it out in Philosophy. Sometimes, things are rough but we gotta make the better of the situation. I knew this first hand as that’s exactly what I did in Japanese. I took Japanese 1 in my first semester at Mt. Sac, and to be honest I lost all interest in it due to a friend who had a pompous attitude about passing the class with an A. She needless to say ruined the class for me and didn’t make it at all fun.

    Anyway, where I live is right next to the desert. Regardless, of where I live it’s still been kinda cool at nights. During the daylight hours it hasn’t been all that much. Humidity at its finest! Plus not only that our air conditioner is located in the bedroom (wall unit) which kinda sucks but meh, can’t complain. But yeah the weather has been some what weird though.

    You’re absolutely right! I have to deal with whatever rotten vegetables or lemons that life throws at me, and eventually make the better of the situation. I was, and am very thankful that my friend came through, as well as my Pastor. My boyfriends dad did come through in a tight pinch. And my boyfriend definitely is a keeper. When I’m having a horrible day he makes it better. Or when I’m having a seizure (slight), he makes it better. I’ve never had an amazing boyfriend like this one. He’s a total keeper. Keeps me positive and happy. I like that. Doesn’t even use me like those previous boyfriends I’ve had. You should try to find time and come out here. I’d love to meet you sometime. Congratulations on getting your driver’s license. I got mine in 2009. Which I would’ve gotten it sooner but had no insurance nor money so I didn’t get it until then.

  4. Agent Q ☆ June 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That’s quite the experience with your first year of college. I feel very nostalgic thinking about my times there. It’s fun listening to/reading about someone else’s college experiences simply because I can related [regardless of how different these experiences actually are from each other]. Best of luck to you, and I’m sure you’ll get through the next few years. Enjoy your break. You certainly deserved it. 🙂

  5. Stephanie ☆ June 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Congrats on finishing your first year! The next year’s classes will be harder, and you will be able to do them. Just don’t take so many units again! You remind me of the typical freshman at my school (I believe that you were one of the bloggers who figured out which school I was at) who take too many classes and get burned out. But you’ve learned your lesson, so next year will be much better! 😀

    I also find it difficult to follow philosophy readings. Sometimes, the philosophers have different assumptions from the ones I have that they don’t explicitly write and it’s way too hard to figure out their logic!

  6. Chynna ☆ June 17, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I just tweeted you but I still can’t believe I missed your birthday T_T Being busy is a ridiculous pastime.

    Well done on completing your first year! I find it so funny that most of the blogs I read you guys are still in high school/just starting college and I’m sitting up here finished with university and living with my parents. Living the fucking high life, eh?
    I genuinely have to applaud you on doing 19 units, though. Me? Nah, I’m not about that life. Haha. At least you had Friday’s off 🙂

    I wish we had some sort of speech module at my university. Like we had a lot of modules where we had to give presentations but we were never given instruction on how to present properly, just kind of thrown in at the deep end. Fun times ;_; Despite not reaching your goal, you’ve still got some pretty good grades!

    Nancy, you have way more of a social life than me and I’m not even doing anything at the moment despite having finished uni and just looking for jobs. Opposite ends of the spectrum. I will soon because a hermit. I totally need to get back into my driving. I only have a year and half before my theory test certificate runs out or else I’ll have to redo my theory test. Fucking T_T

  7. chansoriya ☆ June 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Congrats on the finish! 19 credits sounds like a hefty lod, but you managed well! I’d like to drive, but like you said the parking at any campus can be hurrendous. Not to mentional parking decals are EXPENSIVE! 🙂 Have a good summer!

  8. Esme ☆ June 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Congratulations on finishing your first year of college! Wow sounds like you were extremely busy, but lucky that you got to have Fridays off! I only had 11 hours of uni per week last semester, so I can’t even imagine your life haha. I hate finding parking spots as well, I think I stress the most when trying to find a spot :S. Wow congratulations also with your grades. I’m really impressed with your statistics, my friends always complain about how hard it is.

  9. Christine ☆ June 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Wow, that is a lot of credits, but at least you got them done and out of the way. When are you planning to transfer? I’m sure that taking the extra courses will make it all so much easier. Also, good for on driving. Freeway driving makes me nervous but I have to do it, too. Sounds like you accomplished a lot this past semester!

  10. Brittney ☆ June 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Congratulations on doing so well in the school year. Ive been reading your blog for a little while now and I know how much hard work you put into the school year. You should be really happy and proud of yourself 🙂

  11. Lyn ☆ June 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    You go girl, with your hard work! It always interesting to see just how much you can do. And then when you accomplish your goals you set forth, the feeling is amazing! 19 units is a heck of a load, but you did it! You did that. How fantastic.

    My “big deal” was taking two math course this semester, because math is NOT my strong point. But, I did (would never do it again) and I think I did pretty well. Gotta love that feeling of accomplishment 😀

  12. Diane ☆ June 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Damn, 19 units. It’s impressive that you survived and still had a decent social life. Even among the intense stress, I think you finished with a good GPA.

    I’m really glad I took a lot of AP exams for once, since now I have over a semester’s worth of credits. 😛 But it also makes my schedule harder since I’ll have to take the harder classes soon. I’m really worried about losing scholarships. You either do fairly okay or mess up big time during freshman year at Georgia Tech because of the extremely rigorous classes (Physics is going to be bloody murder)…If my GPA goes below a 3.3, I’ll already lose my state scholarship, which is $8000.

    Driving in the intense rain will definitely help you become a better driver. 😉 I can’t bring my car with me for this coming school year because on-campus parking costs $700 a year. I guess I’ll have to rely on trains/buses or bum rides off of people.

  13. Liz ☆ June 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    You had quite a busy semester! Congratulations on passing, however! When I drove, I think the thing I hated the most was/is when people don’t use their blinkers and signals and when they drive too slow and/or cut me off. It’s just plain annoying and altogether frustrating. :/

    I tried to pass my classes in college when I attended two years ago with at least a D (because D was the lowest grade needed to pass), but having to miss the final exam in one class, being in too much pain during a final exam in another class and in result having to go to the ER kind of results in the failing of pretty much both classes. 🙁 Blah.

    You worked really hard this semester, so I’m glad you passed!

  14. Michelle ☆ June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats on passing the semester 🙂 anyhow, woot, that is a lot of hard classes to be taking but at least you did your best throughout and that’s all that matters.

    My husband is going to hate finding parking spaces on campus. I know he is. That reminds me I have to go back to the campus tomorrow to get a few things.

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